Christmas and New Year
Well, there goes another pair!
I'm talking about Christmas and New Year 2005. Now perhaps things can
get back to normal.
No more shops with tacky decorations and continuous loop
carols. No more jolly, snow laden, TV adverts. And no more traffic jams
caused by frantic people trying to find Christmas of dubious
suitability. Now don't get me wrong I love Christmas. What I don't like
is all the commercial palaver that goes with it including sales on
Boxing and New Years day.
Father Christmas, who's he? Oh yes! It's me! On the topic
of presents my son and daughters advice is "just give us the money Dad
and we will spend it in the after-Christmas sales, that way you get
more bang for your buck", or "if you must give us a present don't
forget to enclose the receipt so we can take it back and get something
we actually want or at very least get the right size".
nightmare! Are you the perfect hostess? It would seem that unless you
bought everything that is 'not just food' but 'M&S food' you
couldn't possibly be. Mind you the people at Park who want you to put
so much away every month and will then supply you with a hamper of
things you never knew you needed at Christmas, might disagree. At
Christmas everyone you ever heard of is trying to flog their cook books
(a thousand and one ways to ruin a turkey) or get you to by their
During December the country goes mad. People are suddenly
overcome with an unexplained desire to festoon their houses with every
electrical Christmas decoration ever devised. Neon Reindeer browse on
the front lawns and plastic inflatable Santa's parachute from chimneys.
House competes against house and road competes against road. The
world’s gone crazy!
Is it just me who thinks it or come Christmas do
television schedulers take leave of their senses? If I have to sit
through another re-run of 'The Great Escape' or' The Sound of Music' or
a Morecombe & Wise Show made back in the year dot I think I'll go
nuts. Programme schedulers must have a full frontal originality
lobotomy as a prerequisite to getting their jobs.
What I do like about Christmas is, despite their mobile
phones continually ringing,, having my son and daughter to stay for a
couple of days. They seem to enjoy themselves and, to date, have never
expressed a desire to be anywhere else. They drink the cocktail cabinet
dry, view anything to do with washing up as an alien concept, including
loading or unloading the dishwasher. There's no hot water available
from the time they arrive to the time they leave and wet towels are
permanently festooned over the radiators. Their idea of Christmas
decorations I suppose.
They do however like silly board games, which I find
quite amusing as I can't stand them, with the exception of Backgammon.
But, Lyn and I do love having them to ourselves again, albeit just for
a short time over Christmas. I guess we should count ourselves
fortunate that they are still around and want to spend the holiday with