Some people love everything about Christmas - the cards, the lights, the decorations, the music while other hate everything about Christmas - the cards, the lights, the decorations, the music and boy they let everyone know it.
To quote the sentiments of the ultimate Christmas humbug, 'every idiot who goes about with Merry Christmas on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart!' but just what do those who share the Scrooge mentality of the Festive period hate so much about it?
Listening to friends and colleagues over the recent weeks the main things i hear moaned about the most include Ugly Christmas jumpers, Christmas music and the playing of it from November, Christmas starting earlier every year, Christmas trees dropping pine needles, the smell of cinnamon everywhere, hectic children, Christmas TV Ads, the constant repeat of Christmas films on TV, Office parties, spending far too much money, Holiday traffic, the loss of the true meaning of Christmas and hordes of shoppers clogging up the shopping centers.
If you are one of those people who use Scrooge as a template for celebrating Christmas then as the nephew said to his uncle Ebeneezer, 'Christmas is as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.'
Now put on that Santa jumper and shove a mince pie in your miserable face and get some Christmas spirit.