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Talking Christmas..Bah Humbug...

Just reading the rant on New Years fireworks, and prompted me to have a go at the Christmas thingy...No not Christmas itself, but really do we need Tescos, Sainsbury's etc to open on Boxing Day?? Christmas always used to be 2 days of no shops and guess what we survived, even to the point when I was very young Mum and Dad never even had a fridge for Gods sake, today why we need to open at all on Boxing Day is beyond me, aren't we fed up enough with shopping 24/7 up to Christmas, and apparently at our local Next queues formed at 1am !! just for the sales.
So you might argue ...'I need an extra pint of milk' well what about buying extra on Christmas Eve then, or as we have here a good community spirit ask the next door neighbour to borrow a pint. Thought this and previous governments were backing family values ?? well making people work on Boxing Day seems at odds with that to me, take your kids to the park not B&Q to buy wallpaper, 'people need the extra money' I hear you cry, well I suppose they do in this day and age, but how long before we will kill Christmas altogether and open on the big day itself...rant over...

and in the immortal words of the Father Christmas book character...and a happy blooming Christmas to you too'''

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Re: Christmas..Bah Humbug...

Some films had their opening on Christmas day in North America meaning staff have to work for people with nothing better to do than go to the pictures.
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Re: Christmas..Bah Humbug...

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apparently at our local Next queues formed at 1am !! just for the sales.
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Hi there Peter!

I'm afraid that my wife was one of those who went to the Next sale on boxing day, getting up at 4:30am to start queueing while the rest of us slept. Well today she got her come-uppence as her uncancelled alarm went off one week later waking her up. As I was at work it didn't affect me at all! The only problem now is all the clothes she bought.

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PS Am I the only one who is so fed up with christmas songs on the radio and christmas decorations up in shops from mid November that I develop a near pathological hatred of them by christmas eve?
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Re: Christmas..Bah Humbug...

We were so annoyed with the Home Depot Christmas ads by the end of November we decided to boycott the store.
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Re: Christmas..Bah Humbug...

My wife was looking through the Coles (food store) catalogue & they were advertising hot cross buns! Apparently we have to (according to these giant food stores) start thinking about Easter now!
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Re: Christmas..Bah Humbug...

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Just reading the rant on New Years fireworks, and prompted me to have a go at the Christmas thingy...No not Christmas itself, but really do we need Tescos, Sainsbury's etc to open on Boxing Day?? Christmas always used to be 2 days of no shops and guess what we survived, even to the point when I was very young Mum and Dad never even had a fridge for Gods sake, today why we need to open at all on Boxing Day is beyond me, aren't we fed up enough with shopping 24/7 up to Christmas, and apparently at our local Next queues formed at 1am !! just for the sales.
So you might argue ...'I need an extra pint of milk' well what about buying extra on Christmas Eve then, or as we have here a good community spirit ask the next door neighbour to borrow a pint. Thought this and previous governments were backing family values ?? well making people work on Boxing Day seems at odds with that to me, take your kids to the park not B&Q to buy wallpaper, 'people need the extra money' I hear you cry, well I suppose they do in this day and age, but how long before we will kill Christmas altogether and open on the big day itself...rant over...

and in the immortal words of the Father Christmas book character...and a happy blooming Christmas to you too'''

Cheers

Peter
Thank you.

I work for one of the "big four" and had no choice. I either worked Boxing day or New Years day. As a "grumpy old f**t" I chose to work New Years day. Boxing day is for the family.

Believe it or not there were lines of people (more than on Christmas Eve) waiting to get in 2 hours before we opened.

And for those of you who dared to venture to a Supermarket on either day, thank you. You have destroyed any chance of me getting either day off again.

A very grumpy Kev.
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Re: Christmas..Bah Humbug...

My wife also works at a 'Large' dept store who had a cartoon advert for Christmas, Valetines stands are all ready to go in plus the Easter eggs are already in store waiting to go on the shelves.

I too am fed up with Christmas music at the beginning of Nov, it's all gone corporate money grabbing mad....

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Re: Christmas..Bah Humbug...

I agree with and applaud the sentiments expressed in this thread. The whole thing has become almost offensive, driven by the usual profit hungry shops and companies and many people seem to buy, pun intended, into it.

Shopping for enough food to keep a small army fed for two weeks has become a national pastime it seems and the mania for going to the shops in general when you could be at home enjoying a rare opportunity to be with those you really like leaves me befuddled.

Can't wait for the Easter eggs to appear

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Re: Christmas..Bah Humbug...

Before retirement called I worked as a driver for the food shops of the department stores that used the cartoon add..... The first Easter Eggs were delivered to the shops Christmas Eve and that had been the way for at least as long as I worked there (27 years)!
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Re: Christmas..Bah Humbug...

As long as I can get occasional essential items, I don't need all the shops to be open. Just one. I will not plan to do a big shop on any such days.
However if you are a boring old fool who does not have loads of kids and visitors and big meals to organise and long journeys to travel in terrible weather, then your meticulous planning will probably save you from missing the odd item or thought someone else was buying something or thought 3 jars should have been more than enough or someone broke something.
So it is clear there is a real demand from people.
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Re: Christmas..Bah Humbug...

Gents come on, what is wrong with you? At the end of September when I see signs wishing me a Merry Christmas my heart skips with joy, ohh the excitement of seeing aisles of Christmas puddings, mince pies and biscuit tins, and, amazingly when side by side with halloween goods i find it hard to contain my delight. Oh the colours oh the anticipation. And the adverts on TV well they are better than the main feature. Don't you too play guess the product? I know you cannot wait to next year so I will give you a clue to success. Perfumes, aftershave, booze, perfumes and kitchen sales, holiday adverts (although the last two normally appear on Xmas Eve.) and I know I said perfume twice because the products have such superb coverage.

And the music! I love the radio from the end of November, Noddy Holder and ITTTTSSSS CHRIIIISTTTTMASSSSSSS! so full of charm, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy. And please somebody stop the Cavalry.

and there is so much information on hand to "Make this a PERFECT Christmas"



bile vented. As you may gather I am pigging sick of having 'Xmas' rammed down my throat and up....Commercialism and greed, that is all it seems to be. oh well at least there are 9 months till the onslaught begins again. But in my first year of retirement mid November to March will be spent somewhere hot and sunny, as for 'Happy Holidays season' until then a trip to Venus is appealing.

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Re: Christmas..Bah Humbug...

I get scunnered with all the inane Christmas songs in shops. I notice that there is the occasional one which has quiet times without music.
We found the hoohaa so much that we took all the decorations down on New Years Day.
And don't get me started on the TV stations idea of showing films or programmes 3 or 4 times in a week.
On the other hand, my other half has already designed her cards for next year and sorted out the list. She also buys Christmas presents throughout the year e.g. when we visit a nice gift shop on holiday. It may sound daft but it does take a lot of the angst out of it.
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Re: Christmas..Bah Humbug...

There is an OFF switch on the TV so use it.
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Re: Christmas..Bah Humbug...

Our decorations came down the day after Boxing Day. Wife was working both Christmas day and Boxing day, plus Hogmanay up till 5pm. Fortunately the people she works for are angels who include staff, plus me, in their Christmas and even I was invited round for drinkies on The Day! It's now hailing, so am hunkering down!
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Re: Christmas..Bah Humbug...

We were in a store just before Christmas where they were already putting Valentines day stuff on the shelves.

Stephen, it's -22C with a wind chill of -27 this morning and we're under a wind chill warning. The dog didn't stay out long this morning.
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