Christmas panic buying has set in.

  Forum Editor 09:29 20 Dec 2009

I was in a supermarket yesterday - getting in a few little impulse buys for the festivities. It was impossible not to notice a distinct whiff of tension in the sir, as people shuffled around in a preoccupied way, loading up the trolleys with all kinds of stuff.

When I got to the checkout there was a woman in front with two irritable kids and two huge trolley-loads. Her bill came to a shade over £600. I couldn't help wondering at the obscenity of it all - could her family really need four big tins of sweets and eight half pound bars of chocolate over a four-day holiday? OK, let's give the the benefit of the doubt - perhaps she was buying for the old peoples' home, or maybe there were ten more children and relatives back home, but I'm sure you understand what I'm getting at. We seem to have turned into a nation of gluttons, grabbing at any excuse for a right old food binge.

No wonder there are so many fat children and even fatter adults walking around.

  Chris the Ancient 09:48 20 Dec 2009

Fond memories in a similar vein,,,

My ex and I were in the supermarket just before Christmas, a few years ago, and the woman in front had two trolleys piled with stuff. We had a small trolley with a few items in.

When the till finally spewed out a list about a metre long (for this other woman), and she saw the price, she said,"We could have a holiday for that sort of money!"

My ex and I looked at each other and said, "We are!"

We were flying out to Goa in a couple of days time to spend Christmas and New Year out there. :-)))


  GANDALF <|:-)> 09:55 20 Dec 2009

The amount of effort people put in for 3/5 days, once a year, never ceases to amaze me. The shops are only shut for one day (most Indian shops are even open on Xmas day), so it is unlikely that anyone will starve to death. However the blind panic that ensued when we were 'short' of water (ironically due to floods) causes me to wonder about the mental stability of British people when faced with a minor crisis. If there was ever to be another world war we would be totally screwed especially if supplies of Sunny Delight and Pringles were to run out.

On a related note, I was at Cribbs Causeway yesterday and it was very quiet, quieter than most Saturdays.


  Awshum 10:10 20 Dec 2009

Bah Humbugs!

Yesterday was the biggest shopping day of the year dubbed "Panic Saturday"...

I love everything about Christmas and have bought loads of extras in. Don't think I'll be stuffing myself aswell as the Turkey, I won't. The food will last for weeks but there's something good about seeing a plentiful cupboard & fridge at Christmas.

  Awshum 10:12 20 Dec 2009

PS. and yes I'm thankful for everything I have and do share with people less well off via charity.

  zzzz999 10:15 20 Dec 2009

Gandalf..are you hinting that there might be a shortage of pringles and sunny D.....oh my Gawd, don't even joke

  crosstrainer 10:20 20 Dec 2009

Be boiled in oil than even consider entering any retail establishment this weekend. I had everything I need delivered by asda last week.

One advantage of being on my own this year is that I can eat / sleep when I please. A friend visited yesterday in a kind, but vain attempt to get me to spend the day with him and the 20 odd people they have coming for the day. He is horrified that I would rather spend the holiday playing and recording music than to enter into the excess of it all.....He even wanted to put up my tree "You have to have one" No I don't. My lounge has been transformed into a recording studio and there is no room for a tree anyway!

  Awshum 10:33 20 Dec 2009

"and the 20 odd people they have coming for the day"

They surely can't all be odd, no normal people at all?

  Input Overload 11:15 20 Dec 2009

I thought the rescission is biting hard at Tesco yesterday as people were having difficulty pushing trolleys in the car park they weighed so much. I imagine some will hear a loud thud as the flexible friends bills arrive come January.

As I see it the whole basis for Christmas has been taken over by commercialism & the less I have to do with that part the happier I am. Going out walking with friends, having friends over for tea & games, these are the things that bring me happiness at this time of the year. but that is just my opinion.

  robgf 11:42 20 Dec 2009

I often wonder where all the extra people come from, in the lead up to Xmas. All of a sudden all the shops are packed, with people aimlessly wandering about, getting in the way.
Do they all hide at home? Just venturing out once a year, to purchase a years worth of supplies.

Like everyone else, I like to have a few extras. Christmas dinner is usually just a Sunday dinner, with a few extra vegetables and Xmas pud for afters. Then trifle and mince pies for tea. I fail to see how anyone needs the massive amounts of extra food that seems to be bought, I bet three quarters of it, goes in the bin.

Next doors little lad got a laptop and bicycle last year, plus a host of other smaller presents and £120 in cash! To think we used to get excited about getting an Airfix ship/plane and some toy soldiers, whole different world nowadays.

  Input Overload 11:53 20 Dec 2009

robgf, I agree & where do the extra cars come from? Are they mothballed & just brought out at Christmas time.

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