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happypig

Staring at the rude boys
May 23, 2009
7,613
Eastbourne
Wife thinks its because I'm a miserable ******* in general but I just find Christmas a drudge. I hate the false bonhomie, the buying and receiving of utter tat ("ooo, a bottle of beer and a glass, thanks"), day after day of gorging oneself because we've bought too much food, endless crap TV "christmas specials", bollocksing up the football schedules, pubs full of amateur drinkers, houses covered in twinkly lights, the wastefulness of christmas cards (I told wife I thought we should donate to the RNLI instead but was shot down).
There's probably more.
Please tell me I'm not alone on this one.
 


Biscuit Barrel

Members
Jan 28, 2014
2,109
Southwick
I love Christmas, but I wish it could start on the 20th December and finish on the 27th.

I would ban all decorations until the 20th. Some people will have their decorations up for 6 weeks.

Christmas has become a season like spring or autumn. I just can't stay in the Christmas spirit for 6 bloody weeks.

By the time Christmas day arrives I feel a bit bored with it all.

I feel that my enjoyment of Christmas has been stolen from me by the shops and radio stations playing Christmas songs in November and by the people who put their massive display of lights outside thier house before all the leaves have fallen of the trees.

Merry Christmas.
 

bn9 bha

DOCKERS
Jul 14, 2013
19,421
Newhaven
I love Christmas, but I wish it could start on the 20th December and finish on the 27th.

I would ban all decorations until the 20th. Some people will have their decorations up for 6 weeks.

Christmas has become a season like spring or autumn. I just can't stay in the Christmas spirit for 6 bloody weeks.

By the time Christmas day arrives I feel a bit bored with it all.

I feel that my enjoyment of Christmas has been stolen from me by the shops and radio stations playing Christmas songs in November and by the people who put their massive display of lights outside thier house before all the leaves have fallen of the trees.

Merry Christmas.

All of this, spot on.
 

happypig

Staring at the rude boys
May 23, 2009
7,613
Eastbourne
Survive that and it’s NYE up next! Give me Christmas over NYE any day. :)

I usually go out for a few beers on the 30th or the 1st (or both), avoiding NYE pubs like the plague.

Don't get me started of fireworks though, a sure fire (geddit?) way to advertise to everyone in the neighbourhood what a tosser you are.
 


Feb 6, 2016
14,245
Indiana, USA
Actually I like Christmas but not for worshiping a Saviour named Jesus Christ which most Christians don't do with their whole heart. I like it for the good in human nature that it brings out in people.

The Christmas songs, that most people like, even the religious ones, are great songs.
 

Raleigh Chopper

Members
Sep 1, 2011
12,054
Plymouth
I love Christmas, but I wish it could start on the 20th December and finish on the 27th.

I would ban all decorations until the 20th. Some people will have their decorations up for 6 weeks.

Christmas has become a season like spring or autumn. I just can't stay in the Christmas spirit for 6 bloody weeks.

By the time Christmas day arrives I feel a bit bored with it all.

I feel that my enjoyment of Christmas has been stolen from me by the shops and radio stations playing Christmas songs in November and by the people who put their massive display of lights outside thier house before all the leaves have fallen of the trees.

Merry Christmas.

All that just about sums up what I think about Christmas too.
You can't blame the shops as people do Christmas shopping in November but the rest I agree with.
My Christmas starts on about December 23rd and I like the period between Christmas and New Year to get out and about.
I find the fact that people eat and drink things they love only at Christmas rather odd, roast potatoes cooked in Goose fat are as delicious at any time of year.
 
Jan 3, 2012
14,945
As someone who professes the faith, I could say something about losing sight of the true meaning of Christmas.

But quite apart from that, I think it's all way over the top. In the 1960s my parents ran a corner-shop in the days before Supermarkets became the norm. I can remember going with my father once or twice to an exhibition in a small basement room at the Metropole Hotel in Brighton of the stuff which would be around as Christmas goods. That would have been at the end of the Summer holidays, right at the very beginning of September. Nowadays stuff would almost be in the shops by then.

And we don't usually put up any decorations until the weekend before Christmas, and they get taken down on Twelfth Night. They might go up earlier this year because we have time to - both retired/retiring - and because we will be away for Christmas itself with younger daughter, but elder daughter and family are coming to us after Christmas.
 

Superphil

Could have been?
Jul 7, 2003
24,879
In a pile of football shirts
I hate Christmas, for many of the reasons you’ve put forward, but also I think because from my childhood in late 60s and through the 70s it just wasn’t the joyful event that most of my friends seemed to enjoy. Call it jealousy if you like but I always thought it was a crap thing as my family didn’t seem to particularly get into the spirit of it, and it’s rubbed off on me ever since.

Also, as a religious celebration, it has been diluted by consumerism, variously referred to as ‘Holidays’ and ‘Winterval’ etc in a shameful attempt to divert from its religious significance to Christians. Could you imagine the uproar if Eid al-Fitr was referred to as ‘Feast Night’ or Hanukkah was renamed ‘Yankee Candlemass’.

Bah Humbug, I’ll endeavour to enjoy the time off work, I’ll try to be nice to everyone, but the crapshit that goes with it, no thanks.
 

portlock seagull

Why? Why us?
Jul 28, 2003
15,329
Wife thinks its because I'm a miserable ******* in general but I just find Christmas a drudge. I hate the false bonhomie, the buying and receiving of utter tat ("ooo, a bottle of beer and a glass, thanks"), day after day of gorging oneself because we've bought too much food, endless crap TV "christmas specials", bollocksing up the football schedules, pubs full of amateur drinkers, houses covered in twinkly lights, the wastefulness of christmas cards (I told wife I thought we should donate to the RNLI instead but was shot down).
There's probably more.
Please tell me I'm not alone on this one.

I think the problem has become it can become just exhausting. If Christmas was just a 2 or 3 day celebration then we’d all enjoy it more. But work Xmas parties can be in November (or January), business planning starts months in advance (I’ve had to test mince pies in May and it’s just wrong!) and everything rests upon to the point of extreme stress as we squeeze every last penny out of every last commercial opportunity. We’ve ruined Christmas in my lifetime, as I’ve got older I just want for good food and company - the rest, all the presents, cards and sales I couldn’t give a stuff about. I might go and work for a charity next year or year after, friend of mine and his wife been helping homeless over Xmas for many years now and a better Xmas Day you couldn’t ask for apparently. Big communal meal, everyone enjoying each other’s company and forgetting troubles for a couple of days. Just being, well, human. Together. I like that.
 


Diablo

Members
Sep 22, 2014
3,937
lewes
Wife thinks its because I'm a miserable ******* in general but I just find Christmas a drudge. I hate the false bonhomie, the buying and receiving of utter tat ("ooo, a bottle of beer and a glass, thanks"), day after day of gorging oneself because we've bought too much food, endless crap TV "christmas specials", bollocksing up the football schedules, pubs full of amateur drinkers, houses covered in twinkly lights, the wastefulness of christmas cards (I told wife I thought we should donate to the RNLI instead but was shot down).
There's probably more.
Please tell me I'm not alone on this one.

Sadly I`m not allowed to agree with you....It`s brilliant . the inlaws,the now not kids and enough food for 30 ..there`s nine of us. New year similar ! looking forward to jan 2nd 2020 back to normal.
 

Weststander

Members
Aug 25, 2011
53,794
Withdean area
I love it, always have done.

Minimal socialising, but I like the atmosphere, music, seeing our kids excited, movies, decs, trees, lovely food, that most the country takes time off from the treadmill of work, business and serious stuff. Priceless time with family.

It breaks up what would otherwise be a dull winter.
 

BN41Albion

Members
Oct 1, 2017
4,805
Survive that and it’s NYE up next! Give me Christmas over NYE any day. :)

And then the Easter shit will be out in force for more gorging and insane waste to follow halloween/christmas/New Year.

In the meantime of course the major supermarkets etc will keep telling us they're doing all they can to reduce waste and packaging

Having said that, I do enjoy the general festivities of Christmas. Imo these dark months would be pretty bleak without it to break them up.
 

Weststander

Members
Aug 25, 2011
53,794
Withdean area
I hate Christmas, for many of the reasons you’ve put forward, but also I think because from my childhood in late 60s and through the 70s it just wasn’t the joyful event that most of my friends seemed to enjoy. Call it jealousy if you like but I always thought it was a crap thing as my family didn’t seem to particularly get into the spirit of it, and it’s rubbed off on me ever since.

Also, as a religious celebration, it has been diluted by consumerism, variously referred to as ‘Holidays’ and ‘Winterval’ etc in a shameful attempt to divert from its religious significance to Christians. Could you imagine the uproar if Eid al-Fitr was referred to as ‘Feast Night’ or Hanukkah was renamed ‘Yankee Candlemass’.

Bah Humbug, I’ll endeavour to enjoy the time off work, I’ll try to be nice to everyone, but the crapshit that goes with it, no thanks.

A close friend had a rubbish childhood, especially from age 11. They hated Xmas as a parent and tried to limit the extent of it, when the tree goes up, etc, then whinged that the tree has to come down quickly. Some belated mellowing since.
 

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