made me laugh and think about the upcoming festive season.
I can see a lot of sense in having a big party in the most depressing part of the winter and I laugh at people who say that it has become "too commercial" or that there is "too much conspicuous consumption"; surely that's the point of the whole thing! The weather's horrible, it's dark all the time and (in less fortunate times than ours) the food stores are running a bit low and it's a long time until there'll be any new food. Throw in the effects of seasonal affective disorder and a great big party, with weeks of anticipation leading up to it, becomes an essential survival mechanism.
So I intend to enjoy my winter festival, to eat and drink to excess (at least a couple of times), to spend time with family and friends and be grateful for the good things while giving myself a holiday from everything else.