It’s nothing to do with the weather, although we did wake up to snow; which is fitting for the time of year. Low pressure as in no pressure, that’s the general feeling I get about Christmas in Poland.
The children have already received there presents back on December the 6th, St Nicolas’s names day and that’s that, no scrambling around trying to buy gifts to please a myriad of people that you might only see once a year, or even you nearest and dearest; it’s just not expected, so nobody does it or worries about it.
Christmas is simply about the family getting together, your immediate family on Christmas Eve, expanding to a wider group on Christmas day; visiting Aunties, Uncles, Grandparents and the like. And whilst the Eve still seems to be influenced by religion, in the type of food served and the lack of alcohol, the Day becomes more of celebration and drinking and dancing are more likely to be on the cards! (I’ll let you know if this came to pass on Wednesday)
Even the build-up is subdued. Try as they might, the advertising people just don’t seem to get through to the average person; even the might of Tesco can’t change the habits of a nation no matter how early they stock their shelves and change the music to a festive loop. Christmas remains Christmas the way it has always been.
Walk down the street and you will be lucky to see a single house with more than a string of lights on display and even then the decorations are only likely to have gone up in the last few days; we have only just finished decorating our own tree. It reminds me of when I was young and we played the game of ‘spot the Christmas trees’ on the drive to see a distant relative, I’m sure they were there, but only a few people in a more reserved 1970’s Britain would ever think of displaying the tree in the widow for all to see; of course that’s what made the game more challenging. Hard to imagine now as the festive competition rages and heats up the air!
So will this be a better Christmas without all the modern day hype and bling? Oh yes, no doubt about it, I feel better already, calm, relaxed and happy, and it hasn’t even started yet!
But before I head downstairs to feast on carp and pierogi, , I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and New Year. readers, followers; thank you for your encouragement, and friends and family; who I hope will become readers and followers if your not already. Have a good one, I know I will 🙂