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Christmas is here already?

For those who have beady eyes, it says "I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE"

Zip, bang, boom... Christmas is just around the corner, in fact it's just a few inches away. In exactly 1 week from now, everybody will start unwrapping their presents... [I physically got stuck here for almost 5 minutes] erm, and what else do we do on Christmas Day? Christmas has almost lost it's meaning here in sunny Singapore. It has turned into a season of pure revenue for the shopping malls and pure expenditure for the shopaholics. Not to mention spreading the 'joy' of wrapping or ripping apart carefully scotch-taped christmas-themed wrapping papers. Oh, and of course there's the 'love' of competing to see who's Christmas tree is the biggest / smallest / nicest / brightest / most colourful etc etc.

Where have the festivities gone to? Shouldn't there be more to Christmas than just giving and recieving presents? Look at the people outside our little red dot. They have carolling, sled riding, ice-skating, under-the-misletoe kissing, santa impersonation contests and not to mention the santarina shows. And compared to us, they have snow, but is that really an excuse? Do we go sun-tanning specifically for the Christmas period? The answer is a big fat NO.

I hate to be a wet blanket, but I hardly feel the Christmas spirit at all, apart from having our mainstream Orchard Road lit up so brightly that any blind man would be able to see it. Other than that, it's just normal people going around doing their normal shopping on a normal day with normal shopping centres running at their normal operating hours. See how normal it is? Oh, but there's definitely 1 difference during this Christmas period. It's the number of 'Charitable Organisations' that come out from hidding and openly ask people on the street for a kind donation. Do they really think that just because it's the "season of giving" we wil really be obligated to give more, or even give at all? I still turn them away without even batting an eyelid. Just count yourself unlucky to meet a black-hearted person like me.

Christmas is too departmentalized [say department store] if you ask me. It's just another scam by clever advertisers to get us foolish believers to spend more. Christmas is not about the physical act of giving, but rather that small little voice in your heart that squeeks "I want to bring a smile to someone's life" Unfortunately, people still think that getting presents will give a person joy.

All Christmas-es should end like this...

Anyhow written on Dec 18, 2006 at 2:14 PM

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