Friday Debate: What are the best/worst things about this time of year?

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krismis

I am, famously, a bit of a Grinch. I’m not especially fond of this time of year. I hate the music, I hate the crowds in malls – and I mostly hate all the “Christmas” food. Sure, I’ll delight in roasted meats with fervour, but nonsense like Christmas pudding and mince pies should be classified as psychological weapons.

I hate all that faux cheer, and the fake smiles – but really, it’s because I’m a jaded old grumpy bastard. What I do like is staying in Johannesburg during the festive period, as everybody from Gauteng make their way to the coast, leaving the roads and everything else up here in the north quiet.

I also like that I actually get a break, to play all of those games that I may have missed while playing games for review purposes. It also gives me a week or two away from Darryn, which is necessary for my sanity. Anyway – that’s me, and it’s a simple wrap up for the year – what are your favourite and least favourite things about the time of year?

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Last Updated: December 15, 2017

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  • Magu

    The worst things are these WWE adverts on CH that autoplay all over the page. >.> I’m trying to be discrete here my guys!

    No but the worst is definitely the rapid increase in road accidents.

    The best thing is the peace and quiet at work and generally around the neighborhood.

  • Lord Chaos

    A bit? A BIT? You’re more like a terabyte of a Grinch

    • Original Heretic

      Better than being a TeraFLOP!

  • You can run Geoff, you can hide. You can even cry. Hell, you might as well do all of that right now anyway, because I will find you.

    • Magu

      Oooooeehh.. G is gonna get the D..

      • Original Heretic

        I laughed, then realized that my first name also starts with G.
        Now I’m slightly disgusted.

  • R1ker

    I love the traffic to work when everyone else is on leave. So use working through the December period now does not bother me anymore. December is dead quite at work anyway. And then I take my leave in Feb when everyone is back at work and things pick up.

    • Original Heretic

      This. Totally this.

    • Lord Chaos

      Haha, It’s like we’re twins

      • R1ker

        lol

      • Hammersteyn

        Tripplets!

    • R1ker

      oh yes – and i get to see Admiral’s 1000 comment article

      • Original Heretic

        Not just see, but PARTICIPATE!
        Oh, the shit talk in those comments reaches new levels of brown.

        • R1ker

          True that

    • Hammersteyn

      YES! All 2kms of it.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Who doesn’t like Christmas pudding? Warmed up, and before you serve you pour some brandy over it & set it alight for fun & giggles. Then you have the elfbread of cakes – Christmas cake. Leftovers for days from a gigantic lunch. Unwrapping presents. Christmas is awesome.

    Just don’t go to the shops unless it’s very early in the morning.

    • Original Heretic

      Do you like pudding or puddin’?

    • Magu

      I don’t enjoy the puddings, but you just got SO MUCH FESTIVE SPIRIT I love it! :3

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        All these Sulky Sues & Negative Nancys. I think they all secretly enjoy Christmas but it’s not cool to admit it. 😉

    • HvR

      I will take the brandy neat thanks

      There is never a good reason to put raisins and glazed fruit in food

    • Christmas fruit cake and fruit mince pies can die in a yuletide fire

      • R1ker

        We don’t do the whole xmas cake and pies thingy. We just braai.

      • Lord Chaos

        Fire won’t destroy fruit cake, that stuff’s even harder than diamonds

      • Hammersteyn

        They are dropped by drones in the middle east around March, Crater Critters they’re called by the US air force.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      And my mom’s trifle! Layers of brandy-soaked sponge and apricot jam, with cream on top, and none of that fruit kak people seem to love unless you count the glace cherries on top.

      • HvR

        That is Christmas trifle not Christmas pudding

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I know. We have the pudding, cake, mince pies, and trifle. 😀

      • Yes, TRIFLE! Now we’re talking!

  • Yes, Geoff. I too hate faxes. They’re so archaic. And who the hell is cheering for them anyway?

    • HvR

      All South African government departments apparently

  • Sock-puppet

    The bloody promotional emails. I get it, you have a christmas sale, I heard the ad on radio, saw the billboard and watched the online ad. Now you are emailing me? Screw you takealot, I’ll go get my deals somewhere else.

    • Hammersteyn

      I mark them all as spam. SPAM HAMMER!

  • Ross Woofels Mason

    Best: I get to spend 3 weeks with my animals and not go to work.

    Worst: People drive like absolute fucking idiots on the road worse than the rest of the year.

    • Hammersteyn

      “my animals” yeah kids can get rowdy this time of year 😛

  • HvR

    What is wrong with christmas music?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI7iEd_h-q0

    • Original Heretic

      Leo Moracchioli is awesome.
      Love his cover of Hello by Adele.

      • HvR

        Lot of his covers make shitty songs better and good songs freaking awesome.

        Let it Go
        Toto-Afrika
        Feel Good Inc
        etc

    • Hammersteyn

      I know right? MAXIMUM EFFORT!
      https://youtu.be/E8gmARGvPlI

  • People. But its not only this time of year… it’s only worse this time of year.

  • Admiral Chief Silver Dragon

    Only thing I like this time of the year is my bonus. The rest can GITMFPOSS

  • Matthew Fick

    I live in Jeffreys Bay, where do you think all that traffic goes to for the festive season? That’s probably the worst, having the roads choked up with holiday makers, but it’s less of an annoyance every year.

    My favorite part is buying presents, and then wrapping them using half a roll of tape and watching the recipient spend ten minutes opening what’s usually a small object.

    • HvR
      • Hammersteyn

        I bet he gave her cable ties for Christmas

      • Matthew Fick

        This, I’m stealing this idea.

    • Hammersteyn

      “I live in Jeffreys Bay” – I feel your pain!

      • HvR

        They should rename if Geoffrey’s Bay for December

        • Hammersteyn

          XD

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Is that pronounced Jiffrey or Geoffrey?

  • For the Emperor!

    All those darn peasants in my way if I want to go to the shops!

    • Hammersteyn

      I step on them! Or when they stand to close to me at the till I pinch off a bit of gas.

  • Gods he really is a grumpy bastard. I love spending time with family, getting pissed and laughing.

  • Hammersteyn

    Best : Christmas trees, frigging love them.
    Worst : Both parents are still deceased so I only have a brother and a GF buying me gifts.

    • You say “still” like you’re epxecting that to change at some point.

      • Hammersteyn

        Kinda 🙁

  • For the Emperor!

    I forgot best – It is Star Wars month!

    • Hammersteyn

      Gonna see it on Sunday /

      • In your ‘town’? hahaha cough

        • Hammersteyn

          Don’t make me drive down there!

      • For the Emperor!

        Me too! Of course in Prestige, so I do not have to queue with those darn peasants for my snacks 🙂

  • Best: Christmas tree’s, decorations etc
    I have 4 tree’s in my house at the moment with a 5th going up tomorrow.. I love Christmas

    Worst: whiny little bastards who hate Christmas and mince pies and post about it on websites

  • OneLargeBanana

    The worst? Definitely the people. I have a five person limit on a good day, and the silly season just leaves my clenching my teeth. The best? Catching up on some much needed zzzzzs, books, games… Aaaaaah pure <3!!!

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