Saturday, 20 December 2014

Friendship Report: Happy Hearth's Warming!

Dear Readers,

As most of you should be able to work out, this is the last post from me before Hearth's Warming. I also know that some of you may find it stupid that I'd prefer to say Hearth's Warming and not Christmas. The truth of the matter is that I don't think it's right to continue to call it Christmas if I'm not going to be celebrating the birth of Christ.

So what do I celebrate on Christmas Day? The truth is that I celebrate nothing, I don't see the point of this damnable holiday that is forced down the throats of every family in England, and presumably all other predominantly Christian countries. Christmas is everywhere, and I can't escape it, which is where things get funny in my eyes. They're allowed to have Christmas related merchandise and media everywhere at this time of year, but you're not allowed to say Merry Christmas, just in case those two innocent words offend someone.

I will be honest, I have never understood how many things offend people, I have simply just had a strange and annoying habit of offending most of the people I know. I do however find it silly that we can't happily just wish people a Merry Christmas without the fear of offending them. At least we have been provided with a substitute for "Merry Christmas," we now have to say "Happy Holidays." It's definitely more accurate than saying "Merry Christmas" but it doesn't feel the same, to me it feels like your cheating someone out of part of the blessing.

I will admit, I was almost looking forward to Hearth's Warming this year. My dad intended for it to pass like any other day, but with the addition of presents. We were going to open presents at about 10 AM the way we always do, and then just go back into the solitude of our usual routine until we get called down for a good old fashioned curry. Naturally, my eldest brother had to provide us with a more suitable plan, which I think we now have to adhere to.

So no I'm not happy about this years Hearth's Warming, I have to wake up early and then spend time with a family I don't know (but I did meet last year, on Boxing Day). I do however hope you readers all the best over Christmas (or whatever other holiday you may celebrate, if any). Do enjoy yourself, and if you need me, I'll be locked in my room listening to Cradle of Filth.

- George "Kitty" Booth

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