Christmas Cheer

 

Suddenly Christmas is here again. Even if you didn't know the date, you could tell it was the Christmas season by the stressed looks on people's faces while shopping, the increased rudeness and impatience of car drivers and the (mostly) tasteless 'Christmas' decorations that are thrown up in public and private locales. I wonder how much of the latter ends up as landfill and the environmental cost of it all? Somehow I don't think Jesus would have approved ...  

My Christmas tips:

  1. Keep any decorations simple and tasteful
  2. Reuse existing decorations where possible
  3. Recycle packaging, wrapping, and all other 'Christmas' objects when no longer needed.
  4. Don't buy illuminated Reindeers, Sleds etc for your garden or house roof unless you have photovoltaic panels on your roof or your own wind turbines to power them.  Your children are unlikely to thank you later in their lives for adding to environmental degradation.
  5. Make your own decorations rather than buying pre-made over-packaged versions.
  6. Don't let anyone make you feel bad if you choose not to have any decorations! You could argue this approach on good taste grounds let alone anything else.
  7. Have at least one well-mixed cocktail (it is never too early) but of course, be careful if driving, operating other machinery, or in situations where tact is required.
  8. If you have no Christmas Day obligations and all your friends are off being loved/tortured by their families, make the most of the day to get on with renovating tasks.  You will have more to show on the 26th of December than most people.

Regardless of what you do, thank you all for your support through 2008 and stay tuned for more informative and tactful tips and critics during 2009!

All the best, Stewart