Oaktech (26th November 2012)
Next you'll be telling me Santa isn't real.
I don't have an issue with christmas, but I do have an issue with the way it is celebrated. It is too commercial and is just a money making scheme nowadays. Supermarkets have had mince pies out for months which go out of date way before december. Department stores having xmas cards out in august, but worst of all households putting decorations up in october/november. It is supposed to be 12 days before.
The spirit of christmas has gone.
PS. When does the panic buying begin in the supermarkets, because they are shut for two days?
sjatkn (27th November 2012)
Hate the expectation culture (kids that demand what they want, or expect gift vouchers)
Hate the hype and commercialisation
Hate the 2 months of christmas music on radio, tv and in every shop
Hate the low quality christmas specials, endless repeats, and replays of old movies
Hate over crowded shops when all I want is a loaf of bread (but that's Asda all year round)
Love the two weeks enforced holiday from work
Love new years eve
Hate the first day back in January!
Our Santa may be black this year... . He was shocked when we asked him!
When we were together, the ex and I always tried to make Christmas for our kids the same as it was for us when we were kids.
I remember a couple of Christmases, when I was very, very young, probably about 7 or 8 that truly seemed to be magical, and if I ever hear Tony Newley's 'Why' played on the radio, I'm instantly transported back to those times, even now. He featured on one of the Xmas shows on TV, singing it.......for indeed, yes, we had TV, even back then. I hope my kids have similar magical memories, when they're my age, but maybe it's just a Generation Thang.
Now that we're older, we have the joy of doing it all over again with the grandkids with the added bonus of not having to do anything. Eldest daughter does it all.
The thing I miss most about 'modern' Christmases is Nativity Sets. I'm not sure when they started to disappear from shop windows and municipal displays and decorations, but they seem to be very thin on the ground.
'Mary's Boy Child', 'Scarlet Ribbons', 'Fairytale of New York', Morecombe and Wise, jumpers for goalposts.......marvellous.
All this and two weeks off work.
ButterflyMoon (27th November 2012)
May I suggest that we all compose a very very special version of the Twelve Days of Christmas, just for Mattx? I'll start:
On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A humour bypass and an arrow in the knee.
Let the creative juices flow!
On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
A bad head and a needle-less tree
On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me
A solicitor's letter and a divorce decree
Christmas is a good time. You don't have to run around spending money you don't have an talking to people you don't like. Do it your own way. Switch off the TV and watch a film on DVD instead. Go to the pub. Spend some time with people you haven't seen for ages. Help someone out.
I love to cook for family and friends, I love to make mince pies and sausage rolls and my boozy christmas brownies and hand them out to cold carollers. I like seeing friends, and drinking too much. This year will be my baby daughter's first Christmas, and while she's too small to appreciate it, it's an added bit of joy for us.
Sitting around whining about how awful Christmas is instead of making it a good time for yourself and your loved ones is your problem here. If it's a bad time for you, make it a good time. If you've nobody to enjoy Christmas with, find some other people who are in the same position and get together and all make lunch together and share that time.
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