Ring the changes and have a happy Christmas
I will probably not be forgiven for this but here goes. It is time to think about Christmas. I know it is July but I have a good reason. You can't tell the truth about Christmas in the month of December because the party line is that it is a magical time of year that we have to enjoy with a permanent smile on our face. Funny how if you have a conversation about Christmas in July you learn a lot about how people really feel about it. We all have an emotional link to the few days around December 25 and not all of those links are filled with mirth and happiness.
The festive season is on my mind because my plans are made and if I am still an active resident on this planet, I will be visiting a part of it that I love with people whom I love and who can tolerate me. For me, it is just another holiday. Even as a child I knew that the Bible story was just that, a story, so there has never been any religious aspect to Christmas. That said, I think the dictat about saying Happy Holiday instead of Happy Christmas is just politically correct nonsense. I am happy to keep saying Christmas just to annoy them.
Put any group of people around a table and begin talking about Christmas and I guarantee you will know more about their family, upbringing and attitudes than you will learn from any other topic. And you will be surprised by how many people dread the time of year and only go through with it for the children who will perpetuate all the nonsense, but maybe with happier memories.