Sunday, December 20, 2015

Bah, Humbug! Why Christmas is not for me.


We have been accused of being miserable and tight-fisted because -
We do not stuff our faces with a special Christmas dinner. (We have a special dinner together every evening. A good meal with a glass of red wine.)
We do not give each other Christmas gifts. (We buy each other gifts whenever we see anything we think the other will love.)
We do not give Christmas gifts to others. (We buy gifts for friends when we see anything we think they will love.)
We do not give to any of the Christmas charities. (We try to help others whenever we see they need help.)
We do not deck the halls with hunks of holly (no, not holly – that’s free.) - expensive yet tawdry silver and gold, cheap tat, made in poor countries and sold here for a fortune. (Our house is decorated with flowers, shells, berries… natural things that look lovely whatever time of year it happens to be.)


“Christmas time is here by golly: disapproval would be folly. 
Deck the halls with hunks of holly, fill the cup and don’t say when. 
Kill the turkeys, ducks and chickens, mix the punch, drag out the Dickens. 
Even though the prospect sickens – brother, here we go again.”  Tom Lehrer

5 comments:

  1. I'm a bit the same. Happy to celebrate good times and successes in life whenever they come along, but not so comfortable with feeling obliged to do certain things just because it's a particular time of year.

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    1. Thank you, Colin, for being brave enough to tell the truth. I reckon if everyone did there would be a lot more joining us.

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  2. We don't buy into the commercialism either Lynne. And I love evening meal times on a regular basis with my hubby too. I do give the vino a miss though - one glass and I can't function the next day (a complete light weight). Mind you, it has been known for me to overdo the Baileys with little effect (apart from memory loss :)) I hope the new year will be filled with less stressful moments, more considerate people and lots of laughter.

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  3. I have a love hate relationship with it. I like the time spent at home but hate the commercialisation of it all. There's always the risk of offending people whose expectations are far higher than what I can entertain! I gave up writing Christmas cards a few years ago but always feel like I need to explain myself! I hate the forced joviality and festering hostilities. Much prefer to welcome the solstice.

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  4. I have a love hate relationship with it. I like the time spent at home but hate the commercialisation of it all. There's always the risk of offending people whose expectations are far higher than what I can entertain! I gave up writing Christmas cards a few years ago but always feel like I need to explain myself! I hate the forced joviality and festering hostilities. Much prefer to welcome the solstice.

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