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Christmas ....warning.... Scrooge

Postby Bubbles » November 2nd, 2018, 11:23 pm

I was in a shop (New Look) today and they were playing 'Jingle Bells' - a horrid, tinny pop version. Thankfully I was only passing through the store. I find I am dreading the whole thing this year. I like Christmas itself but it is only the 2nd of November! Costa Coffee had some cheap looking Christmas decs up. I can ignore most of it but the dreadful music everywhere really gets to me. Is it just me or do others feel the same?
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Re: Christmas ....warning.... Scrooge

Postby earthmaiden » November 2nd, 2018, 11:41 pm

I prefer it nearer to the time but unless its a song I particularly hate, I don't really notice the music. I think I'm getting immune to it now - the older I get, the less I go shopping. I hate commercialism and the way Christmas has become a time of greed and within reason aim for a low key one where people and nice food are the most important thing.
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Postby TeresaFoodie » November 3rd, 2018, 1:35 am

Love Christmas. Love music. Love carrots!

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Re: Christmas ....warning.... Scrooge

Postby Sloe-Gin » November 3rd, 2018, 7:56 am

We seem to have slipped subtly from Halloween to Christmas. Next thing, we'll have 55 day 'advent calendars' (maybe they exist?).

I'm with Earthmaiden really. It's a time for families, not binge eating, drinking and spending! That said, I do like a good Christmas dinner!
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Postby icelesley » November 3rd, 2018, 8:01 am

I am surprised that Aldi have got away with that advert, it copies the coke trucks they use in their Christmas adverts. ;) as for Chrstmas music in stores already,it is a bit early having said that I don't really notice music in shops unless I find myself singing along :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Sloe-Gin » November 3rd, 2018, 8:17 am

I must say that, due to a strange quirk of our TV, we cannot get ITV or Channel 4, so I watch anything I need on catchup (precious little actually), so manage very sucessfully NOT to see any ads. I'm very happy that way! :lol:
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Postby earthmaiden » November 3rd, 2018, 8:28 am

Now, the Coke truck REALLY annoys me! It seems to have become part of Christmas. When it came here last year the excitement was unbelievable. That and the popularity (and expense) of some Christmas ads annoy me very much. It's a shame that concerns with so much money to waste can't combine their advertising with doing some good for communities. I haven't seen any ads yet.
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Re: Christmas ....warning.... Scrooge

Postby StokeySue » November 3rd, 2018, 8:59 am

I haven’t heard any Christmas music yet, I see the Oxford Street lights are up but not lit

As are our local winter lights which are apparently to be lit for Diwali which is early this year starting 7 November
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Postby icelesley » November 3rd, 2018, 9:14 am

I have just driven across town to the surgery, the lights are up but not being turned on yet, the big switch on is 30th November.
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Re: Christmas ....warning.... Scrooge

Postby uschi » November 3rd, 2018, 9:25 am

Over here they break out the Christmas sweets on the last day of August.
As for Christmas music, that should be banned before December. If they want a certain mood, maybe there are different festive songs to be found. I used to collect Christmas songs (only the nice ones) so I could listen to my own soundtrack and cut out the annoying ones. In the last years I have expanded this and started mixes with "festive" music. In go film tracks, classical pieces and anything I fancy. :tu:
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Postby StokeySue » November 3rd, 2018, 9:30 am

I thought H&M had got it right - there was Christmas merchandise available for those already shopping but they haven’t decorated yet

Incidentally if anyone wants a new Christmas outfit, H&M have some nice stuff, suitable for all ages. I got a Wm Morris print shirt / tunic thing in nice viscose fabric
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Postby cyprusmoira » November 3rd, 2018, 10:09 am

Luckily Christmas is not so commercialised here, Easter is the big festival. But of course it is gradually increasing especially external Christmas decorations. Sotira village usually has a Santa figure climbing up the village water tank.
I do hope that Alpha Mega have bought a new CD of Christmas tunes, if I hear Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer sung in Greek at a dirge like speed I shall scream :evil:

However, some good new traditions have been established. Pissouri usually has a "Christmas Tree" in the Square. About ten years ago some British expats decided to gather around the tree to sing carols. I suspect that it had been a good night in one of the local bars. It was repeated the following year, someone bought mince pies. The next year even more people and many more mince pies. Then local residents association got involved with mulled wine. The local Cypriot population approve of anything involving food, drink and singing.
It is now official, including a speech from the Muhktar, performance from British, Cypriot and children's choirs, mince pies, local traditional pastries and lots of mulled wine. The local tavernas do very well

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Postby uschi » November 3rd, 2018, 10:15 am

Sounds like a German Christmas market! :D
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Postby TeresaFoodie » November 3rd, 2018, 10:28 am

I'm not a fan of the Coke ads as I don't touch the stuff and can't see why anyone would get excited about it, but I thought the same; how did Aldi get away with it? It's labelled on You Tube as a cliff hanger! :lol: Very clever and rather cheeky! :tu:
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Postby Ratatouille » November 3rd, 2018, 10:32 am

Cuz was telling me yesterday that the Christmas windows in Fenwicks store in Newcastle was due to be revealed last night and we agreed thst is gets more ridiculous every year.

One of the things I like about living here is absolutely nothing happens until December 1st or more likely $th which is Ste Barb.

Ok we've got our cards on the go but that's for ecconomic reasons so our friend Paul can take them back to UK to post!
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Postby earthmaiden » November 3rd, 2018, 11:14 am

The trouble with Christmas songs played in public is not only the quality of some compared to the original but also the impossibility of meeting everyone's taste. There are quite a few very popular songs that will almost drive me out of a store. One man's meat ....
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Re: Christmas ....warning.... Scrooge

Postby Bubbles » November 3rd, 2018, 11:55 am

I have no problem with Christmas goodies appearing in shops. Or Christmas outfits, cards, baubles, etc. I know many have to stagger their spending, so it's completely understandable. It's the music, and the tacky decorations, and cheap shops that spring up in our local town centre. When I was young we brought out the 'crib' on Christmas Eve, and hung up a few foil or paper decorations along with a tree with baubles and an angel on top. It just seemed nicer somehow.
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Postby Lokelani » November 6th, 2018, 10:28 am

I hadn't thought of that but I guess it does help stagger the costs if xmas stuff appears early. I'd rather not hear the music until December, I love hearing it then, keeps it more special.
I suppose its a sign of how much busier life it, the tree used to go up the weekend before, now it's the one before that so there's less to panic about getting done nearer the time! The other resason was because we were fed up with finding out that everywhere had sold out of Christmas trees weeks before we went for ours!
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Postby StokeySue » November 6th, 2018, 10:36 am

It used to be too far the other way, I remember in the seventies trying to buy Christmas wrapping and trimmings in time to catch the Christmas post boat to Jamaica, not easy
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Re: Christmas ....warning.... Scrooge

Postby TeresaFoodie » November 13th, 2018, 4:51 pm

Hot off the press. Iceland will be launching Marmite sprouts in time for Christmas.

https://m.thegrocer.co.uk/573697.articl ... te=enabled

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Re: Christmas ....warning.... Scrooge

Postby Bubbles » November 13th, 2018, 5:16 pm

NOooooo! Love sprouts, hate Marmite! :sprout:
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Postby earthmaiden » November 13th, 2018, 5:32 pm

We've been discussing this on the Facebook page. Marmite and sprouts do not seem the best of pairings and frozen sprouts can be a bit soggy. I don't think I want these on my Christmas lunch.
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Postby aero280 » November 13th, 2018, 10:38 pm

Two wrongs don't make a right... :o
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Postby Rainbow » November 13th, 2018, 11:25 pm

aero280 wrote:Two wrongs don't make a right... :o

My thoughts exactly!!
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Postby TeresaFoodie » November 14th, 2018, 12:18 am

Rainbow wrote:
aero280 wrote:Two wrongs don't make a right... :o

My thoughts exactly!!


I didn't consider the sogginess of frozen sprouts when I jumped up and down with glee there! I shall therefore attempt a homemade version with fresh. :tu:
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Postby Zosherooney » November 14th, 2018, 6:55 am

I see that a famous crisp company are promoting sprout flavoured crisps this year :sprout: :sprout: :sprout:
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Postby TeresaFoodie » November 14th, 2018, 8:31 am

I can't see if they are on sale yet Zosh. Anyone seen them on the shelves?

https://www.walkers.co.uk/crisps-range/ ... els-sprout

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Postby Ratatouille » November 14th, 2018, 9:07 am

The only flavoured crisps I like are Marmite ones!
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Postby PatsyMFagan » November 14th, 2018, 9:10 am

Love marmite, but only on toast or Ryvita. The only flavour crisps I eat are plain … Kettle chips are my favourite :chops:
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Postby Seatallan » November 14th, 2018, 9:19 am

aero280 wrote:Two wrongs don't make a right... :o


Absolutely. And it's SO wrong isn't it? :)
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Postby Ratatouille » November 14th, 2018, 9:42 am

Well that's something to miss if I get a chance for an Ocado order before Christmas.
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Postby Oat » November 14th, 2018, 5:41 pm

I tried the sprout crisps, didnt hate or love them, they had a definate taste of something . . . . . . . . but not sprout as i know it!
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Postby WWordsworth » November 14th, 2018, 8:47 pm

I have tried the pigs in blankets crisps
No different to smoky bacon, quite disappointing.

I have no idea what a coke truck is.
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Postby Amber » November 14th, 2018, 9:41 pm

It’s been an advert running for the past few years....

Eg https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-o ... s-15417462
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Postby TeresaFoodie » November 15th, 2018, 1:40 am

Amber wrote:It’s been an advert running for the past few years....

Eg https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-o ... s-15417462


I didn't realise the coke truck was real and went on tour. A real life duel with Kevin in Newcastle would have been amazing to witness!
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Postby Seatallan » November 15th, 2018, 9:00 am

It turns up at The Oracle shopping centre in Reading regularly. I rather like it to be totally honest. I know it's all commercial rubbish but it's rather jolly nonetheless. :oops:
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Postby StokeySue » November 15th, 2018, 11:20 am

Apparently there have been protests against the Coke truck by the anti-sugar brigade, which seems s bit silly when you can find Coke in every corner store

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/business/2018/nov/14/coca-cola-scales-back-uk-christmas-truck-tour-after-protests
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Postby earthmaiden » November 15th, 2018, 12:46 pm

I believe it was Coca Cola advertising that shaped the modern image of Santa so we've been stuck with them using Christmas for a long time. I really don't like the way large companies make their Christmas advertising something people look forward to as much as the event. To get the big red lorry to a town is a huge boost for local traders though as people flock to see it. There is great sadness because it isn't coming to us this year.

What do we think of this year's John Lewis then? I haven't read all the details regarding the cost but hope that charities will benefit in some way rather than Elton John.
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Postby StokeySue » November 15th, 2018, 1:37 pm

Apparently Coca Cola aren’t as responsible for the red and white Santa as we think

According to QI he traditionally wore either green or red, and the brighter red was gaining popularity when Coca Cola picked it because it already matched their livery colours, not the other way round

As I remember it they showed a pre-Coke card in which he was already very much in that style
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Postby TeresaFoodie » November 16th, 2018, 6:45 am

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Postby Amber » November 16th, 2018, 9:56 pm

I’ve just seen the Elton John advert for the first time. Im not impressed.
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Postby earthmaiden » November 16th, 2018, 10:23 pm

I have just read that he donated part of his fee to his charitable foundation. It is hard to find out which part but I am glad to hear it anyway. Apparently the JL ads really help attract customers. I really can't think how or why, it seems so far removed from the store.
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Postby TeresaFoodie » November 17th, 2018, 12:35 am

The Last Leg tonight ended with their own version of the JL ad after discussing it with their guests. I won't spoil it, but thought it was rather good.

By the way, the actual 'holidays are coming' ad from Coca Cola is not a patch on the Aldi version. And is it just me finding the Boots one extremely irritating, or does it again come down to the fact that I can't stand the original version of the song that they are using?

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Postby aero280 » November 18th, 2018, 8:17 pm

John Lewis don't sell traditional pianos........
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Postby StokeySue » November 18th, 2018, 8:21 pm

aero280 wrote:John Lewis don't sell traditional pianos........

Correction - they didn’t. The ad has forced them to start :lol: :lol: :lol: l
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