Am I the only person that doesn't live in an idyllic Christmas village???

(42 Posts)
BankerMommy2010 Mon 16-Sep-13 18:26:36

Dont get me wrong, I live in a lovely village, its quiet and surrounded by fields and farms... but reading on here everyone seems to have gorgeous village bakerys (we have a greggs) pubs with roaring fires (we have a pub no fire) carols around the Christmas tree, and lots seem to start Christmas eve by lighting their real fire :-0 it paints an idyllic Christmas setting in my mind...

LynetteScavo Mon 16-Sep-13 18:31:38

Um, I live in a rubbish sort of village because it's joined onto the town. So I'm really in suburbia.

We don't have a bakers.

We do have a cheese shop though. The queue outside in the rain last Christmas eve was ridicuous. I got soaked.

I have no idea if the pubs have log fires as I've never been in. But I doubt it. You have to go down the road a bit, to the new housing estate at the other end of the village for carols around the Christmas tree.

But there are a couple of large houses around the corner from me who do mega and very tasteful Christmas lights all over their house.

SarahAndFuck Mon 16-Sep-13 18:39:43

I live on a main road.

We are opposite woodland, but at the back it's all houses and flats.

Best of both really. We do have an independent butcher but our baker is Cooplands. Our pub has no fire and I work in it so we shall not be setting foot in it if I am not working.

We can go to the Children's Centre for carols around the tree and the Christmas Children's Service as it's joined on to a United Reform Church.

If we had a village Christmas tree then someone would steal it or set it on fire.

But we do like to go out on Christmas day and walk in the woods and we do have lovely neighbours who grow stuff on allotments and bring us some. We can usually rely on being given our Christmas veg.

Our fire is one of those black gas stove type things that you can see the flames of through a glass door. Our fireplace was made for Christmas really.

mamapants Mon 16-Sep-13 18:44:48

I'm not that sure why a bakery is christmassy but we do have a bakery in the village. Numerous pubs but only one with a fire.
There is carol singing by the school. We also have a big xmas parade which is pretty cool, all the kids get to march through the village behind a samba band, there are stalls, the lights are switched on, there are shows and stilt walkers, fire poi and all sorts. Which is pretty special.
We also have events in the local museum with free mince pies. Xmas train rides. Ummm probably more stuff I'm forgetting.
We won't be living in the village by this xmas though, but think we will still go to all the events.

usualsuspect Mon 16-Sep-13 18:47:15

I live on a council estate.

mamapants Mon 16-Sep-13 18:47:18

Oh and santa rides through the village on a truck

BankerMommy2010 Mon 16-Sep-13 18:54:41

Not saying a bakery is Christmassy, but you know when you watch Christmas films and everything is lovely amd they fetch fresh bread etc... I was just reading though some of thechChristmas eve threads and some people seem to have perfect Christmas card christmas' (does that make sense)

mamapants Mon 16-Sep-13 19:39:08

Ok with you now, think staff in our bakery are too grumpy for it to be picture postcardy.
We often get snow though does that count?

MrsMongoose Mon 16-Sep-13 19:51:49

I live in the centre of Manchester. It is Christmassy, just in very different ways.

ouryve Mon 16-Sep-13 19:55:50

We didn't even have a Greggs. We had a Peters, and it closed down.

And every year, the local school kids decorate a tree on the green and every year, it's vandalised.

Tommy Mon 16-Sep-13 19:56:29

no-one does!! This is what I really dislike about Christmas - all these films, programmes, magazine articles etc giving the impression that everyone else is having this pseudo "perfect" Christmas when the reality for most of us is not that at all.
Make Christmas what you want it to be

(and remind me not to click on Christmas threads before the middle of December.....)

ouryve Mon 16-Sep-13 19:57:51

Oh, we get LOTS of snow. Enough to share for 3 out of the past 4 years.

Methe Mon 16-Sep-13 20:02:23

I live in a 80's ugly as sin ex council house in the Black Country. Christmas is still Christmassy! Secretly though I'd love to live somewhere with a big bay window for a Christmas tree and a church over the road with some robins on the gate eating holly in the snow or something

we have a jd wetherspoons with a fire
two bakeries - greggs and percy ingles
a little toyshop
charity shops

but in the main town there's a market and it's quite festive

Oooh yes we used to have a tree on the roundabout with a few half hearted scabby lights.(out of reach )
But now there's no tree even sad

I live in a lovely village in terms of being picturesque. Not so much in terms of facilities, which amount to a library bus once a fortnight, that's it. We do get lots of snow, but also get snowed in a lot. It can be great, but in my experience small rural villages are full of very odd people.

I am often envy at people describing lovely Xmas eve looking at the shops and having hot chocolate. We will go for a walk instead. Just like we do a minimum of twice a day, everyday.

BankerMommy2010 Mon 16-Sep-13 21:41:41

Attheendoftheday... you sound like me, lovely village with not alot going on! smile

i live on a council estate too. we dont have a pub, we have a greggs, no christmas tree anywhere outside, no coffee shop or anything. i hate it.

GladbagsGold Mon 16-Sep-13 21:46:48

LynetteScavo I think we may live near each other... is there a fancy dress shop near the cheese shop?

BeaWheesht Mon 16-Sep-13 23:40:45

No I live in a soulless new build estate.

Banker it is lovely, unless you run out of milk or like to have heating without lighting a stove. I like it really, but the colder weather is unfortunately reminding me of what a pita winter can be.

cheekycherryza Tue 17-Sep-13 07:30:18

I live in a once horse town that you blink and you've missed it. They put up a few lights and the little shopping precinct puts up a few garlands but believe you me it's FAR from picturesque.

VivaLeThrustBadger Tue 17-Sep-13 07:47:40

I live opposite our little village green.

In early Dec a massive tree is put up on the green, the road is closed to traffic. We have a big lighting ceremony and everyone sings carols and drinks ghluwine.

We don't have a bakers or a Greggs though. The newsagent used to do lovely hot sausage rolls and crossiants and pain au chocolates and fresh baguettes. Sadly they've stopped.

Not sure if the pubs have fires, probably not.

And Santa comes through on a truck every year with a fire engine escort.

jennymac Tue 17-Sep-13 09:30:26

I always think when you read magazines where "celebs" (usually interior designers, like Lawrence LB or people like Kirstie Allsopp) talk about their typical Christmas day and it always sounds like something in a film where it is all perfect. I keep thinking, surely they must be lying or at least exaggerating somewhat. My Christmas days to date, which have always been fun and lovely, tend to be more random and chaotic - think loads of kids, mess and noise and never a seconds peace to watch the Christmas movie in the afteroon!

neontetra Tue 17-Sep-13 18:07:29

My village has some of this - we do have carols on the green, and lots of other Christmas events, many organised through the church. I do feel we are very lucky to live here. No bakery though. The pub has a fire, and many very drunk regulars!

OctoberMoon Tue 17-Sep-13 19:17:36

Where do you all live? Where are these villages? North, south?

I live in a village within a city, so best of both worlds. My village is lovely, and we have a bakery grin we also have about 10 pubs! Can't think if any have log fires though? I'm quite involved with the Church, we have carolling, a lighting of the Christmas tree ceremony, the schools in the village have christmas fayres etc. We also have a Christmas farmer's market, and our 1930's style cinema shows Christmas films. I love my Village.

BankerMommy2010 Tue 17-Sep-13 19:37:12

A village within a city????

Our village is lovely, and after posting on here I have taken more notice of my surroundings, we do have a bakery/cafe/deli very nice it is too, we have a pub with a real fire so ive been told and apparently brews Christmas ale for December :-0 they do have a Christmas lighting ceremony but ive always been too busy doing something else. Unfortunately I don't have a lovely beach to have a Christmas eve/day walk along and im based in the Midlands so about as far as ypu can get from the coast smile

OctoberMoon Tue 17-Sep-13 19:59:25

Yes, it's like a suburb within a city if that makes sense? It is called a village, but is classed as part of the city. It's very green with parks & woods. It's lovely. And looks very festive come late november. It's in the North West.

Rubybrazilianwax Tue 17-Sep-13 21:51:05

I live outside a town, but only about 30,000. There are 8 bakeries! Bakeries are huge in N Ireland, people are fussy about fresh bread. Also no shortage of pubs!

Marne Wed 18-Sep-13 14:18:19

We live in a large village but its pretty spread out, we have a butchers, 2 village shops (1 posh and one co-op) and 2 pubs, no bakery sad. Its never very christmasy here, not many people decorate their houses (as most of the people here are aged 70+ and are not capable of climbing ladders) but if you go to the village down the road they have Christmas tree's all through the main high street, a few little shops that decorate their windows and a huge Christmas tree in the middle of the village green (much nicer) smile.

StuntGirl Thu 19-Sep-13 10:49:41

I live in a city. Right in it. I am a 10 minute walk from the city centre. I am jealous of all this village nonsense angry

But I'm also a 10 minute walk from our gorgeous Victorian park, so I suppose I shouldn't complain.

We live on the edge of town... and have a co-op with a baker isle wink.

We do however live moments from the sea and castle ruins in one direction and a large park, fields etc in the opposite direction. Our local pub/restaurant has two fires. Our local cafe does a fab hot chocolate!

This will be our first Christmas in the area so looking forward to seeing what is on.

MirandaWest Fri 20-Sep-13 00:44:23

My village has little Christmas trees on the houses on the main road going through it. Father Christmas comes pulled by a tractor. No bakers. Not sure whether the pubs have log fires or not.

ShabbyButNotChic Fri 20-Sep-13 09:50:29

Its only as ive got older that i actually appreciate where i live. Its a large village with everything you would need eg local butcher/baker and a greggs , 3 farm shops within 15mins drive, and from any point you can see a field/hill etc. its generally very pretty at xmas as people do tend to put lights up. We have a square in the centre that has a big tree every year, and all the churches decorate their normal trees with lights. I can think of 4 pubs with open fires within 10 mins drive. And every year santa drives through on his sleigh with real reindeer, then the local school choirs perform in the square.

But we have to drive to good shops, there arent many jobs, and some locals still stare at 'brown' people. So you cant have everything smile

Oldraver Sun 22-Sep-13 13:12:09

I dont live in an idylic village at all but in a newish (13 years) house. One of 7 in a close but they had to build around the fir trees. (used to be where we bought our Christmas tree from).

So when its frosty or snowy and I look out the window it makes a lovely scene...our houses are chalet style and as I get a sideways view of across the road it looks rather nice

DownstairsMixUp Sun 22-Sep-13 13:19:28

Nope i live in a town where everything is shut down - though we have a bakery. The xmas tree was a laughing stock last year and made the national papers for being the worst xmas tree ever. None of the pubs have fires. We do have regular fights outside the wetherspoons though on the sea front.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SomeKindOfDeliciousBiscuit Sun 29-Sep-13 10:50:20

I live in a small town rather than a village. It has a very big Asda, an aldi, a Tesco express, a decent sized Iceland. Plenty of charity shops and greasy spoons, dentists and funeral directors. There's a greggs and a pound bakery. There is a big Christmas tree, either near the bus terminus or the doctors'. Lights on the high street. Brass band when they switch them on.

No rural idyll round the green here grin

Theimpossiblegirl Sun 29-Sep-13 10:58:53

I live in a lovely village with a pub but not one shop. It's great until you run out of milk.

I live in a lovely quiet village in the middle of nowhere. It's beautiful at Christmas, everyone really makes an effort with lights and stuff, there's part of the village everyone calls 'the grotto', it's wonderful.

We have no school, no post office, no shop, no bakers, butchers or pub. It takes a half hour round trip drive to fetch a pint of milk. So in essence the village is attractive but useless grin

TheYamiOfYawn Sun 29-Sep-13 11:45:01

I live in a touristy cathedral city which is pretty good at Christmas time. Within 15 minutes I can be in a candle-lit cathedral, a Christmas market with mulled wine, the local Steiner school which has the most amazing Christmas fair, lovely artisan food shops, or fields with cows, donkeys and seasonal greenery.

TheYamiOfYawn Sun 29-Sep-13 11:45:26

15 minutes walk, that is.

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