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Thursday, 26 December 2013

Christmas on Facebook

I have to be admit to being a bit of a Facebook addict.  Although I am selective in what I post or what I choose to read.

There are two main reasons for my using this social network site.  I can chat to my daughter and see photos of my grandsons seconds after they are taken...wonderful.

Secondly, my interest in animal welfare.  It has been a great platform for sharing information about dogs and cats that have been rescued by the many volunteers here, and are up for adoption.  So many unfortunate animals have managed to find their forever homes through Facebook, and that makes me very happy.

I do get irritated by some of the stuff though.  I keep receiving invitations to play games, even though I often post to say I am not interested and please don't ask me to join in. but it makes very little difference.

Christmas Day on Facebook was something else.  Why do people feel the need to post photos of their Christmas dinner?   Do they think we have never seen roast turkey before?  You've seen one...you've seen them all.

Then we have presents, opened, carefully arranged and posed for the camera. What's that all about?

We are living in a recession.  Many people in the UK are now relying on food banks to survive.  Others get into debt in an attempt to keep up with the Joneses and spend money on gifts that they can't afford, and that people don't really need.

Perhaps some of those who are unable to over-indulge for this one day of the year, have managed to access Facebook...what do they feel when they see photo upon photo of huge turkey dinners and piles of presents?

I'm being just a bit Bah Humbug about it all today.  I am an atheist, but I do respect others' beliefs, and as I see it, for true Christians, over-indulgence is not what it's all about.   And whether you are religious or not, this is a time of year for reflection, and for caring for others less fortunate, and not a time for showing off your Christmas dinners and presents.

How many people gave a thought for the homeless?  Thank goodness for the kind people in many parts of the world, who sacrificed their day to help feed those much less fortunate than themselves.

For me, and for many of my animal rescue friends here in Turkey, whether they celebrated  yesterday or not, it was still a normal day as far as the animals are concerned.  Dogs and cats were still fed on the streets, and the sick cared for.  That will continue, every day of the year.

If you wish to help us continue with this work, you will find many groups on Facebook who need your support.  I also need your support, and a donation, however small, will go a long way in helping me to continue.  Thankyou x

16 comments:

  1. I am with you 100% on that! The spirit of Christmas was never about bragging and showing off and yet there was a lot of that about yesterday on forums etc. Insensitive and childish (my turkey's bigger than yours...)
    Luckily, as you say, there are still people for whom Christamas is about giving and sharing.

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    1. Thankyou Vicky. It was nice that my first comment was in agreement. I expect to receive some backlash, and maybe some deletions from my friends list because I might be seen as a bit of a spoilsport. I'm all for people enjoying the season and I too would love to have been with my family yesterday, but I would most definitely not have posted a picture of my dinner or presents xx

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  2. You won`t get backlash from me. In fact Christmas Day is really only for kids in my opinion and yes who cares whether you are eating a pork joint or a bloody big 20 kilo Turkey? People say all sorts of stupid things on FB and you know all about their lives, it`s a wonder they don`t post the brand of loo paper they are using, talking of which I need plenty, I have got gastroenteritis, had it all Christmas, actually since last Saturday, do you think I should post on FB and let everyone know? Love.F.XXX

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    1. I do find it disturbing at times Fleur, the amount of really personal stuff that people post about on Facebook.

      I'm so sorry to hear you're unwell Fleur (and no I can't imagine for one minute that you would post about it on FB).

      I hope you feel better very soon xxx

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  3. Sorry Linda, I was being sarcastic, not to you, but about posting on FB. Of course I would do no such thing. I am not normally a sarcastic person or one who moans too much, but lately FB is definitely overkill and some of the people on there are so negative, nasty, rude and intolerant. F.XX

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    1. I know you were Fleur, and I also know you've had some quite nasty experiences on there. I'm afraid it's one of the hazards of the internet, in that it's all too easy for people to hide behind a computer screen and say things that they perhaps wouldn't have the courage to say face to face xx

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  4. I skim-read Facebook, just picking out the bits that interest me. I have to admit that my daughter was guilty of putting lots of Christmas photos of our Xmas day on for her friends and Grandparents and I think a picture of the chocolate log I made sneaked in.

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    1. BtoB, you know what I'm like. I say what I'm feeling at any given moment, and sod the consequences. I very nearly deleted this post last night because I suddenly thought, what does it matter in the bigger scheme of things? But then I can't bring myself to delete a post if I have already received comments.
      I saw loads of plates of Christmas dinner..not attractive or particularly appetising...just food dumped on a plate, posted on Facebook with no description, and just thought "why?" But of course if it gives people pleasure, "why not?"

      I love to see photos of different kinds of food...even a Christmas dinner if it looks appetising, but there seemed to be some sort of competition for who could get the most food on a plate! I didn't see your chocolate log by the way but did see some of your daughter's photos. She really is a beautiful young lady, and I love the photo you have used as your profile.

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  5. I have to say that I am very happy to be here in Turkey and away from all the 'Christmassyness' of the UK. However, when I wrote a blog post about this we got very bad reactions from both our families... I guess we've all knocked ourselves out making it an occasion for the children.
    I have a large number of Facebook friends and I do love to see the photos of their children and grandchildren. A lot of them, though, spent the 25th on their own, and that can be very, very miserable.

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    1. I too hate the thought of people being alone at this time of year omentide. Somehow this time of year when families and friends gather together must be particularly miserable for those without company.

      I also love to see photos of my grandchildren, and those of my brothers children and grandchildren. Like I said to BtoB above I like to see photos of food too, when presented beautifully (you have posted some of your mouthwatering meals which I love to see)...it was just this "my Christmas dinner is bigger than yours" attitude that irritated me at the time, particularly as there are so many people hungry at the moment.

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  6. I know there are some things I see on FB I just click 'to hide this'.....especially in the early morning,...I don't need to see that particular article with the pic..... I do post pics of food sometimes, because my sister in law (Izmir) is a foodie like me and likes to see what I make and I belong to a Foodie Club on proboards so we post pics of food.........I do agree about bragging about gifts. I have a few that posted all their gifts, you see they made money and didn't have any before so now they are bragging. I have this particular one which was showing pics of her 2 expensive cars non-stop...well Karma got her my friend told me she had 2 accidents in one month and both cars were scrapped....so I guess soon we will see 2 new ones on FB. We didn't exchange gift with my husband, due to the flood reno we did...just got a few things for daughter as a she started a new job so a few new clothing items were bought....But you know I just look, it's like a reality show sometimes on FB....life is too short.

    Have a good day, we are still FREEZING!!!!!

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    1. I do like pics of interesting food dishes Erica. I think I have "liked" yours before now. I really should have copied some of the pics of the Christmas dinners I was referring to and posted on here then you would have known what I meant, but I wouldn't feel comfortable copying other peoples' photos anyway.

      I think you saying its like a reality show pretty much sums it up!

      I'm sorry you're still freezing...it's been quite a bad year for you hasn't it? Let's hope next year is a better one xx

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    2. hehehe...I know what you mean...there is one 'foodie' that I have on FB that belongs to the same proboard that I do. I've known her for 8 years. She is the main cook in a restaurant in Alabama somewhere. I actually call my daughter to come and take a look at her dishes on FB...they look so un-appetizing and messy that I really can't figure out who would eat that. Take care...XX

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  7. Fb and I have a love/hate relationship! I love it because it's awesome to keep up with friends/family that I don't see often. Then again I hate it because some of the things people post just leave me feeling so weird and awful! A few people I know back from school days often post their dinners from fancy restaurants or their furniture which in all probability cost more than my house! ;) It just leaves me with a sour feeling. Not that I want their things, we are very fortunate to have a roof over our heads and cars to drive that are all running (at the moment any way!) ;) but so many others I know are not and are barely keeping their heads afloat. It just seems unfair, some have so much money they can't waste it fast enough, and others no matter how hard they try just can't catch a break. Facebook just seems to amplify that. Then I have some fb friends constantly complaining about their children's clingy behavior and others who are sitting in the hospital with their child who is very sick with cancer. Ugh! Sometimes I think I will delete my account completely but most of our family is in Turkey and I put up pictures of our daughter and they of their children so I would miss seeing them grow up.

    Terri

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    1. Hi Terri. I think you've pretty much summed up how I feel about Facebook, and this love/hate relationship with it. I often think about deleting too, but I would miss photos of my grandsons, and also the network of animal rescue groups, which is so important to me. As for the rest of it, you can keep it! Happy New year Terri xx

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