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Christmas Problems

I’m generally not into Christmas. It represents the antithesis of what we are trying to do every day.

Rather than avoiding waste and excess and being green it’s about something else.

There’s over spending, over buying, extra waste, loads of rubbish, all manner of crazy unnecessary things and

Worse still

It’s compulsory.

Any attempts to query Christmas are always met with criticism that we are Scrooges or miserable.

I have a problem with that. I don’t believe in the traditional Christmas story so I don’t want to celebrate it.

But

Today I did something a bit Christmassy that I think is positive.

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A shoe box appeal. I was able to find a whole bunch of useful things to fill a box for a child. Children who don’t have very much at all.

It has soap and a toothbrush and a toys. It has pens and pencils and paper. It’s simple but I think it will be useful.

What bugs you about Christmas?

What do you prefer to avoid?

open the box

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20 comments on “Christmas Problems

  1. Agents of Field
    December 11, 2014

    I know exactly where you’re coming from!

    The shoebox appeal sounds a great idea – well done for doing something meaningful, and generous in the truest sense of the word.

    S

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    • lizard100
      December 11, 2014

      It was really good to do this. Thinking about people who need help.

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  2. ladyofthecakes
    December 11, 2014

    The whole thing bugs me. Except for my mum’s Lebkuchen.

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  3. Uncle Spike
    December 11, 2014

    Simple for us. We don’t do Christmas. It’s a normal working day here of course. No presents, and the chickens can relax as well.

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  4. quarteracrelifestyle
    December 11, 2014

    We are the same here, not into Christmas at all and find it a bit of a chore getting through it all 🙂 However this year we have a few visitors coming and it will be nice to see them.

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    • lizard100
      December 11, 2014

      We basically only do the bits that people around us create the need to do. If we are somewhere where it isn’t done we don’t do it.

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  5. jpeggytaylor
    December 11, 2014

    Even for those of us who do ‘do’ Christmas, I think it has really lost its way in all of the excessive commercialism, unnecessary waste etc. We use the same decorations each year – many of them home made or made by our children when they were in primary school – some of them are almost heirlooms now! I remember doing the shoebox appeal when our children were in primary school too and I certainly felt it was a really nice idea.

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    • lizard100
      December 11, 2014

      Its great to hear that people still do that. When i was a child we did the same.

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  6. Hilda
    December 12, 2014

    I too detest what Christmas has become in this part of the world, especially the tacky decorations, commercialism and excessive consuming which begins in November for some people. However, I still love my Christmas. I don’t believe there is a culture in the world where there isn’t an ancient festival (even when they are forbidden) which connects us with our past, and our Christmas really dates way back to before Christianity, so I would hate to see that all disappear just because of our misinterpretation of it. I don’t celebrate until Dec. 24, and leading up to then, I make gifts, decorations and prepare food to keep us going through the whole 12 days. I love the lights – it is really dark and cold here without them – and I love the ‘good’ music. I think what you have chosen to do is a great way to keep one of the best traditions alive.

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    • Starts in November?? You are very lucky. Some shops start putting out Christmas items end-Sept where I live.

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      • lizard100
        December 13, 2014

        It was a guess. Christmas in the Netherlands is much quieter. Now that i dont live in the UK I dont have the early stuff.

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      • That is interesting to read that each country has a different perspective of how much Christmas promoting there should be. I find it is way over the top where I live. When you see department stores setting up their Christmas caves (a Christmas store within a store) in October you find that by the time December comes around I am over it.
        Thank you for your insight.

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      • lizard100
        December 13, 2014

        It is far less here.

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    • lizard100
      December 13, 2014

      That sounds much more appropriate.

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  7. horticulturalhobbit
    December 12, 2014

    Used to help with the Shoebox appeal when I was school kid. School used to send 1000 boxes out. Christmas is about family. We might not celebrate the religious aspect, but we do make enjoy having everyone home and being together

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    • lizard100
      December 13, 2014

      1000 boxes is great. We did 120 this year but i think it will be more next year.

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  8. John Coleman
    December 12, 2014

    What bugs me most about Christmas? The same thing that bugs me about Thanksgiving–and in sympathy with your thinking. Excess! At Thanksgiving we show our gratefulness by gorging ourselves. At Christmas we buy ourselves into debt to . . . what? . . . say “I love you.” All of this seems to me like saying “thank you” to a parent for a credit card by immediately maxing it out. Huh? Not sure that makes sense, but that’s what comes to mind. Peace (above all), John

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