For ‘2nd January’ People

December 22, 2016 OPINION/NEWS

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Hazel Speed

It is not everyone who enjoys Christmas and/or New Year Celebrations, for a host of different reasons.

For instance they could be old without any friends or relatives, in fact, they may be any age with the same set of circumstances.

There are those who just do not ‘buy into’ the whole Santa Ho Ho thing. Others may be surrounded by extended families who meet to over eat, over drink and have ‘fun’, possibly culminating in rows!

They say the suicide rate increases at this time of year.

What of the homeless living on the streets? OK, various charities may have annual events at specified venues to provide hot meals, new clothing and quick medical or dental checks, also shelter for a number of days. I often wonder, however, when that time frame ends and they return to sleeping rough, at least mostly, is it a kindness to host these events? I am sure there will be some who prefer to maintain their established lifestyle, especially if they have learned of a coping mechanism they do not wish to disturb or interrupt – a bit like the game of snakes and ladders on so many levels.

TV, of course, for those with a home and/or access to watching programmes or films, will find scheduling is paradoxically geared to war movies for adults and saturation of ‘make-believe’ characters for children.

There are those who prefer to choose the days and events throughout a year when they wish to celebrate something themselves. That would sure beat travel problems around Christmas and Easter and confound potential would-be strikers.

Whether one is a ‘Christmas’ person or not, alone or with a family, we must remember, as with every day in our lives, there are 24 hours in each one and ‘Now is not always’.

How we utilise each day, no matter its secular name, is geared by our circumstances and particular contingent situations but take hope, whether Christmas and New Year Celebrations are a happy memory or something to work through, it will soon be over.

That is, until next time…!









Hazel Speed

Photo (c) Hazel Speed – used by kind permision to Tuck Magazine

Hazel Speed is a Philosopher, Writer, and Artist with various creative projects at differing stages of development. Her flaship project is an animation which has produced a film short: She has also written an E-novel, ‘Just Suppose…!‘ which is available via the attached link.

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