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Ok, I am going to say it- I hate Christmas and New Year!!

Discussion in 'Personal' started by cosmos, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Oh dear! [​IMG]
  2. joli2

    joli2 New commenter

    I hate the commercialisation of christmas and the waste, the overeating and drinking. However, as this time last year I was in hospital for weeks with grade 4 mucositis and out just in time to cook christmas dinner, but not to enjoy eating it, I decided to do everything with good grace this year and try to enjoy it.
  3. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I hope you do enjoy it Joli.....I really do. God bless!
  4. joli2

    joli2 New commenter

    Thank you Belle, that's so kind. Happy christmas to you
  5. i meant me, mr p and the 2 little p's, as opposed to extended family of granparents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc - sorry i was opaque
    i contrast 'doing things' ie going out together, which may involve not talking much (cinema. theatre) ot lots of talking (cricket match, long walk) with getting together for the sake of it - sitting round in circle, drinking tea and having forced conversation

  6. Me too. Longing for January 9th.
    Nor do I. It's sickening.
    Me too but even that is hard to get to across the mountains of trite, cheap, commercial, blingy tripe.

  7. I discovered that shopping on line for as much as possible has reduced my need to engage with the Xmas shi te that surrounds the shopping and preparation. Feel a bit more relaxed about the idea of Christmas as a result this year. Still don't like it but I hate it less than usual this year.
  8. Me too but even that is hard to get to across the mountains of trite, cheap, commercial, blingy tripe.
    Oh nonsense. There is no need whatsoever to be sucked into the more commercial aspects of Christmas if you don't want to be. It is perfectly possible to ignore any aspects that don't appeal to you.
    Just because Christmas cards and tins of Roses are on sale in September doesn't mean you have to buy them! I buy presents throughout the year but otherwise don't begin to to think about it until mid October when I make the cake and then do nothing until late November or early December when I start cooking.
    Perhaps it is an age 'thing'. I have done 40 Christmases. I know what I want and how to do it. I feel no pressure to do anything I don't want to do and they are consequently very enjoyable.
  9. I have to agree. No-one's holding a gun to your head and marching you into Argos and Lush (MY SINUSES!! OH GOD, MY SINUSES!!!!) against your will. Today was the first time I ventured into the town centre to do a bit of shopping. It was fine because I felt no need to be where I didn't want to be. Debenhams was lovely and quiet as all the scum were in the newly opened Primark. :)
  10. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Me too Cosmos. I've done plenty myself, over 30, and know what to do and how I want it. I'm also old enough to know there will be fewer occassions for us all to get together as my dear Mum is getting on. With Dad, we never knew when was his last Christmas with us, as is the nature of Alzheimer's, so we are enjoying each one now with Mum.
    I must say, I am a little surprised <strike>funnyandfree</strike> seapink dislikes Christmas. I'd have thought she'd have given us her account of how to do the perfect, tasteful Christmas by now......several times over.
  11. :-/
  12. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    I don't feel at all forced into the brasher, murkier aspects of Christmas. Like many other posters, I hate them. But I do enjoy getting together with a few dear people and spending most of the day laughing round the table with them. The highlight of my Christmas Day as a teenager was going for a solitary walk in the afternoon. The lowpoint was the washing up. None of the lowpoints could be as bad as spending the day in an airport lounge while the snow disrupted all my hard-won escape plans.
  13. I didn't say I would be "sucked" into them and nor do I imagine anyone else would be. My point is that although it is possible to ignore the tasteless aspects, it certainly isn't possible to escape them. I find the whole thing offensive.
  14. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    What do you do on Christmas Day?
  15. I quite enjoy the washing up. I throw everyone out of the kitchen and it gives me the chance to have a quiet half hour or so to myself. Much as I love having the children home the noise levels can be exhausting!
    Not much fun having your escape plans mucked up by the snow inky [​IMG]
  16. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Cosmos, Planning a Christmas escape is pretty chancy, so I'd never do it.
    Christmas can be lovely if you don't think of it in entirely selfish terms. My dad, widowed in 1979, joined the Home Office scheme called Host which offers a four day homestay in a British family for foreign students too far from home to get back. They tended to be mature students [we once had a professor from Nanking University] and from Asia. Our family has made wonderful friends through this scheme.
    The best Christmas Days are those when you include someone who would otherwise be alone. Forget the talk of bling. Endure the occasional boring moments with good grace.

    Of course, if your family don't get on, then there's no point bringing the warring parties together just because it's Christmas Day. But that lonely old person across the road, for example - why not translate your disapproval into something useful and offer hospitality?
  17. mmmmmaths

    mmmmmaths New commenter

    Would you care to elaborate on who you consider to be scum?
  18. Oh for heaven's sake. I suppose I could elaborate, but I'm not going to just because you want to be offended I used the term 'scum'. If that indeed is why you're asking. Needless to say, it was meant to be tongue in cheek. :-/
  19. i am reminded of alan coren saying how much he approved of sainsburies as it kept the riff raff out of waitrose
    he is not available to elaborate on his use of the phrase 'riff raff'
  20. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    Oh Joy. It is like a spring day outside, pleasantly warm, the sun shining, with perhaps too strong a breeze. This is more like the Christmases we got through the 90s and early noughties.

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