Green Christmas

Posted by Jeni in Ad Infinitum | 10 December 2007

Dear All,

my ankle hurts, although I know it's really no excuse for bad verse.

But here goes any way:

I'm dreaming of a green Christmas.

Not like the ones I used to know.

Where the tree-tops tumble, and children grumble

As they watch the Arctics melting snow.

I'm dreaming of a green Christmas.

With each recycled card I've seen.

May your carbon foot-print be clean.

And may all your Christmases be green.

I'm dreaming of a green Christmas.

As I recline before the Queen.

May your low-burn light bulbs still gleam.

And may all your Christmases be green.

This week we're tackling a Green Christmas on LBC, are you going to join me?

I hope so.

night night.

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1. At December 10, 2007 10:57 PM chrissie carcassonne wrote:

Hi Jeni,

You are always so kind to me. Thanks.

Well, the husband is off to see his mum in Yorkshire for a few days so I'll fill my days with such things as teaching myself how to play the banjo. (A friend found one for me at the tip.)

I'll hit the French language text books. I can read quite well in French and have just finished reading some of Philip Pullmans books. Not bad for someone who couldn't read anything at all, not English or French, before she was a teenager...but thatís another story (I still can't spell and I'm a stranger to punctuation!)

How do you manage to come up with such great poems?

As for a green Christmas:
Itís the waste of food that I hate. Itís only, at most, a two day holiday but people seem to buy far too much.

Don't buy sprouts and save the planet!

Donít buy too much food just to throw away.

I think any special meal for friends and family should be generous, copious, and opulent and all that stuff but no need to go mad. Make bubble and squeak the next day. Thatís better than the original Christmas meal.

When I was a kid we had those jelly orange and lemon slices every year. They were never touched but they were always there. Perhaps it was the same box packed away with the Christmas decorations every year!

Is Jim OK?

Chrissie x

2. At December 11, 2007 11:56 AM Martin and David in Brighton wrote:

Hello Jeni

Please can we say thank you very much for the comments made by your friends here on your blog, and for the good wishes expressed. We've decided that we will not let this opportunity pass us by (better to regret doing something than to regret never doing it...)

After much soul searching, David will go out to South Africa in mid January, and I will join him at the end of February, and we will live there for the forseeable future. Please keep your fingers crossed for us - hey, at least we'll be able to keep up with you on here!

Lots of love and have a wonderful holiday season

Martin and David

3. At December 11, 2007 1:16 PM Glenn wrote:

Hi Jeni,
I agree with Chrissie - I hate waste and throwing stuff away.
Last year I threw so much stuff away as I came down with the flu on Christamas day and we had to uninvited everyone and I stayed in bed, miserable. Hopefully things will be better this year.
To Martin and David I say fortune favours the brave. Good for you guys and good luck. I came here to Hamburg 15 years ago to visit friends and have made it my home. Met my partner (nearly 14 years ago) and have a great job here. I always said to myself, what's the worst thing that can happen? You can always go home....
all the best from Hamburg,

4. At December 11, 2007 3:53 PM Prestwich Sue wrote:

Hi Jeni, sorry to hear your ankle is still hurting. My partner has just damaged soft tissue in her foot and I had hoped it may have been a slight break so that it had to be rested(only because she is so dedicated to her job as a Hospital microbiologist that she won't take any time off, even when she is really suffering with something). Anyway, as far as Green Christmas goes, I shall look forward to getting some tips. We are recycling last year's gift bags (only to ourselves - we are not brave enough yet to give them to our friends and relatives!). I agree with Chrissie that there is far too much food waste at Christmas - everyone buying far too much and then throwing most of it away afterwards. Fortunately or unfortunately, we don't do that as we have rather large appetites and there is very little waste in our house - just very large waistlines!
Take care, love Sue Campbell

5. At December 11, 2007 5:19 PM Alison wrote:

Good for you Martin & David, wishing you both all the very best for an exciting new start to 2008!

Jeni - get well soon, I read your blog & all the comments regularly though have never posted before, but your poorly ankle combined with David & Martin's decision moved me to write.
Hope you feel more settled soon, all the best....Alison

6. At December 11, 2007 11:09 PM Fee wrote:

First of all congratulations to Martin & David, well done on making the decision, that's the hard part done. Exciting times ahead, but you can still find out how our hero the crocless one is (well let's hope she's crocless by now).

As for Green Christmas, let's start by banning the poor old Turkey. The thought of all those turkeys being bred for one meal once a year is pretty awful, even though I'm a raging carnivore. It's pretty horrible anyway, tasteless and dry.


Hope yer ankle's better and the crocs are binned.
Love xxxx Fee xxxx

7. At December 11, 2007 11:18 PM Kirsten wrote:

Hello Jeni, I'm hoping your foot is feeling a little better. You don't need us to tell you to take it easy for the next few days! I've been catching up on your blogs tonight, because I've been out of the loop for a while. a few weeks ago, I was told I have breast cancer & last week I had surgery - I've had better Christmas presents! The New Year won't be much better, as I'll be starting 6 months of chemotherapy. I'm panicking already about losing my hair, which I know makes me horribly vain - so sue me!!! :) All the psychologists - amateur or otherwise! - out there would probably say it's my way of avoiding the reality of the situation. Ok, I'll go along with that! :) Anyway, enough of my 'stuff'. I just wanted to say thank you again for all your blogs. You make me laugh & you make me think. You keep writing & I'll keep reading! Blessings to you & yours now & always.

8. At December 12, 2007 1:22 AM SiamSuzie wrote:

Green Christmas, Mmmm.

Well as Philip is veggie, I'm sure we could manage,

Green Cabbage

That'd look pretty green?

As you are aware we're living in Phuket. Thailand is very big on recycling, as there is money in it for the Thais, albeit a small about, to some people it can be food for the day.

This is the list of recycling that is here in Phuket.
You're not obliged to do it as the bin men sort every bag they pick up as they go along. They take a bag, empty it in the back of the truck, then put the rubbish in the correct bags. Obviously they don't mind doing this as its money at the end of the day.

The bag designations by colour are

Black: Food scraps and organic matter.

Blue: Cans, buckets, scrap iron.

Yellow: Plastics.

Gray: Cement and bricks.

Pink: Fabrics, such as cloth and silk.

Red: Glass.

Green: Paper.

Brown: Twigs and other plant matter.

Orange: Rubber, foam and leather.

Purple: Toxic items, such as batteries and aerosol canisters.

Kind Regards, hope the ankle feels better.


9. At December 12, 2007 11:30 AM chrissie carcassonne wrote:

Hi again Jeni
Just a quick note, if you don't mind, to Kristen:
Keep your chin up and look forward to next Christmas which will be worry-free.
As to hair might find it helps if you cut your hair stylishly short before you start the chemotherapy.
I'll be thinking of you.
Chrissie x

10. At December 12, 2007 4:46 PM Judi4 wrote:

Hi Jeni, first of all welcome to Alison to our little 'family' and well done to Martin & David for deciding to go, and every good wish to them. Now Kirsten, you are not being vain at all. My Auntie also has just had the op for breast cancer, and has to start her chemo on 21st December, so shes now worrying about everyone elses Christmas dinner, Ive told her to get someone else to do it!! Every woman,man & child must be worried about chemo, but please try not to, it could make all the difference. Hope your ankle is a bit beter Jen, lots a luv xx

11. At December 12, 2007 5:59 PM Sally wrote:

Hi Jeni,
Long time reader, first time comment-er(!) On the subject of green christmas, everyone could do the planet a favour and take their own cotton or jute shopping bags when christmas shopping, both in the supermarket and in the high street.
Hope the ankle is on the mend, get yourself some acupuncture to help the healing process.

12. At December 12, 2007 6:54 PM Libby wrote:

Hi Jeni

Still thinking about the green bit! Have stopped sending cards, I just send e-mails then give the card money I would have spent to charity. Hope you are feeling better, and you're back in action.

To Christian thanks for that I am still dreaming although frying other fish at the moment! To Kirsten, keep strong and stay positive it's the only way...Oh and ignore any psycologists that tell you how you SHOULD feel!
Lots of love Jeni and to all the lovely bloggers
Marmite Girl xx

13. At December 22, 2007 1:16 PM Philip wrote:

Sawasdee khrap Khun Jeni, (That just means a very respectful hello in Thai but I've got to practice on someone).

Thanks for the mention on your Green Christmas themed programme.

To help unravel the knot in your tongue, Phuket, is pronounced Poo-Ket as the ph sound is an aspirated P.

Apparently derived from the word bukit in Malay which means mountain or hill, as this is what the island appears like from a distance. Phuket is the largest of the Thai islands and is located in the Andaman Sea off the southern coast of Thailand and while you poor darlings are freezing your dangly bits off, if you have any, Siam Suzie and I are enjoying 32 degrees Centigrade.

Millions of people jet off to sunnier climes at Christmas and it was always my dream to do so. Having spent twenty years in the Canary Islands and now, our first Christmas in Thailand, I can promise you, "There's no place like home" at Christmas and that means it has to be Blighty if you're a Brit.

Don't envy us - We envy you.

To you dear Lady Barnett and your family and bloggers, Have a merry little Christmas.

Philip and Siam Suzie/Thailand

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