Yes, but what about Christmas?
The World Cup lasts a month, and happens once every four years. Christmas happens every year, and takes up about a half of it.
I wrote this about it during a previous World Cup. I stand by it today.
Why the World Cup is better than Christmas
Oh, let me count the ways.
No-one suddenly thinks they can demand things of you because the World Cup is on. No one thinks you have to buy them things, or attend their tedious performances, or in fact leave your house at any time. There are no World Cup cards, even though there is actually far more to celebrate.
The World Cup is a celebration of summer, whereas Christmas is a commiseration for winter.
No one says we have lost the true meaning of the World Cup. No one pretends we only have the World Cup for the sake of the children. Children are not annoying for months before the World Cup.
The World Cup goes on for much longer than the build up. You are never sick of the whole subject of the World Cup weeks before it actually happens.
The World Cup has no cranberry sauce in it.
The World Cup is not a huge, tedious, life-dominating pain in the arse. Some people, believe it or not, claim that it is, but those are usually the same people that like Christmas, precisely because it gives them an excuse to demand things of you. Festivals which revolve around sybaritic pleasure and guilt-free self-indulgence are incomprehensible to them, which is odd, because that’s what festivals were originally for.