When I worked in Saudi Arabia I had no choice... we all had to work as it is just a normal day.. No decorations available in the stores from September onwards.. No carols blaring out as everyone queues 20 deep for the checkout.. Just a normal day....... Very peaceful and stress free... this year I already hate the stores and I have not got the kids presents yet!!!
It depends. If you are talking about boycotting the commercialism about Christmas, the answer would be yes I feel like it. To me, Christmas means more to me then just shopping for presents to be put under a tree, eating until I am ready to burst, and music that gets repeated some many times through that time.
I think you still have control over how much you are controlled by family expectations and how much you associate with family that have unreasonable expectations. And if associating with them is more good then bad, then I make it clear how much I am willing to do. This does not involve laying on a whole dinner even if I provide the table it is eaten on. And there is an hour of the night I expect everyone to leave. etc.
But shouldn't we be putting that principle into place all year opposed to just one mandatory chunk of the year? It's kind of like being a good Christian on Sunday, but the rest of the week swindling people and whatever else.
Wouldn't be a lot of mileage in it in this house. Christmas is compulsory! We seem to sprout a small pine forest from early November - a real one in the front bay window, a synthetic one at the back window (same room), another 'falsie' in the dining room, one on the landing and a twee mini-tree by the door into the younger daughter's room! Then there's this infectious bustle from the wife and older daughter - all these packets from Amazon for her arriving at our address because there's nobody at hers. Not to mention all the cards and wrapping papers in the living room. No, there's no mileage in boycotting Chrimbo in our house. Anyway, I'd get sent to Coventry!
Sometimes I would definitely like to! At times when you've just finished work and you need to hurry out to the shops before they close - together with half the population of London:/ There is a lot to think about in a short space of time. The whole concept of buying stuff because others are going to be buying something for you is all a bit stressful - it's like you are pressured into buying things. I probably sound like the worst Scrooge ever but when it comes down to it, I quite enjoy most things that surround Christmas - it's just easy to complain. Hope you have a great Christmas!
I'd love to spend this time of year somewhere where Christmas does not exist.
Yes, I will be spending the time with my daughters, and it will be nice to see them since they live some distance away. However, we can and do get together any time of year without needing a specific excuse to do so.
My uncle died last year only a week before Christmas. They still managed to cheer up and celebrate - to an extent. My Mum died at the beginning of November this year, and we've just managed to get her affairs sorted out. Christmas will be almost normal this year, her ashes are downstairs waiting for me to go up North and spread her ashes on the Moors, so in a way she's still going to be 'at the party'!
Yes, generally I think Christmas is phoney and commercial; a way for people to pretend to be nice one day out of 365. And it's just a way for those with money to make more and more money. The whole thing is a sham from top to bottom. I don't exactly boycott it, I just don't celebrate it; guess that's the same thing.
I try very hard not to celebrate it. I tell every one every year I'm not doing it, but then I catch wind of some one getting me something and I can't just have a gift and not give a gift....So I give in every year. This year I almost got it down to just my mom and my significant other, but somehow I got signed up for a secret santa - which I did not approve of, but it got done any way - and have to get a gift within the $50 range! Who can afford that??? For a stranger too! I don't like the commercialism. I like the love that it inspires, but that's about it.
It boils down to what you make of it. You can spend the season listening for Jacob Marley dragging his chains, or you can sit in front of the telly with a mine pie and a brandy and toast your celluloid hero(in)es!
It all depends on what's been put into the mince pies. You can make them as sweet or as 'desserty' as you want. Rum or brandy tends to de-sweeten them, but you wouldn't want to drive after polishing off a few! The 'mince' can be bought ready-made in a jar, or mixed in a bowl with things like diced carrot, currants, raisins. Put more carrot in for less sweet (I think it tends to act as a 'drier' though, so you wouldn't want to put too much in or it'll be like mixing cement with too much sand!.
You can't boycott a holiday. It is a day with a name, and it is a day where most families take an excuse to spend time together. That's like saying "I'm going to boycott summer" and expect it to just go away.
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