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to dread Christmas and wish it Wasn't on it's way

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baaahhumbug Tue 11-Nov-14 18:27:59

The expense.
The forced 3 day lock-down
Enforced jollity
Crowds everywhere
The huge Expense
Being ripped off.
Family fall outs.
Hideous Xmas music blaring out in all the shops.
All the tat that is bought.

I know I should like it but I don't.
Any other Bahhumbugs out there?

daisychain01 Tue 11-Nov-14 18:41:09

Yes baaaaaaaah, our family is like this, well me DH and DSS17 at least!

The only thing I'm looking forward to this year is the Mumsnet Secret Santa. That's majorly exciting.

Nomama Tue 11-Nov-14 18:42:58

Bah humbug here.

So we ignore family, plan good food and long walks that don't include shops.

We spend most of our time playing cards, board games and loud music smile

Andrewofgg Tue 11-Nov-14 18:43:47

Too much food, drink and television. Ghastly.

Purplehonesty Tue 11-Nov-14 18:47:46

YABU - you could have a relaxed family Christmas instead, we are.
Having my parents round for roast beef dinner, ordered most of my presents online, not doing cards or venturing into town if I can avoid it.
Then Boxing Day a walk, play with new toys and lots of nibbles in front of the fire.
I can't wait. I love Christmas and I have young children who are really excited, I just don't go mad!

NorwaySpruce Tue 11-Nov-14 18:48:33

We rather like Christmas, being fortunate enough to not have any particular reason to dislike it yet.

We spend what we can afford, embrace the crowds (and do most shopping online!), don't fall out with anyone much, love the music, laugh at the peculiarities of our families, and fight to get the first turkey sandwich with stuffing for Boxing Day breakfast.

God bless us, every one! fgrin


baaahhumbug Tue 11-Nov-14 18:48:42

Every year, without fail, there is a family bust up (usually over who's going where) and then certain members don't speak until well into the new year.
Happy days.

You won't want hear that I've finished my xmas shopping, thanks to likes on xmas bargain thread here. Food shopping pre booked.

No crowds, no rush, not as expensives as predicted, as if my dinner turns out shit, so be it I just let kids eat the crap I've got in because only me and them I'm cooking for.

baaahhumbug Tue 11-Nov-14 18:50:33

We spend what we can afford, embrace the crowds (and do most shopping online!), don't fall out with anyone much, love the music, laugh at the peculiarities of our families, and fight to get the first turkey sandwich with stuffing for Boxing Day breakfast.

You belong in a tv ad.

jammyjamjam Tue 11-Nov-14 18:51:08

YANBU. I went shopping today (for non Xmas stuff) and it could have easily been December 24th. Hate it. Then went to post office for stamps and was asked if i wanted Xmas stamps. I can't cope...

Forgot the word sweets

Bartlebee Tue 11-Nov-14 18:53:15

I love it, but think it belongs in December.

Can't think about any of it until then.

Notbythehaironmychinnychinchin Tue 11-Nov-14 18:55:12

YABU re the three day lockdown - I dont think it's long enough.

newgirl123 Tue 11-Nov-14 18:55:39

It always reminds my how weird and disfunctional my wider family are sad

LadyLuck10 Tue 11-Nov-14 18:57:09

Yabu it's what you make of it.

baaahhumbug Tue 11-Nov-14 18:58:01

It always reminds my how weird and disfunctional my wider family are

Me too.
The rest of the year it can be ignored and it's possible to keep the family members that don't get on, apart.
But at Christmas there is NO avoiding it.
I dread it.
I end up spending the whole Christmas trying to keep the peace.

WooWooOwl Tue 11-Nov-14 18:58:13

I'm usually one of those annoying people that loves everything about Christmas, but this year I'm dreading it. It's a pain in the arse.

I never understood why people got so irate at posters starting threads about Christmas in AIBU at any time of the year other the last two weeks of December. Thought they were miserable buggers. Now I get it.

LaurieFairyCake Tue 11-Nov-14 18:58:13

None of these things apply to me and I could moan in the Olympics and get a gold.

I buy online, don't buy tat, don't go out, don't invite anyone I don't like, never been ripped off, and I'm already quite jolly without forcing it grin

TheoreticalDudeOfFeminism Tue 11-Nov-14 18:59:47

I live a long way away from my family these days, and I've rediscovered my love of Christmas. <unhelpful>

I'm actually looking forward to the DC's activities pausing and having 1.5 weeks off work. Don't want to have to deal with Christmas presents - fortunately DH likes shopping and will sort most of them out.

punygod Tue 11-Nov-14 19:00:59

Dreading this year - first one as a mother that I won't be waking up on Christmas morning with my boys in the house.

They're going to be at their dad's, and what makes it worse is that they've both admitted they'd rather be here, but don't want him to be on his own.

I'm proud of their loyalty and compassion, but also gutted hmm

NorwaySpruce Tue 11-Nov-14 19:01:08

No, we're more the Griswolds (minus the amazing house) than TV ad.

But I was raised on a diet of sentiment and American movies, so when my aspirations hit reality, it can't result in anything other than a ridiculous farce.

That is kind of fun.

We don't have a three day lockdown either sadly, loads of little shops are open even on Christmas Day, and everywhere is open on Boxing Day.

baaahhumbug Tue 11-Nov-14 19:02:00

Money has been tight the last couple of years.
Lack of Money + Nightmare relatives has really taken the shine off things.

Cathsmum Tue 11-Nov-14 19:15:23

YANBU. There's a lot of pressure around Christmas and I certainly don't look forward to it. It doesn't seem great for the environment as it seems to encourage consumerism for the sake of consumerism. It's very difficult to go against the tide. I loathe Secret Santa with a vengeance. In our office it's a pointless exchange of tat that does not bring us any closer as a team, but is more likely to emphasise our differences. I resent having to buy yet another gift when i'm already struggling with the usual preparation nightmares. While the charity shops may do well out of unwanted gifts, it's still a waste and it would have been better if the money went to charity in the first place cutting out the middle man. I love the idea of a midwinter festival with lights and music and good food and a chance to catch up with friends and family, but Christmas needs some serious editing, or maybe to be redesigned completely. Good luck, I hope you manage to have some good times among all the enforced nonsense.

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 11-Nov-14 19:16:14

I really like Christmas itself if not the ott run up.

Might be because I don't see any of my wider family though grin

baaahhumbug Tue 11-Nov-14 19:19:34

thankyou cathsmum.

And reading these comments, I'm going to try and enjoy it.
Even if I have to fake it, for everybody elses sake. Because I know other people don't want to be dragged down.

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