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Peter Everitt wrote (see)
I really enjoy Christmas Day - going for a run, champagne at breakfast, preparing the dinner, opening pressies, then beer and some telly. More cooking and wine then dinner. Just the two of us followed by that bloated feeling. Its just great.
That does it for me and tother 1/2 too
Johnny Blaze wrote (see)
I quite like the M&S one.
so not the S & M one then?
They drive me up the wall - it's just pure greed by the marketing companies. I make a point of not buying anything till mid december - never had one christmas without enough pressies or food to go round
It's only early November. Piss off Christmas. Besides, I'm not religious, so it would be hypocritical of me to celebrate it.
Well that's my excuse not to spend much money on it. lol
Yesterday I drove passed a house that already has a Christmas tree with lights and decorations in the front window...!! WTF...!!!
I can see Christmas extending further due to commercialisation. It will blend into Easter and they will sell us both turkey and eggs at the same time. Future generations will not know which came first- the turkey or the egg?
Isn't complaining about rubbish on the chavbox comparable to shovelling a pile of dogsh*t into the corner of your sitting room, and then complaining about the unpleasant smell?!
on christmas: love it! or, love it with a "but". if you think about the different layers of what christmas "is"
1) time of year, early winter: i adore dark nights and mornings, and the lit up city, it's my favourite season. later winter is not so good when there's suddenly ice on the gound, but it tends to be milder until mid-Jan
2) the tradition pagan solstice festival. this kind of appeals to me. not sacrificing goats or snogging under cock-and-balls shaped plants and that, or anything specific, but the shared, widespread "midwinter festive spirit". everybody being happy about the time of year and bringing trees indoors and lighting lights indoors and stuff
3) the christian overlay to the "festival". trying to make out that the festivities are connected to Jeebius, and that. Not bothered, no interest, if it makes them happy, leave them to it.
4) the Clintonification of it all... making it a face-stuffing and money spending competition. Not bothered, no interest, if it makes them happy, leave them to it.
I think moaning about the television is a response to item 4, and a bit of 3. Why worry - just ignore them.
The bit I object to is the commercialisation of it. My sister came round the other day and told me what to get my nephew (her son) for Christmas. I will not be dictated to on what to buy for Christmas presents. It should be a personal choice whether to buy someone a Christmas gift, or not. It shouldn't be something that is automatically expected. This is what I find so vulgar about the festivities. They ahve become so vulgar.
I really have no sympathy for people who go over the top on their credit card at Christmas then moan about having to pay it off.
Morning Too Much Water!
You might be right but what really is the meaning of Christmas? I'm not a religious person - I think as with many things in life it is personal. To me it is about having a day off, relaxing and enjoying myself in the company of my OH. Yes to the excessive food and drink but not so to the material goods. If I never received another pressie it wouldn't bother me at all.