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Christmas

Christmas.

Do you look forward to it, indifferent to it or just consider it a pain in the ....

Ok it's a time for children or to be more accurate young children and of course seeing them enjoy it cleary makes you happy but that aside what do you really think about it.

Personally we get in as much stuff as possible this month thus avoiding any shopping during December except for essential like milk etc.

I make the best of it and likely got more enjoyment out of it when younger but in general it just hassel to me but something you cannot avoid, well you can avoid it by going to some remote place over Christmas but that's unlikely to go down well with family or friends.

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Me? - 'm totally indifferent to  it. I send cards to family and a few real friends I am in contact with, buy presents for my mum and my really young nephews and nieces, but actually spend the Christmas period with a couple who, like me, regard it as nothing special.

We do go out for a 'Christmas dinner', but as we eat out at other times, it isn't all that different.

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I seem to recall a similar thread, whereupon I passed my comment about how i feel about christmas..

 

Having said that... today, whilst waiting for `er outdoors, to finish shopping... I listened to Helene Fishcer`s Christmas Concert, with the R.P.O. in Vienna last year..on the car CD player...  and thoroughly enjoyed it again.

 

https://www.amazon.de/Helene-Fischer-Weihnachten-Philharmonic-Orchestra/dp/B0167P9X22

 

I know it won`t be the last time that I listen to it this year... ... ...

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What I do not look forward to is seeing those 'over the top' christmas lights that folks with more money than sense festoon their houses with. Miserable old git maybe, but how warm could I keep my little house with all that wasted electricity?

What is it with these people.

Me? I'll just have a single string of solar powered lights around my porch. Roll eyes 

 

PS. Christmas tree already up!

 

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I participate at the minimum level necessary to keep peace within the family.

 

Had I the royal prerogative it would all be abolished forthwith. There is a precedent - after all it was Victoria and Albert that started it all.

 

It's hard to imagine now, but at the beginning of the 19th century Christmas was hardly celebrated. Many businesses did not even consider it a holiday. However by the end of the century it had become the biggest annual celebration and took on the form that we recognise today.

The transformation happened quickly, and came from all sectors of society.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

Victoria and Albert gathered around the Christmas tree with their children.

 

Many attribute the change to Queen Victoria, and it was her marriage to the German-born Prince Albert that introduced some of the most prominent aspects of Christmas. In 1848 the Illustrated London News published a drawing of the royal family celebrating around a decorated Christmas tree, a tradition that was reminiscent of Prince Albert's childhood in Germany. Soon every home in Britain had a tree bedecked with candles, sweets, fruit, home made decorations and small gifts.

 

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Christmas for me... it's all about family. Once a year, boxing day - after everyone has had a quiet and private Christmas day with their families, we all gather at my parents house and play games, be merry and have a great time every year. That's me and my 5 siblings, their partners and children as well as a few aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents making appearances between boxing day and new year.

There is a gift giving tradition which is basically everyones name is put into a hat and is picked randomly and each couple will buy a gift for the couple picked at random - like a raffle. There is a set budget and there is no pressure to buy 'everyone' something - just the couple you were given on the draw. The little ones will always get plenty of gifts from everyone as they are little and everyone likes giving the kids gifts.

That's my Christmas every year and has been like this for about 10 years now Smiley

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@198kHz

Quite interesting that, I always assumed christmas was something to do with the birth of Jesus thus the idea of a celebration so some form of party would have been taking place before Albert and Victoria ?

I wonder what made them start it off ? Did Germany celebrate Christmas in a different way ? Interesting that christmas trees are of a particular variety and that variety was more common on the continent than here in those days.

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Many of the most popular Christmas customs – including Christmas trees, mistletoe, Christmas presents, and Santa Claus are modern incarnations of pagan rituals as I'm sure we all know.

Maybe Christmas as we now know does have a lot to do with the Victorian era but now, it has far more to do with commercialism - all of which many of us buy into, literally. Take marketing out of it and let multiculturalism in, and whole false edifice would crumble. Even the religiously faithful must be embarrassed by it all.

Family fine and presents great but as for the rest of the hocus pocus nonsense, count me out.

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I'm going to make a assumption that all the respondents so far are male? I wonder if you would get a different response from your wives, partners.

Like most here I lean to having no particular feelings for Christmas and am usually happiest when its all over. Mrs P (when she was able) and I more often than not spent the festive period in the Canaries.

When we were at home we would make much fuss about New Years Eve. Living close to Heathrow we would attend one of the many different hotels each year usually having a great time. The worst was at the Ariel Hotel (for those who know the area, that is/or was the circular hotel) when the entertainment was a rather "way-out" modern jazz quartet, not exactly festive, we left after dinner and gate-crashed the Excelsior Hotel across the road and had a lovely time. They had also finished dinner, as we were in tux and evening dress we were not noticed as extras.

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Well it was my Mrs that suggested we have Christmas on our own this year without our offspring so we are both quite honestly looking forward to a peaceful day for once - in fact the first one in forty years come to think of it.

No early morning, no screaming kids hogging the TV, no ........ well you get the picture.

Purrfect.  

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Minivanman wrote:

Many of the most popular Christmas customs – including Christmas trees, mistletoe, Christmas presents, and Santa Claus are modern incarnations of pagan rituals as I'm sure we all know.

Maybe Christmas as we now know does have a lot to do with the Victorian era but now, it has far more to do with commercialism - all of which many of us buy into, literally. Take marketing out of it and let multiculturalism in, and whole false edifice would crumble. Even the religiously faithful must be embarrassed by it all.

Family fine and presents great but as for the rest of the hocus pocus nonsense, count me out.


Embarrased, I don't believe so, perhaps a little sad that many, even though not of theological traditional belief, go further and disregard the moral ethic. Hasn't commercialism always been attached to any festival, but not so in our faces; probably an effect of affluence.

Most folk like a party; let them all join in!

 

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Even the religiously faithful must be embarrassed by it all.

I take your point, maybe disappointed would have been a better description. 

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The Worst thing about Christmas......

 

All these Christmas threads  !!

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'nuff said...

 

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I'm looking forward to Christmas. As usual I will be going to Spain over the Christmas period. Smiley