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Not much chance of “Peace on Earth” either !

Posted by Big John on December 22, 2013

On Thursday I decided to brave the ‘child friendly’ policy at my local pub, as the neighbourhood’s school hool..  kids had not yet started their Christmas break, and take the old ‘trouble and strife’ to lunch (she had to remind me that we had first met on this day 54 years ago !).

Now, as this establishment had been advertising ‘Xmas Specials’ since bloody September, I was very surprised to find the place half empty, and with only a couple of little brats present.

On the day before, I found that my local Sainsbury’s supermarket, although busy, was far less crowded than was usual at this time of year, and I did have the pleasure of bagging a parking space immediately I arrived, which must have pissed off those who saw me do so, as they were on their tenth circuit of the car park. :-)

If only the weather was as quiet. It’s blowing a gale and the rain is peeing down. Still, that’s better than being up to your arse in snow.

Once again, this year, I’m doing my ‘saintly act’, along with other family members, and giving the money I would have spent on presents to various charities, which means no visits to the shopping mall and no high street hassle. However, this also means that I am unable to judge if people in general are shying away from the modern Christmas ‘commercialism’ and abandoning what has become a festive orgy of materialism. Could this be ? … I wonder !

No bleedn’ chance, mate ! … I’ve just read that, in the UK, Christmas shoppers are expected to spend £45,000 every second and that 16,000 shops will be open on …

…  Christmas Day !

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A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL

(That includes all you Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Pagans and Religious Nutters)

;-)

5 Responses to “Not much chance of “Peace on Earth” either !”

  1. Merry Christmas. Thank you for making me smile and even laugh out loud at your posts. 92% of of Americans will celebrate Christmas and 86% will attend some kind of family gathering, 86% will be buying gifts and 79% will be putting up a Christmas Tree. Holiday sales will increase by 3.9 % over last year for a total of 602.9 billion dollars. Looks like lot of us will be juggling bills and eating hamburger hot dishes in January !

  2. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, John. And, keep those great blog posts coming. They never fail to brighten my day.

  3. Gabbygeezer said

    Happy holidays, John.

  4. Rummuser said

    Thank you and the very same to you too.

  5. Ginnie said

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU, too, you old curmudgeon !! I’m sending a hug and you can choose to accept it or not.

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