Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? I find myself seeing posts all over Facebook from mid-November which entail people starting countdowns to Christmas, getting overly and prematurely excited about what a fantastic time of year it is and changing profile pictures to hilarious and just so cute wreaths/santa photos/cats wearing Christmas knitted jumpers.
To me, there's no doubting that it's a great thing for many families. For some it's the only time each year the whole family is able to get together and a really enjoyable experience. For others it can be a lonely time watching the rest of the world be merry when they don't have anyone to share the season with. For those without families, good friends or even a roof over their head, can Christmas be the equivalent of Valentines Day to somebody who's just become single?
In terms of the actual meaning of Christmas, how many people these days really think about Christmas in a way more than enjoying decorations, cakes, a tree and presents? I'm really hoping the thread doesn't descend to religious mocking/arguments but it's a point worth making that the "true" meaning of Christmas doesn't mean a lot to some people. Does this matter?
Do good things really happen at Christmas? From my personal experience the adage that they do is far from true. Cold temperatures increase the risk of illness/death in the older population considerably. From what I've seen, more sad times in families occur around Christmas than any other time of year... or does that just seem to be the case because everyone comments "Oh... so terrible for that to happen around Christmas
But yeah... in short... Christmas fans or not overly keen?
Those tipping Sunderland to go down clearly haven't seen our pre-season performances, or know little of our signings.
I will pay every active forumite 10 english pounds if Sunderland get relegated.