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Christmas Madness





Vrythramax
OK...it's time for me to put on my scrooge cap. What is it about the holiday season that brings people to the brink of madness? I mean we are supposed to be happy during the holidays, instead all I see is people hurried, ragged out, and on edge. That's not to mention the incessant greed that seems to prevail over most other feelings at this time of year. Everyone just seems angry.

It's a pity that Christmas has been turned into, basically, a commercial holiday. A retail merchant's holiday in short. Does anyone believe this will ever change? I personally don't think it will as long as money is to be made off of the consumer. I know Christmas is really a holiday for children (the adults have to pay for it), but that doesn't mean that adults shouldn't take the time to enjoy themselves while making the little ones happy.

What do you people think?

P.S. Merry Christmas to any and all who celebrate the holiday. Smile
Zombie
I think you're right, Christmas has become more of a hassle with less time available to enjoy the celebration as it was initially intended. It's not something you can prevent; Everyone wants the best gifts for their loved ones and they'll go to the ends of the earth to get them. Although the giver is trying to make the given happy, they defeat that purpose if they are uptight with the Christmas rush. I suppose the best thing you can do is take a handful of Advil, and we can all pretend to be happy-go-lucky on Christmas. You never know, you could even catch the Christmas spirit. And look out scrooges, no amount of airborne can rid you of this contagious feeling.
tidruG
Nice post, Max :)

We don't celebrate Christmas on such a grand scale here in India, but I know of many other festivals celebrated here which have become retailers' festivals. I don't think this is likely to change either. As Zombie said, people want to give other people the best gifts on the best days of the year. This creates hassle, and pressure, but the look on your best friend's face when you give him/her something he/she really wanted is amazing.

As for the frayed nerves/etc, you have to remember that it's close to the end of the year, when the workload in most companies goes up, in order to prepare year-end reports, etc. for example. I know my workload has gone up in college because my semester started recently, and I've also been alloted a project to work on as well.
divinitywolf
personally i think people are celebrating christmas earlier and earlier.
I regret to inform you that i once saw a christmas tree put up at the end of October!
What happened to christmas. It used to be a specific occasion but the special quality of it is being ruined by people celebrating it early.
Now the whole of December seems to be associated with christmas, spoiling the special feeling when we reach christmas day.
Although i do agree people do go a bit stressed coming up to christmas time but then if there wasn't stress then i dont think they'd enjoy christmas day as much, an end to all the stress.
smokey4life
Speaking of Christmas madness, i was just recently at Toys-R-Us buying some stuff for my daughter and right in front of me was this old couple and this younger couple walks by and made it appear for the guy to accidentally kick the cane out from underneath the elderly gentleman while all this was just a *wink* *wink* accident and the younger man and the elderly women was helping the poor fellow who had fallen the younger lady stole the elderly ladies purse who was doing nothing more then minding her own business and helping her 70 something year old husband off the ground. I didn't notice this at first as i was busy helping him up as well but needless to say as soon as we had helped him up and she noticed her purse missing i chased him down and beat his head into the concrete right outside the store. Which in retrospect actually probably wasn't the best of ideas considering it was right in front of a toy store which a handful of kids watched me crack this guys head wide open in front of them and once the cops got there guess who went to jail??? Yea thats right BOTH of us!! Of course they released me on my Own Recognizance as soon as the judge heard what happened but its still just getting too damn crazy out there!!
RubySlasher
smokey4life wrote:
Speaking of Christmas madness, i was just recently at Toys-R-Us buying some stuff for my daughter and right in front of me was this old couple and this younger couple walks by and made it appear for the guy to accidentally kick the cane out from underneath the elderly gentleman while all this was just a *wink* *wink* accident and the younger man and the elderly women was helping the poor fellow who had fallen the younger lady stole the elderly ladies purse who was doing nothing more then minding her own business and helping her 70 something year old husband off the ground. I didn't notice this at first as i was busy helping him up as well but needless to say as soon as we had helped him up and she noticed her purse missing i chased him down and beat his head into the concrete right outside the store. Which in retrospect actually probably wasn't the best of ideas considering it was right in front of a toy store which a handful of kids watched me crack this guys head wide open in front of them and once the cops got there guess who went to jail??? Yea thats right BOTH of us!! Of course they released me on my Own Recognizance as soon as the judge heard what happened but its still just getting too damn crazy out there!!


DANG. O_O
But I think you did the right thing, stopping that person. Kids see far worse violence nowadays, so who cares if they see you stop a criminal.

Anyways, about Christmas...

I think it's preposterous that one holiday can allow businesses to switch to odd hours, and even close down for days.
It's even more ridiculous that it has people crazily running around in bad weather in order to fetch presents.

Why can't Christmas revolve around staying home and baking cookies?




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Aless
Christmas means exactly what you put into it. Don't like the other bits? Ignore 'em...have your Christmas YOUR way and then you'll be happy.
Vrythramax
Aless wrote:
Christmas means exactly what you put into it. Don't like the other bits? Ignore 'em...have your Christmas YOUR way and then you'll be happy.


If only that were true. As with many things, angry people tend to vent, or take thier anger out on those around them thereby bringing your spirits down.
ThornsOfSorrow
I think one of the problems with Christmas is that kids get too many presents. Although I'm too young to know if it was always this way, I can't imagine anyone giving and/or getting so much on one day 20 or 30 years ago. I love Christmas because it's one of the few holidays that brings my extended family together. Besides that, it's always good to stick my hands in a bowl of dough to roll out some cookies, just like I did when I was a child. However, Christmas seems to be all about greed now. Every kid begs for hundreds or dollars of gifts, sometimes even more. NO ONE should be getting a $600 PS3 for Christmas, especially considering that this expensive gift is probably only one of a bunch of other gifts on a child's wish list. I get a lot too, but I would never even dream of asking anyone to buy me something so expensive.

Christmas would be a lot less stressful if everyone exhanged a reasonable amount of gifts, rather than just throwing as much as possible under the Christmas tree. People wouldn't need to race through stores trying to find the right gifts before they're sold out, and no one would feel pressed to spend more and more money each year to make their children happy. To avoid further repetition, we need to stop treating the holiday as if it's all about giving/getting the perfect gift. As the saying goes, "It's the thought that counts", yet there's no thought involved in simply buying what children are begging for. Christmas should be about family (or its religious significance for those that are religious), not money.
windrei
Merry Christmas too~~

i understand what you are talking about. But just let it be. Yes, christmas is commercialized now. Actually all famous holidays are commercialized now. No people can change it because most people has accustomed to it. But you have choices. You can choose to stay at home, having a great dinner with your family. No need to go out and be crazy, right ? it depends on how you celebrate. Although many commercial things raise, you can choose not to take that way.
Liu
Look on the bright side. This commercialism is great for the economy.
riv_
@Max;
yet again, I've missed you!
You have taken the words out of my mouth (well, some of the more polite words, anyways)
Bah Humbug, I say. (and a lot of other not-so-nice things.)
I hate shopping. I hate artificial obligitary gushing sentimentality, and I HATE pagan holidays dressed up in trite, pious little pseudo Christian wrappings. (I'm not so fond of the in-laws coming to visit either Razz )
Anyways, thanks for the opportunity to say so... an please, join me in sending "I Hate Christmas" videos to all of friends, daily! Twisted Evil (I'm sharing my quirky sense of humour, not cruel spamming, really)
ozziejim
i live in one of the most commercialised superficial cities in the world Smile
And now its christmas and its ridiculous lol.
I like Christmas, the way it was 15 years ago, i have to say it is getting worse every year.

I dont see it getting better any time soon, but i believe its a day to spend with friends and family, thats all, and ill never compain about a public holiday Very Happy
urbanbuddha
Yes, I agree that Christmas is a very consumer-oriented holiday. I actually used to enjoy it quite a bit. XD But after growing older and having so many responsibilities thrown on me with the holiday, it's really such a hassle. I think the reason why we keep doing it every year is for the kids in the family. It's really an enjoyable holiday for them! XD
pll
Vrythramax wrote:
It's a pity that Christmas has been turned into, basically, a commercial holiday. A retail merchant's holiday in short. Does anyone believe this will ever change? I personally don't think it will as long as money is to be made off of the consumer.


Definately it will not change. I think it will become more & more commercial Confused
Afaceinthematrix
Compared to most Americans, I'm extremely non-materialistic. Every year I ask for nothing, and I don't want anything. I work in retail and I am amazed at how crazy people get about maxing out their credit cards and getting everything that they can possibly get. Every year Christmas pushes me closer and closer to leaving the country. Within a few years I'll probably be gone, I just want to finish college first. I'm also not sure where I want to move to...
KronikSindrome
try tibet....



yeah....today...I went to work and figured "surely, no one
will be coming in here on X-mas eve! I can just relax and
rock out all day..woo hoo!" (I work in a Pr0n store) but
was I right? no.....nope...nadda....

cause people poured in liek crazy, and our whack shacks
even got occupied. That and we found a needle in the arcade
area...like...who in their right mind goes n does drugs in a
pr0n store on x-mas eve?!!!!!!!

insanity.
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