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Saturday, 24 December 2011

Christmas, Commercialism, Is Scrooge Right? . . . . and Our Wonderful Christmas Present

I don't know about you but Christmas seems to come round with ever increasing frequency, making me wonder where does time go?  I think time seems to accelerate as we get older for some unknown reason .  I remember when I was in business my retired customers always said, "I don't know how I ever had time to go to work!" . . . . . and this I am finding is true.

However, back to Christmas, we are all ready for it and have our tree assembled yet again with all the lights working and baubles hanging, even though it seems like yesterday I was doing the exact same job:

. . . . . . . . . . . and all the Christmas Cards from friends and relatives are on display in our conservatory, which is wonderful.

I have always had certain thoughts about the way Christmas is going but this year these thoughts are even more pronounced in that our entire country appears to have forgotten, or more likely chosen not to remember, just what we are celebrating and what is the true meaning of Christmas.  The ghost of my Christmas Past paints a very different picture to the spectre of Christmas Present, in which we live today, and I for one am most fearful of the coming ghost of Christmas Future. Why do I say this, and what is my point, you may wonder?  Simply that for over 20 years I have noticed rampant 'commercialism' marching ever onwards until it has almost eclipsed the true meaning of Christmas.  Why our very economy demands that this is so, with a necessity for increased Christmas and the New Year sales which must be better year on year.  Failure to achieve this they say would cause shops to 'go bust', rising unemployment and yet another severe recession. Surely something is wrong somewhere!

I do not pretend to be saint and all those who know me are certain I wear no halo, but my Christmas Past takes me to a much nicer world, where most families at least tried to honour what Christmas is and should be, yet today we live in a secular society in which these things no longer matter.

I am beginning to wonder whether Scrooge may have been a little correct when he said, "Humbug" to Christmas. I say 'a little correct' because I actually agree with him in part and I say, "Humbug" to the commercial side of Christmas. It seems that millions upon millions of people buy presents for people year after year when they don't really want to do it,  Further, the recipients also buy presents for the senders when they also don't really want to do it but feel they have to even though both parties cannot in truth afford to spend hundreds of pounds on Christmas presents if they were totally honest.  It is quite comical that when we forget to buy a present for X and out of the blue X actually sends one to Y panic sets in and Y rushes to the shops and expends a great deal of energy with soaring stress levels to find one in time to buy it, wrap it, parcel it and post it first class that very day or it will be perceived by X that Y is a miserable and stingy old fart. Well perhaps that is overstating things and don't get me wrong I think to exchange presents to immediate family is perfectly OK but it is overdone when extended to all and sundry.  And so people continue to run up excessive borrowing on their credit cards and many cannot repay the debt.  Perhaps it might be an idea for more people to get together and agree to cut down their present sending but no-one wants to be the first to say it and so this situation goes on in the same way, year after year.

Oh dear you now think I an Ebeneezer and not Eddie LOL.  Well, I might have over stated things a little but I am sure you get my drift, and I feel I have made my point.

Still on Christmas, I do hope the 'hierarchy' in Heaven have a keen sense of humour - I am certain they have so I feel you might be amused by this Christmas card I received this year from a relative who said, "When I saw the card I immediately thought of you, Eddie!" Gee, thanks Andy, I am not entirely sure how to take this one! LOL

So now you know, including all my celebrated cook book friends, why Turkey is always on the Christmas menu LOL.

Finally, Mrs Bluelights and I recently received the very best Christmas present anyone could wish for.  It was simply a letter from her Oncology Consultant explaining the results of her last CT scan.  The letter reads:

"Your recent scan has now been reported and I am pleased to be able to tell you that it strongly suggests that the Arimidex is continuing to work well for you.  Certainly there is absolutely no evidence of any progression of your cancer and if anything the appearances are a little improved compared with the previous scan back in August 2009.  This is all very encouraging and I am sure it is very sensible to continue with your present treatment."

This is wonderful news and we are very fortunate that many people ALL OVER THE WORLD, including all my lovely blogging friends, are praying for her continuously. Mrs Bluelights has been fighting breast cancer for 15 years and even though three years ago this spread to secondary bone cancer, it seems she is more than holding her own against this dreadful disease. Not many people have this degree of prayer help and we are most grateful to all of you.  I am certain God has answered these prayers with a resounding 'Yes'.  My thanks are extended also to all my  non believing blogging friends and I am certain that their good wishes have been effective and contributed to her well-being as well.  Thank you all so very, very much.

In conclusion Mrs Bluelights and I wish you ALL a very Happy Christmas.


  1. i am glad that you got good news..i understand the feelings on what christmas has become...but i do hope you have a very merry christmas eddie!

  2. I'm glad you got such good news! I hope when Mr. Eva has his CATscan in January, we are as fortunate. I loved the cartoon! We stopped buying presents for anyone but our grandchildren when I retired a couple of years ago, and everyone seems okay with it. (Although I do occasionally sneak a little surprise to my sister!)
    Enjoy the holidays!

  3. Wow, Eddie. You and Mrs. Bluelights received the best Christmas gift of all. I'm thrilled for you both and will continue to send prays for good health your way.

    Your home is lovely all dressed up for Christmas. ENJOY! xo jj

  4. Wonderful news for your Mrs. and her report! Yay!

    Love the card...needed that chuckle Eddie! We have ham for Christmas. Maybe it was a pig on the card for the USA manger scene. hahahaha!

    And yes, I totally agree...all this hustle and bustle and stress and spending. It certainly doesn't reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. We cut back to our core family, gave generously to some in need, and refused to get sucked up in the downward spiral of it all.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Your tree and home are lovely! merry, merry! :)

  5. A fine post, Eddie.....fine indeed.
    As I read, I found myself nodding my head as you spoke of the commercialization of Christmas.
    The card that your friend sent you is wonderful!! I love it...and I can indeed see why the turkey finds itself front and center (table) at Thanksgiving and at Christmas!!
    You know that I pray for Maria...and am so grateful to hear her oncologist's report regarding her treatment. This is truly a wonderful blessing...and I want to take another moment before I close and say a prayer of Thanksgiving, if I may.
    "Dear Lord. You are majestic and deserve praise for all things. I want to thank you for being with Maria through her battle with cancer. As You continue to minister to her and her family, I pray that Maria feels your presence daily. Thank you, Lord. You are The Great Physician. Amen."
    Merry Christmas to you and Maria and your wonderful family.

  6. I didn't know of your's wife's ongoing battle, but I am so so Happy to know that so far, the victory has been hers alone. Indeed it's such a dreadful disease, and I hope with all my heart that in my lifetime, they develop a cure for cancer. A cure that is far more endurable than chemo, radiation and surgery. May God continue to bless your wife and grant the two of you another 100 years of happiness and togetherness. Merry Christmas to you and your family Eddie :)

  7. Hello Eddie,
    Very nice to meet you. I was so sad to hear your wife has cancer and is doing everything to battle this deadly enemy. Hang in there, the both of you. I know sometimes it is just as difficult to be care-giver.
    There is Always hope. Let's all pray for a cure and heal so many people who are also fighting for their lived. I do know, because I am a cancer survivor.
    Christmas blessings to you and your wife. I am your newest follower.


  8. Happy Christmas Eddie, to you and the Mrs.
    That is wonderful news, and definitely the best Christmas present you could wish for.
    I couldn't agree more re shopping, presents etc. And the demands from commercial interests are there all the time. I think things here have calmed a little; with the recession and last year's snow, we realised it doesn't have to be a mad spending spree.

  9. Merry Christmas, Eddie. Wonderful news about the missus.

  10. Brilliant news about Mrs Bluelights, great to hear that

    Our family have a tradition that we only spend a tenner on each person and if possible make some homamde things - it saves our sanity as well as money that would be wasted on things people didn't really want

    Wishing you a very merry Chrismtas and a happy new year

    rae x

  11. Such fantastic news Eddie, I'm so pleased to hear it. A very Merry Christmas to you both and thank you so much for all your support. x

  12. Hoping you had a very good Christmas and I was so pleased to see you both last Friday. It was really good news about Mrs Bluelights who looked in very good condition when I saw her.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  13. Glad you are making your own true Christmas, Eddie.

    cheers to you :-)

    Aloha from Waikiki
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  14. Hi Eddie .. that sure is the best news possible for you both ..

    Enjoy the last few days of 2011 and have a very happy 2012 .. cheers Hilary

  15. Stop by and wish Johanna a Happy Birthday on Tuesday, December 27!

  16. Good news indeed! Peace to you and yours this Christmas season!

  17. Great news, and perfect timing isn't it? Several things: First, great way to display your cards!! I may copy you next year. 2nd, COMPLETELY agree-- I feel like something terrible has happened in this last decade or so with the loss of the meaning of Christmas and 3rd, that turkey cartoon is ABSOLUTELY hilarious!!

    I hope you've had a great Christmas and wish you the very best New Year!

  18. First, and foremost, the news is blessed and wonderful!

    Second, you have it right, Eddie. It has become a greedfest, for many, and I've been railing against it for years, so you have company. You and I (and perhaps a few million others) understand the true spirit, and we can keep that in our hearts, but I fear that the days of it being so in the greater world are becoming fewer and fewer. And more's the shame for the greater world.

  19. Happiest New Year wishes,
    with Warm Aloha from Waikiki
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