Christmas used to be about laughter, family and for the religious among us, the birth of Christ. These days Christmas is more about outlandish decorations, 24 hour drinking and a food budget that could cripple a small company.
Among the excesses, there are of course the gifts galore that you have to buy for every friend and family member and their dog in the hope that one of them will get you something that you really want on the big day. On Christmas morning, you race down the stars and begin tearing into your gifts, hoping, wishing . . .
Alas after all of 10 minutes you are surrounded by piles of gift wrap, ribbons and enough bath sets, scented soaps and perfumes to sink a ship. Most of all, truth be told, you are left feeling a bit deflated. Were your subtle hints a bit too subtle or did they fall on deaf ears?
Here’s the thing, when you were a kid, you were an open book. Everyone knew exactly what you wanted because you mention it at least 3 times a day and your joy at finally getting the fairy princess doll you had been yearning for all year was evident on your face. When you are older however, trivial things like what your friends and family would like to receive for Christmas takes a backseat to… well, life.
I am a writer who writes about hair and I’m constantly telling people about the products that I use and love so you would imagine that I would be a very easy person to buy a gift for (hint hair stuff). Apparently not, after two consecutive years of receiving the exact same bath set from my sister (she was mortified when I pointed it out!), I decided that enough was enough and I would start telling people exactly what I wanted for Christmas.