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Christmas is Upon Us.....already!!!

Old Nov 7th 2007, 1:59 am
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Originally Posted by on a mission
Xmas, a load of overhyped commercialisation of making money and exploiting people wanting a sense of meaning to wasting their money.

Roll on NY.
Oh live a little..you have not got a distant relation who went by the name of......scrooge!!!!
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Old Nov 7th 2007, 2:04 am
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Originally Posted by on a mission
I am indeed.... just love hanging around counting the days..
Who's counting?...we are all just having a little bit of fun....I bet you know to a tee how many days there are to Christmas..me...I have not got a clue....just live each day as it comes....with as much fun,laughter and a good old time as I can make it.....cost a bl--dy fortune nowadays though!! woops I must be catching your attitude.....god help me!!!
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Old Nov 7th 2007, 9:19 am
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Originally Posted by pommybird
Yes but Bethlehem will still be a lot colder than Perth at Christmas and I'm sure Mary, Joseph and the three kings didn't fire up a barbie, chuck on a few prawns and open some 'tinnies' to celebrate the birth!! I take it Christmas doesn't float you boat!!

In the same vein, nor did they eat Turkey, Chistmas pudding or mince pies.

Kebab anyone?
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Old Nov 7th 2007, 3:39 pm
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Well it's that time of year, we've barely seen out halloween and suddenly the telly is full of Christmas ads, shops have got all their Christmas decs out, there's Christmas lights out in our local high street, the mornings and evenings are getting chilly and you know what.....I JUST LOVE IT!!!!!

Haven't really seen much in the way of Christmassy stuff here in S. FL as yet. Weather's getting beautiful, though. Been 90+ for month after month this year, but today it's only around 75.

I soooooo want to be able to move back to the UK for Xmas, as one of my brothers, who I haven't seen for 5 years may be going over to mum's for a visit from Ireland. Too many things preventing me from going now, though. :curse:

I miss the atmosphere at Xmas in the UK so much. The lights in the high street, the frost/snow, the mince pies, mum's dinner.......sigh.
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Old Nov 7th 2007, 8:50 pm
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Maybe it's just a case of what you grow up with that makes it special but hot Xmasses 'round the BBQ are just not my thing!

I have had 5 back-to-back Christmasses here now and every year it feels worse. Last year was particularly awful as it was my little boy's 1st Xmas & it was truly miserable. I go all out to make an effort - still cook my nanna's Xmas cake a month before and everyone has to get a wish while stirring (my family now have to do this down the phone or via skype!), house like something from the Griswald's family Christmas and the oven going full blast decimating a giant turkey (for 2 people) while the aircon struggles to bring the temperature in the rest of the house to an acceptable level but try as I might, it just feels like any other weekend in mid-summer.

I think that's what I find most difficult about it. Australia is happy to buy into the hype & commercialism and it's wall-to-wall fairy lights and mince pies everywhere you look for months but it may as well be Grand Final weekend or Derby day for the amount of significance it's afforded. Maybe that's just hypocritical of me - I am an atheist so I don't celebrate this time of year for my own beliefs & don't expect anyone else to either - but there's no reason why I wouldn't want to take part in a festival so richly steeped in tradition, excitement and a sense of family. I adore the carols and concerts and everything that goes with this time of year and are sadly very much absent form the Aussie Xmas - my mother made this a very special time of year for us and I am not about to let the side down again with my little one!

For that reason, we are heading home for a month in December and I am beside myself with excitement! We always have a real tree here and it's beautifullly decorated but you can't even put the lights on until it's time for bed coz it's just not dark! It's too hot, too flat and just too bloody laid back here - I want some Christmas build up frenzy!:curse:

I can't wait to be somewhere where it starts getting dark at 4pm - I remember dashing home from school to turn the tree lights on and when I was older, sitting on the freezing cold bus or train with rain dribbling down the windows and wall to wall condensation but all you could see out of the steamy windows were people's homes springing to life as multi-coloured lights burst into sight everywhere. Have you ever seen anything so inviting?? My parents used to take us on a special trip up to London from Cardiff just to see the lights in the street (and Hamlyn's!)

And yes it's very shallow but I want my chocolate advent calendar (apparently my father has already bought one for me and my son!), my cocktail sausages and especially my radio times - skimming that every day of the Xmas holidays was a major event in our house - you wouldn't want to miss the millioneth screening of Santa Claus the movie now would you?

I am looking forward to the cold and the queues and that thing you get when you go Xmas shopping and have to be so rugged up each time you leave a shop only to sweat like buggery round the next one as it's 45degrees and packed! No plastic shopping malls for me, thank you very much - give me a sparkling high street anyday. Xmas food shopping at Sainsbury's has got to be one of my all time favourites. My mum and I used to leave it way too late and you'd have to queue with your trolley - right down each aisle. We would have eaten half the contents of our trolley by the time we got to the checkout - it was hilarious!

And the pubs and the fires, Xmas jumpers and Xmas boardgames and all the visting family and friends. I LOVE IT!

We are still up and down about deciding to go back but either way, I can't see us spending another Christmas in Oz.

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