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If you could change any part of Christmas?

Christmas Salutations fellow members!

 

Generally every Christmas I start to hear the usual moans and groans about the Xmas experience.  Normally this centres around the commercialism of the whole affair, the lack of snow or standard grips about the traffic/busy high streets.

 

Whilst I am not immune to this myself I got to wondering if you could change any aspect of Christmas, what would it be?

 

Last Halloween I seen the introduction of Halloween tinsel... Yes black and orange tinsel with wee skulls on it.  This has been instantly replaced with the glittery xmas version.  I must say that this has soured my notion of the decorations and it all seems a bit too programmed now.

 

My major gripe is the cooperate control over the holiday season.  It would be nice to revert to the days of Dickens and move to goodwill toward men idea which seems to have fallen by the wayside a little.  It almost to be more of an opportunity at excess now which I feel takes away from everything.

 

So the question stands, if anyone else could change anything, would you? And if not, why not?

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carlj64
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Re: If you could change any part of Christmas?

Craig,

 

Think much of the disillusionment is to do with the High Street insisting on forcing it down our throats from September. Of course, on Boxing Day they launch their Valentines Day stock, followed on February 15th by Easter treats, so is almost as traditional as Dickens!

 

Looking forward to 2 days off, unwrap and unwind!

 

Carl

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Re: If you could change any part of Christmas?

Hi carlj64

 

Quite right, its a bit like a holiday production line.  Puts me in mind of reality TV lie Xfactor etc, everything just seems to be rolled out progressively throughout the year.

 

Mind you two days off work, big fire and a big tasty feed is hard to beat 🙂

 

Not to mention more chocolate than you could shake a big stick at.

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Just a normal day for me. I`m not against the true meaning of the event, but that has been lost over the generations.

Plus the fact that some (not all) areas have banned the nativity plays etc for reasons I`ll not post here for obvious reasons. Some councils have even cancelled putting up the annual Christmas Tree in case they are accused of being too British! And upsetting other religions who do not celebrate this event

Never had any of this P.C. rubbish when I were a young `un, everyone just joined in with the celebration and what it stood for.

 

Not to worry though, I hope you all have a nice time Smiley Happy

 

 

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It is not just Xmas that is the problem. We have degenerated into the "Ferengi" characters of Star Trek. We merely now exist to make profit! Morality has gone out of the window.....lead by our ever thieving ignorant MP's. It is now every man for himself but as it is proving to be....the more you have the more you need! Some say that religion is the answer, but then religion is just another type of business! The biggest con game of them all.

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I would have to agree there Craig, "corporate gripe" turns Christmas into a money making season when it should be more sentimental than that. It's the time where you visit family and or have Christmas dinner together etc etc.

I think it's also sickening how early Valentine's day and Easter cards, chocolate are put out straight after Christmas.
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Perhaps Christmas should be moved to 29 February. Along with Easter, Valentine's Day, and everyone's birthday and wedding anniversary.

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Personally, I think that all these events should be cancelled immediately. As everybody is aware,today these so-called festival days are no more than a commercial  bean feast. Sick of the lead-up, sick of the flop of an event and sick of the "sales " frenzy aftermath!

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Re: If you could change any part of Christmas?


@peteratsrinagar wrote:

Personally, I think that all these events should be cancelled immediately. As everybody is aware,today these so-called festival days are no more than a commercial  bean feast. Sick of the lead-up, sick of the flop of an event and sick of the "sales " frenzy aftermath!


My comment was lighthearted, a dig really not so much at the events themselves but at the way they've become rote. Take Christmas cards. Nothing wrong with sending some personal greetings to your nearest and dearest, but the whole business has been hijacked by a kind of competition to see who has the biggest list. So many people now maintain a computerised list so that they can print off dozens of labels each year to be stuck on envelopes containing 5p cards inscribed impersonally with just the sender's signature. The only real input is a bit of list trimming to take account of who sent them a card this year or not. It's not friendship, it's nonsense.

 

I do send a small number of cards to particular friends and relatives; any others bearing my name are the work of Mrs PP. It was encouraging this year to note (and others have said the same) that our cards didn't stretch so far round the wall this year. Obviously the price of postage has put us beyond the reach of some acquaintances. Smiley Happy

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Re: If you could change any part of Christmas?

Christmas cards....errr....No! I just send an "all contacts email", usually with a silly picture from uTube attached! You can also , as I have been doing for quite a few years now, see how tight fisted and nasty the TV companies are. With an captive audience they all show the same programs 3 or 4 times within the so-called festive period.  

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