Christmas – The season of peace and goodwill....yet every year it sparks arguments in households all around the world! Debates can arise over the most superficial of things, but as they say ‘one person's mountain can be someone else's molehill'! Debates can start early over the Christmas decorations. There are those that would love to turn their home into a Christmas wonderland, with fairy lights and decorations fixed to every facet, both inside and out, finished off with a carpet of fake snow and mechanical reindeers to boot! However there are also those that prefer a more traditional or minimalistic look!
Then there is the ‘Real vs. Artificial' Christmas tree debate! There are valid points to each side of this debate. You can save money by investing in an artificial Christmas tree. Each year you can assemble and decorate it, without the worry of having to water it or clean up the millions of dropped pine needles. But then you can't beat a real Christmas tree, whose scent alone embodies Christmas! Real Christmas trees also bring with them traditions, such as going out and selecting the perfect tree for your home, then trimming it to make it fit! Even using the same decorations each year it will still look wonderfully unique.
But even with the Christmas tree dilemma solved, there is still the question of whether you place a fairy on top of the tree or an angel. In the Christmas story the star appeared before the angel, so it can come down to either religious viewpoints, or simply cosmetic appeal? Then again it could just come down to who can reach the top of the tree first!
Where you actually spend Christmas day can also put you in a predicament (unless you have the valid excuse of having to work on Christmas day). Debates can range from where you will be tucking into your turkey to whose television you'll be all sitting around. This is often made more difficult when ‘in-laws' are thrown into the equation too. Not wanting to offend either family, you can either opt for spending alternate Christmases with each family; or all spend Christmas together or simply stay in your own home.
Then comes the Christmas dinner dilemma - do you choose to cook it yourself at home or dine out at a restaurant? Organising and cooking a traditional Christmas meal can take months of preparation. The lead up to the big day can be like a military operation, where even the supermarkets can be like a battlefield! Like with all debates there are pros and cons. Cooking up a festive feast for all the family can be stressful, but you can also make it a family affair by getting everyone involved and helping out. Or you could opt to go out. But whilst letting a restaurant do all the cooking and cleaning up can take away the hassle, Christmas day menu prices can be expensive and if you haven't booked well in advance, well, you'd better start peeling those potatoes now!
So even though the festive season is seen as a time for peace on earth and goodwill to all, it can also be the cause of many a (heated) Christmas debate! But hey, Christmas just wouldn't be the same without them though, now would it?