Sunday 4 December 2016

Why do we still feel entitled to take a two-week break for Christmas?

Published 04/01/2014 | 02:30

Christmas shopping on Grafton Street: by January 1 I have had more than enough of the festive season.
Christmas shopping on Grafton Street: by January 1 I have had more than enough of the festive season.

I caused a rumpus in our house on Thursday night. Without warning or consulting my family I took down the Christmas tree.

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In fairness I had been looking at it since December 14th and something snapped. As far as I was concerned the season to be jolly was over, and why wait for the official 12th day of Christmas before getting rid of the damned thing. It is now first in the queue for the tree recycling depot in our local park.

It's enough, as far as I am concerned, to have "Big" Christmas and new year to deal with without having to contend with "Little" Christmas on January 6 too. And don't get me wrong I am no Scrooge. I love the festive season and all that goes with it ... .the build-up, the reconnecting with friends, the shopping, the eating and drinking, seeing my family, and especially the time off work. I adore the fact that my emails dry up and my phone hardly rings. Ho ho ho.

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