The Christmas Spirit
Everywhere, I'm reading people's smug confessions of presents wrapped, puddings boiled and turkeys plumped. Epic tales of marathon power-walking in the shopping centres.
I stand before you, shifting uneasily from foot to foot, as I confess to having done....nothing. Nada. Not a present bought, a mince tart baked or a decoration decked. I know, shameful, right?
And it has ever been so. This post was from last Christmas.
This is the season of a psychological condition I'm going to call Christmas Denial. It's an affliction which affects mainly females and consists of a general resistance to any kind of early preparation for Christmas Day. Sufferers of this condition watch with smug amusement as others begin preparations for Yuletide. In reaction, we feel an irresistible compulsion to complete any and every other task possible.
Christmas Cards Sent?
"I have planted seven kinds of roses in the garden, mulched and made a good dent in the nut-grass weeding...".
"I am going to get that linen press sorted in the next week if it's the last thing I do. I also want to take that chandelier we bought years ago to see if they really can rewire it..."
Who's going to be here on the day?
"Er, I really think we should shift the kids bedrooms around and maybe oil the decks".
And so it goes on.
Plans may be laid and lists organised, but the sufferer of this affliction does ANYTHING to avoid what is on that list.
Until Day 23 of December, when the scales drop from our eyes and we become gibbering wrecks as we realise we have less than 48 hours to prepare dinner for the 300 or so family members we have casually invited, a pile of presents to wrap ..oops, buy for said guests. Where did I put that turkey? Who moved all the table cloths in this linen press? Aarrrrrggghhhhh.
You may like to try therapy if you have this condition, but results in time for the 25th are doubtful.
Alternatively, you may like to try this recipe for Christmas pudding. It's really the only job that appeals to me. And I guarantee you too will feel true Christmas spirit afterwards.
1 cup of sugar
4 large eggs
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