Festive on my own terms

I feel more drawn to the Solstice now, as the Festival of Light, as it marks the changing seasons. Christmas “cheer”, presents, and parties have worn thin for me over the years. I rather go for a walk in the woods and enjoy the scents of the quiet Nature. Thanks for your insights.

Druid Life

I don’t enjoy Christmas, for all kinds of personal reasons, alongside my loathing of the dire amounts of waste it causes. I also feel deeply uneasy about the financial pressure to buy, inflicted on people who will end up in debt as a consequence and for whom January will be miserable, terrifying, sometimes suicide inducing. I hate forced jollity, and I know too many people for whom this is the season to feel keenly the absence of lost loved ones.

If you enjoy the festive period, fine, go for it. What I object to are the people who feel entitled to tell me – and others who are unhappy during this season – that we should be happy. We should make more effort to be happy. We shouldn’t be such killjoys. We shouldn’t talk about the bad things, we should pretend they don’t exist. Sod that. Ironically, this approach adds…

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