I saw a Santa with the reindeer(s?) pulling his sled on a roof of a house last week when I was going to my Ma and Da's. I related my sighting to them with utter incredulity -a several minute rant may have ensued - to be calmly told that they'd been up there since last Christmas and the guy probably just couldn't be bothered taking them down.
It ballix when you get yourself all fired up for nothing :roll:
A few years ago I was in Cambridge where a hotel was putting up it's "Book your Christmas Party Now" banner complete with Santa, elves etc. - it was March...
I really must get round to re-editing "It's a wonderful life" so that James Stewart realises that indeed it was a wonderful life.. for everyone else, and decides to stay in Pottersville rather than go back to dreary Bedford Falls...
I put my tree up on the 1st of December, but I really, REALLY love Christmas. I have advent calendars bought already.
I also have our house decorated to the nines for Halloween, my excuse is having a child, but really the decoration is all for me.
Not sure why anybody puts decorations outside - surely they are only of benefit to neighbours and random strangers... civic pride?
Each time I have been in Amsterdam I have always wondered how their Christmas Shop survives all year round. Great shop though - the red light district "christmas village" was certainly a worthwhile addition to our decorations.
I facken hate christmas and everything about it
originally was supposed to be for the birth of Christ, but after all these years, its just nothing but commercials, sales, and stress. What does a fat guy who hauls gifts down ya chimINey into your living room, and then flies away on a sleigh have to do with Jesus Christ? Jack squat.( if ya believe in facking "jesus christ")
Although It originated as a pagan celebration of the birth of the Sun, and was celebrated on the winter equinox, and after that point, days got longer. Then the Catholics took over these pagan peoples, they replaced their holiday with their own Birth of the Son, (as in of God/ higher being) to make the transition to Christianity's traditions easier. The idea of Santa Claus and his reindeer was created in the 1800s, and is loosely based on St. Nicholas, who gave random presents to people. The idea of a christmas tree dates back to German celebrations of Christmas thousands of years ago. They used an evergreen tree to symbolize life and hope in dark times, and hung apples on it. In modern times, it has again lost its religious meaning and is now used as a time of secular "joy." People spend the time with their family or friends and exchange gifts,then kick the shit out off each other after they've consumed enough booze,as I said I feckin hate XMAS, just me opinion......like
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It's not often you see an opinion on an internet forum that's less well-informed than Wikipedia these days, but you've managed it. Well dung. Done. Whatever.
I quite like it, honestly, even though I deny Jesus and mostly love the Devil's Dirty Balls. I get two days off work and I get drunk with my family and hug them a lot. Thus far I have managed this for 30 consecutive years without "kicking the shit out off [sic]" either my mother or sister. You might be hanging with the wrong crowd.
"Celebrate the countdown to Christmas with our annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall on Tuesday 18 November from 7.30pm.
X Factor finalists
Brother and sister pop duo, Same Difference, will be performing songs from their debut album.
Belfast-born actor Gerard McCarthy, star of Channel 4's Hollyoaks, will be the special guest compere for the evening.
Our local sporting heroes, double Paralympics gold medallist Michael McKillop, and Olympics bronze medallist Paddy Barnes and silver medallist Wendy Houvenaghal will be helping Lord Mayor Tom Hartley to turn on the Christmas lights.
There will also be a special appearance by one of childrenís televisionís favourite characters, Scooby Doo."