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    • MSE Karl
    • By MSE Karl 27th Nov 17, 2:13 PM
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    MSE Poll: If you could cancel Christmas, would you?
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    • 27th Nov 17, 2:13 PM
    MSE Poll: If you could cancel Christmas, would you? 27th Nov 17 at 2:13 PM
    Poll started 28 November 2017

    If you could cancel Christmas, would you?

    Christmas is nearly here. For some it conjures a picture of family, fun and festive frivolity; for others it means stress, present pressure, debt and chores.

    So if you had a CANCEL CHRISTMAS button that'd make the whole thing disappear (and just add days to your holiday entitlement), would you press it?



    Did you vote? Are you surprised at the results so far? Have your say below. To see the results from last time, click here.

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    Last edited by MSE Karl; 28-11-2017 at 3:24 PM.
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    • Gwanny007
    • By Gwanny007 28th Nov 17, 6:19 PM
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    • 28th Nov 17, 6:19 PM
    Iím Shocked!
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    • 28th Nov 17, 6:19 PM
    Iím really shocked at the current poll answers, I bet itís because all the people who love Christmas are busy shopping or if they canít afford that making homemade gifts and thinking about the people they care about xx I donít spend more than I can afford but I still love everything about Christmas. Nativity play, carol singing, church services & everyone making time for friends and family x Donít get dragged into the commercialism and see there is lots to enjoy throughout the whole of December xx What a load of bah humbugs! Merry Christmas to one & all xxx
    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 28th Nov 17, 6:25 PM
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    • 28th Nov 17, 6:25 PM
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    • 28th Nov 17, 6:25 PM
    Christmas is nearly here. For some it conjures a picture of family, fun and festive frivolity; for others it means stress, present pressure, debt and chores.


    There are many more attitudes to Christmas than just these two!!!!!
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    • fkcigclrc
    • By fkcigclrc 28th Nov 17, 7:01 PM
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    • #4
    • 28th Nov 17, 7:01 PM
    Not every year
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    • 28th Nov 17, 7:01 PM
    I'd appreciate Christmas more if it was every 4 years like a leap year!
    • Sarastro
    • By Sarastro 28th Nov 17, 7:38 PM
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    • 28th Nov 17, 7:38 PM
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    • 28th Nov 17, 7:38 PM
    Shocked but not surprised.
    • elona
    • By elona 28th Nov 17, 8:15 PM
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    • 28th Nov 17, 8:15 PM
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    • 28th Nov 17, 8:15 PM
    I had to put myself down as single but I am a widow with grown up children.

    I am really looking forward to Christmas as all my dds, my son in law and two of dd's boyfriends will be staying over at some point. I did most of my shopping online as I don't want to battle the crowds and long queues.

    I downsized when I lost DH but still have spare bedrooms so family can stay over. The conservatory has a big dining table in it and a couple of portable heaters make it quite cosy.

    Everything will be flexible - there will be food and beds made up and everyone can do whatever suits them. DDs will help with cooking and we will play some board games, watch some tv if they fancy and have some catch up conversation and just relax and enjoy each other's company.
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    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 28th Nov 17, 8:24 PM
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    • 28th Nov 17, 8:24 PM
    I pushed the button some 38 years ago and I have never regretted it.

    The hard part is always convincing people that I have nothing at all to do with the event in any way shape or form.
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    • POPPYOSCAR
    • By POPPYOSCAR 28th Nov 17, 8:34 PM
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    • 28th Nov 17, 8:34 PM
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    • 28th Nov 17, 8:34 PM
    Our daughter says she hates Christmas.

    Said I might not put decorations up this year

    Her response "why not you always do"

    I said we might not have turkey

    " oh you have to I love Christmas dinner"

    and

    "When are we going to choose the tree?"

    Oh yes, she hates Christmas.
    !!!!
    • EKW SIM
    • By EKW SIM 29th Nov 17, 9:15 AM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 9:15 AM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 9:15 AM
    Totally agree. Christmas is not about commercialism; it has been hijacked. No Christian would/could cancel Christmas. You do not need to empty the bank account to celebrate the birth of Christ and share the occasion with close family and friends.

    A quick look online and I cannot find any vote or discussion to cancel any other religion's festivals... but I guess Christians have been persecuted since the time of Christ. Even more reason to keep Christmas... not in the shops but in our hearts!
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 29th Nov 17, 9:22 AM
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    Don't cancel the event, just stop the nonsense and over-spending.

    It's GREAT that everybody has a shared focus - and most/many will know they have XYZ days off, all at the same time, so people can get together without having to wonder if they can book time off work.

    It's great that there's something to talk about that everybody shares and can participate in ... unlike most conversations where people are struggling to find anything in common to talk about.
    • badmemory
    • By badmemory 29th Nov 17, 9:41 AM
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    I just wish they would cancel Xmas until December.
    • DawnCBUk
    • By DawnCBUk 29th Nov 17, 10:09 AM
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    Deeply Saddened by this poll
    I don't normally post on the forums but found this poll result really sad.

    Christmas is about so much more than "family units" and how they view Christmas.
    It's the one time a year that MOST businesses close allowing employees time off. It's a time of remembering those years past when we spent time with those we loved. It's a time of joy and gratitude for Christ, who, even if you don't believe in Him as saviour was a great example of sacrifice for a cause He believed in to a people who needed hope after years of persecution and pain. It's a time of hope and it's a time of rest and renewal.
    Yes, in the context of commercialism and debt it can be a scary time. So spend it giving to those in need. Instead of presents give people your presence. Instead of humbug give someone a hug.
    Even when I was single (still am as a mum) and didn't have a child (bias perhaps now) I celebrated this day as a day off, to slow down and enjoy the quiet in my otherwise insane life.

    To those who want to cancel Christmas I pray for you that someone will smile at you that day and make it all worthwhile. After all - that costs nothing but caring for another human being.

    Blessings to you all this season!

    Dawn
    • brewerdave
    • By brewerdave 29th Nov 17, 10:23 AM
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    Have to agree wholeheartedly with post #11 - why oh why, does Xmas have to start earlier every year?? The pub we use regularly,has had decorations up since October with an exhortation to book your Xmas meal now!!! And the supermarkets..........
    • soblivion
    • By soblivion 29th Nov 17, 11:11 AM
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    I read a while ago about a lady in America who had no money for Christmas but four children. She was knitting, sewing crafting etc. Dolls for the girls and toy monsters for the boys, making pyjamas and various other little bits. I thought how lovely and magical it all sounded. I remembered thinking how far we have come away from the true meaning of Christmas. I love making things but I know a lot of people that if I gave handmade to would look upon it as an insult.
    The trouble being that if a child wants a doll they've seen on the telly(£100 on a advert the other day) and all their friends are getting it, then a handmade doll isn't going to cut it.
    One doll £100 is frightening. My children are grown up but a game for a xbox my son has is about £50 he buys his own but if you have two children that's £150.
    I wouldn't cancel Christmas but would go right back to days of yore.
    I also saw a small wooden box with some greenery, pinecones and candles in the other day for a table centrepiece - £57. I know everyone isn't a crafter but most people enjoy a challenge and could make one of these for peanuts and the satisfaction of saying 'actually I made that' is priceless.
    • ravingsaver
    • By ravingsaver 29th Nov 17, 12:42 PM
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    Totally agree. Christmas is not about commercialism; it has been hijacked. No Christian would/could cancel Christmas. You do not need to empty the bank account to celebrate the birth of Christ
    Originally posted by EKW SIM
    That in itself would be fine if Christ's birthday was in fact December 25th, considering he was actually born around sept/oct time, It was when Roman Emperor Constantine converted from the paganistic roots of the Roman Empire to Christianity, he feared a revolt from the Roman citizens so began combining the both to please everyone, Christmas comes from the winter solstice /Yule festivals.
    • Beauborg
    • By Beauborg 29th Nov 17, 1:55 PM
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    Most of the views here can be summed up in this conumdrum: Is there a way to enjoy the positive sides to Christmas without suffering from any of the negatives?

    Whatever your religious views are, there was a fascinating magazine article that discussed this very question.
    • elizabethhull
    • By elizabethhull 29th Nov 17, 2:11 PM
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    I was very surprised at how many curmudgeonly & bah humbugs there seem to be !
    I'm not a Christian, but I celebrate a time of family, friendship, food & fun. What's not to like ?
    You just spend what you can afford, anyone who doesn't get that is not worth bothering with. I make all the Xmas food (well, I don't rear a turkey, but you know what I mean !), have over many years made my own crackers & tablepieces. Xmas tree decorations span 46 years of married life, with some inherited from my parents.

    Yes, you CAN spend a fortune, but you really don't have to.

    I love Xmas, everything from the Sally Army singing in the high street to the Round Table bringing Santa round to the houses on a sleigh, every food from mince pies to marzipan. I love seeing my family and playing games on Xmas Day (TV is 'forbidden'!)
    • AL150N
    • By AL150N 29th Nov 17, 2:33 PM
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    Christmas Free Zone
    We've operated a Christmas Free Zone, complete with poster (crossed out Christmas tree) since 1988. Normally we leave the country as the rest of Europe doesn't seem so bad. This is our first Christmas as owners of a TV and I can't believe the cringeworthiness of the advertising. Thankful to have missed it for the last 50 years!
    • curlycat
    • By curlycat 29th Nov 17, 7:42 PM
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    Christmas should be family time
    As a family we love the get together over Christmas. The silly games we play, the walks we go on - doing things together. A time when all the family comes 'home' for a few days.

    But I hate the way that shops assume you'll pay over the odds for ridiculous things you don't need. How Christmas is thrust upon you early November and why should we take part in 'Black Friday' ? we don't have Thanksgiving and I don't get panicked into buying goods for the sake of it.

    Christmas is family time, but there's no need to spend a fortune on it.
    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 29th Nov 17, 7:50 PM
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    Have to agree wholeheartedly with post #11 - why oh why, does Xmas have to start earlier every year?? The pub we use regularly,has had decorations up since October with an exhortation to book your Xmas meal now!!! And the supermarkets..........
    Originally posted by brewerdave
    I'm sure our local Toby had the "Book your Christmas meal with us" promos indoors since August...

    AUGUST! W. T. A. F. ??!!
    Last edited by MothballsWallet; 29-11-2017 at 7:50 PM. Reason: Needed to change "WTF" to "WTAF"
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