OH and I don't really 'do' Christmas - we have no children ourselves, OH's children and grandchildren are all grown up, we have no relatives living near us (they're all scattered around the country), we're not religious at all although half of both our families are and don't celebrate Christmas (and I'm not getting into any religious discussions whatsoever!). Plus OH normally only has Christmas day itself off work, although, unusually, he's also got Xmas Eve off this year. And I absolutely loathe all the commercialism of it....the pressure the media and shops put people under to spend vast amounts of money - completely unnecessarily in my view - is disgusting, I think. I loathe all the charity begging letters that drop through our letterbox at this time of year (why can't they just stop sending out all those unwanted and unasked for pens, cards, coasters, gift tags etc that just get dumped in the recycling and save themselves a load of money?!). I hate being accosted by charity collectors outside the supermarket, or every time we set foot in the high street....for the record, we do give to charities of our choice, and in the way we choose, not to bloody tin rattlers trying to make us feel guilty.
I sound a right miserable old cow, don't I?!
Well I'm not, I just don't agree with it all. To those of you who do (most of you, I expect).....good on you, that's your choice and I hope you all have a lovely time.
We don't have turkey, for the simple reason that we don't really like it. I don't make a Christmas cake, as I'm diabetic so hardly eat it, plus OH doesn't like marzipan and icing. We don't give each other Christmas presents....what for? We have everything we need at our (relatively!) advanced ages lol. And if there's something we want, well we go and buy it (assuming we have the money). We send OH's grandchildren money (although I don't know how long we'll keep that up, seeing as OH will be retiring soon and his grandchildren will soon - if they don't already - be earning more than he does). We don't give presents to the rest of the family.....we stopped that by mutual agreement some years ago. We don't even send Christmas cards - a long time ago we decided that the money would be better put to good use being donated to charity, so that's what we do instead.
We just view it as an opportunity to spend time together, eating some nice food (I do make a bit of an effort!), watching a few good programmes on TV - there's usually something decent to watch - and even going for a nice walk on the beach if the weather's ok. It's surprising how many people do actually go out for a walk on Christmas day, and the ones you meet are always so friendly, smiley and happy (full of booze and mince pies probably hehe).
I do make mince pies, because OH loves them.....I make the mincemeat (will be doing that this weekend, following my usual Saint Delia's recipe) and make a few dozen pies, freezing them and getting out a few at a time. We have a drink or two (not a lot more than that, seeing as OH has to go to work the next day!), I've made raspberry gin, raspberry & honey whisky and limoncello, which should all be ready to drink around then.
And that's about it for Christmas.....by that time of year, I'm totally fed up with it all and champing at the bit for winter to be over and Spring to arrive.
Oh, there is one thing I do like about Christmas......I absolutely love Christmas songs - carols, pop songs, choirs, you name it. So I'm not totally bah humbug ;-)