Are you listening?

I asked a friend in passing yesterday about Christmas lights, and struck up a conversational thread that’s been in my mind since. I’m not putting up Christmas lights, I’m probably not getting a tree, or even sprucing up the place with some wildly over-priced holly (although mistletoe’s cheap, which is interesting… the only time I can remember actually being approached with mistletoe was when I was about 14, 15, in the most awkward, self-conscious, shy phase of life. I don’t even recall if I got a peck on the cheek out of it, but I remember the scene well (ah, Ms Colwill’s form room…), and I don’t look fondly on the memory).

So am I a bah-humbug type? Not a bit of it. I just don’t seem to be in the house enough to warrant spending a ton of money that I don’t really have on things I don’t really need. Especially in the run-up to Christmas: over the next couple of weeks (and in a couple of weeks, Christmas’ll be over…) if I’m not shopping I’m stag-do go-karting, if not go-karting I’m at the office lunch, if I’m not there I’m in Northern Ireland… I can’t remember being so busy. I don’t mind, it’s all enjoyable stuff (except maybe the shopping), but I still don’t feel the need to splash out on gaudy lights to feel festive.


That said, there’s some monster displays round my manor. Giant Santas! Portable carolling grotto! Flashing lights that look like the fluorescent tube is struggling to come on! Wonderful time of year.


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