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Who's panicking over Christmas?

veriterc
veriterc Member Posts: 211 Pioneering
edited October 9 in Coffee lounge
The news comes on saying people are already worried about Christmas.  Am I the only one who can't wait to get back to the fun of preparing for Christmas?  The local church is offering a morning course on making your own decorations.  I am making old-fashioned sweeties and chocolates for presents;  knitting dolls clothes for nieces and looking for ideas for nephews.  
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  • TheAlien
    TheAlien Member Posts: 42 Courageous
    Christmas to me is just another day, I don't celebrate it in any way, shape or form.

    I can't see what the fuss is all over to be honest.
  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 1,803 Pioneering
    edited October 9
    I don’t really understand the worry, if you can’t buy the gifts you wanted or whatever then choose alternatives or give cash or vouchers. If you can’t buy the food you want, again buy alternatives. In terms of a turkey, I’ve heard a lot of people discussing this. Well again, buy alternative meat or don’t have meat at all. I’d be happy with egg and chips if that’s all that was available. 
  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Member Posts: 765 Pioneering
    Hi @MarkN88 I agree if you cannot buy what you want get something else. 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 5,996

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    It sounds like you have some lovely plans @veriterc :) 
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  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,476 Disability Gamechanger
    Depends what sort of Christmas you want. If you like sentiment and the gift giving and time well spent with family and friends then I see little to be concerned about. This Christmas will be way better than last year. 

    If you like the full on capitalist Christmas which started in September and is more about weight gain and drinking and expenditure then, yeah, probably something to be worried about. 
  • Crazyraven
    Crazyraven Member Posts: 16 Connected
    I'm only concerned because my sis's husband had a deep dislike of me, she's the last family I have, but I was kicked out several years ago so I now face Christmas without anyone else, at least I don't have to give presents, make meals
  • cazza6565
    cazza6565 Member Posts: 83 Courageous
    It's just another day . Never been a big Xmas fan . I don't get the fuss
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 5,996

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    There are usually some people around on the community on Christmas day @Crazyraven, so you don't have to feel totally alone :) Have you had a look to see if there are any community Christmas lunches in your area? There's nothing wrong with spending Christmas alone if that's what you'd prefer, however. 
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  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,242 Disability Gamechanger
    We might bear in mind that as of 2020 according to Wikipedia there are approximately 2.5 billion Christians in the world who think Christmas Day matters very much, with or without presents presumably. That’s almost one third of the worlds population.  🙂

    i for one like Christmas for religious and sentimental reasons and always treat it as a special day.
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,274 Disability Gamechanger
    It's OK giving vouchers or money as gifts but the problem is if you have children and can't get the things they are hoping for a voucher isn't going to cut it 

    I know it isn't about the present but it helps keep the magic alive for the kids 

    I like Christmas and the family traditions and its more about spending time with loved ones than anything which most of us didn't get last year 

    We are going to a restaurant for xmas dinner this year no cooking no endless washing up yipee 
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  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 1,803 Pioneering
    I can totally understand the sentimental reasoning and also keeping the magic going for younger people. However, if you can’t get something, there is nothing you are going to be able to do about it, so it’s best to have an alternative in mind or another solution. 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,274 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm well prepared already got tobys main presents just stockings fillers to get but not started on family ones yet 
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  • rubin16
    rubin16 Member Posts: 159 Pioneering
    Christmas is a nightmare for me personally, shops get impossibly busy and noisy with music and bands playing so having Autism I always get sensory overload. I think Christmas is more of a gimic than anything and is a cash grab but its more for young kids, having said that though I do like to spend time with family at Christmas but it won't be the same this year as my Grandad had to go into a nursing home a couple of months ago, so this year will just be me and my nan, and then going to visit Grandad.

    If it wasn't for my family I personally wouldn't celebrate christmas at all, i'm not religious but understand the reasons why we celebrate christmas (from a constallation point of view) but modern day christmas is stressful for everyone, and people seem to change on the build up to christmas from the stress of it all, and trying to shop for gifts which make people nasty and get into fights. Then christmas comes everyone is nice to each other and relaxed. As someone who see's everything black and white and questions everything, Christmas is a strange observation of everyone.
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,585 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 9
    I think Christmas is all about what matters to each individual. Who is anybody to judge how somebody else should (or should not, as the case may be) celebrate?

    If you like spending time with family then great. If for you it's about gifts, eating and drinking then go for it. Alternatively if someone doesn't celebrate, that's fine too.

    For me I enjoy spending time with family but I also like the food, drink and gifts as well. This year, we have decided to buy less food and drink, but nicer quality products, and as for gifts, the same - less but better, also, we are going to try to get each other useful things.
  • vikingqueen
    vikingqueen Member Posts: 548 Pioneering
         If all people have to worry about is they can't get a turkey then there is something seriously wrong. You see pictures in the news of people buying their children so many presents the pile reaches the ceiling.. what is that all about?
         Christmas to my sons children is all about the amount of the latest stuff they get, to my daughters children it is about seeing their grandparents who don't live nearby and they go for a little holiday. I get to see them whenever I want.
         Family time is more important than spending money you can ill afford. 
        And no I am not the Grinch..... ;)
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,285 Disability Gamechanger
    I think Christmas is a wonderful time, although i'm not a religious person it's still magical, we were in a large Tesco store today they had some small turkeys we got one for the freezer, they has litres of Baileys (sm favourite xmas tiple) for £12, and litre bottles of Bells whisky (the only time I drink in the home is at Christmas) for £16.50.
    We are starting to get one or two things for Christmas so it's not all last minute.
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  • Crazyraven
    Crazyraven Member Posts: 16 Connected
    Hey, woodbine, you're lucky getting Bailey's, I love it, but can't drink it as I'm on meds that would be dangerous, but I take a little sip or chocs made with it, lucky you

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  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Posts: 4,592 Disability Gamechanger
    I am working Xmas night but will have some of the day time 
  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 1,803 Pioneering
    I am working Xmas night but will have some of the day time 
    I remember doing that for a few years in a past job. 
  • Dragonslayer
    Dragonslayer Community Co-Production Group Posts: 1,539 Pioneering
    I remember Christmas being a magical time when I was younger. Now, especially with my condition it has become more of a normal day. I spend it with my wife and she does a wonderful dinner and we have a few drinks together. But also being retired means every day is a holiday and there are no such things as  weekends (So to speak) 
    It really doesn't matter, does it? if you don't have a turkey. We also don't have to bother with buying 'special' presents. although we do make the effort. But because of my very limited movement all is bought online. We both have all we need normally and buy what we want all year round if we want something.

    Christmas is now more commercialised than ever and not what it used to be. If you have your family around you, then that surely should be enough, especially if you have not seen them for some time. 
    People tend to listen and follow what is said on TV about what a Christmas should be. Then the panic starts, along with panic buying causing more problems. 

    I say, just kick back, relax and take it easy. You will enjoy it all the more.
      
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 4,955

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    Kick back, relax and take it easy sounds like a super way to approach Christmas @Dragonslayer :) 
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