before christmas, christmas and after christmas

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  1. budge

    budge Well-Known Member

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    how do you feel once the big day has come and gone?
    do you feel relieved?, depressed its all over, happy you can book your holiday now, or something else?

    is christmas everything you want it to be or is it too commercialised?, an anti climax every year? Do you think it starts too early?

    what would be your ideal christmas?








    To be honest i feel uite relieved once the big day has come and gone. I feel quite stressed right up to xmas eve. But i love xmas eve. i don't go out i just stay in and relax with alcohol and nibbles. Whats not done doen't matter and just waiting for the kids to wake up to their pressies.
    I wish christmas wasn't so hyped up. i wish it could be what its meant ot be and that peaceful and familiy orientated. And becasue its so hyped up i think its always a bit of an anti climax especially for kids.

    What does everyone else think about christmas....
     
  2. Lou

    Lou Well-Known Member

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    I always thank god for the birth of baby jesus..

    na only joking, I hate it when its all over. I love christmas!!!! Its my fav time of year. The most horrible bit for me is when you take all the decorations down :(
     
  3. budge

    budge Well-Known Member

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    i love that bit - :rotfl:
    i love putting them up a week before and i take them down before new years day. i have to have a clean house for new years day. :lol:
     
  4. Emma58

    Emma58 Well-Known Member

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    :rotfl: :rotfl:

    I'm not fussed about Christmas. I try to get excited for George's sake but TBH I can take or leave it. The Christmas tree and cards Pee me off every year. Because baubles fall off, it takes forever to decorate it nice, the cards always end upon the floor because when you hoover they get blown every where.

    A couple of years ago me and PH went to France the day after Boxing day and that was great!

    I used to love Christmas as a kid but now i'm older and my Grandparents have gone it's just not the same as it was!

    Bah Humbug!
     
  5. Lou

    Lou Well-Known Member

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    Yay we are going to france and spain the day after boxing day!!!
     
  6. Emma58

    Emma58 Well-Known Member

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    It'll be great.
    When we went it was thick snow, we got lost in France and ended up in this massive housing estate with some v. dodgy looking people about.
    It was the best time though.
    Oh i'm soo jealous
     
  7. Penstraze

    Penstraze Well-Known Member

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    As a kid xmas wasnt always the best so I try to make the most of it now, I love putting decorations up and the songs and treating my family!
    My perfect xmas will hopefully be next xmas we're getting married in the snow (either finland or lapland not decided yet!)
     
  8. Lou

    Lou Well-Known Member

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    I'm buying OH a new sat nav for xmas so hopefully we won't get lost :lol:
     
  9. emma28

    emma28 Well-Known Member

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    Christmas was always magical for me, and it's the way I like it to be for the boy. I do think its all for kids and wouldn't be bothered about it, if I didn't have Jonah.

    It is sad when it's over but I love taking the decorations down as much as I love putting them up. :cheer:
     
  10. Sherlock

    Sherlock Well-Known Member

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    We don't really bother much with Christmas. I feel its all become too commercialised so try to avoid as much as I can of that. I've not even worried about a tree for the last 5 years or so now.

    I stopped sending Christmas cards years ago, not because I am stingy but because of the enviromental cost of producing them. I prefer to wish people I see in person a Happy Christmas and New Year and the ones who are too far away are long used to me not sending cards anymore.

    I try to find personal gifts for those closest to me, and where I can make them enviromentally friendly. I don't buy anything fad like or spend huge amounts. I find something that a person can hopefully make use of and keep in years to come. With some now I've taken to sponsoring an endangered animal via the WWF, or some such thing. I also use only brown parcel wrap for my pressies and dress it up with some home made bows and so on. Simple and effective.

    I cook a dinner for the family, but I don't buy all the crap that gets sold each season and then no one eats. Pretzels, masses of cakes, crisps and so on are left off the list. We rear our own ducks and chickens and will eat one or both on Christmas day. My meal is cooked from scratch, we have a morning of family together, go dog walking, carols and so on and come home to presents and dinner.

    I can't get over its one day and people go hundreds, if not thousands in debt for it when it can be special for a lot less damage to the wallet. Its about the people, the company and enjoying a meal as a family.

    If I was religious it would be about that. I find it kind of hypocritical in a way for myself to hijack a holiday that is entrenched in religious belief. Maybe that is also why I prefer low key.
     
  11. Lou

    Lou Well-Known Member

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    As long as you're happy and full of christmas cheer thats the main thing eh!?! :wink:

    :shock:
     
  12. HappyAlice

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    I don't think it's hypocritical at all. It's up to the individual, whether they are religious or not to spend christmas how they choose.
    You don't have to believe in jesus to enjoy christmas.
     
  13. jenni32

    jenni32 Well-Known Member

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    I love decorating the house and getting festive wrapping presents etc, but really can't wait for this year as its our LO's first!! I know he won't give a monkeys but it's special to me!! :D
     
  14. jenna

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    Before xmas i feel really inpatient, happy, excited. Xmas eve/day i feel happy but it always go so fast i get quite upset. After xmas i hate it, i hate the tree the lights the xmas feeling :cry: Xmas just doesnt last long enough, it should xmas week not day! :hug:
     
  15. jools221181

    jools221181 Well-Known Member

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    Me too! It's even more exciting as it's the first Christmas we have spent at home! :cheer: We haven't really been too bothered about Christmas until this year!
     
  16. Sherlock

    Sherlock Well-Known Member

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    O we enjoy ourselves, but as a family have always gone hill walking on the day, often not eaten a proper dinner but taken home made stew and other things. I worked on a farm for years and Christmas day was the same as the other 264 days a year, and the livestock needing tending before anyone even thought of anything else.

    So long as I spend it with those closest to me thats the main thing :)

    Each to their own :)
     
  17. Sammystar

    Sammystar Well-Known Member

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    I love the build up, especially now we have kids. The day itself is usally an anti-climax though.

    My parents are coming over on December 20th and it'll be magical for the kids to have them here.

    I intend to have too much red wine this Christmas Eve! We're moving into our new house tomorrow and it has an open fire. We'll be roasting chestnuts and singing carols. Also, if the weather stays like it is now it'll be lovely and white everywhere........I can't wait!
     
  18. Happybunny

    Happybunny Well-Known Member

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    I just love the whole of December!! I love the carol services, the nativity, all the parties and silly secret santas.

    Christmas day is great, I don't give a stuff about presents, but I do love seeing people open pressies I have bought for them. I love the family meal and playing games, drinking lots of wine and being silly.

    Christmas goes on for a week generally as we have relatives over all week!

    I dislike it when New Year's eve is over and then you are left with dark nights and nothing to be excited about :cry:
     

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