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Ho!.. bloody.. Ho!

Posted by Big John on December 20, 2012

Well I must say that the run-up to Christmas has been far less hectic than usual this year, due to the fact that I have not been trudging around the shopping malls and high streets or searching the web for hours looking for Christmas presents.

Why ? … Well it’s not because I believe that old cobblers about the Mayan calendar and the world ending tomorrow, and it’s not that I’m a tight fisted old git as well as a miserable old sod. It’s because my family thought it a good idea to go all philanthropic this year and decided not to spend money on the usual socks, perfume, CD’s, books and assorted Christmas crap, but, instead, to donate that money to our favourite charities. So this year there will be no packages delivered from ‘Amazon’ and just a big empty space under the Christmas tree.

Oh! .. Before I forget, I did do one bit of Christmas shopping. I bought a new set of ‘LED’ fairy lights, thus avoiding swearing for ages at a tangled mess of electric wire and spending bleedn’ hours testing all those tiny coloured light bulbs before blowing a fuse.

Now, in our house, I’m the one who usually cooks the Christmas lunch, but I’ve even managed to avoid that task this year by inviting myself and the old ‘trouble and strife’ to our daughter’s home on Christmas Day, so let us hope that the country does not descend into travel chaos, as it usually does when there are a few flakes of snow, or we will be sitting down at home to a plate of beans on toast with a sprig of holly sticking in it.

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6 Responses to “Ho!.. bloody.. Ho!”

  1. Betty said

    What a good idea! I overshopped this year, as I do so often. Once I get started, I can’t stop. It’s a sickness. lol Marry Christmas to you John and to your wife. And a Happy New Year.

  2. Grannymar said

    Three or four years ago I stopped sending cards and buying presents. I worked out what I would spend on my usual round of gifts, cards, stamps and wrapping paper and round it up to include a donation. Next step was to choose where I would send the money, where it would be most appreciated and well used.

    Then I emailed family and friends to tell them how I spent their money! Nobody disowned me and a few have followed in my footsteps since then.

    The whole idea of Christmas has become a gluttonfest of food & materialism in honour of the god of commercialism. I refuse to buy into it.

  3. Dick Klade said

    ‘Tis a small world, indeed. We finished putting up our new LED lights a week ago. Our son invited us for the Christmas meal, so we’re in sync on that one also. Best wishes for a Happy Holiday season.

  4. rummuser said

    That is a grand decision John and I applaud your family for taking that. Here is hoping that you don’t end up eating beans on toast.

  5. Anton said

    Season’s greetings to you John; It’s great that all your family have made a joint decision not to send each other unwanted presents and save a lot of waste expense. It’s nice too that you are making a charitable donation though in my mind there is no connection between the two.
    One of our relatives announced on face book that she would not be sending cards this year and is giving the money to her favourite charity. Now I find that odd. We have always sent cards so that card she isn’t sending me is my card. Should she have said in her card to us, “don’t send me one back, please donate the cost of my card to a charity”. If this catches on no one will be sending cards in a few years but without doubt the money will not be given to any charity. I honestly believe that the sending of cards as an annual contact with relatives in particular and old friends in general is a little bit of touching fingers that keeps that cosy, distant family feeling going and in good health. I will be sending lots out next year as usual. ( I do give to lots of good causes by-the-way)
    Have a great New Year, everyone.

  6. Ginnie said

    This has been an unusually busy season for me so I’m behind on my blog commenting. Not much of an excuse but I do wish you and yours all the best for the New Year. I love the way your family decided to forego the gifts in lieu of whatever you wished instead. What a more pleasant world it would be if more would follow your example.

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