The humbug season again

I’m not a huge fan of holidays of any kind, which doesn’t prevent me from wishing everyone who feels otherwise a satisfactory holiday season. On top of it, here’s a link to my old article, in case you missed it last year, which details in detail some shocking local seasonal traditions. Included is live fish in a tub, meltedΒ metals and golden swines. Yup.

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Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

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  1. I’m not a fan of the holidays either. More of a pain in the rump. ☺

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    1. Ha πŸ˜‰ Exactly. I’m thrilled the holiday season is over, or almost over, now.

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      1. Me too, it’s all a pain in the ass, call me negative or whatever but it is what it is…

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        1. When I call a person negative, it’s actually a compliment πŸ˜‰

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  2. Well let me say I read your Czech traditions post and we in the land down under don’t have anything like that on Christmas day, which by the way it today here at this very moment.
    Our traditions might be things like, having small children wake you at 5am to start your day, present giving as soon as you get up, a hot lunch especially if you have an insane mother in law who is happy to stand over a hot stove in 40C heat to prepare a feast to feed 20 when only 10 are coming for lunch, drinking yourself stupid and in some families, thought thankfully not mine, the annual punch up among drunken males and often females of the family…..now who’d want to miss out on all that??? Its a great day and I’m enjoying my Christmas Day as we speak….

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    1. Haha, I’m glad Australians don’t have any morbid Christmas traditions involving live fish kept in a bathtub or otherwise. Your Christmas routines and rituals sound pretty much like what one sees on TV. Though the TV glosses it a bit over. Hopefully you had a peaceful holiday or else funny stories to tell about your holiday!

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      1. Yes funny stories we have….if you read my blog there is a photo of my girls, son and SIL and me on Christmas day…. https://summerstommy.com/2016/12/26/writing-prompt-december-25th-give-me-10-minutes-christmas-day/

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        1. That’s a good-humoured post and it does look like you had a great Christmas, after all!

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          1. WE had a great time…

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  3. Happy Grumpy Holiday to you too, Mara. I hope 2017 is a better one for you – less hospitals and all that πŸ™‚

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    1. Awe, thank you so much for your well wishes, and the same to you! Take care.

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  4. Blimey, most of that sounds pretty good to me, however I am not a carp, Pleasantly grumpy holidays to you πŸ™‚

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    1. And to you too! I’m pleasant that you found my local customs pleasant. I’m also pleased you’re not a carp.

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      1. Indeed, imagine your last thought being something like “why am I in this bathtub?”

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        1. I do hope my last thought will be something more profound.

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          1. I suspect that my last thoughts will be a number of expletives πŸ™‚

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          2. Mine will be probably “FINALLY!!” But I don’t count, I’m suicidal.

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          3. I think you count. πŸ™‚

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          4. Why, thank you πŸ™‚

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          5. Where else would I get dark humour? Or even dark not humour? πŸ™‚

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          6. Awe πŸ™‚ You’re the mistress of humour.

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          7. Checks.. that would be Master πŸ˜€

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          8. A Master it is then. You never know!

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          9. Indeed, I keep checking just in case πŸ™‚

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          10. I just double-checked too. (It’s as I thought.) Sorry for mixing it up!

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          11. Well.. Strange things happen. Cant be too careful.. πŸ˜€

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          12. Haha πŸ˜€ I’d hate to turn into a boy. I’m quite alright as I am. I enjoy the girls’ things like painted nails and make-up and shit… So superficial.

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          13. I like the minimalist approach, no effort involved, if I was furniture i would be Ikea, but not look good..

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          14. Actually, all my furniture is Ikea and it does look good πŸ˜‰

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          15. Except your custom built computer desk if i remember rightly

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          16. Busted. I thought of that when I was writing my comment, but I didn’t want to go into tedious detail πŸ™‚ Other than my desk and my chair, I promise that all my other furniture is indeed Ikea.

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          17. I was just be deliberately pedantic, I lead a simple life so I have to get my fun where and when I can πŸ˜€

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          18. Haha, no, you are right, I provided misleading information and I should be ashamed! And you should be congratulated on your excellent memory.

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          19. Remembering detail is part of my job πŸ˜€

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          20. Part of my job too. Apparently, I suck in it.

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          21. I am still trying to find something i dont suck at. Even something useless like flipping pancakes would do.

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          22. Have you tried flipping pancakes? How is it?

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          23. Flipping is easy, it is getting them off the floor that requires the real skill

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          24. Haha πŸ™‚ The cat might help with this part.

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          25. If you want a cat to eat something off the floor it ain’t gonna happen..

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          26. No? My cat only eats from the floor. She throws food out of her bowl so she could eat it from the floor. Anything I drop on the floor she attempts to eat.

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          27. You have a very helpful cat. Most would refuse as they would not want to do you a favour πŸ™‚

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          28. She’s not as much helpful as plain dumb. She eats anything I drop. Uncooked rice, spilled spices, bits of paper…

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          29. I had a dog like that. It was a useful attribute of an otherwise useless creature.

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          30. You’re more of a cat person then?

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          31. Always had cats, once had a dog. I pretty much like all animals

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          32. Nice πŸ™‚ I used to have all sorts of creatures, but the cat, my latest pet, is the best fit for me.

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          33. Best for interaction and low maintenance combined imo

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          34. Exactly what I’m saying…

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          35. I think we both know that cats are awesome..

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  5. The part about the carp was fascinating. It’s Boxing Day today, so it’s basically over. We didn’t do anything πŸ™‚

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    1. I didn’t do anything for my holiday either (I cooked chicken and rice, which is not a Christmas meal by any standards, but I couldn’t be bothered with carp) and I’m positively excited it’s over. It was a bit of pressure with everyone around going crazy about it.

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      1. Me too! I find it the worst in the stores, where they’re playing Christmas music in the background, and people are running around like poisoned rats … all grey in their faces.

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        1. Haha, I like the idea of poisoned rats, seems fitting πŸ™‚ Nervous people make me unduly nervous. I’m thrilled the season is over now!

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          1. Yes, it’s contagious πŸ™‚

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  6. I wish you a satisfactory holiday season above a mediocre level!

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    1. Aw, thanks! My holiday sucked, which is good, because the next one can only be better πŸ™‚

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