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Remember When Christmas Used To Be Good?

When did Christmas become such nonsense? Neil knows what he wants ol’ Saint Nick to be able to give him, but it ain’t the kinda thing you can order online on Cyber Monday…

Remember when Christmas used to be good? There was once a genuine excitement ‎and sense of anticipation about the whole thing. Now the only anticipation is that I’m bound to get something that was reduced during Black Friday weekend, or a gift voucher for a retailer I don’t shop at (but that I’ll need to spend quickly in case it goes out of business).

Christmas seems to last longer now, doesn’t it, popping up roundabout Hallowe’en… And what happened to Boxing Day? It used to be an occasion of sitting in front of the telly and feasting on turkey and trifle, preparing for the mental and physical demands of heading into the sales. But there’s no such thing as sales anymore, they’re all year round.

X Factor’s ruined my Christmas too. There’s no surprise anymore, there’s no contest; just a certainty that it will be the winner of a reality show, or if we’re lucky a track backed by social media campaign. 

Wait. Maybe it’s because no matter how good I am, or how far I position myself away from the naughty step, I’ll never get what I really want.

I want my mum and dad back.

My mum passed away a couple of years ago from cancer and I just want to see her one last time to tell her how much I miss her. 

My dad’s not dead, he’s just withdrawn after my mum passed away. I want to tell him how much I miss him too.

I’ll put those two requests right at the top of my wish list, just above the novelty socks and tub of Quality Street. It is the season of miracles after all.

If you’re having a tough time this festive season, don’t forget that the CALM helpline is still available to call from 5pm until midnight every day. 0800 585858. It’s free, anonymous, confidential, won’t show up on your phone bill and you will talk with trained helpline workers. The webchat service operates in the same way.

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