So this is Christmas? Bah Humbug !

Saturday 1494 – 10th Dec 2011

The title may give you a hint of what’s coming – My impressions of Christmas!  I’ve been out with my camera today but on quite a different mission than usual. I want to show you a taste of  some of the stuff that’s on sale this Christmas including the ubiquitous smart phone (or whatever it’s called ! I don’t have one as you have probably guessed)

Is buying this overpriced stuff  the best way to show people that we love them? When we buy expensive gifts or baubles, frankly tasteless toys or even plastic guns ( grrrrr ) aren’t we perpetuating the consumerist myth  that having “things” will bring us happiness? and just look at the price of some of this jewellery !!  ( in English pounds)

In my opinion obscene amounts of money. I just couldn’t justify spending that amount of money on personal decoration when many in the world don’t have food or water.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t buy gifts, of course that is everyone’s personal choice. If someone has worked hard for their money they should spend it as they wish.  I certainly do. 

Wouldn’t it be better though if we all stopped buying so many “things” that other people don’t really need or often want,?  Instead we could use a little of the money we might have spent on Christmas and give it to charity or plant a tree or buy one of the many charity gifts that are on the market. I believe “Should give” instead of “must have”  would be a good thing to try to teach our children?

For example I buy very few Christmas cards preferring instead to use the money each year to buy a charity gift and I email my friends to let them know.  A favourite charity of mine is WaterAid  and you can buy gifts here http://shop.wateraid.org/  of course there are many others such as http://www.giftsinaction.org.uk/ , http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/oxfam-unwrapped or http://www.centrepointgifts.org.uk/what-is-it/  to name just a few..

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After all that seriousness and just to cheer everybody up a bit I thought I’d show you some of the things that may have made me groan but also brought a smile to my face 🙂   

What ever you have planned for Christmas remember this……….

So what will I be doing tomorrow?? 

Putting up the Christmas tree I expect !  

Well I didn’t say I was completely immune did I ?

As for Christmas itself I’ll be doing something rather special but you’ll have to wait to see what that is…

Have a good week everyone………Saturday Girl signing off.

Ps Some of you may have received an early draft of this post. Sorry about that – it was a case of premature publication 😀

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14 comments on “So this is Christmas? Bah Humbug !

  1. My wife, son and I have been moving toward making Christmas gifts for friends and family over the past few years. MUCH more time-intensive, and it looks like Santa’s been outsourcing production at our house, but the rewards are tremendous.

    Oh, we still shop for some people, but the list has been shrinking.

    I used to be so turned off by all the consumerism that it really spoiled the season for me. So, along with making changes where we can, and trying to not dwell on the shopping orgy around me, I’ve found a pretty happy middle ground.

  2. Oh, i agree, so much about this holiday is just about commercialism, which is sad. I’d rather go have coffee with friends. Anyhow, what fun photos. Christmas is a time where there is so much out there to take that’s strange and amusing. Great post! 🙂

  3. Tessa says:

    For the last few years my children have funded goats, chickens, school books and even a loo ! Christmas Day itself will be odder than usual – me and Harriet in Cambridgeshire and William and his father in Durham. First time the family will have been split on the day – will be strange not to sit through five services in 24 hours !

  4. Pranav Lal says:

    A well balanced post. I love gadgets but only if they are useful to me. Commercialism has some advantages such as making equipment somewhat affordable but this is the geek’s perspective. Commercialism at festival time appears to be a near universal phenomenon. These days, I think of festivals as small break points where one gets a holiday and perhaps, a time to make mid-course corrections or to embark on something new.

    • hellenjc says:

      Glad to have your perspective Pranav. Of course companies “make” a gadget useful for you … though I know in your particular case they really are :)… I agree about the Universal phenomenon… There is then the question. If we all stopped buying “things” there would be worldwide loss of jobs wouldn’t there ? What would all those people do and how would they be supported.. Mechanisation to maximise profit has already caused huge job losses over the last century…the problem remains.

  5. jakesprinter says:

    Great entry for Christmas Season I like it 🙂

  6. Is that a life-size Lego statue? 😀

  7. scillagrace says:

    I see you’re still in love with your new camera 🙂 For years, I bought a flock of chicks or part of a sheep from Heifer Project International as a gift in my loved one’s names. This year, I walked to a Free Trade store a few blocks away and bought artifacts from around the world for my kids. I hate gadgets and shopping, but the friendly conversation with the clerk at the small store about my kids, my siblings, and her siblings was completely pleasant. Your post also reminded me of window shopping in Vienna and Budapest. I couldn’t afford to buy a lot of souvenirs, so I took pictures of the shop windows. I do love a pretty display!

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