12 October 2008

Christmas comes but once a year?

Does it really? Well in this day and age, we have Christmas forced down our unwilling throats for about 3 1/2 months, no sooner than the little darlings have gone back to school than the shops are full of Christmas festivities; but never the christian message that it purports to celebrate.

I can remember as a child, that we never saw a mention of christmas until well after Bonfire night, when fireworks were only sold up to 5th November and then put away until next year and replaced with the Christmas stocks and grottos.

It was a magical time, because it was short and transient. Now we have months of it, the magic has gone with pressures on families to spend more, save less. With children seeing months of advertising and putting their demands into to 'Santa' simply adds to the pressures of wanting to give them lots of presents.

Well enough, I say.. I demand a return to traditional values of respecting the seasons and the celebrations.. no more shopping early for Christmas, Easter etc.. no more fireworks all throughout the year.

I hereby tender my resignation from the shopping out of season club

9 comments:

Elaine said...

good for you! I shop out of season (but hide what I have bought) in order to spread the cost. I also put financial limits on my spending.

Well, mostly........

MeHereNow said...

Well as we don't celebrate Christmas I don't feel the pressure most families do. However, I completely agree that Christmas is too long. I remember the same as you,not a mention of Christmas till after Bonfire night,it made it much more magical.

Oh wait! My BIGGEST "issue" is the food shopping everyone does - like we're at war!! The shops only close for a day - two max!! Who cares if you haven't got 17 different boxes of jellied fruit! Nobody eats it anyway!

Our local Tesco Express brought out the Easter eggs on Boxing Day the year before last - honestly they really did!!!

Relax Max said...

Bonfire night?

Relax Max said...

Tesco Express?

Relax Max said...

Okay. I've obviously landed on a different planet. Best regards Sage.

dickiebo said...

I'd like to join your club, please! Like most men, I reckon that all Xmas shopping can be done on Xmas Eve - just before going up the pub!

Sage said...

@EelaxMax - Bonfire Night, is in the memory of the terrorist Guido Fawkes who tried to blow up Parliament with gunpowder. He was found guilty of treason and hung, drawn and quartered. We brits have a sense of humour obviously, as we celebrate his undoing.

Tesco Express - small versions of the larger food malls, just think corner store

Same planet - different place

Janet said...

Ah! You did it! Well said. Did it used to be called Guy Fawkes Day and is now Bonfire Night, or is that just a personal preference?

Rae!xx said...

I tendered mine too please, I hate all this lights up in November, Cards in the Shops from September and the Fireworks have started already round here...xx