Monday, December 15, 2008

Yuletidinal Blues

The saying " it does not rain, it pours" is a pretty apt description of the multifaceted avalanches that have conspired together to unleash cruel blows on some of us during this season of Christmas. Ouch!!
The global recession, the insane increase in the cost of utilities, the unannounced spike in insurance premiums and the hike in the costs of food and clothing are some of the elements of this brutal gang, robbing us big time of our right to make merry.
As usual, the malls are pulsating with enticingly hypnotic schemes and mouthwatering deals to get us to swipe the credit cards.
Those of us who, until now, have been keen celebrants of the commercial side of the season of merriment have had to learn quickly the art of avoiding the malls of Johannesburg like a plaque. They are not going to ride on my back, laughing, all the way to the bank!
I have an incredible stamina when it comes to holding unto my ever-tinning purse, but I can't say the same thing about you know who, so, in Kwaku Ananse's style, I am ever devising creative ways to avoid going to that house of pain.
As a properly-raised Ghanaian I am a believer in the noble art of avoiding unaffordable consumption! I am teaching some of my non-Ghanaian friends how to cut corners in order to provide, at least, a semblance of normality in their homes.
So not only are the usual suspects going to receive smaller scales of the boxes under the tree, the tree itself will be a much-cheaper Chinese version.
By the way, where is Santa Claus when you really need him? Or, perhaps, he also is cutting down on his expenses this time around. Hohoho!

8 comments:

Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

Great post. Just about captures the general despair which has been building up slowly for the past half year or so. Maybe for once, Christmas will be limited to its true and original meaning (which is...I don't really know), and it will, just this year, not be a commercial celebration.

novisi said...

ouch!

sounds like the harmattan wind that blows your skin dry!

ouch!

but sure there's always a way to make things beautiful...enjoy!

posekyere said...
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posekyere said...

Ouch! Novisi,

Killing me and my christmas plans softly with your tough-love words.
Anyhow,man has got to do what man has got to do, period!

posekyere said...

Hi Nana Yaw,
I completely agree(except the part which deals with you not knowing the real christmas). Hehehe.
The most important lesson is that True Christmas will, perhaps, reclaim the lost meaning for all of us who know what a Gift it really is.

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

Maybe we will be encouraged (if not forced) to rethink what Christmas is all about...that would not be a bad thing - here, there and everywhere around the world..:)

posekyere said...

Hi Here,There, ....,
I am pleased to hear that you are sharing the same sentiments as those I expressed in my post.
I really believe that the christmas spirit has been hijacked by the retailers and bankers of this world, and it is very unfortunate.

posekyere said...

Hi Here,There, ....,
I am pleased to hear that you are sharing the same sentiments as those I expressed in my post.
I really believe that the christmas spirit has been hijacked by the retailers and bankers of this world, and it is very unfortunate.