So when is Christmas chatter socially acceptable?
Yes I can hear you shouting 'December!' at your screen but hear me out!
Personally I'm thinking about it 1st September and yes I know, not everyone wants to hear it! Apparently it's too early to talk about it, or even buy presents, in September, yet come October people are counting the weeks down with dread.
Come November, people are starting to panic and when December comes around, hysteria hits as if there was no warning that Christmas was going to come around at all!
Isn't it obvious that grabbing those perfect presents as and when you see them is better than a Christmas Eve emergency selection box?
(I'm not criticising selection boxes, I miss them, please someone buy me one for Christmas...)
Surely this shows that Christmas chatter in September is actually organised festive planning? And you know, socially acceptable...
Preparation backs me up even more!
I'm talking Christmas cake, the gift list, homemade gifts , spreading the cost. wrapping as you go. Am I convincing you yet?
See, early preparation (& chatter) is helpful. 😉
While we're figuring things out, can I just ask, when did Christmas get so extravagant?!
Is it just me or do people seem to be re-carpeting their living rooms with Christmas presents? I guarantee this will be the case again this year - the photo's on social media prove that the ratio of present to child is bonkers!
I know we're not living in the 70's anymore (Ahem!) but things really have changed. When I was kid (Don't start) it was a small pile of gifts and a few more from family throughout the day.
Is waking up to a toy shop in the living room really going to help the littlies appreciate and value what they have? They can't even remember what they opened that morning on the conveyor belt of gifts.
Is it too much of a competition?
(The most Grinch-like I get)
Okay so let's say you're not interested in Christmas Chatter, you're not getting prepared and you couldn't give a mince pie whether the present/child ratio has gone bonkers.
(Mince pie 🤣)
Look me in the eye and tell me you're not engaging in some Christmas Consuming!
Have you or have you not;
Whether you're shaking your head sternly or not, I expect the real answer to at least two of these points is YES! And that my dear readers is Christmas Chatter/Christmas Preparation/Christmas excitement, whatever you want to call it and this is the point in my blog post where you're probably thinking;
'You know Sarah's right, lets talk Christmas!'
Hello you and hello October!
I'm not promising anything but this blog post may well be my shortest ever. Why? because I haven't done much during September, 'September shenanigans' just sounded like a good title!
I've been far too busy cosied up in front of the tv, candles on and crochet in hand.
(You know me - hardcore)
Ok let's see how it goes...
My new baby
When your month starts with a new car, it's already a good month!
(You didn't think I meant an actual baby did you?! Been there, done that!) 😉
My gorgeous little Fiat 500 (It's soooooo cute!) means no more getting wet, less packing my handbag for every possible Lake district season and more of me being a goldfish! (Singing, as if I can, as I drive.)
I love it and luckily my Fitbit keeps me in check for steps so my backside doesn't mould to my car seat! 😆 A few people have said that my new car suits me, they never elaborate so I'm not really sure what they mean, little and round? Cute and characterful? I'll go with the latter 😉
We've been to our first torchlight! It was a great night to meet with family and friends and enjoy the parade. We were wrapped up, eating junk food and doing a merry jig to the music. It's amazing the amount of effort that goes into organising and putting on a parade in a small town, great effort!
One day a walk into town and an urge to use the loo mean that we popped into the Brewery (Of course it was a pub loo we needed to use, good idea husband!) While we sat chatting we had a look at what was showing at the cinema and decided on a film. It wasn't worth going back home so we grabbed another drink and waited.
When we went to the box office (With justifiable chocolate on my mind!) we couldn't remember the name of the film so we had to describe it like an episode of 'Give us a clue'! (If you're too young - click the link to save me explaining!) When the lady eventually figured out what we were talking about, she seemed to enjoy the task of telling us we were three days early!
Our spontaneous date night at the cinema didn't happen after all! 😆At least we gave the staff a giggle!
Our September has mainly been spent settling into our new home.
We've justified a lot of visits to Fab buying gorgeous things to adorn our new pad, and while visiting Fab, it's only right to nip next door to Kimi's and indulge in an ice-cream. (Sooooo good!) We're now tourists to the area so some things just have to be done. (Obviously) 😉
As the nights draw in I'm lighting candles, wearing funky slippers and crocheting my evenings away. (You can just picture me right? I'm a cat short of a stereotype!)
We've had birthdays involving birthday pub lunch, birthday curry and birthday cake - lots of food basically, which is fine by me!
I've already mentioned Christmas because it's no secret that I love it and yes I've bought some Christmas presents - Woohoo! Oh and I also know exactly where my trees are going, yes Christmas trees and yes plural!
I also squeezed a blog out, inspired by a day of annoying people! 🙄 It's a bit of a gentle rant, click here to catch up!
That's it, that was quite short I think so I'll make it longer by saying, if you like a blog post, like and share it! If you like my page, invite your friends and don't forget to look for me on Twitter and Instagram! 😉
(Cheeky I know!)
(No offence to any Louise's)
Let me tell you a tale...
Once upon a time, Simply Sarah was driving to work, singing away and looking forward to the day ahead. Life was good. She considerately let another driver in front of her and yet received nothing, not a wave, not a mimed 'thanks', nothing. A little rude, she thought.
As she walked from her car, a row of people were walking towards her. Four people to be exact, in a row, taking up the whole pavement. They didn't consider her and instead remained locked in their people wall until she had to give them her well practised Mum look. One of them eventually apologised and broke from their wall.
Pretty rude, she thought.
After a pleasant day at work, Simply Sarah drove to the supermarket.
She negotiated her trolley between two others, when a shopper ahead decided that she too, could squeeze through and rammed into Simply Sarah's trolley whilst grating the side of another. When she was wedged, she looked fiercely at Simply Sarah implying the trolley gridlock was in fact her fault.
Very fricking rude, she thought as she forced her trolley through the chaos, feeling it was time to head home!
Fantastic start to a blog post!
Okay so this isn't a positive start and yes I know there are worst things so I'll be more upbeat, (Disclaimer) but I definitely feel better having got that stupid story of a day off my chest.
How many times do I mention the little things, the simple things? All the time, I know! So why do people forget basics like manners?! I know toddlers who know how manners work.
I'm going to turn this blog post round for the readers benefit, and probably mine! So instead of ranting about all the stuff that annoys me, I'm going to submit some simple requests to the people of this fine world and I honestly think my life and probably other peoples lives, will be much better for it.
Here we go...
1. When waiting to be served in a supermarket and the delay is the cashier gossiping to another cashier about who said/did/had what last night, (loudly - to ensure we all hear the news) this isn't an acceptable delay.
Simple request - Save the gossip for later and get to work.
Accepted delays: Broken till, broken arm or free gin tasters while someone bags your shopping. 😁
2. When typing a status on social media to this effect:
At the hospital/OMG I feel crap/You won't believe what's just happened!
Simple request - Update your friends and family with the important news, or don't.
(There's also the phone, you have one, call someone for a real catch up!)
Accepted attention seeking status: 'I have a craving for cake' - I always do and yes it's fine not to comment but simply make a 'surprise' cake turn up if I use this status!
Manners are basic, I learned manners when I was tiny, some people are still learning...let me help:
Don't be mistaken by this seemingly list of orders, as I said, they're just simple requests. 😉
I understand that honesty can be tricky and some of you may need to give this one some consideration. Personally, I'd rather be in the know...
Have you ever gone home after a long day at work only to discover lettuce in your teeth/a spot threatening to explode or a twig in your hair?
If you're shaking your head, I most certainly don't believe you!
Simple request - Instead of me wondering if it was there during that meeting/serving that customer/buying that bag of maltesers, just tell me! Either outright, or simply by way of a wide eyed look and a slight nod (You know how I mean) 👍
I'd rather suffer the five seconds of embarrassment when you tell me, than the nine hours of my day that may well have been a freak show for everyone else!
Acceptable reason not to be honest: I ate your Kitkat accidentally thinking it was part of the meeting nibbles, and you felt it worth not telling me I had chocolate around my mouth as punishment. Fair play.
Respect for personal space
When Patrick Swayze said:
"This is my dance space, this is your dance space, I don't go into yours, you don't go into mine"
yes he was talking about spaghetti arms but I bet he was also talking about personal space in general!
1. When I'm queuing in a shop, don't feel like you have to stand close to me in order to not lose your position.
Simple request - back off, I don't need to feel your breath on the back of my neck.
2.When I'm on a train and you sit next to me, don't feel like you have to share my seat.
Simple request - close your legs and shift over, you have your own seat!
3. When I'm driving, don't feel like you have to drive up close for whatever reason you're imagining.
Simple request - back off! I don't need your car ramming into my ass!
4. When you're walking in front of me and need to sneeze, (it's a sudden thing, I understand...)
Simple request - Sneeze into your hand not into the fricking air, I'm behind you! I may have my mouth open and everything! (Same goes for farting) 😫
Acceptable reasons for invading my personal space: You're my husband, my children or family & friends. This is my personal space, you have yours!
1. When you're driving along and there's nothing on the other side of the road, you don't have to brake for no reason nor do you have to brake on every bend, for no reason.
Simple request - Use the gears your car came with.
Acceptable reasons to brake for no reason at all: None.
2. The middle lane isn't the 'just chillin' lane.
Simple Request - move over!
Acceptable reason for hogging the middle lane: You're filming an episode of Top Gear and you are in fact Matt Le Blanc. 😀
3. If you feel more comfortable driving below the speed limit,
Simple request - Move left and don't try to cover your snail pace by speeding up as I over take.
Acceptable reason for driving below the speed limit on the motorway: You're a new driver and possibly likely to soil yourself if you put your foot down.
4. If you feel the need to pick up your phone to text/answer a call/make a call/change your music - don't.
Simple request - Do not drive! It's unacceptable and you're an idiot!
There you go, my simple requests to make the world a happier place 😉
We all deserve to be in this world (mostly) consideration, politeness and manners are key and pretty bloody easy!
Now get commenting below with your rants, I mean simple requests and let's all feel better together. I'm off for a cuppa!
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