Do you hate Christmas?

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  1. exwhyzee

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    I honestly think I hate Christmas. I will qualify that and say I hate American Christmas because I've spent Christmas in other countries and they don't seem to celebrate with the same vigor that Americans seem to. My top ten reasons that I hate Christmas:

    10. Shopping and the presumption that I need to get everyone gifts.
    9. The presumption that even if I declare that I'm not giving gifts, those who give me a gift deserve to get one back anyway.
    8. Christmas songs - even if you really love the the tunes, why do the airwaves of every public space need to be flooded by them? This can include as a subcategory of special Christmas albums by celebrities.
    7. Traffic around shopping centers (essentially all main thoroughfares) is horrible for a month. Do morons only drive during the weeks before Christmas?
    6. The guilt I'm to feel for not having the perfect Norman Rockwell holiday with my parents, grandparents, wife and kids.
    5. Romantic movies that make people feel like losers for not having found someone "special" in their life.
    4. Christmas parties...especially the ones that I don't want to attend but it will look bad if I don't go. I've held parties for the past 10 years, this year I quit.
    3. Christmas cards - why bother? Most just sign their name after a pre-written Hallmark sentiment. That goes double for virus-inflicting e-cards.
    2. Christmas television commercials. Why the fuck do I need White Diamonds perfume or a watch from Kay Jewelers?
    2. Christmas decorations - just because plastic inflatable yard decorations are on sale at Walmart doesn't mean you have to buy them (all).
    1. Christmas and seasonal sweaters. Ya I know tacky sweater parties were all a silly rage a few years ago...but we have all moved on...haven't we?

    I have nothing against spending quality "family time" with my siblings and parents, albeit brief on Christmas Day. I have no problem being thankful for what I have in life, but I'm annoyed with the Christmas ritual dogma that serves to make us all buy, give, listen, rush, eat, mail, and decorate ourselves into happiness...or at least an implied normalcy. And if you don't buy into it all, some people really give you grief for it.

    Is anyone else ready to fast-forward to New Years? Or...am I alone in setting myself to be visited by three ghosts tonight? Help me here - what is there to like about it anymore?

    Bah-humbug to Christmas.
     
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    I do inventory adjustments for a big retailer so yeah, I hate Christmas. I would love to enjoy the holidays again. I decided a couple years ago that going broke at Christmas is ridiculous so I stopped buying presents, and I don't expect anything either. I just want to get together with my family on Christmas Eve and enjoy their company.
     
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    There's only one thing that keeps me in the Christmas spirit. My nieces and nephews. I always look at the holidays as a time to celebrate with family and to bring the biggest smiles as possible to kids. And as we all know, uncles are the ones who are responsible for the coolest gifts. The best clothes, the loudest toys, etc. At least all of my nieces and nephews think this way. :wink:
     
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    You cain't fool me with yore fainsy numberin'. Those are eleven reasons.

    Buy you a drink, sailor?
     
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    You guys ain't given' me no reasons to like Christmas...

    I think I owe YOU one for achieving another year since birth!
     
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    Aw, poor Zed!

    What does it mean that I hate all those things, too, but I still love Christmas?

    Except for the Christmas parties one. I love Christmas parties, but I happen to think that my friends throw kick-ass Christmas parties.

    I'm the irritating annoying optimist?

    Oh, and I've never sent Christmas cards! I'm that person.
     
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    Let's just say that it's not my favorite season; I have been called Scrooge for so long that I just give up trying to attempt any explanations any more :rolleyes:

    I agree with nearly everything you wrote in the OP (that dreadful, horrible music!) except that I enjoy any excuse to enjoy a party. The hype and commercialization make December nearly unbearable for me, however last year I earned two month's rent in the week between Christmas and New Year's, so I really shouldn't bitch.

    But yeah: the holidays suck.
     
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    I can't be arsed with it.
     
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    I wouldn't say I hate christmas....but I don't like it. Too many childhood memories of long cold days with relatives I would rather not see frankly. Otherwise, I have nothing against it. :)
     
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    The only solution is for me to buy a bottle and split it with you.
     
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    I too hate Christmas and have done for years.
     
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    You find the silver lining in the cloud.

    So do at least some of mine.
    We need to drop our pictures of Xmas.
    And then we can enjoy it for what it is.
    The prime party period of the year.


    Ah, but Bbucko ... a lot of the music is fuckin ace.
    The real carols, for example ... or maybe you don't think so.
    I love to play Xmas carols on the piano.
    I look forward to it all year.
    And that's my way of singing for my supper when I go to Xmas parties.


    Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah.
    But I ignore that.

    But joll ... all the bathroom scribblings agree ... joll just can't be arsed.:cool:
     
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    I like Christmas alot. Especially Christmaseve because then I get the oppurtunity to cook special and alot. Also it's nice to be with your family, laughing, eating, relaxing.

    But I hate one thing and that is the period before christmas. Christmaslights are up here in our cities for a month already (the end of october). And today I saw the first christmastrees on the squares. It's still a month to go and I just think that is overdone... It annoys me, I don't hate it, but it isn't necessary. I expect eastereggs to be in the shop in a week.
    I like the decorations, but not this early.
     
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    I LOVE Christmas...though I am not into organized religion I see it as more of a social thing
     
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    I think a lot of us like the idea of Christmas, especially memories of our earliest Christmases when it was all for us and we didn't know about what hell it can be for adults. It's the reality that's hateful. I hate the schmaltz, I hate the naïve religion, I hate the grasping commercialism, I hate the forced jollity. That'll do to go on with.
     
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    I know, lol - tuff innit? :biggrin1:

    I agree about the fatigue over 'xmas being commercial/starting too early' rants etc (not aiming this @ Pieter btw). I dont celebrate xmas, but im actually developing an attitude of not being bothered if it starts early etc - might as well go with the flow and enjoy the lights, etc, lol.
     
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    Honestly the music just grates on my ears and brings me to places I'd really much rather forget (or at least not think about too much). You can keep it :wink:

    I actually ignore a great deal of it right now. I have no one to shop for this year, so I'm not hitting any stores. I don't watch TV so I don't need to avoid those haggard old seasonal specials. And the bar I work in won't be decorated until the week before.

    Now if I can just avoid the drug store and supermarket til the 26th I should be OK :rolleyes:

    Seriously, it's grin-and-bear-it time for me. The only decoration I ever purchased on my own was a red, oversized, Christmas tree ashtray I found at a junk shop. When it broke, it was no big loss.
     
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    Glad to.
    The only music I like are the old carols ... don't you like Silent Night, What child is this?, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem?
    And I mean, in good performances.
    Not choirs that don't sing the rest of the year.


    Haha.
    Okay.
    :biggrin1:
     
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    Yes I hate Christmas, and 4 years in a row I've completely refused to recognise it was even happening. However this year may be different, I have company for the duration so I'll be pretending it's not Christmas with smooches...
     
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    This we call creativity.
    You go, hil.:biggrin1:
     
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