The last month of the year has just begun. With the festive season coming it would be hard for most people. It varies, from the singles who look for a date for the new years eve party, fighting sibblings who are forced to attend the family dinner together, the divorcés busy arranging the custody dates with their exes so they are assured that the children would be with them and the lonely people who can use a good conversation or two through a special hot line to drag them during the Holiday Season.
The other side of the story is the Economy. Yes, the economy. Only in the december issue, the glossy’s preach about how important it is to get the right Petite Robe Noir (The Little Black Dress), how to survive the countless christmas cocktails hours/dinners (including stepping aside the family fights), drinking liters of champagne (the must have brand according to Dutch glossys is Crystal, Moet et Chandon is for the established ones) and while doing this, being able to stay absolutely fabulous (???*??). The culinary mags compete with each others by setting numerous menu’s, you name it, they have it! A simple, beginner’s menu (aka steaming custom, this is about microwave meals), a 3 courses menu for a chef of an Intermediate cooking level and of course a 7 courses menu for the high culinary minded hobby chefs.
The supermarkets seduce the consument for buying things they don’t really need (come on, butter in form of a Christmas bell?), kitchen paper cloth with christmas prints on it and tons of food which would be landed in a trash bin cause the buyers would have had eaten too much at the second christmas day.
I guess you get my message. December is a tough time to get through socially, mentally and financially speaking. And you know what, this applies on every society layer. I used to follow the flow, I celebrated Christmas and New Year exuberantly. The past years I have been spending my Christmas and New Year with the loved ones, no social obligations in my private life since I have enough business Christmas cocktails and New Year’s breakfasts to attend. For me that is what counts, being with my loved ones during the Wonderful Times of the year no matter what I feel (I’d be probably extremely home sick by then), wear, drink and eat.
No matter what you plan to do during the Holiday Season, I wish you all good luck with the preparations. Don’t get stressed, chill and stay calm, 2009 will come whatsoever :-D.