Tim Stanley, blogger, journalist, historian and Catholic

Christmas is going to be terrible. We won’t have absolutely everything we want. We’ll be forced to be thrifty and talk more about Jesus, which is a good thing. So actually a terrible Christmas will be a brilliant Christmas.


5 thoughts on “Tim Stanley, blogger, journalist, historian and Catholic

  1. Ah, thrift. When I was a child our village had a Thrift Shop run at the WI hall. You took your old items and received 50% of the sale price. As the third of three brothers I was already ‘hand-me-down’ Paul and believe I even had hand-me-downs purchased for my elder siblings at the thrift shop. For us kids the thrift shop was our village version of the department store.
    That thrift ethos isn’t specifically religious though. All past societies, and many poor modern ones, had to make the most of everything and we are probably living in one of the few generations that will have a throw away mentality. I think that way of life will pass as our need to be environmentally aware returns. For my part I still refuse to shop in Primark with its cheapo throw away clothes and prefer my local charity shops.
    I even realised that I have a twenty year old shirt on this morning as I am going out gardening. Can’t stop being thrifty.
    Religions have always supported looking after the earth but I would prefer my reasons for being environmentally aware to be more rational than thinking it is what god would want me to be. I am confident that materialist societies are beginning to realise that they need to be less materialist to survive.


      1. Or the many and various charity shops.

        Just this morning, I finally let go of a large number of books that I’ve reconciled myself that I won’t need any more, now that I’ve retired. I decided Oxfam was a better bet than the paper and card recycling.

        Twenty year old shirt? [4 Yorkshireman mode] — I finally had to throw out a beloved top which was bought in the 1980s as Mrs Birch put her foot down — still most of my wardrobe is 90s or 00s and/or “hand me ups” from my sons. Green, mean or a retirement reaction (being allowed not to wear a suit) ? Probably all 3


    1. Gardening?! I’ve got 20-year-old shirts that I still wear in refined company! One of my favourite pairs of socks has Tetris images on it, and must be well over 20 years old. (I realise this is getting towards Four Yorkshiremen territory, but still).

      But I do admire Birch’s strength of character regarding books. I find myself reluctant to get rid of any of mine, even those I know I won’t read again, even those I have read again and been disappointed by. I suppose it might be a question of ‘books do furnish a room’, though that’s not really an excuse.

      Meanwhile, what was Tim on about? How thriftiness is a virtue, and how he doesn’t mind at all that most people don’t spend Christmas going to church and thinking about Baby Jesus? That must be it. Of course he doesn’t.


  2. In the run up to COP26 I’m expecting plenty of recycling of TFTD stories from religions advising us to look after “creation”, as Stanley and his ilk insist on calling what everyone else calls the environment.


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