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Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
4 November 2013
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Christmas time already? Seems like Halloween was only 4 days ago.

Wait...what?

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4 November 2013
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No one seems to have followed John's advice to "remember, remember, the 5th of November" instead jumping from Halloween to Christmas.a-hard-days-night-john-7a-hard-days-night-john-4

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4 November 2013
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Well then I should put my Guy Fawkes mask on for the occasion, MMM.

5 November 2013
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The Santa Clause is on the telly at the moment...lovely :)

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21 November 2013
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Technology is wonderful.

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21 November 2013
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Haven't seen the Coca-Cola ad on the telly yet (holidays are coming...) or the Kellogg's (hohoho) so does it really mean that Christmas is soon?

In other news we have no laptop atm (hence why I'm not posting as much) so I'm checking my mam's emails for her one of them said 'Have a Very Merry Sexmas' and then the prize-winning slogan "Ho Ho Oh" xD got a chuckle out of that one

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22 November 2013
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^ Ah, I was wondering why you've not been posting much. Glad to hear it's only your laptop that's poorly. I've given up on mine. I think I'll bury it soon.

I've been seeing loads of Xmas adverts, though not those, like you. I've got the song of the Morrisons (?) one in my head. The one with Ant and Dec in it. I'm in class with ''gingerbread, chocolate bomb...'' , or something going round. Not ideal when you're trying to concentrate on Physics :/

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22 November 2013
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I just put together a playlist with Christmas songs on Spotify, since my dad always loses my downloaded cd's with those songs on it. It might not look that charming, a laptop in the corner of the room, but at least there's more room for more songs than on a cd.

 

I've also seen quite a lot of decorated houses already, which strikes me as odd. They've been decorated since the beginning of November already and I thought that was quite early, especially since we also have Sinterklaas a few weeks before. 

I love watching those decorations though. Some people have these little houses that give light in their window and sometimes they have a whole city with an icerink and people and bakery stands and trees and even little lanterns and all. I love watching those. They're so kitsch. Not the ones with blue or pink lights though, those are ugly. Just the ones with ''normal'' light. We actually have a few of those too, and some trees and people and some lanterns too. It has sorta become my thing to put it somewhere and make it look good and I love it.

Wow I really can't wait to decorate the house!

23 November 2013
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I can't be doing with all that decorating nowadaysblue-meanie but when folks get trees do they go for real or artificial ones. I was always a real tree person as i love the smell of them.

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23 November 2013
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meanmistermustard said
I can't be doing with all that decorating nowadaysblue-meanie but when folks get trees do they go for real or artificial ones. I was always a real tree person as i love the smell of them.

I grew up with real ones. You're right they do smell wonderful. But, hubby had an artificial one when I married him, so we just use that one. Mom still puts up a real one so I just enjoy the smell when I go see her.

I got my Christmas cards out so I will be ready to address them on my break this coming week.

 

23 November 2013
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We always used to have real ones, but my mom got really annoyed with the needles falling everywhere and my dog kept hurting herself somehow. And 2 years ago the tree was nearly needle-less by the time it was Christmas. So last year we bought an artificial one. I had to get used to it, but it's not one of those super fake trees. It looks pretty good. 

 

Bought my Christmas outfit today. I wanted something that wasn't too uncomfortable, especially since I always eat a lot so I just bought a black cardigan with sequins all over it and waxed skinny jeans. It sorta looks like they're made of some kind of leather, but not really. I quite love them. It wasn't expensive and it's comfortable enough.

 

MMM, I don't know if you've ever mentioned it, but what do you actually do for Christmas? How do you celebrate it? I'm quite curious as you don't come across as being all too enthousiastic about it.

23 November 2013
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Linde said

MMM, I don't know if you've ever mentioned it, but what do you actually do for Christmas? How do you celebrate it? I'm quite curious as you don't come across as being all too enthousiastic about it.

I ignore it as much as possible. Some of my family go to a hotel over the 3 days (Christmas Eve to Boxing Day) so i go see them for some of the 25th but apart from that i'm at home. The first time i did this was last year and i enjoyed far more than many previously (the benefit of keeping a journal is that it helps you see how things actually were at the time and not just how you think they were).

I just don't get it, all the expense, waste, and overindulgence all "because its Christmas" - "eat, drink and be merry".

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23 November 2013
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I hope you don't mind me asking, but have you had bad some experiences with Christmas? Because I can understand why people don't care much for it if they have experienced something bad.

 

I personally always loved it. There were always good vibes and we always had a great time. I think that makes a difference. I know other people who don't care for it. One of my best friends is a Jehova's Witness and another one just wasn't brought up like me. Her mom thought it was nonsense to put that much effort into it if they're only with three anyway. They never even have a tree. I think the way people are brought up is a huge influence.

23 November 2013
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All my family like it a lot, all that getting together and all that and i grew up having great Christmases. Just over the years all the sparkle comes off and it became a right pain.

I detest immensely the idea that everyone has to be happy, smiley, and for 1 day a year be something they are not for the rest of the year. I'm not a social person, i'm not a talker, as posted elsewhere i also have a dislike for family gatherings (i attend very very few). It's basically everything i am not wrapped up in 1 day.

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24 November 2013
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meanmistermustard said
All my family like it a lot, all that getting together and all that and i grew up having great Christmases. Just over the years all the sparkle comes off and it became a right pain.

I detest immensely the idea that everyone has to be happy, smiley, and for 1 day a year be something they are not for the rest of the year. I'm not a social person, i'm not a talker, as posted elsewhere i also have a dislike for family gatherings (i attend very very few). It's basically everything i am not wrapped up in 1 day.

Well, I, for one, am extremely pleased that you are social on the forum and "talk" to us a lot. You have so many funny, entertaining, and insightful thoughts to contribute. The place wouldn't be the same without you.

24 November 2013
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meanmistermustard said
All my family like it a lot, all that getting together and all that and i grew up having great Christmases. Just over the years all the sparkle comes off and it became a right pain.

I detest immensely the idea that everyone has to be happy, smiley, and for 1 day a year be something they are not for the rest of the year. I'm not a social person, i'm not a talker, as posted elsewhere i also have a dislike for family gatherings (i attend very very few). It's basically everything i am not wrapped up in 1 day.

Same here - there is something immensely satisfying in saying 'bah - humbug'.  But I have always made sure the kids had great Christmas experiences to remember.

 

24 November 2013
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trcanberra said

meanmistermustard said
All my family like it a lot, all that getting together and all that and i grew up having great Christmases. Just over the years all the sparkle comes off and it became a right pain.

I detest immensely the idea that everyone has to be happy, smiley, and for 1 day a year be something they are not for the rest of the year. I'm not a social person, i'm not a talker, as posted elsewhere i also have a dislike for family gatherings (i attend very very few). It's basically everything i am not wrapped up in 1 day.

Same here - there is something immensely satisfying in saying 'bah - humbug'.  But I have always made sure the kids had great Christmas experiences to remember.

 

That's basically what Christmas is all about anyways: the kids. Now that I have a child, Christmas actually means something to me again, because before I became a dad, I could have cared less about Christmas. Since I became an adult, my standard reply to what I want has always been either "Just gift cards" or "Nothing, I don't really need anything." Which forces my family to get creative: for instance, this Christmas I'm getting 4 new tires and a re-alignment for my van from my parents. And trust me, that's all the Christmas present I need. That way, they can spoil their grandson. (Which they do a good job with.) 

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24 November 2013
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Totally. Christmas should be about and for the kids, let them enjoy the day as much as possible. Aside from that it has little else going for it.

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24 November 2013
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meanmistermustard said
All my family like it a lot, all that getting together and all that and i grew up having great Christmases. Just over the years all the sparkle comes off and it became a right pain.

I detest immensely the idea that everyone has to be happy, smiley, and for 1 day a year be something they are not for the rest of the year. I'm not a social person, i'm not a talker, as posted elsewhere i also have a dislike for family gatherings (i attend very very few). It's basically everything i am not wrapped up in 1 day.

Well, that's exactly the reason why we only celebrate it with my parents, siblings and grandma. Before my grandpa died, we always used to celebrate it at my grandparents' house, with the whole family of my mom's side. At one point, after divorces and many fallouts, it became very forced. I never really noticed that, as I was only what, 11? at the time. But now we spend it with just us, it feels a lot better. I do appreciate it if everyone is friendly. My brother once caused a fight and that really ruined it for some reason. Christmas is just something..magical to me. And that's not even because of the presents. We don't do presents, we have Sinterklaas for that. I'm not a very talkative person either, I can be very quiet, but I live for Christmas.

 

Anyway, I really appreciate it that you talk so much on here, like others said. Your comments often make me think or laugh. You're awesome.

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