How Christmas reminds me of the Capitol

It’s been awhile since I’ve read the Hunger Games though I’ve just recently watched the Mockingjay part 2.  Watching it right in the midst of the Christmas season, I can’t help but think of how close we come to the Capitol during the Christmas season.

Food

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In the Capitol there’s an abundance of rich, delicous tasting and ornately decorated food, just like what we aim for during Christmas and other holidays.  There’s so much food that people take a drink to make themselves throw up, while we don’t have this many people probably wish they did as they pack on unwanted pounds during the Christmas season.

Clothing

People are so obsessed with fashion in the Capitol that their outfits and makeup appear outlandish. While maybe our normal fashion isn’t to that point, the fact that we spend hours or weeks searching for the ugliest Christmas sweater to wear for a couple hours is pretty similar. We also don’t hesitate to drop tons of money on dresses which are only culturally acceptable to wear once.

Christmas Cards and Wrapping Paper

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While we may not all be buying this Swarovski hand made wrapping, most people spend a substantial amount of money on gift wrap and cards which are ornately designed but are meant to be looked at and thrown away immediately, or at best recycled.

Christmas Lights

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When a large portion of the world’s population can’t afford safe or reliable lighting, it seems strange that we spend so much time and money on ornamental lighting.

 

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What people with chronic illnesses want for Christmas

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  • Health coverage/benefits While Canada has a health care system where most people could easily survive without health coverage or benefits, having health benefits are huge for those with chronic illnesses that require regular medication, physio or who need to use an ambulance periodically.
  • Drugs Many people with chronic illnesses take more medication in a day than typical people take in a year. Health plans at best only cover a percentage and sometimes medication isn’t covered at all. The cost of drugs quickly add up.
  • More sick days While everyone probably wishes that they had more sick days, people with chronic illnesses have to contend with the typical colds and flus as well as whatever condition(s) or disease(s) they have.
  • Massages Pain is a huge symptom for many people with chronic illnesses and oftentimes they can have days where everything hurts.
  • People to stay home when they are sick Unfortunately having a chronic illness or disease does not make you immune to catching colds and flus and in most cases makes it a lot easier. It also takes longer to recover and increases the chances of complications.
  • The first morning appointment Waiting in doctor’s offices is no fun. People with chronic illnesses often have to see doctors more frequently, which means more waiting. They also oftentimes have to see specialists who are usually especially backed up and will leave you waiting for hours. The coveted first morning appointment gives you hope that you may be able to get out while it’s still daylight and possibly go back to work or the rest of your life.
  • Delivery For those numerous days people with chronic illnesses don’t feel well, if everything could just come to us that would be great. This includes food, drugs and any other things we need to survive. Running errands and doing everyday tasks like cooking and laundry simply feel insurmountable at times.