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Are you a fan of Christmas adverts?

John Lewis ad was such a disappointment this year.

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It's a miserable day so I thought I'd lighten the mood... Those that know me, know that I love Christmas, particularly a Christmas advert. To say I was disappointed with the John Lewis advert this year is an understatement. Surely, John Lewis could have told a similar story about a general Joe Soap not Elton John. Bring back Moz the monster.

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20th Nov 2018 13:54

Homophobes on Twitter are saying something similar.

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By DJKL
20th Nov 2018 14:26

I just wish they would all wait until at least the last week of November.

However not as bad as the TV channels on Virgin which had their names changed to Christmas movies etc in October or earlier.

It may just be me but as a child our Christmas tree tended to get put up on Christmas Eve or at least after the school holidays had started, I think my parents kept it as an activity to keep us amused when we were in the impossible phase waiting upon Christmas itself.

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20th Nov 2018 14:36

The only thing more irritating about the run up to Christmas than it having to start as soon as Halloween is finished, is the recent acceptance that adverts are somehow a treasured part of the Christmas experience.

I've never seen one of these Christmas adverts and I will never understand why people look forward to being advertised at.

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By DJKL
to Duggimon
20th Nov 2018 14:48

You sound like one of my brothers in law.

In the days when shops gave carrier bags with their names etc on them he would turn them inside out, his argument was as he had done them the favour of giving them his money by purchasing from them what they sold he was not also going to throw in free advertising for them by parading their bag .

There are worse things, radio stations playing the same songs (and of course shops playing them), though at least this tends to start later- however I have to admit I do have a soft spot for Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas is You" , a bond that has grown since I first saw " Love Actually".

I also have to admit there are a few Christmas films that I can watch nearly every year- there is obviously some form of Pavlovian response with all this and it does appear that our reactions to Christmas are strong indicators supporting empiricism.

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to DJKL
20th Nov 2018 17:48

My dad still has a go at me for wearing t-shirts with the manufacturer’s name on. Same for jeans / shirts / jumpers with logos. Mrs ALISK and I call him Mr Twit.

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to Duggimon
20th Nov 2018 16:52

I'm a sentimental old sod Duggimon. I've always loved anything Christmas related.

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to Mr Hobbit
21st Nov 2018 14:59

I should say I love Christmas and am not as sour as my post might have seemed!

Commercialisation and the extension of the holiday season into November, and even October at times, are a couple of bugbears of mine but, come December, for 12 days before and 12 days after the 25th we'll have our tree up, I'll be donning the Christmas jumpers, sticking the songs on and enjoying it as I do every year.

I still won't be watching any adverts though!

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20th Nov 2018 16:46

"There are worse things, radio stations playing the same songs"..
if you want a radio station that will not constantly be playing the usual Xmas songs (and thereby not add to Noddy Holders wealth with royalties) try United DJ's.
https://www.uniteddj.com/

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By DJKL
to Jennifer Adams
20th Nov 2018 17:04

Radio 4 is also pretty good but it is hard to hum along to The Archers except re the theme music.

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20th Nov 2018 17:56

Growing up, my family weren’t as ‘Christmassy’ as some, nowhere near my in-laws. It only took me 2 years to admit defeat with the “Xmas songs should start in Dec not 01 Nov” argument.

My stocking was about the size of a football sock and always had a satsuma in the toes, various 99p toys & puzzles and a book of 6 1st class stamps (even before I wrote letters. never understood this ... anyone any idea?). My brother didn’t like fruit, so he had a mini tin of baked beans in the toe of his stocking.

Now my ‘stocking’ is the size of the BFG’s football sock. My 1yr old is smaller than his stocking and to fill it will cost half as much as his ‘real’ presents.

Oh, we were a whiskey & mince pie family, with a sherry for Mrs Santa and carrot sticks for the reindeer.

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By DJKL
to atleastisoundknowledgable...
20th Nov 2018 18:10

A hint re doing thank you letters perhaps.

The worst thing when children are small is remembering which relative etc gave what, with two children ripping wrapping paper at a speed of knots it is hard to keep track- my wife used to have a little notebook.

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to atleastisoundknowledgable...
21st Nov 2018 12:54

In our house, Santa's stocking is full of boring practical stuff, underwear, PJs, gloves (they are constantly losing them), treat food I won't normally buy (chocolate spread etc). All wrapped so the fun is in the opening. There are a few toys and bits they will enjoy still!

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By DJKL
to accountantccole
21st Nov 2018 15:28

Yes- the parental negotiation with the relatives/friends so that some of the presents are clothes not toys- I can even now recall my son, aged about 2 or 3, opening some Christmas present, disdainfully discovering it was clothes, throwing it over his shoulder and reaching for another unwrapped item.

Still, he did gets some toys, Baloo the Bear turned up that Christmas and is still in residence in my house.

I still buy my kids Lego each Christmas despite them now both advancing through their twenties.

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20th Nov 2018 17:57

Re the John Lewis advert ... Lidl wouldn’t’ve had their great social media advert if JLP hadn’t used Elton John.

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21st Nov 2018 17:08

What Christmas Adverts? - record and fast forward - it's the future.

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28th Nov 2018 15:11

The Coca Cola ad on tv "holidays are coming" along with the first rendition of the Pogues "Fairytale of Christmas" on the radio mean that Christmas is here (well 6 weeks away).

Not so much a fan of the adverts, due to them being on constantly, but some are quite enjoyable. JLP tend to be fairly good

My daughters birthday is the 18th December (not great planning admittedly), so that is the day the XMAS tree goes up. She is 4 this year so Christmas will be (should be), great fun.

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By DJKL
to Paul Barclay
28th Nov 2018 15:33

Make the most of it, age 4-7 is a pretty good time, then school mates corrupt them (someone always has an older brother/sister/cousin who bursts the magic illusion) and by 10 there is little "belief" left in that Claus fellow and more a ruthless ability has developed to give the parents lists of things they would like.

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28th Nov 2018 15:50

I'll just answer the headline question.

No, I don't do Christmas.

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