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May 2019: save the planet!


November 2019: Spend! Spend! Spend!

I sometimes wonder whether the planet thinks the sooner it’s shot of us lot, the better.
 

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You all bought something, didn’t you? ;-)
 

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Yes. But only stuff I was going to buy anyway, nothing disposable.
 

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This year we've decided to give up christmas crackers. Tiny gesture, but as soon as we made it 2 things were apparent:

1) christmas crackers - ALL christmas crackers - are schit
2) we were called Scrooges
 

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Crackers. They are unremittingly crap, aren't they? But we get them every year. Nothing to do with me mind you. My main contribution on the cracker front is to immediately split my paper hat because of my stupid big noggin.

Had this thread appeared yesterday, I would have suggested we stop this year - but it's too late as they've already been bought.

Does a present on Christmas Eve encourage rampant consumerism? Or is it, in most cases, just one of the presents they would have got the following day instead? For our part (and unconnected to what 'is a thing now', Bethany gets a present on Christmas Eve which is always the fancy dress outfit she wears to the kids mass thing that evening. The vicar amusingly attempts to fit the kids outfits into his sermon at that mass. She wore a dinosaur outfit one year and I did wonder whether some of the more fundamental Christians might take exception to the implication.

I know all this second hand. I don't go along to the mass myself. The burning sensation is uncomfortable...
 

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I gave my wife the NIP that came in the post today, followed by a glass of Reserve Rioja.
I told her it was an early Christmas present.

73/60

Her response, fair cop it was me.
 

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While we were making our futile stand......I note that it is now a thing to give kids presents on christmas eve....
I know from my Polish side that this is the tradition, along with the big meal/get together, Wigilia, that, as we’ve done for years, we will be observing again this year :)

I wonder whether with more Poles in the community (and maybe from other places that follow this tradition), that it is filtering through to other communities? Not saying it’s right or wrong, just trying to answer your question about what dynamic maybe behind more folks adopting it.
 

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I think the thing that prompted my ire was the new that pre-packaged, dedicated, it-definitely-is-a-thing-now boxes of plaggy tat are now being sold as 'xmas eve'warmer uppers.
 

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Gotchya, boss. Wherever there’s a chance to commercialise... :(
 

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I think the thing that prompted my ire was the new that pre-packaged, dedicated, it-definitely-is-a-thing-now boxes of plaggy tat are now being sold as 'xmas eve'warmer uppers.
What, there are particular things designed to be bought as an eve present? That seems very odd...
 
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