CHRISSIE CREPT UP ON ME

WORDS: CLARE ARMSTRONG

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - HECKON -

@ByClare IN CASE the sparkly lights, moun­tains of su­per­mar­ket mince pies and ubiq­ui­tous pres­ence of the film Love Ac­tu­ally haven’t given it away: it’s nearly Christ­mas.

Given we’re now into the month of De­cem­ber that rev­e­la­tion shouldn’t come as a sur­prise but for some rea­son, for me at least, it ac­tu­ally does.

I feel like a few days ago it was July and I was just think­ing about how the weather would soon be heat­ing up again and I’d no longer have the per­fect blue-sky Townsville win­ter days.

Now when­ever I go to the shops they ask if I want my pur­chase gift wrapped.

As a child Christ­mas al­ways felt like it would never ar­rive. The five or so days be­tween the end of the school term and the big day seemed to take years, at least.

But that feel­ing of wish­ing Christ­mas would rush to­ward you com­pletely dis­ap­pears once you grow up.

It sneaks up on you and if you’re not pre­pared, busy with work and other parts of nor­mal life or bad at or­gan­is­ing things (or all three, as is my case) it can be easy to feel re­sent­ful about this aus­pi­cious fes­tive pe­riod.

That’s not to say I har­bour any Grinch-like ten­den­cies, I ac­tu­ally love Christ­mas, but the pres­sure and in­ten­sity of the spec­ta­cle does over­whelm me.

In­di­vid­u­ally I love the fol­low­ing things: eat­ing too much choco­late, wear­ing shiny things, spend­ing time with friends and fam­ily, watch­ing the many truly aw­ful Christ­mas-themed movie of­fer­ings avail­able on Net­flix. But all at once I hardly know where to turn. This year, like many since I be­came one of those proper adults with a full time, no-non­sense (well, with the ex­cep­tion of this col­umn) job and I shall be hav­ing an “Or­phans Christ­mas”.

I’ll be gath­er­ing with friends and col­leagues who like me are far away from fam­ily for the happy hol­i­day.

As De­cem­ber 25 ap­proaches at an alarm­ing pace, I’ve started to panic about the fact that although I have been telling ev­ery­one we will be hav­ing an Or­phans Christ­mas for the last month, I now need to ac­tu­ally start some kind of plan.

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