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Question of the week - Do you like Christmas?

Monday, December 06, 2010

Oh my gosh – I actually said the word – Christmas! Not “do you like the holidays” but that’s a discussion for another time and another forum.

My question is – do you like Christmas?

I use to – it was a fun time of year when I was growing up. Of course it helped that my birthday was the day before – lol. But I was lucky – my parents didn’t hold that against me. I had my birthday on the 24th then family Christmas the next day. After our family Christmas in the morning we went to one of my Aunt’s homes for the rest of the family. That lasted until I was around 18. Then things began to change – in all of the family’s – my aunts – my cousins – the family dynamics began to change. We all got older – children married – family’s moved - people passed on.

Fast forward a couple of years and I was married. My husband was an abuser (of everything). He made Christmas miserable. The last present from him was stolen. On my 27th birthday/Christmas I told my parents I wanted nothing – no card – no presents – I didn’t even want to come over to see them. I had just gone thru a divorce and I was miserable!

Fast forward to today. It’s been 33 years since that divorce and I’m still a Grinch. I still carry all that hurt around but that’s not the true reason I don’t like Christmas. (I did make Christmas fun tho for my son as he was growing up – put up a tree - attended parties etc.)

I truly don’t like Christmas because it’s become so commercialized. Where I live the craft stores began putting out ornaments before the 4th of July for goodness sakes! (I sometimes think the shops should just leave Christmas out year round and be done with it). The ceramic shop I go to on Saturday’s began Christmas music on November 1! She said it was to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Well - you can hear Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer only so many times before you want to want to see him on your plate for dinner ya know? lol

I grew up in the 50s and 60s. Times were slower then. Stores were closed on Sunday – stores didn’t put out anything for Christmas until right after Thanksgiving – there were no video games – TV was limited to 3 or 4 stations – not many lights on homes (no silly blow up things in the yards). It seemed like people really looked forward to spending time with friends and family. Now it seems like a competition on who can have the most lights – most yard junk – most presents – most everything.

For me the true meaning has been lost. Lost in the rush – lost in the excuse to over indulge – lost in the glitz – lost in the over saturation of everything.

How about you? Do you like Christmas?
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    I used to adore Christmas you I had the fairy tale childhood Christmas with lots of family and friends...parties and Church and presents. As I grew older it became more of a routine and the magic disappeared. It became more frustrating trying to find a gift for everyone, pretending to like everything I was given, and trying to fit in enough time to see everyone in the few short days I had home.

    This year my husband and I decided to stay home and host our own Christmas. Our families are coming out (in shifts thank god!). I'm extremely excited. I can make new traditions - taking things slower, watching movies instead of rushing around, maybe taking a walk in the park under the lights. Simply enjoying time together.

    Let's hope it goes like that anyway! emoticon
    2929 days ago
    At this point, I DO like Christmas. I don't need to do a lot of shopping currently so I don't get overwhelmed. When my girls were young it was tough.. bought for everyone.. including neighbors. I sort of feel like the economy has slowed down the super commercialism and for that I am thankful.
    I enjoy seeing the lights. Went to a Christmas concert over the weekend. That was uplifting. I also like writing notes to the friends I don't see too often.
    2929 days ago
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