Monday, December 1, 2008

Manic Monday # 144

december 1 2008

It's "Cyber Monday" today, the ceremonial kick-off of the holiday online shopping season in the United States.

Well, here in The Netherlands, this is just the beginning of december and it is the last week of Sinterklaas.

Traditionally we don't give presents at Christmas, but we give presents from the second half of November untill the birthday of St. Nicolaas, december 6th.

On that day we find the last presents when we wake up. By then Sinterklaas/St. Nicolaas, has left the country.

Christmas in our part of the world is more pure, although I have to say that the way commercialism has taken over completely disgusts me.
The rediculous fact that some people in the world start with christmas already in october signals a trend that local traditions are pushed aside and that people are not living the time of year they should in my opinion.

Sinterklaas is based on the legend that St. Nicolaas gave a couple of poor women the money for their wedding. He threw the money through their window at night, so they wouldn't know who the caring giver was.

The tradition is closely knit to the end of the harvest season, when people gave away the crops they couldn't put away at home or didn't need to survive the winter.

I like living with the seasons and living in the present, so you won't see me decorate the house for the christmasseason until Sinterklaas is over.
I want my children to be aware that everything in life has it's time, so Christmasdecoration belongs to Christmas.

From december 7 tot december 24 de house will slowly change into a christmassy home.
Our Christmasseason lasts until january 6.
That's the day the 3 kings arrived and paid tribute to Jesus.

It's a pity that those who follow the commercial signals are not aware of the importance of the arrival of those 3, and throw the christmastree out of the house on what we call the third day of Christmas.

Singing the song: "Twelve days of Christmas" is only a display of the lack of knowledge when you're not able to respect the real twelve days: the days that lead up to the arrival of the Kings, january 6th.

Im perfectly happy with the fact that the christmasseason here is not the same as the shopping season, even though commercialism tries to make us believe they are the same.

Do you do much online shopping, holiday or otherwise?

No I don't.
With 6 children, 4 of them with special needs, we never have enough money to buy what we want and sometimes not even to buy what we need.

I don't consider us poor, because we have enough to eat and a roof above our heads.
But we're forced to live sober: no vacations, no large extra's and often no real christmasmeal.
We're a bit ashamed we can't invite friends over anymore for christmasdinner, like we did when we were just married. We just can't afford it.
At christmas we're in a sort of social hibernation.

I like to hunt at ebay for something special though, but most of the time that end up in looking how much other people are going to pay for it.

Are you a Mac or a PC user? Why?

I have a very old machine and as long as it works, I'm OK with it.
When it breaks down it might take ages before I can afford a new one.
It was in the planning to blog to slowly built enough on my account to buy a new one when necessary, but since google ungoogled me, there's hardly a post to write.
So I'm a PC user as long as it lasts.

What website do you spend more time on than you care to admit?

I really don't know.

I'm quite open about things.
Maybe it's the NASA site when a spaceflight is going on.
I love the idea that I'm here on earth and I can see the people in the space centre when they're so far above my head.

I guess a little secret lies in the fact that I would love to be able to make a space flight, and I wouldn't hesitate one single second when someone told me I was choosen to go up.

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  1. NASA is an interesting site to be addicted to.

    I played too :)

  2. If it were up to me, Christmas would be year 'round. I love the joy and peace that envelopes the whole state of mind.

    Happy Monday.


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