I have to confess before I go any further that I love Christmas – for all the wrong reasons. I love the garish decorations, the sentimentality of the films, the predictability of the department store soundtrack, the turkey and trimmings, and the sense of well-being that comes from the giving (and receiving!) of presents. It is an oasis of light in the midst of the long dark winter of the northern hemisphere, and it’s a great excuse to take a fortnight off work safe in the knowledge that at least three days will be courtesy of the Bank Holiday arrangements in the UK. Truly, what’s not to like?
Well, apparently, quite a lot. And in today’s Guardian, Stuart Heritage goes to town in describing all the ways that Christmas (and the cutesification of life generally) is driving him to distraction. It’s a very well written and funny piece and I commend it to you (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/24/cutesification-of-everything-elf-twitter-funny). Of course, I don’t agree with the sentiment, but you have to admire the way that Heritage sets out his case
Once you’ve read it, don’t forget to go to here (http://www.elfyourself.com/) to create your personalised animation for the new festive season. If you’re feeling particularly mischievous, you could send it to Stuart! (That was just a joke – I don’t want to be responsible for triggering that stress-related heart attack that he refers to in the article!!)