We’ve decided to organise a Christmas party.
It’s a while since we threw a proper Christmas bash for family and friends. Now, I know that we’ve left it a little late, to book a venue, sort out food and so on. However, I have found a lovely room, and the owners will cater if required. They also provide overnight accommodation for anyone too pickled to make it home afterwards. So .. this knees-up will be taking place on Monday 21st December at 7.30pm.
All of that was amazingly easy to arrange; done within 24 hours of the first party thought crossing my mind.
Phone calls and emails swiftly followed; invitations were extended.
A week later it occurs to me that I may have been over-ambitious; I think I may have got a little carried away with the thought of spending a few pleasurable festive fun-filled hours in the company of my nearest and dearest. It seems that not everyone has the same enthusiasm as me.
I’m well aware that 21st December is very close to Christmas, and people will obviously be busy with their own preparations and events. I also know that many folk will have to get up the following morning and go to work. I also definitely know for sure that if a friend was to call our house and invite us to a completely free festive bash, we’d be there like a shot, especially during Christmas week – what a great way to get the festivities started.
I should point out that the lack of enthusiasm I’m talking about emanates in the main from our midlife friends. Our daughter has had a completely different response from the young livelies she’s asked along, and some of them will have to travel half way across the country to join us. And that’s the difference. Young people are keen to get involved in anything that promises to be fun, regardless of undertaking long, expensive train journeys, sleeping on someone’s floor or dragging themselves to work bleary eyed after a night out.
Middle aged people, on the other hand, are not so keen it seems. Maybe midlifers are just too tired. Maybe midlifers are sick to death of Christmas; after all we’ve done a good number of them. It’s completely plausible that my midlife friends are struggling to find that elusive “Christmas spirit” in the midst of this bloody awful recession. Or maybe their partying days are just, well .. over.
Me thinks not. Me thinks that lack of confidence is a primary factor; laziness is another. It’s easier to not do something than to do it. Comfort zone shrinkage is a common affliction amongst the middle aged; I witness it every day in the people I know. I have to concede ultimately, however, that it’s possible I’m way off the mark with my entire way of thinking. Perhaps it’s just me.
Regardless of the midlife reluctance vibes coming my way, and I will waste no more time considering them, we are going to have a lovely evening in the company of like-minded people who love a good old knees-up. Even if it means holding a recruitment day at the local college.