There's so much to hate about Christmas, but people are undeniably nicer (or rather less rude)and I miss that.
And the next holiday day off is in APRIL!
I'm glad Christmas is over. I'm in retail it's a nice break for us finally no holidays to deal with for awhile.
I'm with you, op. I love Christmas. I'd keep my tree and decorations up all winter if I could.
I wish Christmas came at the end of the winter, so that after it was over you could look forward to the coming of spring. Instead, I always experience a huge post-Christmas letdown that the fun part of the winter is over and you still have to get through another three months of dark, boring bleakness before spring comes.
My tree is still up. I'm finally sick of it and I'm taking it down this weekend. The Catholic Christmas season used to last officially until February 2, so that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.
In my town, Christmas didn't seem much like Christmas this year. Maybe it was how the local news followed the area's merchant' receipts as one would do a horse race, or all the more incessent than usual ads to buy mostly women's clthes and jewelery usurped the spirit more than usual (I haven't seen an ad for Christmas toys in years) but December 25th passed more just another day in the neo-"Holiday Season."
So I miss the old, pre-millennium ways of Christmas.
It's okay OP, it's gonna come around again, just hang tight.
In the meantime, while we don't have a big festive holiday season to look forward to in the immediate future, we have spring and summer. Brighter skies, warmer weather, lemonade commercials and sounds of water and beaches... days which justify saying "to hell with the world" and leaving your house, apartment and walking wround to enjoy the sun. Shorts and short sleeves and images of beachballs, weather that encourages you to get in shape, or stay in shape.. warm nights and outdoor dinners and drinks.... The sun's coming out again soon enough and that's a bright side you can look forward to only a few weeks away. Chin up!
I hate the Christmas holiday itself (overspending, overeating, awful office parties, and -- worst of all -- WAY too much time with my family.
BUT. I always LOVE the week between Christmas and New Year's. It's my favorite week of the year. I have no schedule and no agenda. I sleep late. I watch movies that I've always been meaning to watch. I get to the gym. I decompress with true friends. Or I just guiltlessly watch online porn for hours.
It's the only time I truly feel I get to do what I want, when I want. So peaceful, so relaxing.
I like that week, too, R17.
[quote]The Catholic Christmas season used to last officially until February 2.
It still does. Candlemas (The Presentation) is the official end of the Christmas season. Some churches still have the creche and poinsettias on display.
What's really sad is, I haven't seen one--not ONE!---Christmas tree deposited on the streets of NYC after the holiday was over. It seems like nobody bothered celebrating it at all this year.
I like Christmas, not Giftmas. I start celebrating Christmas on December 24th - the start of the REAL Christmas season. That's when my Christmas decorations go up and the tree lights are lit for the first time. It's a very peaceful season. Meanwhile, the Giftmas celebrators are exhausted from the shopping, wrapping, and over-spending. They have no concept of the Christmas season.
I like Christmas: the trees, decorations, love one another & peace on earth, and fun parties.
Like R21, I do not like Giftmas - the endless shopping all out of proportion and people talking about money and stuff and the panic and insanity about it. Alll the junk.
I also hate the Psychosismas - where you are forced to be around relatives that are unpleasant and use this holiday to subject you to their toxic psychois.
R21 & 22, you both sound like scrooge.
[italic]It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere I go[/italic]
Take a trip to Bronner's in Frankenmuth, MI, where it's Christmas 365 days a year. It's about the size of an airplane hangar.
What R1 said.
Christmas is a phony, commercialized holiday for phony, commercialized people.
OP, maybe if you close your eyes and make a special Christmas wish, it'll magically be Dec. 24th again!
R20, I hope you are joking or you're just a moron.
[quote]R21 & 22, you both sound like scrooge
To you, we sound "like scrooge" because you're just plain stupid, r23. You haven't got the slightest idea of how to celebrate Christmas. No doubt, what you think of as a "Christmas season" matches the calendar of all the other tacky Walmart-Target-Dollar General shoppers.
I think you just need more festivity in your life.
Liking Christmas is a deal breaker for me.
OP you're already 1/6 of the way back to the next one (assuming the season starts on Dec 1).
Did Christmas Mouse ever recover from his fireplace catastrophe?
[quote]I haven't seen an ad for Christmas toys in years
Because you're not in the demographic that toys are marketed to. If you had kids or were a kid, you watch a lot of children's programming and see more toy ads than you could ever want.
It amazes me that people don't get this in 2012. Do you ever wonder who watches those 499 other cable channels? Because I assure you someone does, and they see tons of ads targeted specifically to them for products you'll never use and may not even have heard of.
Christmas is always over before we know it.
My decorations are still up. I require two days of nobody in my house when I take everything down and put it away, but nobody will stay out of the house.
I wish it was Christmas all year long.
Oy - Not a fan. #1 I'm an atheist so I feel a bit hypocritical participating in holiday festivities although I do like a good party. Then of course there is money grubbing family sending in their lists of what they want for Christmas. Glad to pass on it all if given the chance.