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post Dec 3 2004, 05:00 PM
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I am actually depressed for christmas.. it's so empty and commercialized nowadays. . .
not about togetherness but who can sell the most trendy crap.
and it doesn't help that I have a new stepbrother; the ideal American consumer.. he wants just about everything he sees on TV and likes it for about twelve minutes..
does anyone else get like this?? or am I just crazy?


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post Dec 3 2004, 05:07 PM
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I'm not going to say that I get depressed about it but it does bother me when my younger cousins see an advert on TV and immediately go "I want one of those!" They don't. It's just a knee-jerk reaction, it's on TV therefore if I get one everyone will think I'm cool and maybe I'll get some friends out of it.
That is not how you get friends, they just haven't realised it yet. I wasn't like that so much when I was younger, I played by myself at first school and I was happy, I didn't need friends, heck I didn't really want friends... just another peron to try and please all the time.
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post Dec 3 2004, 05:10 PM
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I get the Christmas blues every year but for different reasons.

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post Dec 3 2004, 05:26 PM
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post Dec 3 2004, 05:36 PM
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The commercialism of the holiday that celebrates the birth of our Lord and Savior really does get me down. I don't think Jesus would be thrilled about having people battle over Power Ranger action figures and Tickle Me Elmo dolls when we should be thinking about what His birth meant to the world. The only concellation I get is spending it with my family, or in this year's case, my girlfriend.


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post Dec 3 2004, 05:52 PM
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While it has no religious value to me and though it's been tainted a little too much by the commercial aspect, I actually like Christmas, it's a good time, you get to see relatives you havn't for a while and not to mention the presents (for the record, I get a good feeling from giving presents...as well as getting them)...

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post Dec 3 2004, 08:30 PM
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Yup, it's possible to get to feeling a little blue at Christmas. The trick to beating it is to try to focus on what's going well.
If you focus on the crowds, noise, commercialism, rudeness, disappointment over things (wtf gifts, burned cookies, not seeing who you want, seeing to much of those you'd rather avoid) and traffic then yes you'll go scroogish and yell "Bah Humbug" at small children.

Look at the lights that shine, listen to the carols you like, watch the mild fear of small children confronting Santa Claus for the first time, and focus on the stuff you love about Christmas. Smile - you'll be able to throw off the blues.


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post Dec 4 2004, 01:54 AM
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i like christmas it's the one time of year me family really tries to be nice and helpfull to each other. i'm a little concerned it won't hapen like that this year though my stupid brother's being and arogant little toad swallow and i don't think he'll be helping with cleaning and tidying.
the other thing i like is that my parents have allways been very much for enjoying the whole day as a family unlike some of my friends families who are happy to have thier kids get up at 6am open their stuff in tm minutes and then go out to a friends house.
I do however hate the the crowds that are starting to be everywhere. the way these people act IE dropping things pushing being rude to one another though i don't explian it well it makes me see how humans become lynching mobs


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post Dec 4 2004, 01:54 AM
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Aww. I hate Christmas too. I cancel it every year. Somehow it still manages to burn a hole in my bank account though...

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post Dec 4 2004, 02:07 AM
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I get sucked into it but don't enjoy it. I moan to myself at those who go over the top with decorations, I don't ask for presents and I try to be as normal as I can.

But then again I'm a hypocrite as I like to celebrate Yule full out. Just its the Christmas bit that sucks, my family try to get on but fail.


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post Dec 4 2004, 04:57 AM
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I always get depressed around the holidays. But for good reason. Thanksgiving for me is usually pure torture. This Thanksgiving was the first one I've ever had that didn't end up with my grandmother b!tching about how we owe everything to her, my grandfather making rude comments about how much my sister my mother and I eat, my mother sulking before and during AND after dinner, my sister pitching a fit before dinner about setting the table and one after dinner about cleaning up, and me ending up setting the table and cooking a good bit of the dinner AND cleaning up afterwards. And Christmas is usually more of the same for me, just with a few more people and a lot more money spent out of my own pocket.

I spent this Thanksgiving in Seattle with my Aunt, Uncle, cousins, and some of my Uncle's family. It was the most wonderful holiday I've ever had in my entire life. No yelling, no arguing, no fits, and I DIDN'T HAVE TO CLEAN UP!!!!!! It was wonderful. I also believe that I'm going to be spending Christmas the same way. So maybe this year could help break me out of that depression cycle.


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post Dec 4 2004, 10:54 AM
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post Dec 4 2004, 10:59 AM
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It seems almost cliche that *everyone* gets depressed about the commercialization and emptiness of Christmas. It's as though you're not a full fledged adult until you get bitter about Christmas, like a western rite of passage.

I used to get depressed about Christmas, I hated getting gifts because I didn't want anything but my parents always insisted that I make up a list so that I'd have something to unwrap on Christmas Eve. Then I'd get depressed on Christmas Eve because I'd get all this stuff that I didn't need and I'd feel guilty about it and sad for people who had wasted their money on me.

Anyways, I decided that unless I wanted to make myself sick with stress for another year that I should just forget that getting gifts was stressful for me and focus on all of the other parts of the holidays that I loved; giving gifts and shopping for them, getting together with my family, the decorations, going to candlit services, christmas carols, lights, the big meal. I love all of these things and I thought that if I let one small aspect of the holidays get me down then all of the things I love can't be enjoyed. So, I made a concerted effort to be apathetic about the things that bothered me and to ignore it as best I could, because gifts are such a small part of the holidays.

Besides, the people who sell Tickle Me Elmos have to eat too. tongue.gif


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Brilliant site!!! However, you should have warned people that there're lots of swear words - it's a PG site, remember. smile.gif


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post Dec 4 2004, 11:05 AM
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QUOTE (Snugglebum the Destroyer @ Dec 4 2004, 11:03 AM)
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Brilliant site!!! However, you should have warned people that there're lots of swear words - it's a PG site, remember. smile.gif
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I tend to get S.A.D. (seasonally affected depression) so I can be quite down at Christmas time anyway. This year is proving to be a rather severe one so far, so I've been going to a tanning place to try and top up the vitamins in my body. It seems to be helping a little but I'm not at my most chirpy at the moment. It's very frustrating knowing that everything is going fine in your life but still feeling quite empty, especialy when you know it's just the axial tilt of the planet causing it!

Anyway, back more onto topic:

Blame Coca-Cola! I read a very interesting article this week about the link between Coke and Santa dressing in red, apparently it isn't actually true that he dresses in red because of Coke, he had been in numerous different coloured outfits, sometimes he was skinny, sometimes he was the jolly fat fellow, and Coke's campaign was so popular that it secured their image of him in our heads.

The thing was, their campaign was so successful that at a time when religion was waning in the US, the association of Christmas with Santa Claus moved the season from being a time for religious celebration into being one about receiving presents, reinforced by Coke's campaign.

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post Dec 4 2004, 05:31 PM
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Yes I've heard that a few times about Coke and they also help with the corrupution of the name to Santa Clause the more traditional Uk name is Father Christmas who wore green and is actually a desent of the Norse version who I think was actaully Odin (not completely sure on that one)
I usually have a bad case of Bah! Humbug! and end up quite resentfull about it. I've no problems with the family side of it cause were all of a similar atitude and quite layed back about it. But it's things like the giving cards out in work to people cause you feel you have to not because there people you care about and going to works christmas parties cause of work polatics (as you can see Cath is allready on her resentfull horse). I fine it all rather dead and pointless. I've no problems at all giving to people I care about and do enjoy it it the giving for the sake of it with no feeling that bugs me. sad.gif


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post Dec 4 2004, 06:13 PM
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I bought some good old brown paper for wrapping presents. I don't know why but I love brown paper, it's a whole lot better than gift wrap. I had some grey paper last year which I adore... still got some somewhere probably.
I'm all for recycling, any gift wrap you have recycle! Doesn't mean that you have to reuse it next year, shoving it in the recycling thing at the supermarket hardly takes any effort... it's even less if you have door to door recycling facilities.
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post Dec 4 2004, 06:20 PM
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I actually prefer wrapping in aluminum foil. It catches people off-guard.

What's great this year is that I have to talk my dad into letting me spend Christmas in New York. Christmas means a lot to my dad since his kids are all there and he's realizing that soon all of us will be grown up and out of the house. It'll break his heart and mine.


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I always get really depressed around christmas.... It doesn't have any realiguous value anymore. It's just people giving each other thoughtless gifts that they will through into the closet after about three days. The thing I hate most is that they start advertising for christmas after halloween. What was that other holiday... oh... right thanksgiving. not important, since I don't get presents out of it.
I don't think it will be too long until the comercials show jeuses dancing to "jingle bell rock" redone by michal jackson.
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post Dec 5 2004, 12:10 AM
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i hate christmas. its just an excuse for my dad to force me to be around my bitchy stepford wife stepmom and for my mom to pretend like im three frigging years old. and oh yeah it also gives my dad an opportunity to call me fat in front of lots of people and yell about how im not a christian. yay for christmas!!!!! christmas: destroying winter for the past 500+ years!


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post Dec 5 2004, 04:18 AM
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Can I kick your dad's ass? I know a lot of folks whose parents do that on Christmas, Easter and the other big Christian celebrations. It angers me to no end.


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I feel a bit mean because I'm a Jew but I still celebrate Christmas and so in a way it has taken away all Christian meaning. Also the fact that the shops are trying to move it forwards every years makes me wonder if they'll ever loop right round and start advertising for next years Christmas before the upcoming one... hmmm. I hate the hype that everyone has aswell... I mean... it's fun when you get with your family and all that but up till then I am officially Scrooge this Christmas.


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post Dec 5 2004, 02:46 PM
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I love Christmas. I guess it's because me and my six siblings all genuinely like being with each other and my extended family is a lot of fun. My mom likes to give meaningful, practical presents and is good at doing it without going overboard. When we decorate we do it as a group and it's partially a nostalgia thing of 'remember when we got this' or 'remember when I made this'. Something crazy always happens on Christmas Day like my dad deciding to try out his dry suit by jumping in the pool when it's 40 degrees outside and the water is freezing. My brother and I always go shopping together the weekend before and split costs on one gift for everyone. I love Christmas. Good times, good memories, and a time of spiritual reflection before the New Year.

I don't get some of your guy's Christmas's though. Why do you go spend time with people you don't like simply because you're related? My friends who don't get along with their parents usually get together and have a mass slumber party and visit their parents briefly for dinner if at all.
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The run up to Christmas really narks me, unless I just bury my head in the sand, but most of the day itself I like. I like the food, I like the general jolliness (with the exception of my gran, who's always aloof and gets miserable after a couple of drinks, I like giving presents, and recieving them isn't exactly the worse thing in the world either - to a point.

The way Christmas has become just a huge money-maker really annoys me though. I'm not the greatest fan of organised religion, but modern Christmas strips Christianity of all it's dignity, in my opinion. Being the reason for the existance of the epitome of corporate whoredom is hardly something to be proud of.

Other than that, it's the small things about Christmas that really get my back up. Cards for example. When I was younger, my mum practically forced me into writing a card for every single person in my class, and all of my family. Having to write "To blah, Merry Christmas, From Dan" 50+ times just takes any heart out of the act entirely. The whole point of Christmas cards is to give the 'season's greetings' to people you care about but won't see during Christmas. I couldn't have cared less about most of the people at school, and I see nearly all of my family on the day anyway. Pointless, and like snoo said about wrapping paper, it's another pointless waste of trees. (Don't worry, you'll be getting one tongue.gif)

Oh, and being asked countless times to write a stupidly long list of things I want for Christmas is damned annoying too. There's not that many things I need. I just end up padding out the list with a stack of impersonal stuff I don't really want and will hardly ever use.

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