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  • cornish girl, falmouth
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    Christmas

    I was watching the television last night and saw the ad for DFS promising the new suite would be delivered by Christmas and groaned

    When we were kids my mother would put the tree up the Sunday before Christmas, ordered the chicken from the butcher a month before( chicken was a treat then, we used to have beef quite regularly) the corona ordered from the delivery van and cream and eggs ordered from the milkman. My Gran made the Christmas pudding and small Christmas cake

    MY mother would go shopping on Christmas Eve for all the fruit, veg and other groceries I can still see her now with those brown paper carrier bags coming home off the bus,(no money for taxis in those days).

    I can smell the ham cooking even now everything was a wonder to us kids in the late 40's early fifties we didn't know what a banana was until after the war

    Christmas day we had simple toys such as little cardboard post offices, jig saws, ludo and snakes and ladders, we had large oranges in our stockings and some sweets and we thought it was wonderful.

    We listened to the King and later the Queen on the wireless and sang carols all in front of a lovely blazing fire, granny would tell us stories and we would crack nuts and eat meddlers and it was all so simple and innocent.

    Previous to Christmas day we would have gone to Sunday school and
    had a Christmas party and carol service and a Christmas party at school which we all thought was wonderful all dressed up in our party frocks

    When did it all start being so commercial and so much money being lavished on toys and rubbish and Christmas advertised from October on, and what happened to the religious side of Christmas?.

    What are your fond memories of Christmas before commercialism and Television CG

  • VinnyTurner, Dukinfield
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    Does anyone know the website where you compose a message from santa and email it to your child. Someone posted it on here last year. My little one thought it was great. He was still playing the message at Easter!!

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  • rocky, London
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    So the shepherds would not of been out in December....

    Thanks shelledpea...how interesting is that the Sheperds would not of been out....because the sheep would not be out at that time of the year......so the birth of Jesus was september and october....no wonder in the bible it does not say that you must worship jesus birth otherwise it would give the date......So all those years people are celebarting a pagan day and that relates to non christian......oh dear..someone out there has fooled a lot of people and iam sure that Jesus cannot be happy.....no wonder the commercialism is involved...
    Originally posted by Shelledpea, Stalybridge View Post
    Here are a few answers:


    also see: What day was Jesus born? which says

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  • hat776, malta
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    One Christmas I got a walkie-talkie doll with beautiful long hair. I was stunned. An aunt had made some clothes for the doll and I remember the thrill today.
    It seems that today's 'toys' are mostly IT related or expensive sports related or linked to some hyped up TV/film character.

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  • cornish girl, falmouth
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    Hi Rusky I wasn't as lucky as you regards a bithday party, my birthday is te 22nd of December, and my birthday presents were my christmas presents, my mother's birthday was the 24th December she told me she didn't have any either .
    My daughter-in-laws is also the 21st and grandaughter 22nd same as mine, but times are better now and they get birthday presents. CG

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  • rusky123, swansea
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    I can remember our local food market in the 50's, it was a bombed out walled market, noisy as hell, and getting the duck or goose,walking home up the hill in the cold but being so excited about Christmas. Christmas did not start until a few days before the date. My birthday is December the 13th, and I used to go to school and come home to a Christmas tree and deccys, the paper chains strung from the ceiling :D for my party. I was soo lucky to have a tree so early. Nearly 60 now, tree still goes up on the 13th, as do all my grown up childrens, and my grandkiddies think its the 'Official' date for Christmas trees. I do not put the outside tree up until December 23rd. Got a herd of reindeer for this years front garden display:p, not real ones, know its naff but there we are. I adore Christmas, we have a treasure hunt (could not afford loads of presents but the few we could we made the most of when kiddies were small, they actually asked for the treasure hunt instead of pressies for the 2nd year.), still have the treasure hunts 30 years later:D:D:D, better presents at the end of them, but who cares, it the thought that counts. Neighbours of ours put their MASSIVE decs out on Nov 6th, WHY? way too early and slightly naff.

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  • cornish girl, falmouth
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    Yes I can Stan, I can remember the taste of the flour and water paste also, you talk about licking the bowl so did we, and can you remember the silver threepenny bits in the Christmas puddings, and granny lighting the brandy on the pud. what would H/S say today.CG

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  • homer, aberdeen
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    My father was a fisherman and we didnt have a holiday for Christmas just the New Year!
    The last time we hung our stockings on New Years Eve (myself and two younger brothers) we went to bed as usual and woke up to find our presents but no adults in the house (the Hogmany adults party having moved next door).
    There were various glasses of Adult "lemonade" lying about so the three of us got a glass each and drank the contents........... mother came in to find three children 12. 8 and 4 drunk and the youngest had to go to hospital to have his stomach pumped!
    Next year we hung our stockings on Chrismas Eve the same as everyone else!

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  • Shelledpea, Stalybridge
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    Originally posted by rocky, London View Post
    All i ever wanted for Xmas was a Johnny 7...it was a big long gun that could fire every thing......then the Darlecks outfit......then as grew older someone said to me.....show me where it says in the Bible that Jesus was born on December the 25th....so for ages I tried to find it< but could not.....
    Then one day i found out how it all started, the reason how it all started and why we all celebrate christmas on that day >>>>>>>>>>>What a shock, many hundreds of years ago Emperor Constantine of Rome made the christians and Pagans join together as one...........and the Pagans was allowed to keep their celebrations and one of their celebrations was the birth of.......The SUN... right near that day of the 25th of December...its a pagan ceremony....and from that those years i was mislead.....can any one find in the Bible the date or the time of year......it would be good to settle the record.....

    So we go cruising over >>>That period
    Here are a few answers:
    Because the Bible offers no date for Jesus' birth, the placement of the nativity is up for debate. However, the presence of shepherds "keeping watch over their flock by night" [Luke, 2:8] suggests the birth may have actually occurred in the spring during lambing--the only time of year shepherds watched their flocks both day and night. During the centuries immediately following Jesus' life, Church leaders made no effort to correctly date the nativity. They focused on deaths and feast days, dismissing births as secondary.
    also see: http://biblelight.net/sukkoth.htm which says
    So, if you have followed the above reasoning, based on the scriptural evidence, a case can apparently be made that Jesus Christ was born on the 15th day of the month of Tishri, on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, which corresponds to the September - October timeframe of our present calendar!

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  • stanandmaydupp, doncaster
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    Can anyone remember making their decorations which were strung across the ceiling?We used to "crimp" the edges to make them look wavy,using your fingers to pull the sides.The other thing we used to use our fingers for, was to scrape out the Christmas cake mix which was still left in the mixing bowl!! I'll have to watch it,or I'll be getting "the Christmas spirit".Ex Sulky Stan:D

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  • cornish girl, falmouth
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    Originally posted by hat776, malta View Post
    What about the American/Canadian new regulations - to be p/c you can't say 'Happy Christmas' - it's 'Happy Winterfeast' or something on those lines. I don't honestly think any non Christian is really offended to hear the word Christmas.
    Hi Hats , it's Happy Holiday in the states now, but even in this country in differnt parts they are trying to call it anything but Christmas, thank goodness we can still cling to our own traditions but for how long?

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  • Catch us if you can!, London
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    I rmember the roaring fire and all the fruit and nut bowls around it. Mum and dad used to have everyone to us - mum had 6 siblings and dad 10 - but we had such a laugh. All of us cousins slept together in the sitting room 12 of us, and dad used to put a key in the middle of the christmas dinner table and one spot of lunch left and nobody gets to open the big door which was the other sitting room with the biggy in it a dolls house or bike (all secondhand) but we loved em.

    The adults used to play cards and with my brother's train set (they had one to share also second hand). Then the dancing and the nan's getting tiddly in the corner on their stout, my uncle playing the piano.

    Yes Christmas is different now but it is still what you make it. We are off to our daughterinlaws in Newcastle and she is so excited we are all coming up and is planning away. So she will remember these Christmas' a new era.

    My son took his child to Euro Disney for half term and told us that is was Halloween for three days in that week then when he woke up on the Thursday it was, you guessed it Christmas!! ha ha

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  • Calgray, Yorkshire
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    Basically it's only one day that the shops are closed. Not all of them, some open for a few hours. But the shopping frenzy that has already started makes me think people are stocking up for a fortnights close down. I and my OH. have worked every Christmas day since 1969. I did love it as a child, I remember Dad creeping in and and putting my presents in the pillowcase at the end of my bed. Getting up and all the family coming for dinner. Trying out my microscope and magic tricks and the Magic Robot game... never did suss out how that worked.?
    I burned a hole in the carpet with my chemistry set. Learned all about what fleas, fly wings etc. looked like under a microscope. Loved the coal fire and seeing who out of my two brothers would manage to eat the whole turkey leg. Really enjoyed it when our daughter was young. Trying to stay awake after working all day and waiting while she fell asleep. Only to be woken after about 2 hours to shouts Mummy Daddy he's been. Come and see ! Those were the days, my friends. Oh. yes those were the days. But now I'm Bah Humbug. Far to commercialised. Anyway not long before the Easter Eggs are in the shops! ;) Oh! yes Shelley......... what is it with these naff decorations on houses?

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  • Scorpio, Heywood
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    Originally posted by cornish girl, falmouth View Post
    I was watching the television last night and saw the ad for DFS promising the new suite would be delivered by Christmas and groaned CG
    Just a few weeks ago when our son was visiting, a DFS advert came on television and I said to him it won't be long before they will be advertising new sofas for Christmas. We have just returned from two weeks in Tenerife and lo and behold what are DFS advertising? No need to give anyone three guesses.

    I always feel that Christmas was so special when I was a child. We used to go to see Father Christmas (it was never Santa) either at one of the Manchester stores (if we were lucky) or at a local store. There were parties at school and at church. We had family parties and my mother and aunt took it in turns to cook Christmas lunch. My favourite presents were always books - annuals and my all time favourites were Enid Blyton's Famous Five and Secret Seven. My lovely Uncle Albert's speciality was making his own snowball drinks and when I got a bit older he even made them for me - a real treat (not very strong though!!!).

    My mother and aunt used to take my cousin and I to the pantomime at the local theatre and as a treat we were each allowed a bag of sweets. Those were the days when there was a theatre in nearly every town!

    When my two sons were young, on Christmas morning some of our neighbours would dress up as Father Christmas and his helpers, Uncle Holly and Mr Elf. They would visit the houses of those with young children and give out little presents. I will never forget my sons standing by the window all excited and then shouting 'He's here, he's here!'

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  • Shelledpea, Stalybridge
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