The ongoing carry on of Christmas.......

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Found 13th Dec 2017
So who else is a bit fed up with the over commercialised con of what xmas is turning out to be these days . One of the things that annoys me the most is that most people don't even believe in the god stuff which is fair enough but why spend so much then ....and also the volume of waste this event generates ....and actually paying money for a DEAD tree what are Con indeed .... ok well all I'm trying to say is that it's got very over commercialised and should be focussed more on a traditional Christmas

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I love Christmas and always have done - especially now I have 2 young kids to share the magic with.

The religious stuff doesn't have any relevance to me at all, I choose to omit it.

Christmas to me represents getting together with family, exchanging gifts and enjoying all of the little traditions like Christmas dinner.
People are generally nicer and I like being able to listen to the Xmas music / putting the decorations up / all that good stuff.

If you don't like it, then fair enough.
But leave the people who love it to enjoy it however they choose to

Let's get back to the real meaning of christmas, the birth of Santa

I love Christmas, always have and always will!

Shut up and eat a mince pie mate
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Totally agree. If I could fly off to somewhere hot and forget about Xmas I Would!

I love Christmas, always have and always will!

Christmas is what you make of it

Merry Christmas all

I love Christmas, but I do agree that there’s so much waste from it, people could be so much more environmentally friendly...

Always used a plastic tree in my house, and never had a problem with it - wouldn’t want a real tree on the front room carpet

Bah humbug.

You really should not have a rant about what Christmas is really about and use the word Xmas.

Happy midwinter festival all.

Like everything it is what you make it

my 'dead tree' for instants was fighting global warming while alive and now the replacement is.

And how many plastic Christmas trees do you think end up in landfills every year

Shut up and eat a mince pie mate

As long as Carry On Camping is on the telly over the festive period then I'm Happy.

confusedfashion1917 m ago

And how many plastic Christmas trees do you think end up in landfills …And how many plastic Christmas trees do you think end up in landfills every year


Not many as they last decades

I'm confused by the "Believing in God stuff" would this be referring to the Pagan Gods related to the winter solstice that Christmas was adapted around?
I would say all of Christmas related things are more commercial now than anything else in terms of decorations or gifts and businesses just do their best to take advantage of that in december, like black friday in november, halloween in october, etc.

As someone else has said though, the time of year means whatever you attribute to it, like a lot of people spend time with their families or go out of their way to express love, sometimes with financial methods, which is really nice, arguably you could do that all year round and on the other hand you can do it all year round and just give a little extra at certain times of years that happen to coincide on a calendar with various festive holidays of various origin around the world.

I basically use the time as an excuse to have as much fun as possible with friends/family/loved ones. I am in particular a fan of Christmas themed music all year round, it just happens to be written about a certain time but that doesn't stop me from appreciating it as music the rest of the year, although I do usually avoid places that overplay it so I am sure that helps.

I do believe there is an over production or Christmas ornaments though as described, I am not sure if the consumer would be responsible for that as it woudl be down to them to recycle things safely, perhaps manufacturers could take more care to give instructions of safe disposal.
Not using artificial tress seems a bad idea to me also, it's not cost effective and often is bad for the environment (though there are sustainable methods of doing this) but as it's said in the simpsons:
"Fir is murder"

Because we are all spoiled and in snowflake era Christmas has become what it is.....Naffness.

Now think of a huge event or disaster, like an asteroid and we are all trying to survive, nobody has much with them but someone struggles home with a tree, some logs for a fire and scraps of food for a meal, imagine how good that would feel, especially if you managed to find a few tins of beer and a bottle of wine, you could make some paper hats too and sit around the fire, this would beat all this crap everyone falls into each 12 months.

So yea I just like getting presents...

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I love Christmas and always have done - especially now I have 2 young kids to share the magic with.

The religious stuff doesn't have any relevance to me at all, I choose to omit it.

Christmas to me represents getting together with family, exchanging gifts and enjoying all of the little traditions like Christmas dinner.
People are generally nicer and I like being able to listen to the Xmas music / putting the decorations up / all that good stuff.

If you don't like it, then fair enough.
But leave the people who love it to enjoy it however they choose to

Let's get back to the real meaning of christmas, the birth of Santa

airfix18 m ago

Because we are all spoiled and in snowflake era Christmas has become what …Because we are all spoiled and in snowflake era Christmas has become what it is.....Naffness.Now think of a huge event or disaster, like an asteroid and we are all trying to survive, nobody has much with them but someone struggles home with a tree, some logs for a fire and scraps of food for a meal, imagine how good that would feel, especially if you managed to find a few tins of beer and a bottle of wine, you could make some paper hats too and sit around the fire, this would beat all this crap everyone falls into each 12 months.


You are genuinely blaming "snowflakes" for this?

Give it a rest for once.

DT894 m ago

You are genuinely blaming "snowflakes" for this?


For what ?

Uilleam1717 m ago

Let's get back to the real meaning of christmas, the birth of Santa


airfix6 m ago

For what ?


You literally said "Because we are all spoiled and in snowflake era Christmas has become what it is.....Naffness"

So Christmas is now naff because of this so called generation of 18-30 year olds?

Love Christmas dinners. I just don't get swept up into the false plasticky media driven guff that gets blasted out for weeks ahead of the event.

I don't see what god had to do with it really.

I would like to move the mid winter celebration to the middle of winter though. Like the end of January. Three grim months with nothing doing after Xmas.

MSK.6 m ago

I don't see what god had to do with it really.I would like to move the mid …I don't see what god had to do with it really.I would like to move the mid winter celebration to the middle of winter though. Like the end of January. Three grim months with nothing doing after Xmas.


Plan.

Can we move this Easter thingamajig to summer so we get some time off then as well ?

The best Christmas party I ever had was at the Goose & Firkin pub in South London on mid summer's night. Oh the Dogbolter did flow.
Edited by: "OllieSt" 14th Dec 2017

Wongy1103 m ago

Plan.Can we move this Easter thingamajig to summer so we get some time off …Plan.Can we move this Easter thingamajig to summer so we get some time off then as well ?


That works for me

MSK.5 m ago

That works for me


Be nice to have some more Labour want to introduce the 'saints' days as bank holidays
but they are all in the spring late autumn even our 'summer' holiday is right at the fag end of it.

airfix1 h, 19 m ago

Because we are all spoiled and in snowflake era Christmas has become what …Because we are all spoiled and in snowflake era Christmas has become what it is.....Naffness.Now think of a huge event or disaster, like an asteroid and we are all trying to survive, nobody has much with them but someone struggles home with a tree, some logs for a fire and scraps of food for a meal, imagine how good that would feel, especially if you managed to find a few tins of beer and a bottle of wine, you could make some paper hats too and sit around the fire, this would beat all this crap everyone falls into each 12 months.


We don't quite go to those lengths, but we do get a nice family game of poker/120 going when we can :).

I can’t help but enjoy Christmas time, personally. I am very privileged to live in a country where we tolerate our fellow man and allow them to celebrate in whatever way they choose. For sure, we might find somethings strange and then I guess that’s fine, as we’re all very different people. Taking a dip in the sea is not my idea of a cosy Christmas but some will choose to do so. There are many who don’t choose a cosy Christmas because they don’t have any choice. Homeless, lonely, ill, estranged. All groups who I am very aware of at this time especially. Yes, I’m exceptionally fortunate and work hard all year in recognition of the opportunities that I have received and I would gladly pay more for gifts and Christmas paraphernalia if I saw the recipients and those around me happy as a result. But for the most part what I am most grateful for is that regardless of what I give, how much I spend and how much I decorate my house for the season, what brings most happiness is spending time with friends and family and taking that moment to thank God for another year.

Whether you love Christmas, hate everything about it, take umbrage at the commercialism or wish it could be Christmas every day, I wish you peace and happiness, time to appreciate, to mend bridges, and space in your life away from the rush of the rest of the year to contemplate what you have and what is most important to you.

2018 will present its own challenge. Enjoy the last festive days of 2017.

gillsypop2 h, 1 m ago

So yea I just like getting presents...


I know right? Who can complain about that

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I don't believe in any sky fairies ( thanks Ceres if you're reading ) , but as a child older generations of my family did to a certain degree , hence Christmas was always a family celebrated occasion . Yes it's become more commercial as the years go by , but that's also up to each of us individually to decide how much we spend/what we do etc. I buy gifts for my family but the main draw of Christmas as many have said is the chance to spend relaxed time together . We are all so busy , so it's lovely for a few days to be able to slow down . I adore Christmas , the whole thing from tree ( fake , lasts for years and I am allergic to pine/fir trees so decorating one is not a good experience) , gifts,food , decorations, advent calanders , you name it , and all of that stems from it being traditional and full of lovely memories from my childhood . Before anyone jumps in to say that not everyone is so lucky , I do appreciate that, I'm just saying why as a non believer I love Christmas.

Bure117 h, 47 m ago

I know right? Who can complain about that


Best thing about Christmas to be fair lol 🙃

Starting to dislike Christmas (the gift side of things). I have managed to stop drinking coke, cut down on sugar and have lost 5kilos, still more to go and am trying to be careful what I eat. I cook from scratch and am lucky to get a takeaway once a month. I am pretty good when shopping I don't buy any junk, but have bad willpower when junk is sitting at home. So is quite annoying to get sweets and chocolates given to me when family know I am trying to get healthy.

Would you give a bottle of Whiskey to an alcoholic trying to give it up? Maybe the best present for a cold turkey druggie is a nice bag of crack?

splatsplatsplat42 m ago

Starting to dislike Christmas (the gift side of things). I have managed to …Starting to dislike Christmas (the gift side of things). I have managed to stop drinking coke, cut down on sugar and have lost 5kilos, still more to go and am trying to be careful what I eat. I cook from scratch and am lucky to get a takeaway once a month. I am pretty good when shopping I don't buy any junk, but have bad willpower when junk is sitting at home. So is quite annoying to get sweets and chocolates given to me when family know I am trying to get healthy.Would you give a bottle of Whiskey to an alcoholic trying to give it up? Maybe the best present for a cold turkey druggie is a nice bag of crack?


Do what I do, skip breakfast, eat from 12 noon till 8pm, you'll be slimmer and your body will eat the bad stuff which causes diseases.

As a country we replaced religion with shopping circa 1982.

I love christmas, two weeks off work and a chance to catch up with friends and family I have neglected all year, whats not to like.

I for one am glad we replaced the Jeremy Kyle who's the father story with much more wholesome shopping and gift giving and generally being happy and off work.

It's been a long time since my plastic tree was alive, millions of years.

Christmas celebrations should start after bonfire night if you ask me

I blame Charles Dickens for all of this.

We live in a secular country, religion is optional and free of incentive, tax or pressure - that's a largely positive not a negative thing.
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