Christmas is coming …Posted: December 4, 2013
Last night my wife began the process of ‘doing’ the Christmas decorations. In truth I do most of the fetching and carrying, the unpacking of the artificial Christmas trees (and their assembly), and checking that all the lights work whilst my wife arranges everything. It is a good arrangement and usually means that the whole process only takes a couple of hours. Yesterday – however – we discovered that the larger of the two trees will not stand on the table we are going to use for it … and that we either had to find/buy another table or buy another tree.
After some discussion – and a lot of Internet browsing – we decided that a new (and slightly smaller) tree was the best solution, and so – after my wife had visited the dentist and we had collected my Christmas present (a bridge camera) from the store that we nominated to ‘click and collect’ it from – we set off to buy a new Christmas tree.
It was not as easy a task as we had hoped, and after visiting three different large shops spread across South East London we finally found exactly what we were looking for … and the price had been reduced! The tree – and some additional decorations – was bought, and to celebrate my wife and I then went for lunch in a local pizza restaurant. She had a Margarita pizza (her favourite) and I had a Calzone (which is my favourite), and after lunch we went back home and I got to assemble the new Christmas tree.
There is now only one thing left to do … and that is to get rid of the larger unwanted tree. I could take it to the local recycling centre, but I suspect that if I leave it outside when the dustmen are due to collect and empty our rubbish bins, it will be re-cycled by someone.
A short GOM (Grumpy Old Man) aside:
Is it me, or is the run-up to Christmas starting even earlier these days? When I was a child, it was the arrival of Father Christmas at the local department store that signalled that the Christmas retailing season had started; now it seems to begin as soon as Halloween is over … and don’t get me started about ‘Trick or Treat’ (or as I prefer to think of it, blackmail!).
I also find the ridiculous amounts of money people spend on presents, greetings cards, decorations etc., rather worrying. I recently discussed this with a group of people who are of a similar age to myself, and all of us were able to tell stories about people who bought expensive presents for distant members of their family that they only saw at Christenings, marriages, and funerals … and then expected to receive present from those people in return.
Is this what Christmas is really about? I don’t think so … but when I voice this opinion to the general public I am usually told that I am a ‘right old Scrooge’. Well if I am Scrooge-like, then so be it; as he would have said ‘Bah! Humbug!’