Christmas With the Walking Dead

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Illustration Credit: Claudia Meyer

The zombie genre fascinates me – Fear the Walking Dead, Z Nation, The Walking Dead -I can’t watch enough of it.

I’ve even completed a “How long would you survive in a Zombie apocalypse” quiz. Eighteen months was the outcome, enough time for me to write the Zombie Haiku Anthology.

It is also on my bucket list to appear as an extra in a zombie film, or episode, and earlier this week I fulfilled the wish.

I went Christmas shopping in Central London.

Hordes of zombified shoppers wandered aimless through shops and across roads and pavements. Adults shouted at dogs, dogs barked at children, and children howled at adults.

In one store, I witnessed two women screaming at a store assistant after being told that the toy “their children couldn’t possibly live without”, the Hatchimal, was out of stock and no further deliveries expected until the 27th of December.

As the two women stormed out of the shop, reflecting on their children’s ruined Christmas, the assistant turned to a colleague and said, “I think I’m turning into a Zombie.”

How did we get to this point in our evolution? Isn’t Christmas, and the festive season, supposed to be a time of enjoyment and sharing happiness with family and friends?

At least the experience gave me some thoughts and material for this senryu.

Zombie hordes descend.
In a manger, far away,
A saviour cries.

Has the Christmas zombie virus struck where you are?

Please let me know and I’ll inform the authorities.

30 Comments

Davy, I love this. I’ve seen it before. We don’t shop anymore, or at least, not the past few years. But I’ve seen what you described, and it’s truly horrifying.

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    Thanks Laura. I thought it was just me getting miserable with age. The Christmas adverts started in the UK in the second week of November and it now feels like a commercial enterprise rather than a time of spirit and thanksgiving.

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Merry Xmas to you and yours David.

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Merry xmas Davy….😊😊😊

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Haha, I agree Davy! Thanks for the laugh. Trying to avoid the stores as much as possible to keep the true spirit of Christmas alive in my heart!

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Oh my, Davy, what a well-thought delivery of both humor and heart themes–Excellent, or Brilliant as I think the Brits prefer! 🙂 I had no idea about your zombie fascination–I can’t even go there in my mind, though I did love your metaphor, as these crazy people around us are surely walking dead or from some alien place… I’m glad to no longer have any obligation for mad-shopping, just a card or 2 sent out 🙂 JOY to you–I LOVED, loved, loved your senryu (I never know the difference between those and haiku… oh well)!

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Zombies do seem to like shopping, they always seem to be hanging out in supermarkets and shopping centres. Wait, my mistake, that’s teenagers.

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True. People are so monochromatic in today’s lifestyle that they have forgotten the true essence of such festivals.

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Hi Davy, I’ve not thought of combining zombies and Christmas before, interesting idea. All sorts of possibilities there. Have a fun Christmas.

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and so this just delivered the laughter i needed! HAHA. thank you Davy! the zombie craze didn’t reach me. too much for my faint heart. haha

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Love it! I was wandering wordpress sites for walking dead references as I’m about to post a walking dead related post in a week or so. Glad I found yours. Nice! -Marie aka: http://www.goldisfromaliens.com

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