In the past year, the Guardian has declared tea-drinkers to possess ‘the worst possible English trait, up there with colonialism‘, HP sauce as the condiment of the establishment, street parties to be ‘a front for a middle-class nationalism that celebrates austerity’, and sunday roasts to ‘evoke received memories of oppression and an enslaved work force’. So, perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the publication isn’t big on Christmas either.
As the nation prepares to drink and eat its body weight in mulled wine, roast turkey and mince pies, over at the Grauniad hacks are adopting a Scrooge-esque tone with regards to yuletide. George Monbiot — a columnist for the paper — has deemed Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday a bad idea that will harm the planet:
#christmasjumperday is all wrong. Buying a rubbish jumper you'll never wear again means harming the living planet to show you care.
— George Monbiot (@GeorgeMonbiot) December 9, 2016
Meanwhile recent articles — including a festive special on the merits of serving gruel and a guide to avoiding the Christmas party — suggest that the paper as a whole is struggling to get into the festive spirit:
After all, the paper doesn’t have a great track record on Christmas:
No doubt this year’s Christmas party will be a hoot…
Update: Further evidence has come to light