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Accyexplorer 30-11-2015 18:02

The C word
 
No,not clique.....'Christmas'.

So there I was going about the usual chores etc,enjoying my day when I heard it.... a 'Christmas song' my body gave a shudder at the thought that Christmas season is once again upon us.

Personally, and at the risk of being accused of being negative ,I don't have the slightest inclination towards feeling festive till about the 15th of Dec and the best time of 'season' is 00:01 AM 2nd January.

I 'tolerate' Christmas more than I enjoy it :D ,partly due to being forced to socialise and partly due to the materialism and consumerism of it.....gone have the days of kids being happy with a colouring book or a jigsaw puzzle.
Myself,I live a minimalist life and find you can't beat a nice thoughtful handmade gift (or a bargain found during the year for little money).

Anyhow,Do you enjoy Christmas time or do you hate it like myself?
Who's already started wrapping presents,writing cards or put their tree and deco's up?



As much as I (expletive deleted) hate Christmas....

...I'd just like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Margaret Pilkington 30-11-2015 18:19

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I buy presents through the year. If I see something that I feel would be appreciated by a family member....and I have the readies, then I buy it.
I have been making Christmas cards since early August.(these I will sell and all of the proceeds will go to Cancer charities)
That said, I would prefer that all the Christmas advertising did not start until the beginning of December.
If I were putting a tree up, it would not be put up until Christmas Eve.....and would come down on the second of January.

We do less and less of the celebrating as we get older.
We will not overeat, we will not buy anything much more than what we would buy for any other weekend....Carmudgeonly? Maybe, but it suits us.

Less 30-11-2015 19:07

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You get upset about krimbo? You sad ass.
What you should be upset about is Black Friday, a really, really sad import from America, last year it was one day with idiots falling over each other for bargains just before Christmas.

Now we have Black Friday week, sites pushing themselves to extend this idiocy into November, I thought the original idea was supposed to be the last Friday before Christmas not the year leading up to it!
How much crap do they expect us to buy?
:o

Margaret Pilkington 30-11-2015 19:33

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No one forces anyone to participate...in either Christmas or Black Friday.
I think this has back fired where the high street retailers are concerned.
I always tell myself that a 'bargain' isn't a bargain unless it is something that you really really want.

accyman 30-11-2015 20:01

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Originally Posted by Less (Post 1155765)
What you should be upset about is Black Friday
:o

im upset about black friday it suggests bargains cant be bought on any other day that may be white :eek:

accyman 30-11-2015 20:07

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Originally Posted by Margaret Pilkington (Post 1155774)
No one forces anyone to participate...in either Christmas or Black Friday.


i wish this was true regarding christmas but i tried convincing my kids to just lie about having the latest games console at school and to their friends but it didnt wash

i do find it messed up when theres that much pressure put on parents at xmas to spoil their kids that they actually in a lot of cases spend more on a total strangers birthday than they do their own flesh and bloods birthday

im guilty of this as are more than likely most parents

and to top it off i dont even believe in god or this fairy tale of a virgin been pregnant but no one wants to be the parent that breaks the cycle by letting down their kids

cashman 30-11-2015 20:11

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Theres supposed to be 12 days of christmas? yet the sad arses start it in november.:rolleyes:

accyman 30-11-2015 20:25

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Originally Posted by cashman (Post 1155777)
Theres supposed to be 12 days of christmas? yet the sad arses start it in november.:rolleyes:


thats because they are a different set of "C" word :)

Michael1954 30-11-2015 21:07

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Never mind Christmas coming early. We had a leaflet pushed through the door over the weekend about next May's local elections. It was for a prospective Labour councillor.

Margaret Pilkington 30-11-2015 22:09

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Quote:

Originally Posted by accyman (Post 1155776)
i wish this was true regarding christmas but i tried convincing my kids to just lie about having the latest games console at school and to their friends but it didnt wash

i do find it messed up when theres that much pressure put on parents at xmas to spoil their kids that they actually in a lot of cases spend more on a total strangers birthday than they do their own flesh and bloods birthday

im guilty of this as are more than likely most parents

and to top it off i dont even believe in god or this fairy tale of a virgin been pregnant but no one wants to be the parent that breaks the cycle by letting down their kids

Christmas can be what you want it to be.
If you want it to be an ordinary day then you can make it so.
This gets easier as your children grow up and do their own thing.....it is hard to pretend that Christmas is just another day while they are children and are hooked into the hype.....presents, parties, decorations etc.

It isn't necessary to go over the top with more food than you can shake a stick at.......to glug down all kinds of alcohol.
It is entirely up to you just how you choose to mark the day.

accyman 01-12-2015 04:43

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Michael1954 (Post 1155780)
Never mind Christmas coming early. We had a leaflet pushed through the door over the weekend about next May's local elections. It was for a prospective Labour councillor.

maybe they are trying to get ahead of the news that Labuor have applied to put bus lane cameras up in accy..

you know because its more important to ensure no one strays over a line of coloured tarmac than say do things like put red light jumping cameras up or sort out accys many other traffic issues

keith higson 01-12-2015 06:49

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[QUOTE=Margaret Pilkington;1155784]Christmas can be what you want it to be.

I believe that many more people are of the same opinion as you, what gets my goat are the very greedy wholesalers who advertise presents for children which are priced out of the everyday people reach but buys them just to keep up with the Jone's . Shame on them (the wholesalers not the children)

Accyexplorer 01-12-2015 10:55

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Don't talk to me about Black Friday or January sales
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Margaret Pilkington 01-12-2015 10:57

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Yes Pester power is alive and well at christmas and more powerful than ever.

When we were growing up we knew that we could not afford big price presents.....it did not stop us enjoying Christmas. In those days Christmas was really fun...but with very simple pleasures. Making paperchains.......playing board games and Charades......hunt the thimble, pass the parcel.....statues.
Oh that we could let our children and grandchildren experience something like that.

Margaret Pilkington 01-12-2015 10:58

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Originally Posted by Accyexplorer (Post 1155820)
Don't talk to me about Black Friday or January sales
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Whaaaaat?
Have you got a time machine?


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