Bah, Humbug

scroogeAlastair Sim will always be Scrooge to me.
The film of the same name was made in 1951, so a few years before I was born, but his portrayal of the miser is infamous and by far the best character adaptation from the Charles Dickens classic,  A Christmas Carol (imo of course).
There have been umpteen versions since starring Patrick Stewart, Bill Murray, Albert Finney, George C Scott, Michael Caine, and Donald Duck.
scrooge duckWell, without being presumptuous and not being part of the acting profession, you can add my name to that list.

It was bad enough when the gift shop on the High Street started the countdown from 100  Big Sleeps to Christmas, and yesterday a radio station dedicated the entire evening to Christmas songs (it’s November for chrissakes!), but Sir Bob has decided to release YET ANOTHER version of Do They Know It’s Christmas and I’m sick of it, good cause or not.

We have not had a decent NEW Christmas record for years, bar Leona Lewis One More Sleep last year (again imho). Every year it’s the same old songs, same old groups/artists and the same old rip offs.
cashWith everything being advertised so early, my sympathies are with harassed parents trying to make ends meet and keeping ‘Little Tommy’ and ‘Darling Sarah’ happy on The Big Day.
I’ve had my fair share of the expense of The Festive Season, hundreds of pounds spent for a few hours, and months of hard work trying to pay it all off. Even starting my Christmas Shop in August to spread the cost still didn’t cut the overall bill, but having wrapped and labelled the presents when purchased, by the time Dec 25 came along, I was as excited as the recipient, as I’d forgotten what I’d bought.

Poundland are making a mint as they sell loads of stuff for, oh yeah, £1.
Who cares if it isn’t made to last (although some of the DIY merchandise is actually quite good and practical). Kids get fed up and bored after a couple of hours anyway, and many get so much, it all gets dumped in a cupboard and forgotten before New Year.

Instead of families trying to outdo each other with cost/size/whatever, go the other way and see who can get the naffest gift for £1.
Whoopee cushions and a set of brightly coloured plastic ducks always go down well, especially with adults who, at this time of year, are Big Kids anyway.
Or if you want to stick to black and white (as was our 1951 film) :
humbugAlways good for settling the stomach after a bit of overindulgence.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to Bah, Humbug

  1. scifihammy says:

    Oh Alastair Sim was awesome! I’ve decided to give the whole Christmas thing a miss this year – we’ll see if I succeed! 🙂

    • Our Christmases have nearly always been quiet, just how we like them. I think it helped that we told people we put a notice on our door We’ve wished you a Merry Christmas, now sod off! We never did, but then no-one ever bothered us to find out!!!

  2. I’m a total sucker for holiday music, but I definitely cast a wide web when looking for something to give me a “seasonal” feel. It goes so much beyond Christmas, although, I’m attracted like a magnet to my old fashioned favorites. Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra. I tend to be drawn to music that sets a specific mood. I have to work on my writing listening to music that’s sans words, although the exception I make is for a group called Anonymous Four. It’s so mind-soothing to my soul, and totally sets the scene for days when I’m needing to be creative. But I only put their albums on from October through Feb. They are truly for my dark and broody writing days.
    And I’ve adopted a new rule somewhere in the last several years as far as present giving goes. If you can’t eat it, drink it, or read it. Don’t buy it. It works for me.
    Here’s to finding a few new merry tunes to get you (EVENTUALLY!) into the holiday spirit.
    Cheers

    • Oh, the old classics, you can’t beat them (I love White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life), but Wham, Slade and Wizard don’t enter into it and that’s the kind of drivel we find such a turn off.
      We actually like Christmas, it’s just the commercial side of it we find so irritating!

    • Oh, and I SO agree with your rule!!

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