Babdoc · 13/11/2019 09:23
We never started all that crap in my house! Presents are for Christmas Day only, and we go to church for the midnight service on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Christ.
Which is what Christmas is actually for.
It’s depressing to see how it’s been hijacked by commercialism and turned into a soulless consumer fest to maximise profits.
No amount of gluttony and plastic tat can fill the spiritual emptiness of a Christmas without Christ. In my opinion.
TheOliphantintheRoom · 13/11/2019 09:38
I can see why you'd feel that way Babdoc but I'm agnostic and don't feel any spiritual emptiness.
I love Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but could do without the school nativity, the school fair, the bad tempered shoppers, the tat, the elf ...
And I think people would enjoy Xmas more if they didn't feel bound by "traditions"
NaturalBornWoman · 13/11/2019 09:48
I love Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but could do without the school nativity, the school fair, the bad tempered shoppers, the tat, the elf
YADBU for bringing the nativity into it, it isn't Christmas without an infant school rendition of away in a manger. I'm with you on the shoppers and the elf though.
GettingABitDesperateNow · 13/11/2019 10:19
Nativity plays have been going on for years and years.
Our school fair is the biggest fundraiser of the year - yes it's a PITA but with the budget cuts the money is really needed so I support it.
I think the elf on the shelf, Christmas eve box, matching PJs, etc is all new and a waste of time and money and puts added pressure on parents. We don't do any of it but I know my kids will start noticing that other people do
VardySheWrote · 13/11/2019 10:38
but could do without the school nativity, the school fair, the bad tempered shoppers, the tat, the elf ..
No one is forcing you! My kids love school nativity, the school tend to put up a fair to raise much needed funds - feel free to send a cheque instead, I am sure it will be greatly appreciated, you don't need to do last minute shopping and be stuck in a crowd, or buy tat.
Chickychoccyegg · 13/11/2019 10:49
i do the elf, Christmas eve boxes, and all the other stuff, my kids enjoy it, although since my youngest is now 8 i dont expect to do the elf too much longer.
we're not religious, but enjoy all the christmassy stuff that goes on in December, school nativity, carol concert, santa, even the dreaded school fair.
why do you care what anyone else does? everyone should do Christmas however they like, and within their own budgets.
ToTheRegimentIWishIWasThere · 13/11/2019 10:51
I love the build up and excitement, I'm a fan of some of the bells and whistles, I just love Christmas, it's my happy place. We attend church weekly, the Christmas Eve service is probably my favourite one of the whole year (Not christingle) .
Allmyarseandpeggymartin · 13/11/2019 11:22
I get what you’re saying op and I think there’s a balance.
Some people adore the bells and whistles so let em get on with it, if you’re finding that the bells and whistles are stressing you out then YANBU to get rid of them - Christmas is a personal thing.
TheOliphantintheRoom · 13/11/2019 12:56
@littlehappyhippo I am also puzzled as to why you started another thread about it
I'm puzzled as to why you are puzzled
The MNHQ thread is asking for ideas for stuff to put jnto Xmas Eve boxes - HQ are planning a video on it.
This is about not bothering with all that stuff. Feel free to press the hide button!
To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.