It used to be that Christmas-time was filled with different things from the rest of the year. Turkey and mince pies weren't around except at Christmas. Now shops all over the country stock the same products all year round. Gifts from 'out of town', no longer have the added attraction of being a new experience - seen it all before. Apart from the complaints that the true spirit of Christmas has been forgotten,(and even that seems to be dying out these days)few things remain that seem to be allied only to Christmas.
I can think of only 2 things:
1)CD's of Scottish bagpipe music advertised on TV;
2) Newberry Fruits.
Is there anything else, or are we doomed to the same old stuff but with tinsel?
The thing that I remember we only saw at Christmas and got in our stocking was a tangerine, seems silly I suppose but in our house anyway this was the only time we got one. I will need to stop thinking back at Christmas times gone by I'm beginning to get emotional. Can't have that we Scots men never cry.
Yes, I too remember the tangerine and walnuts etc.. It seems that, these days, when we want something we have it straight away, no need to wait, no sense of anticipation or satisfaction. My initial observation was prompted by the realisation that I am finding it difficult to take any interest in Christmas, this year...after all it's hardly different this month from last. (except for the F.E. and his gifts)