Sunday, 21 December 2014

Friendly Reminders - Christmas

I don't want to be a dick, or get all unfestive on you; but just for this morning I want to give you three quick, honestly, genuinely friendly reminders about Christmas. All are things I am probably prone to forgetting at one point or another, and so I do hope they might help a few people along the way.

1: Not everybody celebrates Christmas/enjoys doing so. I do celebrate, even though I don't consider myself Christian. Some people don't, some people may choose not to, some people may celebrate other religious holidays; all are totally cool. Furthermore, Christmas can be really stressful for some people, some people have money troubles, Christmas and the holiday season have been known to intensify mental illness and associated symptoms in some people. All in all, you do you - but remember to be considerate towards others who may find this a hard or frustrating time, or may not take part in the traditions at all.

2: Which leads on to point two: be as tolerant as possible to people's seasonal greetings. I'm entirely sure that if you don't celebrate Christmas then "Merry Christmas" must be really, really frustrating to hear, and may even sound offensive. I obviously can't speak for everyone, but I just want to say that definitely in my case and I'm sure in most others - if I say it out of turn, it isn't to be offensive or intolerant to your religious beliefs, it was just a genuine mistake. Use this as a learning point - kindly explain that you don't celebrate Christmas, but maybe take the time out to speak about other religious holidays or any traditions that you do celebrate. If at all suitable, the phrase "Happy Holidays" is a good all rounder.

3: Finally, don't expect constant cheer and cooperation all of the time. Even the most tolerant of people can find being around people every waking hour for an extended holiday period overwhelming. People need time out, people will have been up long hours, eaten and drank too much and may be grouchy. Allow people to do their own thing for a bit - even when you really, really want them to watch Doctor Who with you. I say this as an introvert; sometimes I just really need you to let me lie in my room for twenty minutes and watch an episode of Two Broke Girls. Thanks for the cooperation.

As I said, this isn't the Grinch in me coming out to play - it's just a genuine quick few reminders as we enter Christmas week. Have a happy holidays everybody... I'll see you on the other side.

What friendly reminders would you give to people?

Sammy xo.

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