Skipping festive period is not on: OPINION
HANDS up who wants to skip Christmas?
Things are getting so frantic around my house at some times I feel like bolting the door, closing the blinds and waiting for the whole festive season to blow over.
It's a theme well explored in the movie Christmas with the Kranks.
The film, starring Tim Allen and Jamie-Lee Curtis, is based on the John Grisham novel Skipping Christmas.
It was actually on TV (again for the hundredth time) about a week ago.
Jaded middle aged man and his wife are empty nesters for the first time and decide to go on a cruise instead of celebrating Christmas in the usual fashion.
This doesn't go down well with the neighbourhood and myriad of work colleagues and friends.
It's like the couple are swimming against the tide and, without giving the plot away too much, they don't succeed.
I'm always amazed how frenzied people become in the lead-up to this ONE day of the year.
It's like the world is about to end on December 25 and you won't see the usual suspects on December 26 and beyond.
The pressure to have the BEST Christmas possible, surrounded by friends and family, with presents galore and the prospect of a few days off is just not a reality for many.
The festive season can be the loneliest time of the yearand bring on financial and social pressures that are unable to reconciled for the coming year and beyond.
My advice is slow down, look after one another.