MoneySaving Poll: If you could cancel Christmas, would you?
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Poll started 6 December 2016
If you could cancel Christmas, would you?
It’s time for our annual ‘bah humbug’ poll. Christmas conjures a picture of family, fun and festive frivolity for some, and stress, debt and chores for others (see Martin's Ban Unnecessary Christmas Presents blog).
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?
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What it may grow to in time, I know not what.
Daniel Defoe: 1725.
Agree. The poll seems to think you either do nothing or go overboard. There is no law that says what you must do or spend and many still work it anyway.
I can bear pain myself, he said softly, but I couldna bear yours. That would take more strength than I have -
Diana Gabaldon, Outlander
So true - thanks Torry. My daughter (NHS), brother-in-law (church) and I (NHS) are all working but the principles remain and we (and the family) always celebrate but with love and thoughtfulness rather than money being the prime driver.
Can't afford to buy pressies,over priced food etc. So opting out.
Having got out of debt I refuse to be dragged back in by pressure to overindulge at this time of year.
Why should it be banned just because some people don't wish to partake in it for various reasons? Nobody forces people to celebrate it. You are welcome to spend your extra day off (if you aren't working it) not celebrating, and doing what you want, but don't force it on others
However, as mentioned above, it's a slightly "pared down" Christmas, suitable for our circumstances. Children in the family will receive presents which have been pre-checked with their parents. Matriarch will receive a small present and some flowers. My husband and I will probably exchange small token gifts because he knows what I would like, but it's not going to be readily available, and in any case I wouldn't want to haul it to Norfolk and back for nothing! (It's a part for my car.)
The Christmas Dinner will feature a high-end pre-stuffed rolled turkey breast (1.5kg), home made cranberry sauce, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, carrots, sprouts and parsnips, followed by a small portion of Christmas Pudding and custard. Silly hats will be worn and crackers pulled. Christmas music will be played. By the end of Boxing Day, all the food will have been eaten, barring perhaps a little turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce for sandwiches.
We will be visited by our nieces and their children, who will receive pressies then and will no doubt demand to know more about being on a boat for a holiday.
It's going to be a lovely time!
― Julian of Norwich
In other words, Don't Panic!
I am a bit disappointed in this site as what clever insights are you going to get from this apart from there are a high number of miserable people out there dreading xmas or just not bothered about it. Bah humbug Martin!