With my need to flee from Christmas this year, I am eternally thankful that one of my friends has decided to make Singapore his home away from home. This has been a long time coming, you know. With my family growing ever more dysfunctional with every passing year, exacerbated by the Holidays as is want to happen, I made the decision to not sit through another pitiful excuse of a family gathering. A gathering where they competed to out gift one another. That’s not Christmas in the slightest. The JJH Boutique Apartments were calling to me instead this year.
They were so angry when I told them my plants. I honestly don’t understand how they don’t see it themselves. Ever since my grandmother died they have come together for Christmas Eve like they always but it’s different. Where there used to be a true family bond and a love is now replaced by anger. Bitterness. I don’t know what’s happened, I honestly do not. I tried to figure out where all this rage began but nobody would even admit to it. They rather poison one another one holiday at a time rather come together and try to resolve whatever it is that is bothering them.
Back and forth, they spend all of Christmas Eve taking verbal pot shots at each other. Then when the gifts start rolling out, they have literally tried to turn it into an exercise of ‘who can buy the better and biggest gift’. At this point the alcohol has already started flowing heavily so their pot shots turn into full out insults or cursing at one another. Last year it almost resulted in a fist fight between both of my uncles. That was the moment which forced me to make the decision to leave this year and I am so glad that I did.