Christmas is not about how much you spend
With Christmas nearly upon us there are all those last-minute trips to the shop to buy that missed present or to make purchases of food and drink just in case there is a natural disaster that could leave us starving and thirsty for days on end. Nothing is left to chance with Christmas at my place and the governess makes sure of that.
There are some staples at our place such as the Christmas Eve big bash which consists of a little bit of cricket and a lot of merriment and then of course there is the Boxing Day Test. We also have themes each Christmas and this year’s theme is cheating and participants are required to come dressed as a known cheater.
Donald Trump will surely get a gig but what I fear most is if somebody comes dressed as me.
It will most certainly be a belt-tightening Christmas with wage growth over the past four years sitting at about one per cent and that alone will certainly impinge on most people’s capacity to lash out on expensive gifts or even just for the necessities of enjoying the festive season.
As a kid we always had great times over the holidays catching up with all our cousins and getting to rejoice in the company of our grandparents.
I always thought my grandparents and especially my Menzies grandfather, were very happy people and he in particular was, and every night would culminate in him sitting on his porch, smoking a pipe and drinking from a carafe of red wine while he sang songs in Italian to his pet cocky.
In fact, he never went anywhere in his orchard, his workshop or his vegetable patch without being within touching distance of a carafe of red wine. He also used to feed all his grandchildren a glass of wine with a heavy dose of sugar stirred in just for breakfast which meant our days got off to a real flyer and so did his.
The world is a much better for us having grown up in it and because all our oldies made sure that this time of the year was when the fears, the failures and the dislikes were put aside.
Christmas is not about how much money you spend but more about how much time you spend appreciating and enjoying each other’s company.