year Ive made it abundantly clear that stocks will
be brought primarily for the occupants of the home and
visiting friends are free to partake whist stocks last.
it is that time of year againfor some an exciting
time and for others (like me) a frustrating one.
There is indeed something special about Christmas, something
that goes beyond the mere traditions of the cleaning of
the house or the giving of presents. There is a collective
happiness that is felt by all and a tendency to want to
make others happy as well.
This is not my reality, though, as I am often confused
by the action of many during this season.
For me Christmas time has never really been much of an
exciting time. Why? The concept of house work
says it all. My mother usually takes holidays around this
time with the intention of working me into the ground.
That was in the past though. I work now, so I leave home
a little earlier than usual and, unfortunately, get back
really late. This year she caught on and designed a night
shift for me.
From where did this tradition of house cleaning come?
Ive never seen anything supporting it in the Bible.
And why do we have to wait until a week before Christmas
Day? All this for one day? Whats going on throughout
the year that prevents such maintenance?
High food prices, my foot! This was my thoughts after
doing some shopping the other day. Yes, for my mother.
People were going crazy in the supermarket, quarrelling
about the prices while still filling up the carts.
I felt a bit out of place with my one cart at the cashier,
as people arrived with two carts and hand baskets as well.
One guy actually looked at my cart and asked me to go
over to the one-to-ten items counter, because other people
in my line really had a lot to cash.
The apples and grapes venders dont appear to be
doing that badly either, although grapes are $10 a pound
with seeds and $18 a pound without.
Ive since developed an allergic reaction to grapes
and Im experimenting with some apple seeds because
I keep getting insults from the fruit venders whenever
I ask the price.
I was made to understand that a furniture and appliances
store is sold out and has delivery orders backed up till
This happens every year at this time. Why? Am I to understand
that people change their furniture annually? If so, then
Im really out of sorts because I havent seen
a new piece of furniture in my house for years.
This gift-giving thing, what is the real deal with that?
I know some of my friends in the league are pulling their
hair, eyes and wallets out wondering what present to get
me but really, there is no need for all that.
I suppose I never really got into it since Ive been
getting socks and shirts for the past ten years. However,
this year I decided to go against my natural inclination
and get something special for all my friends and loved
Yes, cards, and not just any cards, Hallmark cards. I
saw a great deal in the mall for a pack and just could
not resist. Of course you know the thing about this season
is not what you give, but it is the thought that counts.
My good friend Joel Primus sought my advice on what present
to get a girl he likes so, instinctively, I said get her
a card, man. I then took the liberty of choosing one of
Hallmarks very best for him and even wrote it up.
He seems to have caught on and bought a pack of cards.
But I hope it works out with the girl as I forgot to take
off the $12.95 price tag,
Another aspect of the season that just confuses me is
the invasion of my personal space, namely my house, and
the rationing of the holiday stocks.
This year Ive made it abundantly clear that stocks
will be brought primarily for the occupants of the home
and visiting friends are free to partake whist stocks
Mum is still trying to come to terms with it but I had
to put my foot down on this issue. Why must I restrain
myself from eating that black cake or drinking a malta
because somebody might pass by at some time? I know that
there are a lot of you out there who feel the same way.
As I am on this point, all of you who have threatened
to invade my home this season, please be advised that
you would have to provide your own music and food. If
you are in time, I might still have some soft drink around
to help you out but that is not a promise.
Despite my lack of understanding for the behaviour of
many around this time, I must admit a small part of me
looks forward to this season every year. We must not forget,
however, the real gift that we celebrate on December 25the
gift of Jesus Christ.
Let us remember that he was born to die for the atonement
of our sins so that God the Father can fellowship with
us as he did with Adam in the Garden of Eden.
Well, happy holidays to all and a have safe and enjoyable
Wesley George is the education officer of
the PNM National Youth League