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Friday, November 11, 2011 Permalink

scroogeFor some reason the talk here at work today has been Christmas and festive season holiday plans.  And it is for this reason I am forced to confess I am a Christmas Scrooge. And by that I’m not saying I’m mean or cheap – I believe (she says, puffing out her chest) – I’m generous in my gift giving… and that has nothing at all to do with the fact that I don’t have to give many. Nope. No siree!

Instead, as it happens, I am just not a big fan of Christmas. Or New Year for that matter. In fact the only thing I like about that time of year are the days off work. (Oh, and the excuse to drink copious amounts of alcohol at all times of the day.)

As I brace myself for the onslaught of disdain, condescension and ridicule (or… of general apathetic shoulder-shrugs) from my readers, I feel a compunction to argue my case.

1. The food
taste of christmasI cannot state strongly enough my dislike of traditional Christmas food. Turkey – meh! I prefer chicken or.. you know… any other meat in general. (Except offal. I don’t do offal. Or dogs, rabbits, deer, kangaroos, crocodiles and so forth). And when it comes to plum puddings and christmas cake – blech!  I don’t eat much fruit (other than apples. And watermelon.) As for dried fruit, I like sultanas (and as for fruit by-products, I like wine…. hmm… not sure that counts). But although I like sultanas, I don’t actually like them ‘in’ things (cake, cereals, biscuits etc). Let alone a product made almost entirely from dried fruits. SCARE-Y!

Here in Oz, where we celebrate (?!) Christmas in Summer, many forgo the traditional hot Christmas lunch and partake (instead) in seafood. And booze. Of course… after all, we are talking about Aussies.

My family (including myself) are not seafood lovers, so this option doesn’t appeal to me either. So, while I’m partial to a ‘roast dinner’, Christmas lunch or dinner becomes just that. A roast dinner. Which I could have any night. If I cooked roasts, that is.

As for the dessert, I am a lover of cheesecake. And, I’m sure my mother (who is often my hostess at Christmas or the one ‘playing’ mother and cooking stuff to take elsewhere; whereas I am the one who buys alcohol and chocolates, rather than cook for the general populus!) would be happy to make my favourite cheesecake. HOWEVER, my birthday lies between Christmas and New Year and so I get to have cheesecake on my birthday (in lieu of a birthday cake; and breakfast and lunch etc). So two cheesecakes seems a bit OTT. If you know what I mean.

So, obviously for me, Christmas food is a big bust. Which, on the other hand is good in a healthy-eating sense. I’m not tempted by the Christmas fare and those treats which taunt so many others.

2. Family and friends
I’ve spent most Christmases with my family, though I have spent several alone because I’ve been far away (here in Oz, or overseas) and given my antipathy about the whole thing, I’ll stay at home, cook myself a roast and imbibe in some champagne.

christmasBut, sadly this cannot always be the case. I enjoy spending time with my family. I’ve loved many-a-Christmas spent with my folks, and my brother and his family. But… there is – often – an obligation to do the extended family thing. And while it isn’t overly problematic, it isn’t uncommon that I find myself spending Christmas with my sister-in-law’s brother and his family and her parents. In fact… because I am single, when Christmas has been at her parents’ place (and my parents have attended) there’s been an assumption I will go along as well. Bloody expectations again! The truth of the matter is I really don’t care, but a few years ago I went off with my best friend and we spent a week in an apartment on the beach. On Christmas morning we got up, went for a walk and opened champagne. I wouldn’t trade the Christmases I’ve spent with my family, but that one was definitely one of my favourites.

3. Christmas and New Year parties and other celebrations
As you would be well aware (and which continues to shock you, I’m sure), I am single. So, not only do I not get invited to those myriad of Christmas parties that couples attend; but almost all of my friends are in couples so there’s no ‘partying’ of the single-gal kind. And when I attend parties with other smug-marrieds (to quote Bridget Jones) I feel like a bit of a loser. And… worse still, am reminded I have spent yet another year alone.  (A moment’s silence please….. Okay, that’s it! Pity party over.)

And there you have it. I rest my case.  This year my sibling and his family are off overseas, and the recent passing of my father means that Christmas will just be my mother and myself. I have to admit I was already looking forward to it just being the three of us, when dad was still with us…. A low-key Christmas sounds perfect. And, in all honesty, mum will probably be happier with cheesecake. We expect invitations to join others – however – we are already (resolutely) looking forward to creating new Christmas traditions. There may be a roast, but who knows what else. In fact, Easter is my favourite holiday (despite what it symbolises to Christians – sorry about that mum!) because of the chocolate. So… who says Christmas can’t be about chocolate? Chocolate and champagne. Oh… and cheesecake (and obviously no calorie-counting). And just my mum and me.

10 Comments
  • Marion
    November 11, 2011

    I never thought about how a warm Christmas dinner would be like for a summer Christmas! Just do Christmas the way you want! One year we had tacos. Another year, we had sushi but my husband is Korean (which I don’t like but I enjoyed the treats hidden in the pantry). You don’t have to be traditional.

    • rockafellaskank
      November 11, 2011

      Very true. Love the tacos Christmas dinner!

  • Shelley B
    November 11, 2011

    Sounds like this is the perfect time to reinvent Christmas traditions. We live 1500 miles away from family, so years ago, we made Christmas what WE wanted, and while it’s not entirely traditional, it’s OUR traditions. I do, however, pity the future spouses of my kids…

    • rockafellaskank
      November 11, 2011

      Ha! The year I went away with a friend it was about doing what I wanted and not what was expected of me (because I had no partner/in-laws of my own etc) and it was a good lesson. And you are right… the time’s perfect to make some changes.

  • Karen@WaistingTime
    November 11, 2011

    I’m rather a scrooge about it all too. Different reasons, mostly.

    • rockafellaskank
      November 11, 2011

      I have a friend who hates that time of year because she (like me) has a birthday between Christmas and New Year and hates that she doesn’t get a fuss made of her, people are away and she can’t celebrate etc… so she admittedly sulks through the entire time!

  • Marion
    November 13, 2011

    I sound all positive in the comment above, but just put up my own Christmas rant on my blog about 3 radio stations playing Christmas songs already! I can’t stand it!

    • rockafellaskank
      November 13, 2011

      I know the feeling. I noticed there’s a Christmas movie advertised in our TV guide this week! (Argh!)

  • beanfruit
    November 13, 2011

    I love Christmas, but it isn’t for the food or parties (we’re homebodies!)…it is for the traditions we have. Granted, our traditions are rather…traditional…but still they’re what we have and enjoy 🙂 Cheesecake and champagne sounds like as good a tradition as any!

    • rockafellaskank
      November 14, 2011

      It does, doesn’t it? Cheesecake and champagne it is!

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