English_Bloke saidGets on my tits too.
What's bizzare is that we gave it to the Yanks, ditched it for a while, then fairly recently and quite merrily took it back in all of its brand-new, commercial packaging.
What makes me even more bah-humbug is that they're now showing Xmas ads on TV.
Was "The Nightmare Before Christmas" some social commentary thing upon a trend in the US in the nineties that we also decided to mimick?
Really? Even the Scots and Irish stopped celebrating it for a while? They practically invented it!
Yeah, true. The Celts did, apparently, "invent" it. Bit superstitious they were.
But they never stopped celebrating it, as it was never, ever a "celebration" as such. In the north east, as "recently", ahem, as when I was a kid, we made lanterns out of turnips on Halloween. That was about it. That's turnips, not pumpkins. Imagine how touch they were for my poor mother to carve. And certainly not overpriced pumpkins with Scooby Doo stickers on them like Sainsbury's are selling. (Yeah, I succumbed and bought one.) Kids were discouraged from the whole "trick or treat" thing as it was regarded as tantamount to begging.
The day after is supposed to be of more significance (All Hallows Day; just as Xmas Day trumps Xmas Eve in terms of significance). But I guess it ould have been the Christians who started that bit ... maybe ... maybe not ...
Jeez, all you have to do is type the word into google or wikipedia ...