Curiosity about what Christmas means in Ireland doesn’t give me much cause for getting into the Festive Spirit. Seven out of ten most findable Christmas websites in Ireland are mostly commercial (selling ice skating tickets, gift sets, hotel accommodation, and even website hosting) with 2 others presenting news stories about how commercial Christmas has become and the last of the ten, a blog post, containing a link to the Christmas Sucks song from Tom Waits and Peter Murphy. Now for those of you not familiar with this song it includes lines such as “its a Gothic death rock Christmas eve”, “this time of the year makes me sick to my guts” and best of all “this holiday season is all the more reason to DIE”. Great stuff!
I’m not sure what I was looking for really, but I suppose I was hoping to find a little more depth. So how about sites that are all about “the spirit of Christmas”? Well I must be a bit more naive than I thought as these are even more commercial than the plain old “Christmas” sites. 9 out of the top 10 are commercial sites mostly flogging hotel breaks, gift sets and tickets to events such as the “Spirit of Christmas Event” – a Broadway show featuring (I kid you not) “gorgeous costumes, wonderful Christmas songs and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole.” The only non-commercial site in this category is the Yahoo! Answers website where the question “What is the True Spirit of Christmas?” is addressed. Some nice warm and fluffy stuff in there about “generosity” and “loving presence” – Now we’re getting somewhere! Only thing is; none of the contributors appear to be from Ireland.
So what could best sum up what Christmas means in Ireland? Where can we turn to for a heartfelt presentation of the essence of the festive season? Who can best give us the depth of meaning that we all crave at this time of year? Well who else but these two boys:
Have a great Christmas and don’t get caught up Podge and Rodge’s chimney!