The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer, is Singing Loud For All to Hear ~ Buddy The Elf

20 Oct

Most people think of the Christmas period as a festive time where they can roast their chestnuts on the open fire and lament with friends that they haven’t seen since the last time the Son of God celebrated a birthday.

I am not one of these people. I went into Sainsbury’s in September this year and backed out in horror; the aisle that had only yesterday had BBQ goods now was stuffed with advent calendars and selection boxes and all the things that make the inner fatty in me do a little victory dance. Hell. Has consumerism gone that mental that we need to start the slippery slope to Christmas day nearly three entire months early? This is a bad sign. The advent calendars and such bring on a cantankerous mood in me as they mean that it will start to be dark all the time, and I hate the dark and cold. Especially when it’s raining, which you may have heard happens from now and again in the UK. Ahem.

Suuure, I can get festive with the rest of them. I have a pair of Rocking Robin PJs that I insisted on wearing for some of December and January last year, and I don’t mind pulling a cracker and wearing a Christmas hat. My sister will tell you of the legendary Christmas when I managed to eat three entire Christmas dinners (who said thirds wasn’t OK?) and about an hour later started tucking into the stollen and mince pies. I have been accused of having hollow legs, and those bad boys teamed with some super stretchy leggings meant that I was the clear winner of the Christmas eating competition (there isn’t an actual eating competition, I just pit myself off against my Dad. If I manage to eat more than him, I am the clear victor).

But I really don’t like the whole convoluted rigmarole that leads up to the festive period. I think it harps back to the days of working on a beauty counter and having men come in in a panic to buy their loved one a present; startled men who understand that they need to get something, but have not thought any further. They didn’t have a clue where to start, and to save them from the prospect of a frosty Christmas day when their significant other opened a massive pot of cellulite cream and a hoover, we worked our magic. We wrapped and cellophaned and curled little bits of ribbon like elves prepping for the sleigh loading. We even offered a service where we would bash it up a bit if required so that they man looked like he had wrapped it himself. The thought of going into a department store now fills me with horror, mainly because they play the same three Christmas songs on a loop for six entire weeks. I still can’t listen to Kylie’s version of Santa Baby without wanting to go and throw myself down the nearest escalator as a matter of urgency.

But what I do like about this time of year is Bonfire Night and the turning of the lights on the High Street. I love the former with all the joy that the rest of you like Christmas; I love the chilly frost in the air and the wrapping up warm to trek down to the nearest field and eat a hotdog, while watching loads of massive bangs and cracks and booms. I will insist that we go regardless of rain or pestilence, and everyone will enjoy it. Rides on the horrifically unsafe fairground are optional. This is what it’s all about. Celebrating the survival of the King by burning a man on a bonfire.

The latter fills me with joy, mainly as it is a tradition amongst me and the girls. Wherever we are, we all gather back on that Thursday to huddle on the little high street and watch some Z list celebrity flick a light switch, causing the electric to rush into the twinkly little light bulbs and the streets be illuminated with the half-hearted glow of lights that haven’t been changed for twenty years. It’s not like Oxford Street where you gather to see what fantastic light show they will offer this year, oh no, we recycle down here thank you! But after that we might pop into the shops and buy a few bits, before deeming it all too much and heading to the nearest pub for the first mulled wine of the year. Bliss. And I don’t even like mulled wine!

What is your favourite holiday/occasion?


21 Responses to “The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer, is Singing Loud For All to Hear ~ Buddy The Elf”

  1. zendictive October 20, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    christmas, when the family gets together, the one time a year when everyone drives for miles to get there (~_~)

  2. Julia (AKA Jules) October 20, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    urgh, I have Christmas in September. I always favour my birthday as the focus is on ME, but going by the past two birthdays (i.e. getting little-to-no cards and pressies and my step-nan dying on my birthday last year) I’m starting to think differently. And I can’t stand christmas as we usually have to spend it with the old folk. Urgh. I don’t want to do christmas this year. ba humbug!

    Jules @

    • tinkerbelle86 October 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

      oh god!!! im the opposite, contrary to popular belief i hate birthdays becuase i dont like being the centre of attention for too long and im not good with surprises :s

  3. Garrett McKenna October 20, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    I hear you! It really seems like the stores roll out the holiday ware earlier and earlier every year!

    Also, to answer your question, I go mental for Halloween! It’s almost here too! YAY! 🙂

  4. visitingmissouri October 20, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    ” We even offered a service where we would bash it up a bit if required so that they man looked like he had wrapped it himself. ”
    This one almost killed me, as I was just taking a sip of water. I’m not a big fan of Christmas, I can’t even think of a favourite holiday. I know I like New Year’s least; does that count?

  5. Sam October 20, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I’m a big fan of Christmas. But it is slightly different here in SA – middle of summer, so businesses close and we normally have about two weeks off. Those two weeks consist of lots of cocktails, lounging poolside and BBQs (we call them braais). Plus there are presents. Who doesn’t love presents?

    • tinkerbelle86 October 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

      Sam im going to take that as an invite chick!

  6. Dazzle Rebel October 20, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Spot on. I Blogger about this the other week (in my post ‘Distant Drums… …or Jingle Bells) but noted that this year I thought the whole thing was markedly later than normal. Maybe its because I don’t live in London anymore but whatever it is I am happy to see plenty of Halloween decorations about. I’ve loved Halloween since we had a street party every year when I was a kid.
    Thanks for the tip by the way! Noticed that you end a post with a question to help encourage comments. I think I’ll be using that in the future!

  7. prenin October 20, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    I used to love Christmas with Pat, Neil and their brood who I had looked after for many years.

    Pat would work her magic in the kitchen, then me and the kids served it up and I ALWAYS washed the pots afterwards with a fellow visitor drying! 🙂

    Now the kids have families of their own and are spread all over, so last Christmas I stayed home and met Christmas solo.

    The very fact that this was the first Christmas I have ever missed came as something of a shock to the girls, but now I’m unable to buy presents for the exponentially expanding clan from sheer lack of wealth – and the huge number of kids involved! 😦

    I guess that, if Pat is eating with the family I’ll be staying home again.

    No worries though – I’ll have food and drink a-plenty and will still be having fun, just on my lonesome…

    Love and squishy hugs!


  8. duncanr October 20, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Bashing the pressies so it looked like the man had wrapped them ? What a great idea – made me laugh when I read that 😆

    Always used to celebrate Hogmany/New Year more than Xmas in Scotland. My mum was the youngest of 7 sisters and 2 brothers so our New year celebrations started on Hogmany (New year’s Eve) and continued for almost 2 weeks until each of my mums brothers and sisters had been visited – each of them hosting a party in their house on consecutive evenings

    And then we started on my Dad’s side of the family 😆

    New Year’s still my favourite time of the year !!!

    • tinkerbelle86 October 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

      I know, sometimes im too clever for my own good!

  9. Gretchen O'Donnell October 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    I have three things on m Bucket List. I can’t remember two of them. But the first one is this: That I can go to Kings College in Cambridge for their Christmas Eve Service. I adore that service and I always listen to it live on Christmas Eve morning, Minnesota time! I’d love to spend Christmas in England. My grandparents were from Scotland, and so we have a few traditions that they gave us like Yorkshire Pudding to uphold! That being said, I agree with you that it’s way too soon right now for Christmas commercials and junk in the store aisles. It’s stressful enough without having to start feeling worried in October!

    • tinkerbelle86 October 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

      we cooked yorkshires for my cousins in california. bless them. they were totally bemused!

  10. susielindau October 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    I think the earlier it starts, the higher the expectations and let down afterward… I used to do a Christmas luncheon and would begin decorating the second week of November. I stopped when I realized no one else was entertaining!!
    What am I saying. I will still start decorating the second week of November. Hahaha!

  11. kathryningrid October 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I would be THRILLED if commercialism hadn’t stretched every holiday to the point of total dilution (can’t tell what day it is anymore all year long, not even which vicinity). It does make me feel Scrooge-like. Especially if I have to hear Elvis mooing ‘Blue Christmas’ all over the place.

    So I get more excited for the neglected or unknown hols–National Egg Day (yes), International Talk Like a Pirate Day (on the verge of getting too popular already), Sock Puppet Appreciation Week (doesn’t exist yet, but I think might deserve a go).

    • tinkerbelle86 October 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

      hahah not sure the sock puppet one will take off….

  12. magsx2 October 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    It’s amazing to think that Xmas is just around the corner, the older I get, the years just seem to fly by. 🙂
    I love Xmas, I enjoy decorating the tree, the house, the party’s with friends, but the Xmas shopping is not something that I look forward too. It’s mainly the crowds, the lining up, even to buy stamps, does get to me. For this reason I always do Xmas shopping for presents early, then I only have to get through the supermarket chaos. 😀

  13. gojulesgo October 20, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    I think you hit on one of my favorite holiday traditions just in your title – I LOVE watching my favorite holiday movies (which includes Elf). Le Pep and I also take an annual train ride into New York City to see the Christmas-y sights. One year it even started snowing, all romantical like. Sigh.

  14. mamanne October 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    I adore Christmas – pretty much all of it! Carols, decorating, family, shopping, eating… I like it all. We have a thing in our town called “Festival of Trees” and that is a tradition for my daughter and I – we never miss it if we can help it! This year I am more stressed than usual due to a great lack of money… so I’m not sure how that end of it’ll work out. We’re glad when November starts, because we hate the halloween decor everywhere. It’s gotten too “dark” here. But once it’s November it’s all good!

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