What are we doing?
What is this ‘wishing away our lives’ thing?
Last week, as I drove along the nearest main road, I was stunned to see Christmas banners fluttering from electricity poles.
Different messages, but all variations of “Merry Christmas”.
It’s October! OCTOBER!
As of today, we are two calendar months away from Christmas Day.
When I first saw the signs, it was approximately 11 and a half weeks – or about 80 days — until Christmas Day.
Why are we aiming our thoughts towards a day as yet quite distant? There must be a thousand other deeds and thoughts to occupy our minds other than that! Yes, I know that perhaps it is a happy distraction from the woes of Covid…but…
I feel for the poor children. They’ll see the Christmas signs and think that Christmas is almost here.
What an interminable wait for them.
When you’re a little kid, a week can seem like a month, a month, a year! 80 days? Forever!
Should Advent calendars now come out, ready to count off the days? Will someone design an 80 day "Advent" calendar, do you think? (With no idea what 'Advent' is)
Someone told me that the supermarkets are now selling Christmas goodies, such as mince pies and puddings. WHY?
Are we wishing away our time on Earth? Is there nothing to look forward to, other than Christmas?
Sure, I know that the year 2020 has been a bastard of a year. Covid has not been fun for anyone, but does this mean that the only thing to lighten our mood is to hope the weeks go by quicker than ever?
But, of course, it’s the commercial aspect. Time to get ready, folks, to spend, spend, spend…
Off to the shopping centres — or start spending online. Get into the spending mood; Christmas is coming.
Does everyone have plenty of money to spend? Now, there’s a sticky question. (But we won’t go there).
Only a couple of months away, now.
And, what was it that’s started this Christmas thing? Can hardly remember. Something about angels and a baby? Or was it something about Cadburys chocolate? Maybe Myer? Or just banners from light poles?
Oh, my… What would Jesus think?
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