tag1I reluctantly ventured out of the house to do some shopping yesterday.
The supermarket shelves were heaving with Christmas food and drink; no surprise there of course.
But, oh, the prices! Unbelievable!
I met a friend who had bought a bottle of sparkly last week. She said she went to get a couple more, and they’d gone up by – wait for it – £17!!! Each!!! In a week!
I’m not paying these prices! Not only can’t we really afford it; (we never live beyond our means;) but I begrudge the greedy, selfish supermarkets who are ruthlessly cashing in on what they know is a captive audience.
Oh how I hate crowds, and negotiating a path between shopping trolleys, either parked while the owner goes off to get something, or comes at me backwards.
Everyone seems to wiggling from side to side. The stupid thing is, if we all walked in a straight line, there wouldn’t be such chaos!
And all the trollies were absolutely loaded. It’s worrying because people don’t seem to care how much they spend at Christmas. They’re brain-washed into thinking that it’s compulsory! But so much of it ends up in the bin. And it all makes January the most miserable month of the year. We’re bloated, fat and broke.
We’ll do our final shopping tomorrow evening, when things have quietened down. We’ve always managed to get a half-price turkey then. Well I’m not paying £40 for a turkey! It’s a ridiculous price! Forty quid for a turkey! And you can guarantee that the turkey farmer won’t see much of that money!
Hubby John isn’t a great turkey lover anyway, so he’ll be perfectly happy with a fresh chicken, or a juicy pork chop if we’re out of luck. And daughter Rana is a Vegan. So it’s only me really.
As I travel a lot, I do my Christmas shopping throughout the year, so I only have a couple of extra presents to buy. And I spread out the other costs too. I’ll buy my Christmas cards and paper in the January sales. It means that I can afford a better quality of card too!
I’m always happy to buy something of quality that’s priced at cost, plus a necessary mark-up, eg at Farmers’ Markets or Craft Fairs. But these rip-off merchants shouldn’t be encouraged.
Mavbe next year we should start some new Christmas habits that will save us all money.
December the 25th was a Pagan ceremony. Jesus was apparently born in the Summer.
So why don’t we move Christmas? Or even better have TWO Christmasses! We could have one for the food, and one for the presents, and spread the costs!
The trouble is, the cold-blooded capitalists would find a way to cash in on it somehow!
Have a Merry, Moderate Christmas everyone!

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.