BAH, HUMBUG!!!! <--There! I said it!!!! :sigh: Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the States. For me, the holiday season is always torturous. I hate EVERYTHING about it... - Having to pretend to be part of a family that has never accepted me. - Celebrating the european invasion and land theft that led to the death of 30 million Native Americans. - Bleeding money I don't have to fulfill some pointless obligation to give gifts to people who don't appreciate it or me. - Expecting a jump in sales of my own work and always being disappointed. - Being agitated by ugly, moldy holiday decorations junking up my house and aggravating my allergies. -or- - Feeling guilty because Honey decided to give me a break this year and skip her beloved tradition of junking up the house with ugly, moldy holiday decorations. - The way it brings out the worst in intolerant religious people (for example, those who refuse to say "Happy Holidays" in leiu of "Merry XMas" in public out of respect for non-Christians). I know... sounds like I myself am intolerant, but I really just wish people would recognize and respect that not EVERYONE shares their beliefs. - Giant, ugly inflatable snowmen/Santa's/etc. - Businesses that display nativity scenes and other religious imagery. - Non-stop XMas carols and XMas specials on radio and TV. - Rampant, obscene commercialism and materialism and the fact that my partner gets sucked into it every year. - Grotesque wastefulness and making light of the mass slaughter of turkeys. - Having to leave my boys home alone all day. - Feeling guilty and worrying because somewhere out there, my bio-mom is out there with no family to celebrate with. - Remembering the awful holiday's of my childhood. It makes me even more depressed and I just hate it!!!