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Re: British Expats! It's Mother's Day this Sunday 15/3/15

I never understood objections to "commercialism" when it comes to festivals and celebrations.

For one thing, nobody is obliged to buy a card or flowers - nothing is stopping anyone from making a nice crafty present for their mom instead.

Secondly, even if people do want to go down the "Hallmark card and a bunch of flowers" route, an awful lot of ordinary people are benefiting from that: the shop assistants, the warehouse workers, the truckers, the florists...

When I was long-term unemployed (a long, long time ago), I was grateful for the opportunity to work in the run-up to Christmas (actually, the work for the Christmas rush began as early as July - I got quite good at packing "car care gift sets" ). That crass commercial flurry to which people object bought me jeans, shirts and shoes which otherwise I might never have been able to afford.

So go ahead and book your mom a table at a nice restaurant and buy her a box of chocolates. Some poor sod somewhere is relying on that money leaving the cold storage of your bank account and going into his or her pocket.
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Re: British Expats! It's Mother's Day this Sunday 15/3/15

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Aggrieved that I had to dip into my meagre allowance to buy Mother and Father's day gifts, I once asked my mum why there wasn't a 'Children's Day'?

Quick as a flash she replied, "every day is Children's Day"
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Old 15.03.2015, 20:31
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Re: British Expats! It's Mother's Day this Sunday 15/3/15

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I never understood objections to "commercialism" when it comes to festivals and celebrations.

For one thing, nobody is obliged to buy a card or flowers - nothing is stopping anyone from making a nice crafty present for their mom instead.

Secondly, even if people do want to go down the "Hallmark card and a bunch of flowers" route, an awful lot of ordinary people are benefiting from that: the shop assistants, the warehouse workers, the truckers, the florists...

When I was long-term unemployed (a long, long time ago), I was grateful for the opportunity to work in the run-up to Christmas (actually, the work for the Christmas rush began as early as July - I got quite good at packing "car care gift sets" ). That crass commercial flurry to which people object bought me jeans, shirts and shoes which otherwise I might never have been able to afford.

So go ahead and book your mom a table at a nice restaurant and buy her a box of chocolates. Some poor sod somewhere is relying on that money leaving the cold storage of your bank account and going into his or her pocket.
I see nothing wrong with commercialism however, I don't find it particular appealing both as a giver and receiver of gifts, to be getting them on a prearranged day; which by the way only occurs because somebody in the recent future thought it would be a good idea to celebrate it on that given day. As mentioned in my V-Day thread, it would be so much better if at any random day of the year someone would buy their mama flowers, a necklace or some other random assorted shenanigans which she likes and say "Mom, you f***ng rock, you're the best mom ever...thank you for being there for me etc...." She would be like "Oh my, lost, you're the best son a mother could hope for (yeah right )..." And like that one is not coerced by societal norms to feed the frenzy of buying some stupid, overpriced flowers that she's already expecting.
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Re: British Expats! It's Mother's Day this Sunday 15/3/15

and at this time of year, flowers that are grown in huge greenhouses in areas where water is so scarce and flown from the other side of the world too.... (yes, I know what the reply will be)...
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