Our straight talking Lancashire lass takes a sideways look at the daily news.
The end of the world is not nigh…
But time is running out for me to get my Christmas shopping sorted!
Yes, I’ve STILL not gotten around to sorting out my Crimbo shopping yet, although I did managed to buy some Christmas coffee. My folks will be really pleased with my meager contribution this year, I’m sure.
The problem is I’ve found it really hard to get into the Christmas spirit. Last year I Christmassed the living daylights out of my life. I had a real tree, beautiful decorations, Quality Streets, Wonka Bars, reindeer… I was Santa’s not-so-little assistant. But this year? Nada. Nothing is stirring, not even a mouse.
The news isn’t helping. News of the forthcoming Mayan Apocalypse on Friday is causing some (deranged) people to think the world is ending. And incidentally, if you honestly believe that Planet X will crash into Earth on Friday afternoon you need your head looking at. Just saying, like.
If it’s not endless reports on the end of the world, we’re bombarded with the likes of celebrity drop-out Danniella Westbrook who went on Jeremy Kyle and admitted that she snorted coke whist giving birth. Merry Christmas to you Danniella! And stay classy!
Just a quick scan of the papers gives us endless stories about creepy paedophiles. It gives us Norovirus (not literally) that will ‘Ruin Christmas for thousands’!!!!!. It gives us little boys with cancer with crazy parents who don’t want him to have treatment. It gives us Helen Flanagan and her BREATHTAKINGLY STUPID gun-to-the-head-aren’t-I-sexy-in-my-bra photograph published merely days after the Sandy Hook massacre. Seriously, who does that? WHO?
The news over the past week has been grim, depressing and deeply, deeply tragic. Incidentally, my heart and prayers really go out to the poor families who were affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy. All I can wish for them this Christmas is some element of peace and healing.
I guess events like this that bring it all home and put it into perspective. However unprepared I am for Christmas, at the end of the day I’ll be spending it with my lovely family and friends. There are many people around the world who won’t be as fortunate.
So bearing this in mind, I’ll spare a thought for those people, and will be a bit more graceful about Christmas this year.
Peace out xxx