All I want for Christmas…


During this holiday season, Ralph has been thinking about the spirit of Christmas.


“I don’t want a lot for Christmas,

There is just one thing I need.”

Mariah Carey is singing from the radio.

“I don’t care about the presents,

Underneath the Christmas tree.”

She does that a lot this time of year. And she is not the only one with something specific in mind.

Something else that usually happens at this time of year is my mother asking the question: “What do you want for Christmas?”

And as usual I’m kind of at a loss for words. I’m 45 years old, have a job and tend to buy the stuff I want or need. And she’s probably not going to buy me that vintage Gibson Les Paul guitar at the price of a brand new car I want but can’t afford. What I really want for Christmas is less stress, but unfortunately buying that isn’t possible. Or is it?

The happily ringing glockenspiel of Carey’s “All I want for Christmas” isn’t really the true sound of the weeks leading up to Christmas. It is the less well known song “Got the time” by Joe Jackson. This is a song where the racing beat is accompanied with rushed singing and lyrics that could put a sleeping person in a state of panic.

I really get stressed at this time of year, and I suppose I’m not the only one. Moving through a packed shopping centre trying to get to that one perfect gift for that special someone, hoping that you haven’t forgotten one of your nieces or nephews… No wonder some people just run away and celebrate Christmas by not celebrating it, somewhere far, far away.

Christmas is really nice as soon as it starts for real. It is the time leading up to it which, at least in my mind, creates the stress. And soon there will be a way to keep yourself out of that crowded shopping centre.

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Now that, to me, sounds like the basis of a very Merry Christmas.