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KITCAT    22

And I thought you were talking about I P M S Nationals!

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Darby    5,117

The local Moggins has had Christmas tubs of kets and other fat/sugar combinations in for over a week now and people are buying them already.

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Bigdave22014    975

I delivered my first Christmas tree to a local courier today. The back of my lorry now has little green sparkly bits in it. 

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Vince1159    1,846
6 hours ago, Darby said:

The local Moggins has had Christmas tubs of kets and other fat/sugar combinations in for over a week now and people are buying them already.

The bright side,1st of Jan you can buy Easter Eggs...

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TonyTiger66    5,665

I used to love Christmas. Probably up to the age of around 11.

Then I noticed it becoming 'earlier' as described above. It increasingly took the magic out of it for me :(.

 

Even as a kid, I realised it was a one way street, that it would just become more and more a retail event. It seemed, and still does feel, a little obscene; the way people get into an absolute buying frenzy.

 

Bah

:humbug: 

 

That clock and the very accurate observation by Vince regarding Easter eggs, they sort of turn the screw regarding how fast time passes as we get older :waiting:.

 

I still believe in Santa 🎅🏻. I just think he's given up. Retired due to shopping malls. Stays with his elves and deer up there in the Arctic with a nice fire roaring. Probably has a good 'Ho Ho Ho' :santa: at all the people running around like headless chickens, trying to find the last pat of organic Brandy Butter at Waitrose on Christmas Eve :frantic: .

 

I fear I may be being rather melancholic about it all. Apologies.

 

Tony 'ahh the good old days' Tiger.

 

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Vince1159    1,846
37 minutes ago, TonyTiger66 said:

I used to love Christmas. Probably up to the age of around 11.

I still believe in Santa 🎅🏻. I just think he's given up. Retired due to shopping malls.

 

I fear I may be being rather melancholic about it all. Apologies.

 

Tony 'ahh the good old days' Tiger.

 

Same here TT but it's all to commercial these days (bit of a profit and everyones happy!)...I think Santas biggest problem's H&S,what on earth would the insurance be for his reindeer and sleigh...

 

Edit: They don't even write Christmas #1s like they used to...

Edited by Vince1159

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Scimitar    2,379

PV..you are a bad bad man so I now sentence you to.....

 

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Julien    4,086
12 hours ago, KITCAT said:

And I thought you were talking about I P M S Nationals!

Thats more like it, the other thing can go and do one!

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Beardie    4,715

Christmas, like the turkey, can go and get stuffed as far as I am concerned. As a young kid I listened eagerly for the sound of sleighbells but, by around six years old if not younger and having caught my mother and father trying to get the presents wrapped and snuck up to my bedroom, the magic pixie dust was blown away. My mother and father tried to convince me that they were just helping Santa out but I didn't buy it. I realised then that my folks were scrimping and saving to try and get me and my brother the presents we got. I trashed the enormous Christmas lists of my early years and was happy to receive whatever came along.

 

I did rather like the episode of Family Guy where Stewie and Brian go to the North Pole and find that Santa is dying from the greed of the world, the reindeer have gone rabid and the elves are all inbred mutants.

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Bullbasket    1,971

Even though I am now a fully paid up member of the miserable old git club, I still enjoy Christmas. It gives me a chance to play Greg Lake's "I believe in Father Christmas". Plus, 46 years ago at 10.55, my daughter was born.

 

John.

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noelh    734

Bah humbug eh? Whether it's overly commercialised or not. You don't have to buy into it. Your Christmas can be as simple as you like. It's up to you. As it happens I like the hustle and bustle of Christmas, always did. The lights the Christmas markets and the rest. 

 

Santa still comes to this house and in a funny way probably always will. 

I look forward to it every year.

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rio    264

My town is having its Christmas market next week. And i saw asda selling christmas food in July.

 

Rio

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Seahawk    1,176
1 hour ago, noelh said:

Bah humbug eh? Whether it's overly commercialised or not. You don't have to buy into it. Your Christmas can be as simple as you like. It's up to you. As it happens I like the hustle and bustle of Christmas, always did. The lights the Christmas markets and the rest. 

 

Santa still comes to this house and in a funny way probably always will. 

I look forward to it every year.

But, with a name like yours, you've got to say that, haven't you?

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Martin T    499

Not so keen on the starting Christmas so early game, but my wife likes Christmas as a family time and I do quite like some of the cooking as we are all together. It is the one time of year I allow myself Twiglets. Over the years we both spent time working at Christmas, which in our jobs was not always a happy time. 

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GrahamS    788

Firm believer in the "Keep Christmas in December" brigade. And even then, not that bothered.

 

Except mince pies. Absolutely love them. Should be available all year round.

 

Graham

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noelh    734
On 9/10/2017 at 11:36 AM, Seahawk said:

But, with a name like yours, you've got to say that, haven't you?

It's Christmas all year round for me :party:

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Vince1159    1,846

It's getting closer,saw a load of tubs of Roses and Celebrations etc in Iceland this morning,the countdown has started :waiting:....

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Tzulscha    1,215

I can wait, thank you very much.

I work my gentleman's vegetables off over the Oct/Nov/Dec hols.

Great for the shop but it's rough on the staff (okay, ME!) grumble grumble...

 

No decorations or Christmas music before December!

 

:humbug:

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Vince1159    1,846
On 10/09/2017 at 10:04 AM, noelh said:

Bah humbug eh? Whether it's overly commercialised or not. You don't have to buy into it. Your Christmas can be as simple as you like. It's up to you. As it happens I like the hustle and bustle of Christmas, always did. The lights the Christmas markets and the rest. 

 

Santa still comes to this house and in a funny way probably always will. 

I look forward to it every year.

No you don't have to 'buy into it' but parents have to explain to their kids why they can't have the latest overpriced gimmick or fad that'll be out of date within six months....

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TonyTiger66    5,665
5 hours ago, Vince1159 said:

It's getting closer,saw a load of tubs of Roses and Celebrations etc in Iceland this morning,the countdown has started :waiting:....

 

I love Celebrations. It's a time of year that I believe the heart attack risk is overtaken by the desire simply to enjoy life.

 

I'm not so much :humbug: as simply, sad, upset really, about something quite special that is, in the main (for me - but I don't think I'm alone), lost.

 

Christmas was lovely as a kid in the 70's in GB. Maybe my family was too old fashioned, but it was the type of family where, even without Christmas, we all got together nearly every Sunday. An all day family event, yet quite relaxed and often humorous.

 

The food was superb, we played  games, listened to music, we would relax and read. No-one would particularly mind if I got my train set out on the table (we had a thick underlay roll to prevent it scratching the table).

 

Christmas was all of that, but even better. We would watch TV specials  like Morecombe and Wise, the usual diet of movies like 'The Wizard Of Oz'; maybe ´Where Eagles Dare'. The Two Ronnies, often a really nutty horror film like ´Young Frankenstein' or the movie of 'The Orient Express'. 

 

Does anyone rémember how sought after the Christmas 'Radio Times' was in the 70's? Maybe it's just me, but planning out what to watch (without a VCR), was a difficult, yet very pleasurable task.

 

Christmas carols at school and local/city churches. The Christmas Eve service with the distinct whiff of booze in the air at a very packed church. Just great years.

 

It's not really like that now. It's sanitised, streamlined, marketed to the extreme. Here in my life in Oz anyway. Thoroughly media conditioned. "Marketing compliant" and retail/celebrity/selfie tenderised stepkids. Very saddening.

 

We don't have to buy into it, but powers beyond me have conditioned my children/stepchildren into expecting a 'package' that is quite alien to me. "Buy me a Samsung Galaxy because I'll be bullied if you don't (which will be your fault), then leave me alone" :(.

 

Still looking forward to Mince Pies and a good roast. My eldest stepson's ladyfriend is English. Last year, thanks to this wonderful little 25 year old lady, was the first real British roast at Christmas for me in 9 years. Yum, yum, yum!!!!!

 

Maybe there's a way we can recover it? It's the one and only thing I agree completely on with Donald Trump; it's not 'Happy Holidays', it's :rant: 'Merry Christmas'.

 

Best wishes  of the season 🌲 🎅🏻 

TonyT

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Vince1159    1,846

I couldn't have said it any better TT,personally i couldn't give a monkeys about modern 'here it is,you need to buy it and make someones christmas' bull....Forget the Samsung Galaxy if you really want a wind up on christmas day buy a Ford (don't know what they're called in Oz but it's a people carrier in the UK) and have a camera ready...

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