Feeling frazzled? Completed your Crimbo shopping? Had enough of the hustle and bustle that makes the festive season feel like a commercial wasteland? Well then, why not make the crazy season work for you instead of dipping your hat to the multi national corporations who try and tell you how to celebrate this particular period of the year? Perhaps it is time you chose how to enjoy yourself instead of letting the greed of others dictate terms?
I was meeting Kat after she finished work on Saturday evening and was left a little gob smacked at the volume of people who were still out in the cold at dinner time, presumably wasting their money on gifts to be handed over to friends and relitives in another week or so. Cash registers were rolling over at fever pitch.
That was as about as near as I wanted to be to any of that malarkey this weekend. My festive cheer does not include extravagant gifts or spending time with people who I would not normally wish to see. Festive cheer should be all about what makes you happy should it not?
My Friday night was the start of a bubbly weekend. I’d been offered a ticket to some corporate Christmas party, of which I politely turned down. Instead I had a date with BBC television. From 9 pm there was a marathon of sorts showing. It was a string of programs focusing on the works of my one and only idol, David Bowie. I sat on the lounge mesmerized once more, like I have been so many times before. If you get the chance check out the fascinating documentary that runs by the name of “5 Years”. There is a shortened 60 minute version out there however it must be the full 90 minute episode you need to track down. A true must see for music fans fom all walks of life.
Following “5 Years” there was a program entitled “The Genius of David Bowie” which was more or less an hours collection of Bowie performing on various BBC programs over the decades. Next up on the bill was a fascinating doco entailing the birth and ensuing success of Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” album and character. Narrated by Jarvis Cocker you would be best getting onto this one too.
Last on the viewing plate was D.A Pennebaker’s film, “Ziggy Stardust – The Motion Picture”. An often viewed yet never tiresome film capturing the final show by Ziggy at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on July 3rd in 1973. I didn’t make it this far though as the sleep monster had caught up with me.
Saturday was brilliant! They day itself was a productive one as I cleaned up my laptop and managed a run in the evening. That night there was a most brilliant gathering of people from around the area to celebrate the end of year festivities as such. A eccentric mix of people who were all full of the most wonderful stories and adventures. The spread of food was sublime as the wine and beer flowed. One could not have asked for a more splendid way to spend the evening.
So far, so good. Now for Sunday.
The day began well enough with cups of tea and conversation in the kitchen. One could not have written the script for the remainder of Sunday any better. At 4 pm we sat down to watch one of the best passing games that Liverpool FC had produced in some time that culminated in a 5-0 win over Tottenham followed by a rather entertaining evening spent over dinner with friends as we laughed ourselves silly.
So I avoided the pitfalls, for the best part of the corporate side to Christmas. There is only one weekend left to navigate my way through and once more it shall include more of the same and absolutely no trips to shopping centres. Christmas this year is going to be a barrel of laughs and adventures. Best of all it will be spent with next to no hints of commercial connections as long as I can help it.
Ho, ho, ho people!