Christmas lost its appeal?

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Christmas lost its appeal?

Postby Graham » Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:59 pm

Guys,
I know I'm one of the older blokes on here. And I love Christmas. . . Always have.

But for me, the reasons have changed. When I was a kid it was because kids had any big presents at Christmas. Parents couldn't afford to buy much during the year,so kids had to wait. That made it special. Also, we got stuff we'd never have all year round. . . Selection boxes, quality street, tangerines,etc.
Now, people just buy stuff throughout the year. Kids have phones costing hundreds of pounds at any time during the year. And, you've only got to look at how many fat kids there are to know that "treats" are now an everyday thing.
So, Christmas doesn't mean that much to kids any longer.
But for me, having several days where I make a point to spend time with friends and family, don't put work or training in the way of socialising...and feel no guilt for eating/drinking more than any human has a right to.

Roll on next Christmas.

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Re: Christmas lost its appeal?

Postby Viz » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:08 pm

Lovely post Graham - have to agree with you about how consumer culture eroded the special nature of Christmas.
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Re: Christmas lost its appeal?

Postby Bigmick81 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:05 pm

Yeah a love Christmas guys. And my kids love it.. i am blessed as both my kids love reading books, so for past week they have read non stop whilst doing other stuff obviously. This is another lost art and social skill. Modern technology and internet has ruined kids happiness on many ways. It's down to us the parents to educate and guide as best as we can..

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Re: Christmas lost its appeal?

Postby Graham » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:16 pm

Great to see kids reading. It gives them a massive learning advantage over non-readers. Reading helps their spelling, grammar and concentration. But, most of all, it's so enjoyable. . . Almost a lost art.

Used to love getting new books at Christmas, all the annual comic books as well as others.

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Re: Christmas lost its appeal?

Postby Bonus » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:39 pm

Completely agree Graham.
What happened to those packets of dried figs I was forced to eat anyway?

We had the wider family to cook for this Christmas Day, which itself was bloody stressful.
My personal highlight was the Christmas cracker jokes where we take it in turns to read out the usual ‘beige’ jokes wearing our cracker hats....
Thought I’d pretend to read it but actually made up my own this year when it got to my turn to try to spice it up :oops:


What’s the difference between a lentil and a chickpea?




You don’t pay £200 to have a lentil on your face...


Only got a couple of laughs and a hard kick in the shin from the Mrs!

Humorlrss feckers :roll:
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Re: Christmas lost its appeal?

Postby ashbro74 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:02 pm

Bonus wrote:Completely agree Graham.
What happened to those packets of dried figs I was forced to eat anyway?

We had the wider family to cook for this Christmas Day, which itself was bloody stressful.
My personal highlight was the Christmas cracker jokes where we take it in turns to read out the usual ‘beige’ jokes wearing our cracker hats....
Thought I’d pretend to read it but actually made up my own this year when it got to my turn to try to spice it up :oops:


What’s the difference between a lentil and a chickpea?




You don’t pay £200 to have a lentil on your face...


Only got a couple of laughs and a hard kick in the shin from the Mrs!

Humorlrss feckers :roll:


Thought i was being humourless for a sec then it dawned on me
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Re: Christmas lost its appeal?

Postby Abs-Sent » Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:09 am

Bonus wrote:Completely agree Graham.
What happened to those packets of dried figs I was forced to eat anyway?

We had the wider family to cook for this Christmas Day, which itself was bloody stressful.
My personal highlight was the Christmas cracker jokes where we take it in turns to read out the usual ‘beige’ jokes wearing our cracker hats....
Thought I’d pretend to read it but actually made up my own this year when it got to my turn to try to spice it up :oops:


What’s the difference between a lentil and a chickpea?




You don’t pay £200 to have a lentil on your face...


Only got a couple of laughs and a hard kick in the shin from the Mrs!

Humorlrss feckers :roll:

Admittedly my kids would probably got it before my wife but would all have been a bit horrified - funny though! :D I, oddly, had a nice Christmas. I trained every day except Xmas with no time pressure, spent plenty of time with the kids, mainly watching films. The odd walk or two, on etrip up to London for Xmas markets and although we spent a fair amount on presents for the kids, it was a lot of genuine stuff they need like socks, pants pyjamas and a couple of specialist things like guitar pedals for my edlest son. The only phone was a hand-me-down to my youngest. Mine are quite old now and 2 have moved out and we've managed to give them a sense of worth and money and they don't come asking us for cash and try to supporting themselves as much as possible. But yeah, in general (and we've been guilty of this in the past), it's easy to get sucked into the "my mate got and iphone X for Christmas" bollox, but the real Christmas is still out there - just about :)


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