Does anyone else despise the holiday season as much as I do?

Discussion in 'Rants, Musings and Ideas' started by ZasuArt, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. ZasuArt

    ZasuArt Well-Known Member

    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!!!
     
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  2. In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place Well-Known Member

    Yup I'm with you 100% it's probably great for people with tons of money but all I see for regular people is debt! Debt! And more debt.
    The pressure to be out partying the whole time,all I do is stay indoors and I'm not capable of socialising like regular people.
    It's all about family but my family is so dysfunctional so il be spending Christmas day on my own. Fucking adverts for Christmas all over the tv and there's another whole month to go yet.It's all gotta be xbox,iPods,mobile phones and laptops for kids now.
    Then of course comes new years eve,everybody books their tickets for pubs,clubs and restaurants months in advance and all the talk is "so what you doing for new years eve?" geez it just all makes me feel anxious and inadequate generally. New years eve is a real rough night for me,while everyone parties I just sit on my own and feel tearful and regrets come to the surface. I fucking hate it all and if I could sit on a desert island on my own for the next two months I would!!!
    Phew! Rant over,I needed that. Thankyou
     
  3. In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place Well-Known Member

    Oh happy thanksgiving btw lol
     
  4. ZasuArt

    ZasuArt Well-Known Member

    Hear hear, Mark! ((hugs)) Wouldn't that money (that I don't have) be better spent helping the (even more) poor, or taking my broke, cranky ass to some far off place where the holiday season doesn't exist?!

    And thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes. I wish I could just show up, drop off a pie and take my heaping mound of mashed potatos to go! If I could do that, I could occupy myself by shoving delicious mashed potatos into my mouth during the car ride home instead of spontaneously weeping.
     
  5. yamainu

    yamainu Member

    I do not really care for the holidays near this time of year... never celebrated most of them before, but my partner is a Christian and he/his family celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving and so on, so am dragged into it a bit.
    Some of the things of it irritate me but in all, I do not care if people get joy of it(like giant decorations and such). I do not but good for them if they do, i think.

    Mostly am terrified of my partner's family though.. his mother hosts the huge gathering for Thanksgiving and Christmas and so on, i live with them so no way to avoid it. It is very awkward for me.
     
  6. lachrymose27

    lachrymose27 Well-Known Member

    nice post. I hate the holidays because there are some people i really don't want to see. These people are the ones who insult you and undermine you everyway they can so they can feel proud of themselves.
     
  7. BrinkOfExistence

    BrinkOfExistence Well-Known Member

    I don't celebrate holidays, but i don't hate them either, i think it's ridiculous sometimes though the amount of people who stress over it, it's a holiday chill the fuck out.

    This year will be the first christmas on my own, not sure how i'm gonna feel about it, i'll say i don't care but i know i'll be suffering on the day, then thats when my good russian friend comes round and helps me forget about it.

    I'm referring to vodka of course. ;)
     
  8. In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place Well-Known Member

    Hehehe yeah I think I've got johnny or jack keeping me company :)
     
  9. lightbeam

    lightbeam Antiquities Friend

    I used to have my old friend Patron during the holidays, but I can't drink around my parents. I've been dry for about 5 years. *sigh*
     
  10. Growing Pains

    Growing Pains Well-Known Member

    I'm getting to a point where I'm not a fan of them myself. Used to love them but I've recently reached a point where I'm seeing them for what they are.

    Honestly, it seems each year they push Christmas on us earlier and earlier. This year, it was the beginning of October, I walked into one of my local discount stores and they were ACTUALLY playing Christmas carols. Halloween hadn't even passed! My mom supposes it's so they can get money since they're having trouble selling the Christmas stuff due to the economy but that only further proves my point that the holidays are so commercialized anything they might have meant 50 years ago has been forgotten. (That said, my mom hates the holidays, too, but for different reasons)

    It's not that I "hate" the holidays. I like Thanksgiving but only because I love to cook. So, it evens out. I celebrate Christmas, but I tell my family every year I could do with or without the presents. I'm just reaching a point where I'm getting bitter about them for many of the same reasons you just listed.

    If I go into one more store and hear one more Christmas carol, I just might implode. I've been hearing them since October. I'm sick of them already.
     
  11. lightbeam

    lightbeam Antiquities Friend

    Carols drive me insane! A local radio station has the this thing where they play christmas carols over and over and over right after turkey day. They do this repetition during the entire month until the big holiday... I hate the big holiday.

    I don't believe in the christianized pagan ritual of the birth of the godman (Iris and Osiris). It's all just too religiously oriented. Hopefully one day there will be no religion.
     
  12. BrinkOfExistence

    BrinkOfExistence Well-Known Member

    I don't think we will be around to see it unfortunately, however i think christmas will probably still be celebrated regardless of it religious roots.
     
  13. lightbeam

    lightbeam Antiquities Friend

    I doubt it will happen. There are too many to carry the torch into the next millennium. Meanwhile, it's still the last days... still 'prophesying' the end... etc, etc, etc.
     
  14. Obsessive

    Obsessive Well-Known Member

    I feel that "A Christmas Carol" perfectly represents Christmas. The moral of the story? "Celebrate Christmas with the rest of em, or die a lonely, miserable death." In the end Scrooge didn't change because he saw the value in love, charity, or compassion, but out of self-interest, beholding the grim future that awaited him if he didn't buck up and change his tune. It's not about "the magic of Christmas", but about the obligations of conformity. And this is before you even get into the rampant commercialism with the usual expectations to spend, spend, spend in a time of economic crisis!
     
  15. Britt

    Britt Well-Known Member

    I loved them when I was a child. But that was when I was kinda happy and believed in a higher power. No more.
     
  16. In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place Well-Known Member

    Yeah I loved Christmas when I believed father christmas was real. Everyone asleep and I'm peeping out the window hoping and praying that I will see Santa on his sleigh. That was fantastic for the short time I believed the world was a magical place before I grew up and realised how shite it really is.
     
  17. tx915

    tx915 Active Member

    Oh yea, I hate the holidays. I hate how it's so commercialized. Everything is so expensive and I just don't have the money. That leaves my kids feeling a little letdown. I also hate Christmas music, it fills me with dread and gives me a sick feeling in my stomach. Luckily I work tomorrow night so Thanksgiving is done as of 6pm for me; same goes for Christmas. I'm extremely glad that Christmas is on a Sunday so I can be in church until noon and then go into work at 6pm, only 6 hours - yay! Christmas isn't even about religion, it's a corporate holiday, even some of us religious types accept that the birth of Jesus wasn't this time of year. (there is such a thing as very liberal Christians ya know)

    holidays - a way for people to fake it up, spend crazy amounts of money, and (mostly) act differently than they do year round.

    I guess on the plus side my kids are very excited for the holidays. They want video games and new bibles lol.
     
  18. Growing Pains

    Growing Pains Well-Known Member

    I have a local country station that does that, too. And what would you know? It's the one my sister always has playing. Aye. They start mid November, I think. They drive me insane, too. I can sing almost every blasted one they play on the radio. Not because I like them, but because of how often I hear them playing.

    This about sums it up. Perfect time for people with a "better than thou" attitude to act like they're EVEN "better than thou".
     
  19. lightbeam

    lightbeam Antiquities Friend

    Actually, come to think of it, it's the '100 days of christmas' that play. I remember now.