Bah! Humbug!  

TheQuietGuy2005 56M
3484 posts
8/9/2006 2:35 pm

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Bah! Humbug!

I felt a certain touch of the Ebeneezer Scrooges today as I read that the so-called 'top-people's store', Harrods in London, opened its Christmas department yesterday.

That's right: August 8th and it's time to get organised for Christmas. It's not only Harrods that feels this way either, regrettably. Other major London stores are due to follow suit in the next few days.

Please don't misunderstand me - I have no problem with Christmas as such. I may not subscribe to the religious meaning associated with it but how could I object to something that promotes "goodwill to all men"?

But in the middle of summer, with a heatwave just passing, drought conditions and more scorching weather forecast? White Christmas? Only if we go around with a tin of paint.

Harrods say it's because the tourists want it, want to be able to take home a little piece of a typical English Christmas (can 'typical English' and 'Harrods' really go together?) and, from what I understand, sales yesterday seem to bear this out.

Even so, it hardly does a lot, does it, to dispel the idea that Chrlstmas is becoming too commercialised? Other European countries bide their time and then enjoy beautiful Christmas markets held (shock! horror!) in December. Here I'm beginning to wonder how long it can possibly be before some bright spark rebrands the season as Cashmas (TM), running from Easter or thereabouts.

Perhaps Napoleon was right and we are nothing more than a nation of shopkeepers.

Well I want no part of it and I'm issuing a warning now: if I hear a single carol this side of Halloween my usual calmness is likely to evaporate and there's every chance I will beat Tiny Tim soundly with his own crutch.

Rant over!


PrincessKarma 45F
6188 posts
8/9/2006 3:00 pm

Huh... one of the largest department store chains here opened theirs the third week of July... :S And people wonder why I hate Christmas...

A mock-carol for thee, O Friend:

God rest ye merry, merchants,
may ye make the Yuletide pay!

After you've done beating Tiny Tim, may I stick him with his crutch where the sun don't shine?

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/10/2006 1:34 pm:
I am very surprised. I thought I had it bad over here!

rm_WackyEPP 54F
8470 posts
8/9/2006 3:09 pm

I am so tempted!


Wacky Jacky

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/9/2006 3:45 pm:
You know you should always give in to temptation, ma'am

Ana_6973 44F

8/9/2006 3:24 pm

Poor thing. Here in the States, there are stores that start their sales of Christmas stuff in July. Used to wait until after Halloween but not anymore.


~~"I can scream as loud as your last one, but I can't claim innocence."~~

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/9/2006 3:47 pm:
And I thought America did this sensibly ... I'd always been under the impression that the obsession with Thanksgiving provided a suitable barrier between Christmas and the rest of the year.

Another illusion shattered.

honeypot7473 44F

8/9/2006 3:39 pm

Also here in the states Walmart, a very big retail chain starts they're lay-away plans in Aug. for christmas. Halloween is my fave. It use to be a big holiday here, but now it's barely winked at on the way to disappointing, but I will carry on with my halloween traditions first....have a good day.

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/10/2006 1:35 pm:
How often can I express surprise that America's slipped this way too? It's sad, sad, sad ...

hotandhorny107 60F

8/9/2006 4:20 pm

Incredible isn't it. Middle( more or less) of summer and the retailers have started putting out the Christmas stuff. It is not bad enough that the Halloween things are starting to emerge. Used to be that it was not until Thanksgiving here in the States that Christmas lights were lit and thoughts turned to that holiday. I can recall it clearly, going out after dark for a ride to see the holiday lights in the downtown being lit for the first time. Now people are lit up for any and all of the holidays... Kind of takes the wonder out of it.

However I must say that sometimes I do buy things on sale and tuck them away for holiday gift giving. Especially at the end of a season when bargains are at their best..

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/10/2006 1:38 pm:
That's the thing, isn't it? When the children start complaining that it's too early for Christmas, you just know something's wrong!

GB_Cple 67M/56F  
3118 posts
8/9/2006 9:26 pm

Humbug !

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/10/2006 1:38 pm:
Well said!

freetime648 53F

8/9/2006 10:46 pm

What a scrooge! LOL But, I have to agree.....why are we saying our "Noels and Happy Hannukahs" BEFORE we say "Trick or Treat?"

xx FREETIME648 xx

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/10/2006 1:40 pm:
Well, I have to say that's particularly difficult for me to answer as I don't think I've ever said "Trick or Treat" in my life ... except in such contexts as "You're not going around to do trick or treat - it's an American thing, not an English one"

helga_hansen 50F  
1987 posts
8/10/2006 12:12 am

I heard about this on Radio 2 the other day, and that set me off on one. I've had to start buying Master Hansen's Advent Calendar in September, because if I wait (as I did one year), come end of November, there is not a decent calendar to be seen anywhere!! (And Master Hansen would definitely have hit me if I had given him a My Little Pony calendar!! )

Add this to your rant... what's with eating hot cross buns throughout the year??? Like yourself, I'm not particularly religious, but I've always associated hot cross buns with Easter.

And I get depressed when they start bringing out the Easter stuff when the Christmas decorations are still hanging (in January!!)... aaww, geeezz!! Now look what you've started... I'm off on one again!!



Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/10/2006 1:42 pm:
My dear Helga, rant away on this topic as long as you like and I shall merely sit here with a tolerant smile on my face!

Theflinkychick 107F

8/10/2006 1:24 am

I can understand the early start of lay away because it would help those of limited means create a happier holiday and cause less financial stress in doing so, but the rest... arrrgh!

Last October, I ended up with no mask for the masked ball that kicked off the Chicago convention because all the Christmas inventory had pushed the Halloween inventory to the sidelines. Grrrrr...

Not all who wander are lost.

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/10/2006 1:44 pm:
Want to sign my petition then?

MissAnnThrope 57F
11488 posts
8/10/2006 7:50 am

I worked for Macy's for a few years. Every year on JULY FIRST the singing, dancing Santa dolls would be put on display and bit by bit the decorations would go up.

If I never hear "Jingle Bell Rock" again, it will be too soon. Six fucking months of that song constantly! Then my doctor couldn't figure out why I wanted Xanax.

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/10/2006 1:48 pm:
I have to say that top of my list of people that would be lined up against the wall when the revolution comes is the man who invented the prototype that led to the hoards of singing, dancing miniature Santas, trees, bears, snowmen and seasonally-garbed Tellytubbies. And I'll line all those monstrous devil-toys against the wall right afterwards

cassandrabear 50M/36F

8/10/2006 12:18 pm

As your are in the hospital fraternity, Do you think all the Bloody psycho's are on the outside looking in ?
I say shoot them all before Dec 1st and lets get back to seasons and traditions.
Not how much can we screw out of the imbiciles who actully buy the stuff that they don't need or want to give to little Johnny.

P.S Can I now have my summer holiday no because I did not book it last year ?ARGHH
A Grumpy Old Bear

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/10/2006 1:58 pm:
Hmmm ... seems like I touched a raw nerve with this, doesn't it?

It's like women should always buy beachwear while there's snow on the ground.

I don't think I'll shoot them though if you don't mind ... I'm not even sure I'm violent enough to enact my Tiny Tim fantasy

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