Christmas is naturally a mushy time…considering the fact that it combines all the ideals of love, giving, family reunions, and bonding.
Like weddings, it is one of those occasions where you really can’t stave off the sentimental moments. Or can we?
Some of us sneer at melancholic Christmas tunes, the twinkling fairy lights or the smell of the Christmas dinner cooking.
Some of us can’t express appreciation for the nostalgia and laughter shared over some mulled wine in front of an open fire.
And they are neither Ebenezer Scrooge nor in serious need of psychotherapy.
They just hate cheese.
Since when has cheese earned such a terrible reputation? We act as if being cheesy is the uncoolest thing to hit the human race since that shoulder-padded jacket we wore at secondary school thinking we were making the biggest fashion statement ever.
Is this our anti-thesis to NKOTB, Westlife, Rick Ashley, and the entire boy band fad of the 80s/90s?
Or a prolonged silent protest against the loving hippie attitudes of the 60s and 70s?
Or our reactions to the every big studio romance film starring Meg Ryan?
Or maybe it’s our acquired distaste for being bombarded by advertisements as our good ol’fashioned emotions are manipulated by marketing firms of mega-conglomerates?
Or is it really that child inside us all that feels a bit betrayed by the happy families portrayed in every cheesy song and film when we discover that real life just isn’t quite so?
Is it the build-up of frustration with having to cope with the family dramas that could only annoy and disturb as much as they do because they are built upon decades of history together?
Is it the frantic preparation followed by the disappointing unappreciation that scares us into realistic apprehension of allowing ourselves to be overwhelmed by the significance of the occasion?
Could we let our guard down and demolish the fortress that protects our hearts this Christmas?
After all, it’s the season for forgiveness.
I’d say, why not let yourself go this holiday season?
Merry Christmas one and all, and I pray that the spirit of giving is with you.