Christmas this year

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  1. Mensch1351

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    I've noticed that when the economy is bad the retail stores start rolling out their Christmas stuff earlier and earlier. K-mart had it's stuff up even before Halloween!

    Sooooooooooooooooooooooo. That said --- when it comes to Christmas, do you feel obligated to stimulate the economy or do you feel like I do -- "I REALLY don't need it!"

    By way of example. In 1983 a friend and I had dinner. While walking to the restaurant my friend said, "How do you like my outfit?" "You look nice," I replied. "It was only $185 at Boyd's!!!" (Boyd's is/was if they're still in business a very exclusive men's store in Philadelphia AND $185 bucks was a lot of real money back in '84!) I said, "How do you like MY outfit?" "You look GREAT," he replied. "Well.................$26 bucks at Gimbel's bargain basement....including the shoes!"

    I guess if you HAVE the money............it's nice to be able to spend it. But like I told my mom once (she had 3 jewelry boxes STUFFED to the brim) -- "you've only got one neck and 2 ears!"

    Anyway --- how's Christmas gonna look at your house??
     
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    I don't buy into the practice of gift exchange. I try to make holiday memories instead of shuffling material goods. That said, from a retailers perspective, Christmas is going to look very bleak at my house.
     
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    I'm not overbrimming with money this Christmas, so I will be giving quite small gifts ... mostly books.
    My family is giving me a nice gift ... an air ticket to go home.
    When I'm there, I'll have to sing for my [Christmas] supper, which I'll gladly do.
    I'll take pictures of everyone.
    Try to be as attentive to everyone's story as I can.
    And in my family, this will be enough.
    We all have everything. Gifts are a nice gesture, but the gift itself rarely means much now. Better to enjoy each other as much as possible.



     
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    We bought and renovated a house a couple of years ago so every holiday, birthday and anniversary has been tied to the house between my partner and I. This year we are celebrating our anniversary, Hanukkah and Christmas (in December) in one fell swoop (with personal gifts that are not furniture or large appliances) However the people that we exchange gifts with (which are few) will remain the same.
    BTW I don't think this is a political thread so I'm moving it and likely it will have more input.
     
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    I have no children, soooo christmas for me is going to be lean. I am only getting gift cards and that is it. I am happy for the good times to be had by the children.
     
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    I posted what I expect to happen over Christmas this year in another thread (which included Thanksgiving), but I'll repeat it here.

    Things at my house this year are pretty awkward due to some housemate issues which seem unlikely to be resolved before the lease is up in early February, so I'll probably either spend the night before and Christmas day with friends or else holed up in my room. Either way, I'll be working Christmas night for sure, and probably Christmas Eve as well.

    Same here. But that being said, Xmas really isn't my time of year anyway. People whom I love know it every day, they don't need me to buy something to remind them of it. Besides, money is very tight this year: very, very tight.
     
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    Ah yes, Christmas. A time for spirited political debates and the defending of the rights of Jews/Blacks/Gays/Apostates/women and many other socio-economic/cultural groups (minorites or other)....and this is just at the 'dinner table' of my mother's side of the family (all -excluding my mother and little sister - the equivalent of lynch mob rednecks in my opinion).
    I've never really gotten along with any of my Uncles/Aunts or their parochial views (they're still longing for and reminiscing over the "halcyon" days of pre-affirmative action, then-apartheid - neo nazi - South Africa) and they know full well the wrath it invokes in me having to sit there and defend the rights of every nationality/creed/gender/socio-political group other than that of the 'white Afrikaaner' male.
    So i usually end up applying for a new credit card each year at about this time and go on a spending spree for friends and 'select' members of my family.
    I feel particularly hypocritical about this as i'm very vocal with regards to eschewing this kind of commercialism...yet i'm always first in line pandering to it and buying the latest gadget, gizmo or whatnot to bring some sort of temporal (and quickly fleeting) joy to loved ones.
    My other problem, is always the question of 'when i'm going to be bringing home a girlfriend' for Christmas. My family (bless them) are so entrenched in the traditional ideas of the 'house with white picket fence, 2.3 kids and loving wife...
    and i have been consistenly raising eyebrows (and suspicions) with my lack of partners... female or other.
    My two sisters have always had boyfriends (and one is now currently married) and my cousins are in long term happy (seeming) relationships, while i have been single for God knows how long. My mother often finds the most awkward moments to bring up how "if any of her children were gay, she would be happy for them and love them unconditionally". This is usually followed with much *hemming* and *hawing* with eyes drawn more often than not my way...always looking for a tell or a knowing look of admission. But for them, straight is as straight does and i've never been particularly effiminate in my behaviour which throws everyone off.(again....more stupid genes that i've managed to avoid)...it really is like awkward live improvisational comedy!! :) (i often expect Carol Burnett to step out from the wings and say...for God's sake, he's G-A-Y)

    So for the past several Christmases, i have spent an hour or so with both my mother and her side of the family as well as my Dad, his girlfriend and her family. My excuses for leaving are feeble and easily recognised now as "i really can't take much more of this shit and need to leave."
    Fortunately, i have a handful of friends whose families have 'taken me in' like a lamb rejoining the fold. I love and appreciate them, but also spend only brief moments with them before deciding on heading to the cinema and watching the latest Christmas themed movie...alone and content... but waiting to meet that special someone to bring home to the folks. LOL
     
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    Seems this Christmas is going to be a lot of fun for The Serbian Ortodox Church.Boy are they having issues!
    As for me, nothing special. Food and some friends over. My Xmas is in January, so we usually have our catholic friends over.
     
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    In the UK VAT is set to go up after cristmas. Governments hoping for a christmas splurge.
     
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    So is mine Luka, Orthodox also, makes it easy though my sisters are not so we celebrate twice. Once with my family and do it all over again with her family.
     
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    thanks for all your responses! I find it interesting how so many people spend Christmas in "non" traditional ways! (I grew up in Pittsburgh -- largest Russian Orthodox pop in the nation -- so Jan 6th was also a big deal in our town!) Also sad that for those whose un-employment is about to run out........well........I guess we have the elections in 2012 to straighten things out there. BTWay -- in your "gift" giving --- remember that end of Nov & Dec are the HEAVIEST usages of food & clothing banks, etc. for the needy. It's a great way to give to those who will never know your generosity but will appreciate it more than you could ever imagine!
     
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