Call me a grumpy old git

Derek_RDerek_R Posts: 1,697Member
edited August 2016 in Totally Not Guitars
Call me a grumpy old git, but I'm feeling anything but festive so far. Sure, the tree's up and the lights are twinkling, and the robin is in the garden most mornings. The pressies are bought and the beer and wine is cooling. The Christmas #1 has been won by the X-Factor winner and the Coco-Cola lorry has been to town. Yet... Nothing.

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  • Reg SoxReg Sox Posts: 3,121Member

    Christmas?  Nah, got fed up with the whole thing by mid-November through the tsunami of wall to wall advertising.  Not something I particularly celebrate anyway.

     

    But we had a good session with some friends on Saturday night who feel the same way, celebrating the Solstice.  We celebrated from a astronomical point of view, not through any pagan type beliefs.

     

    Yesterday was shortest day, so may I hijack your thread and take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

     

    If it's nice on Thursday morning, I'll turn the compost heap and start digging the veg plot.

     

    Cheers, Reg.

  • Derek_RDerek_R Posts: 1,697Member

    Yes, the nights are drawing out now   Good for fishing and cycling.

  • MegiMegi Posts: 7,153Member

    Although the mornings do keep getting darker for a while after the solstice, as I'm sure you know chaps - read this interesting article on the Beeb website yesterday:

     

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30549149

     

    Re the pagan stuff - I sometimes think that in a way all that might actually be a kind of recognition that we are on a tilted planet, with other planets, orbiting a huge star, in a vast and possibly infinite universe. Looking outwards, rather than being bottled up in our own limited little world and mundane concerns, in other words - which is surely a good thing.

     

    Ho ho ho, and a happy new year to you too Reg! image

  • Reg SoxReg Sox Posts: 3,121Member

    Good points about Paganism Megi, which does tend more towards celebration rather than worship.  But end of the day just call it Nature and be done with it, doesn't need  to be ritualised.

     

    Having said that of course, going out on New Years Eve (whichever one you celebrate - bit like the Queen's birthday) and getting ratarsed has become a bit of a ritual in it's own right, so maybe I'm just being a hypocrite!

     

    Yes, knew about the darker mornings - that's why by end of January the nights are noticeably lighter, quicker than you think they should.  Midday isn't 12 noon, it's actually a moveable feast.

     

    Cheers, Reg.

  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Posts: 355Member

    I'm still sitting in the office surrounded by people who don't really know what Christmas is (beyond santa in shopping malls) and looking like I'm going to have to work tomorrow too.

     

    This week, I really miss home.

  • SmartySmarty Posts: 403Member
    It's hard not feel festive in my house. Two very excited little people buzzing about the place, watching xmas episodes of scooby  doo, scrooge and other stuff on TV, and (as I broke up from work on Friday), a glass of mulled wine......what's  to dislike?!

    On a selfish side...I'm  getting (well hoping for) a new capo (my shubb gave up the ghost months ago).
  • ESBlondeESBlonde Posts: 912Member

    I am a bit Bah-Humbug on the most part. I don't want the decorations up on the last weekend of November, that makes Christmas more than 1 day in 12 and there is nothing special about that. Our tree popped up yesterday and presents were bought in the last week and three 'Christmas' meals have already been consumed in 'parties'. Wrapping tonight and starting to think about the time off.

     

    It was 13.5c according to my cars thermometer on the way to work this morning (about 8.15am) still a bit windy, and the weather was blowing a little too!

  • SmartySmarty Posts: 403Member
    Originally Posted by stickyfiddle:

           

    I'm still sitting in the office surrounded by people who don't really know what Christmas is (beyond santa in shopping malls) and looking like I'm going to have to work tomorrow too.

     

    This week, I really miss home.


           


    You not home for xmas, Sticky?
  • merlinmerlin Posts: 92Member

    I have never "done" Christmas, as I'm not Christian... but now since I married a Russian woman, we have a 'New Year" tree, which is pretty much exactly the same thing, minus the star/fairy. 

     

    I don't really like that either. Bah, humbug...

  • Reg SoxReg Sox Posts: 3,121Member

    I'm not a Christian either, but I'm pretty sure the majority of Christians are probably equally dismayed at the modern Christmas.

     

    Talking of the modern Christmas, this is one of the Christmas songs I was going to regale the forum with.  But I've also had that man flu that is doing the rounds and have yet been unable to record a single verse without coughing my guts up, and won't have time to do it now.  So here it is in written form.

     

    The tune, which you can probably guess, is credited to J Piermont, words (c) Reg Sox, 2010,2014.

     

    Chorus
    Jingle tills, jingle tills, ring up all the day
    Oh what fun it is to spend in an unsustainable wa-ay
    Jingle tills, jingle tills, spend more than your pay
    Listen how your children cry when the bailiff comes to play

    Dashing through the snow, in an oversize four by four
    Don't get in my way, got to reach the store
    Jacinta the silly klutz, she forgot the nuts
    They’ll remain untouched in March like every year before

    Chorus

    Boxing day at the stores, scrummage at the doors
    Sales about to start, with more money we will part
    Presents all were poor, in the sales we’ll change that score
    Grandad thinks his gifts are neat but it's not the thought that counts


    Chorus

    January it's dismay, card bills on their way
    Can't afford to eat, can't afford any heat
    Wished we'd kept the clothes, given by Aunty Rose
    I don’t care what brand I wear with icicles on my nose

     

    Chorus

     

    February it’s all up, we’ve been declared bankrupt

    We’ve had to change our name, just to avoid the shame

    It really is no sport, to end up in the court

    But with a payday loan next year we’ll do it all again

     

    Repeat Chorus until fully understood…….

     

     

    Bah Humbug.

  • MegiMegi Posts: 7,153Member

    Oh you cynical old bugger Reg! image

  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,144Member

    I'm an athiest which means I don't believe in Santa. 

  • Reg SoxReg Sox Posts: 3,121Member
    Originally Posted by Megi:

    Oh you cynical old bugger Reg!

    You've noticed?

  • Mark PMark P Posts: 2,314Member

    Good lyrics Reg - very much the spirit of Christmas present it seems to me.

     

    Yes, you've guessed - I'm another Bah-humbugger. But working in a business where a large part of it is production of cooked / processed turkey meats you'll understand how that can take the shine off the festive spirit.

  • Reg SoxReg Sox Posts: 3,121Member

    Not feeling festive, but hey there's no traffic on my morning commute to work this week so it's not all bad   Next week should be even better getting to and from work.

  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,046Member, Moderator

    Be warned. The language on this is FOUL.

    But it's a good laugh!

    Glasgow Snowball Game.

  • MegiMegi Posts: 7,153Member

    Took me a good ten minutes or so to hit all the windaes - I couldn't understand all the responses though, except for the general tone... image Fun game, cheers Jocko.

  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Posts: 355Member
    Originally Posted by Smarty:
    Originally Posted by stickyfiddle:

           

    I'm still sitting in the office surrounded by people who don't really know what Christmas is (beyond santa in shopping malls) and looking like I'm going to have to work tomorrow too.

     

    This week, I really miss home.


           


    You not home for xmas, Sticky?

    Sorry, that was a little melodramatic! We're staying in AD for xmas. I'm off from today after a very long night to keep the clients happy last night but MrsF is in the skeleton crew at hers who aren't going home, which means tonnes of work, sadly. She's off 25th and 26th but will be back in the office on the 27th most likely. Next year we're already planning a good 2 weeks off seeing everyone we can't get to this year!

  • Reg SoxReg Sox Posts: 3,121Member

    Despite me hardly being able to contain my indifference about Christmas, Mrs Sox always likes to have a little present to open on Christmas Morning.  This year she's got two the lucky girl.  It was a bit more than I was planning to spend so I'll have to explain to her that it's a joint Christmas and Wedding Anniversary present, our anniversary being next month.  Anyway, I wrapped it last night:

     

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    I'm thinking she'll be pretty made up with that!

     

    Cheers, Reg.

  • jollytunesjollytunes Posts: 0Member

    In the mood and raring to go now, so Happy Christmas to everyone celebrating tomorrow. Have been listening to Nick Lowe's Quality Street quite a bit, which, of all the times to release it, came out in October 2013. There's a bit at the beginning of Children Go Where I Send Thee where he strums what sounds wonderfully like his trusty Gibson J-200 and has me thinking I should get my Faith Jupiter out and join in.

     

    The perfect antidote to the usual Christmas musical fare but I should warn you it does contain a cover of I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.

  • Reg SoxReg Sox Posts: 3,121Member

    Well, I'm still working and my last conference call until boxing day (my US colleagues only get tomorrow off) is due to finish about 8pm tonight.  I might even have a small glass of sherry after that to get in the mood!

     

    Cheers, Reg.

  • Derek_RDerek_R Posts: 1,697Member

    Still working here, too. It's beginning to feel a tiny bit like Christmas, but to be honest I think that's as good as it's going to get. It's been a remarkably quiet build-up for me - there have been no work meals / drinks / events at all. The few gigs I've done have been early December so they weren't really Christmassy. I have bought and wrapped pressies and stocked the garage up with beer and wine. But as I was just saying to a colleague of mine, what Christmas has come to mean for me is a few days off work when (unlike most days off work) there won't be a massive number of email waiting for me when I return. And that in itself is a very good thing. So thumbs up for Christmas after all.

  • Reg SoxReg Sox Posts: 3,121Member

    For some festive cheer, now is the time to rush breathless into your local garden centre and ask them if they've got any Christmas Trees left.  If the answer is in the affirmative, calmly point out to them that's their fault for ordering too many and walk out.  This also works for supermarkets/christmas puddings etc.

     

    Or is it just me?

     

    Cheers, Reg.

  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,046Member, Moderator

    Feeling festive now!

  • Derek_RDerek_R Posts: 1,697Member

    Strangest Christmas for a long time. The total lack of build up and working right up until Christmas Eve meant Christmas was really just the one day. I suppose that's how it's meant to be. Boxing Day... a Heathrow run. That's my third trip up there this month. Some amazing drivers out there. Absolutely torrential rain and it's after dark and I was struggling to  keep it clean and sensible at 65 / 70 and some folks were coming by like I was standing still. Now going to start the Christmas beer to calm the shredded nerves!

  • Reg SoxReg Sox Posts: 3,121Member

    Only 361 shopping days until Christmas.  Chop chop.......

  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,144Member

    Still not feeling festive. 

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