My Thoughts on the Christmas Season

Just got off the phone with my dear one, he was having a meltdown about Christmas and needed someone to rant at. For some reason he likes it that I can listen sympathetically while he rants, prod him a bit to get all the vile feelings out, snicker at bit at his creative swearing, and then we share a laugh once all the steam has been released. What’s it about? Nothing really, just aggravation over the crowded stores, the crazy drivers, the commercialism. You know. The usual.

There are so many things I like about the holiday season and quite a few that I don’t like. I thought I’d list them here:

Like:

1. My number one favorite thing is to sit in a dark living room, with just the lights from the tree on, watching sappy Christmas specials and movies on T.V.

2. Just sitting in a dark quiet, room with the tree lights on.

3. making an extra special effort to get out and see a few friends.

4. Shortbread

5. Lovely drinks.

6. vicarious wonder-as channeled through my children

7. music

8. Listening to a really nice male voice singing ‘Oh Holy Night’

9. making a wish list with the kids and figuring out what to get them.

10. Soaking in peace and goodwill and spreading it around. People really are very nice, generally.

Dislike:

1. commercialism

2. pressure to ‘get stuff’

3. everyone else inflicting their Christmas ‘performance anxiety’ on me.

I absolutely get pissed right off at the continuous stream of people who ask: are you doing anything for Christmas?
What does that mean? Of course! I’m living. I’m enjoying some time with my family. Is there some rating system I don’t know about? No wonder people get so freaked out about Christmas. There is this underlying competition to go somewhere, do something that is unfounded.

4. People asking me, ‘are you ready for Christmas?’

Helloooooo! December 25th comes at the same time every year, ready or not. Why sweat it? God, people just tie themselves in knots with unrealistic expectations about what should be done for Christmas.

5. Blatant, outright manipulation and abuse by the merchants. Why does every holiday, every celebration have to be about ‘buying things’. I really hate that. Its out of hand in our society.

I think I restated this one in several different points so it much be my main objection.

And no, I don’t care if you call it Christmas, Yuletime, Hannukah, Kwanza or anything else. Its a special time for caring and sharing, slowing down and enjoying being in the moment.

Ok, I feel better now.
Actually, I feel really crabby. Wait, let me check my calendar….
Oh yeah, PMS, right on time. So typical.

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One Response to My Thoughts on the Christmas Season

  1. Kyahgirl says:

    Kellycat said,
    December 17, 2005 @ 8:42 am · Edit

    I hate it when people ask me what I’m “doing” for Christmas. What are they expecting my answer to be? Swimming with dolphins? Circus skills? Sanding floorboards?

    If anyone else asks, I shall be eating.

    Fred said,
    December 17, 2005 @ 10:50 am · Edit

    I’m with you on the dark room, with music and the tree. Of course, The Missus and I are close to each other with a soothing drink. It’s all good.

    Have a Merry Christmas. I’m off for a few days with no blogging. I hope I can make it.

    Mom and Mgt said,
    December 17, 2005 @ 11:36 am · Edit

    Margaret is down,for CJ memorial what a lovely person,so sad to lose her so young,so full of life.

    We are so with you on likes, we love lit trees in dark cosy rooms with all the exciting possiblity to come for the young ( and old ones).
    Dislikes ,we are right up there with that Buying “things”!WE like to chose gifts for our special people that speaks to thought and love.
    Mom and I were doing this together but she has gone to let Rebecca in so we can do a fitting for her wedding dress that I am making for Jan 21.Joy and saddness ever time I have sewn on her dress this pass week.
    Christmass is about Birth and all the new possibilites that it brings,much more to say ,but must go

    Kyahgirl said,
    December 17, 2005 @ 3:16 pm · Edit

    Kellycat- I shall be eating too.

    Fred-have a great holiday and we’ll catch when you get back to blogging.

    Mom and Margaret, I’m so glad you could stop in. My heart has been with you through this tough time. Come again when you have time. Love,Laura

    SuburbanSue said,
    December 17, 2005 @ 8:03 pm · Edit

    Oh, L., I was shouting “YES!” in agreement to your post about Christmas, especially the part about “performance anxiety.” Here’s my least-favorite question: “Have you finished your shopping yet?” ARGH! My DH is out of work and I’m not doing much shopping — trying to keep it simple (and cheap!) this year. This question makes me break out in hives. I hate that there’s so much pressure to shop, shop, shop. And if one more person asks me for gift ideas for my DH (who never even gives ME any ideas of what he wants), I will scream!

    Logophile said,
    December 17, 2005 @ 9:31 pm · Edit

    Plan to be breathing for sure, other than that…let’s see where the wind blows us.
    As for the commercialism, there is a Seiko ad that has been on alot and it is sooooo CRASS.
    Your watch tells us all who you really are… oh really?
    gggggrrrrrrr

    Mary and Mgt said,
    December 17, 2005 @ 9:36 pm · Edit

    L,I am here with Maryand she is dictating faster than I can type but I am good for the game .

    Laura, I’am late reading the paper ,but I noticed a seat sale ending Dec 19,It is $71.00 one way from Victoria to Edmonton for Jan-Mar: Tues ,Wed ,Sat.Do you want something later then that?

    Mary needs a hug from us. All the christmass “expectations” on top of all the losses,are getting her down, she missed the parade and nativety scene village things that signify thfe spirit of Christmas ,Communities coming together to celebrate the Birth of hope and love for us all.
    We love you we miss you and the kids.
    pss Mary is ranting and i am sympathing wih her we are laughing now at my creative spelling that she is trying to correct.

    GreatSheElephant said,
    December 18, 2005 @ 6:02 am · Edit

    really with you on the commercialism and I don’t much like Christmas music either.

    What is Kwanza?

    Homer said,
    December 18, 2005 @ 12:58 pm · Edit

    I’d love to slow down and relax, but our Christmases always involve loads of travelling. My parents live 3 hours east, Boyf’s dad and sister live 3 hours west, my favourite aunt lives 3 hours north, and Boyf’s mum lives in Spain. And everyone expects US to go to THEM. I guess it will be different if/when we have kids of our own.

    Kyahgirl said,
    December 18, 2005 @ 1:35 pm · Edit

    Oh guys are all cheering me up immeasurably!

    We are not alone !

    Margaret and Mary-thanks for the seat sale info. I’ll check into it tonight.

    Suburbansue! I’m so glad to see you here. Sorry to hear about dh but hang in there ♥

    logophile-that’s crazy about the watch

    GSE-I’m not an expert on Kwanza but as far as I know its an African American celebration based on African tradition.

    Homer-be safe! see you when you get back

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