Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Can anyone explain it?

Was packing shopping yesterday in Y.O.T. and singing a Christmas carol (No, no. No explanation required yet I'm ok with this bit.) Wasn't singing it very loud but loud enough it made the old man on the checkout look up at me (this in itself is a miracle because checkout staff who look at you??).

"Have you noticed there are no good Easter songs?" I asked him while finding room for the tubey lunchbox yoghurts in my shopping bag.

"I suppose that is because it is a religious occasion." he says before telling me how much I have just spent.

Turning to leave but with an incredulous look on my face I say "What is Christmas?"

Anyone? Anyone??


  1. I suppose it's not exactly a happy occasion really is it, what with Jesus dying and all...? But then, that was still a particularly stupid thing for the old chap to say!

  2. Perhaps that's why he's on the checkout with a machine to help him add up?! x

  3. Yes, those religious folk are such sticksin the mud...
    While "Christ the Lord Has Risen Today" may not be at the top of the charts, surely you know that little diddy by Irving Berlin:

    In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
    You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade.
    I'll be all in clover and when they look you over,
    I'll be the proudest fellow in the Easter Parade.
    On the avenue, Fifth Avenue, the photographers will snap us,
    And you'll find that you're in the rotogravure.
    Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet,
    And of the girl I'm taking to the Easter Parade.

    AND, every child's favorite:

    Here comes Peter Cottontail
    Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
    Hippity hoppity,
    Easter's on its way

    Bringin' ev'ry girl and boy
    A basketful of Easter joy
    Things to make your Easter
    Bright and gay

    He's got jelly beans for Tommy
    Colored eggs for sister Sue
    There's an orchid for your mommy
    And an Easter bonnet too. Oh!

    Here' comes Peter Cottontail
    Hoppin' down the bunny trail
    Hippity hoppity
    Happy Easter Day

    Look at him hop and listen to him say,
    "Try to do the things you should"
    Maybe if you're extra good
    He'll roll lots of Easter eggs your way

    You'll wake up on Easter morning
    And you'll know that he was there
    When you find those choc'late bunnies That he's hiding ev’rywhere, Oh!

    Here' comes Peter Cottontail
    Hoppin' down the bunny trail
    Hippity hoppity
    Happy Easter Day.

  4. You have to ask? Christmas is when all get to drink and eat loads and get tonnes of presents and it's all about a big bloke in a red coat and flying reindeer and lots of Christmas repeats on TV and falling out with your beloveds and burning (or undercooking) an enormous tastefree turkey and setting fire to an inedible pudding and pulling crackers with crap toys inside and making up your own words to the songs and apparently there's a story about a baby being born in a barn or something and children dress up as angels and shepherds and the shops close for a day ready for you to get up at 3am and queue for bargains the next day (just ask my 'Next' obsessed nightmare s-i-l on that one!).

    Easter, although very chocolatey and rabbity, does have Christian overtones and is thereby a much more sombre occasion that doesn't lend itself to such a jolly sing-song. You also don't get the great Sales starting the day after you've eaten your Easter eggs ( much to s-i-l's disgust).

    Tsk. I still can't believe you had to ask! It's in the YOT staff handbook, apparently.


  5. Oh to be a fly on the wall in your stupermarket!

  6. What a weirdo!! Did he answer you?
    PS - my word verification was rednech. I think it's Scottish for redneck.

  7. "bright side of life" anyone??!?!??!? (whistles insouciantly a la eric idle) :)

    i think it's interesting you had a male check-out person...i think it's been at least 6 months since i've seen one anywhere except maybe at mcdonalds...