Article last updated : 07/12/2009
The New Blog - Old Ones Too
Bet you thought, or hoped, he had forgotten.
No such luck, here is the latest from the keyboard of Katie's Dad as he does a fine impression of Ebenezer Scrooge as Christmas draws ever nearer. Also, thanks to our friends at weaveaweb you can now look at the old blogs via the blog tab above.
As Christmas marches unerringly towards us, is it really still November?, I have noticed a few things this week about the festive season.
One thing is that it seems to begin earlier and earlier every year and if it is you who had your Christmas Tree up about ten days ago and you live in Hockley be warned – I know where you live and may you hang your head in shame!!!
Also, and this is probably an Essex thing, I have noticed the proliferation of exterior Christmas lights. Anything that can be lit and put in your garden and that is vaguely connected to Christmas will soon be found lighting up the skies.
A friend of mine, who is against the outdoor decorations, rightly pointed out “What is the idea of spending all that money on electricity when you don’t see them yourself!” He has a point.
Anybody who is anybody and quite a few nobodies will have by now released their Christmas CD, DVD or book. Ten-year-old “stars” will have their autobiographies in the shops by now and anyone appearing on a chat show will only be there to plug their product.
I did hear recently that 42% of the acts in the music singles’ chart are “X Factor" related and if you wish to line Simon Cowell’s pockets (which are of course unusually high up) then that is your prerogative. I am pleased to say that my television has an off switch that seems to work quite well when X Factor is on.
I know Katie loved Pop Idol and X Factor and we did used to laugh at some of the wanabees on there but I am afraid it is too all embracing now and seems to highlight was is wrong about the Christmas period in the country – Commercialism
You wont be surprised to know the last Birthday present Katie bought for me was a “Grumpy Old Men” book and I do strive on a daily basis to live up to that image – I think I do quite a good job too!
Finally, this week’s gag - How many chimneys does Santa go down? Stacks.“