”All we had in our stockings was an orange and a piece of coal ‘for luck’!”
So proclaims anyone of a certain age who suck on boiled sweets and are always going on about “The war.”
Well although I would feel a little hard done by if faced by such niggardly frugality, I cannot for the life of me get my head around the incessant marketing hype and expensive present buying, one-upmanship that pervades today’s ‘Festive Season’.
Nowadays, the combined forces of pester power and the advertising hucksters and cheap-jacks start weaving their web around early September, when the first Christmas adverts start drilling their message of “Buy, buy, buy! Spend! Spend! Spend!…Do it NOW! Can’t afford it? No problem! You can have everything now and pay for it all later. When?…Don’t worry about that now, just buy and enjoy a bit of retail therapy-go on…you know you want to!” It permeates deep into your brain, and gradually cranks up the pressure by degrees until Christmas Eve, when the Easter marketing machine clicks into gear!
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Merry Christmas all, and have a great 2009!