Have you ever found that TV has taken over your life? You get home, turn it on and it stays in the background while you live your life. Conversations are held with it in the background, dinner is eaten in fromt of it. There never seems to be anything that I actually want to watch but I can’t bear to turn it off.

I am addicted.

So, as an experimental Advent venture, hopefully leading to breaking this addiction, TV is banned. Actually, its not entirely banned. Vegging in front of the TV is banned. It is allowed if there is something specific on that we want to watch. It is also allowed on Saturday mornings.

Last night, Mr WF and I fasted from TV. We made gingerbread men, then sat in front of the fire, drank mulled wine, read and talked. We talked more than wehave done for a long time. Its easy to co-exist quite comfortably, to get into the habit of leading quite separate, but quite contended lives. We’re making a stand. We don’t want to live like that anymore.

So, come and join us. Either by getting rid of your TV for a few nights a week. Or come over and join us with coversation, games, baking…

5 thoughts on “Television

  1. We hardly ever watch TV now. But just as I started to feel smug I realised that we spend ALL our time on the internet. And whilst I can’t speak for HD, I know that often I’m flicking backwards and forwards between a few sites that have hardly changed since the last time I clicked on the link 5 minutes earlier, and it eats up so much time. I think I might ration the internet this Advent as my gesture towards joining you in your TV fasting.

  2. Sounds like a lovely idea, especially with the mulled wine and good books. I’m doing so much less reading these days – I blame the internet. But, at the moment being flatmate-less I kind of need the TV for company! How sad.

    Looking forward to lots of reading in front of an open fire when I’m at my parents for Christmas though.

  3. When people find out that I haven’t got a TV and that I never have had since I left my parents a few millennia ago, they are always astonished and wonder how I occupy myself. I on the other hand cannot imagine how people have time to watch it. Even after all these years, I still can’t quite work out what I do with my time because it isn’t nice things like making gingerbread men and drinking mulled wine!!

  4. I’m very much on the lines of being smug about how rarely I watch TV, then being horrified about the time I can waste on the internet instead.

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