I must say it has been a remarkably quiet winter so far.
I refer of course to the overwhelming false jollity in the lead up to Christmas.
There are several things that really piss me off normally. There is the insistence on using sleigh-bells in any and every bit of music, be it blaring in supermarkets or in television advertising. I fucking hate the sound of sleigh-bells simply because they are so ubiquitous. Then there are the songs that are pumped at us year after year – the Fairytale of New York, that ghastly Slade one and of course Bing Fucking Crosby. But you notice – they are all auditory irritations? If I can’t hear them then they don’t annoy me.
This year I have honed my reaction time on the television remote control to absolute perfection. The merest hint of sleigh-bells or a “Christmassy song” and POW – the sound has gone, not to be revived until it is perfectly safe. They can throw all the Santas, holly and turkeys they like onto the screen but I just flatly ignore them. Sky has gone berserk this year with rakes of channels devoted entirely to “Christmassy” films and programmes. If anything, that’s a very good thing as it keeps most of the shit out of the main channels [not that there is anything worthwhile in them anyway]. I skip the lot when poking around on the screen.
The lights are up in the village which makes the place quite pretty. But they don’t really signify Christmas as they are up all the year round. Nobody ever bothers to take them down since the year they were all stolen from the local cop-shop. We just decided it was easier, safer and less trouble to leave them there permanently.
The upshot of all this is that I am almost feeling a tad festive [only almost – I’m not going overboard here] simply because I can do things at my own pace. In previous years all the clamour and hype has driven me into a state of near apoplexy to the point where I never want to hear even the mention of the C word, but this year so far, I have gotten away with it and have remained nice and calm.
Add to that the fact that in less than tree weeks the nights will start getting shorter again and you could say I am almost enjoying the season.
<silent> Ho, Ho, HO. </silent>