Why Christmas is a Materialistic Façade | Bah Humbug

Good Morning World!

Lets face it, Christmas is a very two faced holiday! The whole modern idea of Christmas consists of buying the best present you can for your family; which at first glance seems like a lovely idea, until you look behind the scenes.

Christmas is suppose to be a time for giving to the people you love, but in reality its a stressful time trying to fill everyone’s egotistic desires. When in actual fact if you wanted to buy someone a present you wouldn’t have to wait for the 25th December every year. This holiday has turned into a gift giving frenzy where people buy up useless junk to show there appreciation to you.

I may being a little Bah Humbug at the moment and that’s only because to me the whole idea of Christmas is an utter sham. Every year I like to work out what I’m going to get each and every person for Christmas, like I’m sure everyone else does, but on Christmas day your efforts seem to be destroyed by others around you fixated on materialistic items. I’m sure I’m not the only one who enjoys watching people open my presents more than opening them myself, but every year my Christmas joy is ruined by that very thing, the sheer look of disappointment on their faces after all you have done to get it for them. Lets not get ahead of ourselves, this isn’t me being ungrateful or selfish because I love the idea of spending time with your family and having a lovely meal, I just don’t understand why it seems to be all about presents! Everyone gets so disappointed with each other when they don’t get what they asked for, or they don’t like what you have just given them, but that isn’t what Christmas is about. Our materialistic world has turned Christmas into something that its not!

My parents and all my friends and family do enough for me over the course of the other 11 months of the year that I don’t need them to spoil me. This façade needs to stop! The 25th of December is for celebrating the Birth of Christ, a day to be happy and spend time with your family like you would if any baby was born, but this whole idea has eroded with time.

I know my little post wont have made a huge impact on the world, but let this be a lesson to you, the best presents cannot be bought, and the things you really want wont be under the tree.

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Love Georgina xx

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Change is Inevitable

Good Morning World!

Change is and will always be a big part of life, something that you cant help from happening. So the only thing to do is embrace change. By being resistant to change you’re only hurting yourself. One little event can totally change your life plans, so make plans as they come. Don’t plan ahead, and don’t be mad when plans change.

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Throughout my life I have had my fair share of change. From my parents divorce to something smaller like changing my university course last minute. There are some things that are purely out of your control like my first example. When this happened to me I was 8 years old, and this change affected my life more than anything else. Not being able to live with my dad affected me on a personal level, but I realise looking back at it now that it was a good thing as living in an unhappy household with both pareant would have been worse than happily living with one parent.

Change can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, other people can change and this may force you to change, but sometimes you change yourself and it can influence the rest of your life. Without change I would never be where I am now. When I originally applied for university I wanted to study sociology and if I was perfectly honest with myself I only applied for the benefit of my mother who thought university was the way forward. But with time, I realised that I am not cut out for sociology and what I really wanted to do was become a teacher.

Things happen for a reason, and you have to accept that. It isn’t a bad thing, and even if it may seem like it is at first. You’ll look back at that experience and realise you wouldn’t be who you are now without it. You have grown as a person, and that’s the best change of all.

Love Georgina xx

 

Birmingham German Christmas Market

Good Morning World!

To me December signifies the start of Christmas, the time of year when the lights go up and the smell of Christmas cookies, gingerbread and candy canes becomes the norm. The only month of the year when its acceptable to listen to the same Christmas album on repeat. Whilst in Birmingham for a university open day, I decided to explore the array of stalls Birmingham Christmas market had to offer.

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The German Christmas market has been running for 15 years in the heart of Birmingham, and this is the first year where the market will run through the whole of the Christmas period, ending on the 29th December. Birmingham and Frankfurt signed a Partnership Agreement in 1966, which began a period of collaboration between both cities resulting in numerous joint projects and collaborations.

 

Birmingham has always been a vibrant city, renowned for its culture. The Christmas market certainly demonstrated this, as I have never felt more at home in this foreign city. The lined of stalls and people was overwhelming but created a sense of community between people. I thoroughly enjoyed trying all the luxurious German deliciously.

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Birmingham has always been one of those cities high up on my ‘to visit’ list, and after this relevant opportunity I took advantage and used my time to explore this wonderful city with all its delights. I feel my time in brum was very short, and I look forward to visiting this wonderful city again. I would recommend visiting this festive paradise before the holidays are over.

Love Georgina xx