Saturday 22 July 2017

Comment: How a little boy's Christmas wish should shame us and our excesses

When we forget how to enjoy, to savour and to relish things, especially treats, there is no longer any joy in them Picture: Doug O'Connor
When we forget how to enjoy, to savour and to relish things, especially treats, there is no longer any joy in them Picture: Doug O'Connor

Ita O'Kelly

If a little eight-year-old Irish boy can write a letter to Santa asking for money to give to the homeless, instead of something for himself, we the adults can and should take a little less for ourselves this Christmas.

Christmas in Ireland has become a grotesque festival of greed and gluttony worthy of the decadent days of the Roman Empire.

This excess is exacerbated by the fact that it spans up to 10 days.

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