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Old 13.12.2007, 18:38
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Old 14.12.2007, 12:15
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Re: The official Bah Humbug! thread

I didn't think I'd be joining this thread... But now that parts of our family have decided to celebrate on Sunday the 23rd - and we pretty much have to join in (or explain to the children why we're not having a party this year) - you can put me on the list:

- one day less to get presents organised
- one day less to get food/drink/dessert/tree/decorations organised
- one more lie to the children (the Christkindli is coming one day early this year, because you've been so good )
- what are we going to do with the advent calenders? rip out a day (which one?)
- what are we going to do on the 24th?
- with Santa coming down the chimney to leave something in stockings for the 25th, that's t h r e e days of "festivities" - oh my!

Happy Holidays to all!
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Old 14.12.2007, 18:12
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Re: The official Bah Humbug! thread

Can't you tell your children that you have slipped into a rip in the time space continuum and will be living in Australia for 24 hours and that's why Christmas has come a day early?
Play with their minds, it's always fun
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Old 14.12.2007, 20:41
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Yeah, and then we send them to school to learn to count..
Thanks for the time-warp tip, my eldest will like that.
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Old 17.12.2007, 17:33
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Old 17.12.2007, 17:58
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Re: The official Bah Humbug! thread

The Only Christmas Song I'll be listening to...

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Old 18.12.2007, 01:47
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Re: The official Bah Humbug! thread

X-Box ? Wii ? PS3 ? - Bah, Humbug, whatever happened to those good old fashioned board games ?


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For this Christmas, my family and I would like

people to be kinder and more compassionate,
teachers to be more knowledgeable and enthusiastic,
parents to be more consistent,
people to want fewer expensive things,
children in poor countries to be better fed,
more well-equipped hospitals in Third World nations,
better education for every child,
governments to get their priorities right and be accountable,
our tax money to be used more wisely,
more jobs for the unemployed,
less fighting and wars in the world,
more smiles and good will.


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Re: The official Bah Humbug! thread

On the first day of christmas my husband gave to me,
a wish list as big as a tree.
On the second day of Christmas the neighbours gave to me,
Christmas cards all made from the trees.
On the third day of christmas I had to make a choice,
a fake one, or cut down a tree,
On the fourth day of Christmas, my money went on these,
plastic crap to hang off said tree.
On the fifth day of christmas I forgot about the tree,
WHAT SHALL I BUY
More plastic crap,
3 tons of tinsel
2 singing santas
a a big star to top off the tree.
On the sixth day of christmas the shop keeper said to me,
"will you cart all this yourself or are you interested in home delivery"
On the seventh day of Christmas I´d really had enuff,
but I still had to buy so much stuff.
On the eighth day of Christmas I got into a brawl,
well, the bitch though SHE could by that last shawl!
On the ninth day of christmas one more shopping day to go
I´d be there too if I had any more money to blow.
On the tenth day of christmas it´s really getting near,
Spend the rest of your dosh on turkey and beer.
On the eleventh day of Christmas my day went much like this.
forced festive feelings, and avoiding the drunks who want a kiss.
On the twelfthday of christmas there´s one thing left to do,
chuck the tree out the window, burn the cards and wrapping paper too.
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Old 04.11.2008, 12:45
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Re: The official Bah Humbug! thread

Bump Humbug!

51 shopping days to Hellmas
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Old 04.11.2008, 14:55
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Re: The official Bah Humbug! thread

Tis' the season that has so little to do with Christmas cheer in the traditional sense for me. I do my very best to celebrate as little as possible, having never really understood what all the commotion is about. I can fight with my relatives any other day of the year too. My kids and I go to the woods on the 24th, we make a fire, decorate a tree and open our presents out there (yes, we do take our trash home with us), needless to say, we don't exchange anything more than really wanted gifts thus leaving out the guilt buying and the "so the Christmas tree doesn't look empty gifts that no one really wanted" and we only celebrate together, minus all forms of relations, Christmas music, gaudy baubles and crazy stress. I know it sounds really Bah Humbug, but hey, I won't be getting grey hair anytime soon!
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Re: The official Bah Humbug! thread

Christmas in CH is a much quieter and (slightly!) less commercial affair than in GB. Shops are actually shut sometimes, and people generally work up until
Christmas Eve if at all possible.Having said that, my teenage daughter prefers the more boisterous British Christmas, baubles and all.

I love the quaint old Swiss custom of setting the tree alight with lots of little
candles - wonderful!! Now I know why the Fire Service are constantly practising on the car park opposite our house!

Last year, we avoided the myriads of annoying relatives by renting an apartment in the snowy Engadin. It was part of a fantastic hotel, so no cooking involved, just three days of champagne and revelry ( - looks funny, is that how you spell it??)
It was so great that we're doing it all over again this year........
Frohe Weihnachten!
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Old 07.11.2008, 17:25
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Re: The official Bah Humbug! thread

as much as i love christmas (and i do!)
i got one of those christmas card/newsletters from a friend i haven't heard from in almost 4 years. It was asking for a donation to a charity that she helps out in.
1) not a fan of christmas newsletters (billy bob won his first baseball game this year...who is billy bob again?)
2) christmas card, on Nov 7th?
3) are you joking? a charity donation and i haven't seen you in 4 years?

what do you think, am i being mrs scrooge? bah.....
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Old 07.11.2008, 17:38
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Nope your not being scrooge. If your friend had been in constant contact and told you all about the charity and you thought it worthwhile then you'd probably donate. Warming up an old friendship to scrounge is a different story.
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as much as i love christmas (and i do!)
i got one of those christmas card/newsletters from a friend i haven't heard from in almost 4 years. It was asking for a donation to a charity that she helps out in.
1) not a fan of christmas newsletters (billy bob won his first baseball game this year...who is billy bob again?)
2) christmas card, on Nov 7th?
3) are you joking? a charity donation and i haven't seen you in 4 years?

what do you think, am i being mrs scrooge? bah.....

Yeah, I'm pretty wary of so-called friends who suddenly get in touch after umpteen years and then they wanna
a) sell you insurance
b) get you to invest in mutual funds
c) attend their church
d) join their effing multi-level marketing group, or
e) all of the above (dog forbid!)

SwissOtter, do not for one second feel guilty about chucking that newsletter into the recycling bin.
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Too right.....the cheek of it!!!
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Re: The official Bah Humbug! thread

Can I join in the Bah Humbug? We stopped at Starbucks today - my husband wanted me to try the Dark Cherry Mocha which he had tried and enjoyed yesterday.

Okay, I understand that since Starbucks has their Christmas drinks, and are selling their Christmas blend, they want to put up their Christmas decorations. But I'm really not ready for the Christmas music.

I remember in days of yore that Thanksgiving (U.S.) was the more or less official start of Christmas shopping, decorating, etc. Of course, Switzerland doesn't have that, so the shops start with the Christams stuff, more or less, just after 1st November. Even in the U.S., there are stores that have already started playing the Christmas music. Christmas was a lot more special when it didn't last all year.

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Re: The official Bah Humbug! thread

Christmas Hassle.

The thing about having lots of people round for Christmas is that it may require the acquisition of a bigger table than one currently has. In our case, that is the case. We are getting our table from Homebase, 'cause it's cheap and we're skint — and because they promised to deliver within two weeks. Three weeks ago.

So I rang up on Saturday and asked when it would be arriving, and they said the first week of January. They also said (because, presumably, they don't like their customers to think that their service is only slightly crap) that the salesman who sold us the table, whom we told it was for Christmas dinner, must have known at the time that it would not arrive till January.

So I went into the shop and asked not only for a refund but for compensation too, on the grounds that their lying to us had caused us a delay which now meant that we had no time left to get a table from anyone else. And the manager I spoke to agreed with me, which was nice, and sold us a much nicer table, which came with chairs (which we needed anyway), at an insanely low price. It was a very good example of how to deal with a complaint: he solved our problem, made us happy, gave us compensation, yet still got a bit of extra money out of us. Well done.

And the big thing about this new table, other than its bigness, its wooden niceness, and its coming-with-chairsness, is that it's in stock. We were promised it would be delivered today, and, now, it looks like it might well be. But not until after some bonus ineptitude on Homebase's part.

They were going to call us "first thing" to let us know when it would arrive. I call today, long after what I think is first thing, and they tell me that their delivery driver doesn't even turn up till ten o'clock these days. Hmm. So I ring again at about ten-thirty, and they have no record of my name, my address, my purchase, or the delivery. Bollocks.

To cut a long and thoroughly uninteresting story short, it looks like it's all sorted out now. What I really wanted to write about was their excuse for the mix-up.

The reason they had no record of the scheduled delivery was, they tell me, that the delivery driver already had everything on his truck. Got that? If they're delivering something, it's on the truck; if it's on the truck, they don't know they're delivering it. Presumably, the only deliveries they do have a record of are the ones that they aren't actually making.

Our table and chairs are, they tell me, "being loaded onto the truck now." These are the ones that were (see above) already on the truck.

If they get us our table, I shall choose not to care that they're lunatics.


Update:

The table did arrive. But the saga is not over.
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Old 17.11.2008, 22:52
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Re: The official Bah Humbug! thread

Just spotted a Swiss website's explanation of Christmas in Britain

http://www.mittelschulvorbereitung.c...7Christmas.pdf

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Santa Claus used to live at the North Pole. But now he rather lives in big shops in towns and cities all over Britain.
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Just spotted a Swiss website's explanation of Christmas in Britain

http://www.mittelschulvorbereitung.c...7Christmas.pdf
This is priceless! From what I know the first Christmas card was created and sent in 1843. It was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole from John Calcott Horsely who designed and printed it. A thousand copies of the same card were printed and sold to the public that year.
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