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Christmas trip?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Maggot, 12 Nov 2007.

  1. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    Does anyone fancy sodding off on a bike-ride over christmas? Somewhere with no mobile reception, and at least 250 miles away from my M-I-L, S-I-L (x2), my mother, my fat useless brother, my turd of a part-time B-I-L and all the associated stress and shoot that goes with them?

    We have had constant rows this evening, with various relations ringing and trying to get Mrs Maggot and I to feel guilty. My M-I-L has even said, "It'll probably be my last christmas...." I don't think I helped when I asked for it in writing, possibly a little too loud:biggrin:

    How are you guys all coping with the festive period?
     
  2. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    I'll let you know when it arrives.
     
  3. i'm going away. can't stand the time of year. best xmas i had was seeing Robyn Hitchcock play gigs in sweden, alas, he's not doing it this year.
     
  4. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    Will be working with the exception of Xmas Eve and the day itself which will be spent with grown up children and grandaughter, before we beat a hasty retreat home for some peace and a few quiet drinks.

    After talking about it for a number of years fed up with the commercialism me and the mrs are scaling right down and just having token presents max value £20 and no mountain of food.
     
  5. I love Christmas. I and my family treat it as an opportunity to catch up with each other, as well as a week long piss up with far too much food. We don't really do the commercial thing, it's just a big family party.
     
  6. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Location:
    Colne, Lancs
    I live about 250 miles from my family at the moment, so it's my family time. I like both of my sisters, and get along very well with my folks. For some reason I love Christmas, it brings out the child in me - do wish that there was a GF of SamNichols to spend it with though. Boo.

    Now, New Years I do hate.
     
  7. col

    col Veteran

    After doing the visiting thing every christmas for the last twenty five years,my wife son and i have been having our own christmas at home for the last two years.This year we are having the morning and day to ourselves,prezzies,dinner and choccy,nuts cake ect to excess,then family and friends round for tea.We have never enjoyed christmas more,wish we had realised this twenty years ago.:blush:
     
  8. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    And I thought I'd got problems !! (see Help!!!!) ROFPMSL !!
     
  9. starseven

    starseven Guest

    Tesco's has had the trimmings up a month , surely its all over now!!

    You know maggot you dont actually have to go away, just tell everyone yuo have gone away. Close the curtains and eat crap for a few days.:blush::biggrin:
     
  10. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    My sister is single! She claims that she never meets any men. She also claims that any men I introduce her to are cyclists, so that's you probably bombed out. Sorry, just a thought.:blush:
     
  11. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex

    I only do it for the kids now, otherwise I would probably try to get away. I fell out with my mother shortly before she died and whilst we went to her for her last Xmas (she died four days later) I wish I had repaired what was broken. Much of what happened lied at the feet of my other brothers and sisters who had lived like maggots (excuse the pun) off my parents for years. We don't speak much now - not surprising when your brother calls you a **** for wanting probate to be done by the book.

    So for the last four years I have been having my in-laws (who have been becoming increasingly crotchety as they grow older) and my s-i-l and her partner. Xmas day last year the partner and m-i-l have an enormous row; cue silent Xmas lunch and has refused this year to be in the same room as the in-laws. So this year we will be having our first Xmas alone with the in-laws.

    So Maggot, not a lot different really. I would leave the decision to Mrs Maggott since it's her mother. Maybe it might be worthwhile reminding her (even if you don't like her mother) that it may well be her last Xmas and she should do the honourable thing and go to/have her mother. Time is finite and as a daughter, especially, she may regret not doing this in later years.

    Had you asked 5-7 years ago, I would have said I had a family like SamNichols. Things change. :blush:
     
  12. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    Chris my Dad had EXACTLY the same reaction when my Gran died. Irreparable damage caused by idiocy. Definitely brings out the putrid side of people.

    Maggot, take pleasure from the fact that as mothers-in-law go, I have the archetypal dragon.

    At a meal in a restaurant mid October there, for her long-suffering husband's birthday we were sat there; me, wife, minitetes x 2, m-i-l, f-i-l, b-i-l, b-i-l's partner and the partner's kid. Conversation turns to xmas. m-i-l says it will be nice to have everyone in for xmas this year, they'll get all the trimmings in special decorations up etc etc, and (I KID YOU NOT, WITHOUT A TRACE OF HUMOUR) then says "It's just a shame Paul* has to come". I was furious. The only thing stopping me getting up there and then and heading for the door with the minitetes was it would have upset Mrs Tete.

    Dreading it.

    I USED to have a Sam opinion of xmas too. Maybe Sam you have to get yourself some inlaws to properly relate. Don't rush that GF thing along too hastily.

    *Paul is my nom-de-plume
     
  13. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    Sounds all too familar Tete. My m-i-l has always held up as a God the first boyfriend of my s-i-l. He ran off with a work colleague! Even now she would rather have him there than either me or my s-i-l's partner. So Big Bang last year came as no surprise, except to my m-i-l who is hurt and upset. :blush: I even paid for the in-laws holiday this year and neither of them said thank you. Why am I having them for Xmas this year?!
     
  14. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
     
  15. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    Ditto. I have to let it wash over me otherwise I will need a sedative. I'm keeping them for Xmas Day.