Bah Humbug

So now that we’re into December it’s time for me to admit something that needs to be said.

I hate Christmas.

There, I said it, and before everyone tells me that I’m a complete jerk, give me a few minutes to explain myself, and maybe I’ll be able to convince you that I’m not completely insane.

To start with, lets take a quick look at the origin of the holiday.  It was originally placed in December to coincide with the winter solstice, which was an occasion for celebration in many pagan religions when Christianity was getting a foothold in Europe.  Over the course of several hundred years we now simply associate it with Christianity and most people don’t even think about the winter solstice unless they happen to see it on a calendar.  (Quick question – and be honest – do you know what the winter solstice is or did you have to look it up?)  So this brings me to the first point against Christmas, I’m not religious at all.  Technically I’m a Christian, but I haven’t been to a church for quite a few years and don’t care to attend.

So now that we’ve talked briefly about the origins of Christmas, we can talk about what it really has become for most people – an excuse to give and receive gifts.  Now I’m not going to say that gift giving is a bad thing, but it gets blown out of proportion so easily.  Every year there is a story about something horrible happening to someone on Black Friday, and we’ve gotten to the point where we don’t even blink about it anymore.

Here’s another point about the gift aspect of Christmas that annoys me.  I don’t want anything, but when you tell someone you don’t want anything, they look at you like you’re insane and generally give you something anyway.  So now when I didn’t ask for anything, I end up with some junk that I don’t need and probably don’t have room for.  So here’s my last point about gifting buying/giving.  I don’t buy things for a lot of people, but every year I have to get things for every member of my family.  I never know what to get my parents, and I have absolutely nothing in common with either of my brothers, and I have no idea about what to get them, and likewise they have no idea what I would want.  This can often end up with the horrible outcome of getting a Talking Digital Coin Jar.  Yeah, that’s exactly what need, I used it for a couple of weeks and then got annoyed with it and now I just use the bin, not the lid that counts and keeps track of how much change I have in it.

Are my reasons starting to make a little more sense?  At least to the point where you don’t think I’m completely insane?  I sure hope so, and this brings me to my next reason, I absolutely HATE Christmas music.  I hate every song, and the fact that radio stations keep playing them earlier and earlier in the year does nothing but irritate me more and more every year.  Part of this comes from working in fast food for nearly 8 years, and the radio stations play the same 15 or so songs over and over every year, after a while, you get sick of them all.

And now for another pet peeve of mine, political correctness is more absurd this time of year than at any other time.  And you all know exactly what I’m talking about: Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays.  Lets look at something real quick, according to Wikipedia, in 2008 76% of adults in America were Christian.  Let’s face it; the vast majority of people in America aren’t going to be offended.  Along with the majority of people being Christian, roughly 95% of people in America celebrate Christmas (according to a Gallup Poll here: http://www.gallup.com/poll/145367/christmas-strongly-religious-half-celebrate.aspx).  Just say Merry Christmas – no one is going to be offended.

So let’s recap, it’s a religious holiday for a religion I don’t practice, a testament to the materialistic greed that overruns the country, horrible songs that I’m going to end up hearing far too many times (despite doing everything I can to avoid it) and one of the most annoyingly unnecessary acts of political correctness that any of us will ever see in our lifetimes.  So all in all it’s a horrible holiday that I start to hate more and more every year.

So after all that, there’s really only one way to end a post like this: Bah Humbug.

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  1. I don’t hate christmas, but I don’t celebrate it, so I’m rather indifferent to it. “Merry Christmas”, all the songs, santa, none of it applies to me. It’s awkward when people say they feel sorry for me that I don’t have a Christmas tree. I don’t need one, it’s not my holiday, I don’t feel like I”m missing out on anything.

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    • At this point I can say I’m envious that you don’t celebrate it, it’s nothing more than an annoyance to me anymore.

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  2. For several years now, we have tried to retrain our families. We really don’t need or want anything for the winter holidays, just good food and good cheer with family and friends. That said, some still insist on giving us gifts. This guilts us into giving gifts. So, some years ago we started giving handmade gifts (bought locally or made by us) and asked the same of relatives. Baked goods count. Some were charmed by the idea, others haven’t gotten the message yet. Sigh…..

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    • Every year I buy things for my immediate family, and maybe a couple of other people that I want to get something for. Earlier this morning I told my family directly, “I don’t want anything, I don’t need anything, do NOT get me anything. Take whatever money you were going to spend on me and get something for yourself.” We’ll see how it works out, but at this point I’m not buying for anyone and I have no plans to accept anything they buy for me, hope they save their receipts.

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      • Baked goods. They don’t clutter up the place and if not to your liking can be shared with neighbors, coworkers, etc. I love family and friends that keep it simple.

  3. I don’t think you are crazy at all, though I don’t quite understand the logic of hating something because of the negative things about it. If that is the criteria then it is entirely too easy to hate everything. I don’t like rampant materialism and think the whole Black Thur…er, Friday thing is silly first and foremost and tends to bring out the worst in people who need little provocation to act like buttheads. But those people act that way anyway.

    I LOVE the holiday. I love the music (not all of it, but there is some genuinely beautiful music out there…have you listened to George Winston’s album, December? Lovely!), love any excuse to give gifts (something I like doing year round), and can’t help but like a holiday that makes people take their minds off of themselves and think about getting together with family and friends to celebrate. Should we do it year round? Absolutely!!! But whether one does or not I think it is great to be reminded to do so.

    I also like the lights, sights, smells, etc. I think it is all what one chooses to focus on, the positive or the negative. I personally want to channel my energy towards enjoying it and making it positive.

    Of course I will admit that I am a practicing Christian and despite the holiday’s questionable origins I also enjoy celebrating the Lord. I too think the political correctness is absolutely silly. But then I would, so my opinion probably matters little, lol!

    I did know what winter solstice was. I love that word…solstice…and I am also a big fan of Winter in general and I like the basic ideas of winter solstice too. I think it is cool that it is the shortest day of the year. I’m weird, little things excite me.

    Again, I can see your reasons and applaud you for being honest. Posts like this are good even for those of us who love Christmas as it is one more reminder to not spend our energy on all the admittedly negative things that the holidays can bring up.

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    • If I were a practicing Christian I think it would be a lot easier for me to overlook the rampant materialism, but without that it seems to mostly fall into the more materialistic side for me. I’m not someone who cares a lot about material goods.

      It’s not that the music is bad, it’s just that I’m too sick of hearing all the songs, and when radio stations start playing Christmas songs at the end of October (I’ve heard them that early) it just irritates me.

      Winter in Ohio is just depressing, from the middle of November until about the middle of March (if not longer) everything outside is just gray, it’s kind of hard to feel happy when everything is gray for 4 months.

      You’re right that there are a lot of positive things to think about for this time of year, but over the years I’ve just gotten numb because of the negativity. Maybe that changes in the future, who knows.

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      • I’m kind of weird (no, really?!?!) in that I’m also a fan of the grey, melancholy look of fall and winter. I grew up in northern Nebraska and that kind of look and weather is all wrapped up in my childhood memories. Having a late November birthday is a part of that too.

        I can see the music thing. At least you can turn the station, unlike your fast food experience. I had to laugh when I read that because it reminded me of my early college days when I worked in a mall bookstore. Whatever Disney video was out at the time would play on a non-stop loop in the store for hours on end. I ended up developing a strong dislike for so many movies that I had liked before they became my steady diet. Ugh! And I get tired of the Christmas music they play on radio stations. That is why I like Pandora because I can pick a style of music and be inundated with the kind of music I like and not the strange mix they play on local radio stations.

        And I do understand, so I hope I don’t come off as sounding like some pushy Christmas evangelist, lol! I do strongly believe that we as human beings should make an effort to look for the positive things, and more importantly contribute to the positive things, but that isn’t so much a Christmas deal as it is just the way I feel life has to be lived in this increasingly harsh and difficult world if one wants to survive and not be overwhelmed with stress and strain and fear and depression. Which is why, on a different note, I tend to not watch or listen to the news except a few times a week just to have a handle on what is going on in the world. There is simply too much glee from reporters reporting on the most heinous parts of society.

  4. hannahrose42

     /  December 4, 2012

    I have been a veteran hater of Christmas for many years. My brother and I usually skip out on family get-togethers and just play video games all day. That’s the only gift I enjoy giving. I get him a game, he gets me one.
    Also, I’ve worked in a grocery store for three years — and I can hardly stand to hear the same music over and over and over again… and they start playing it, I swear, the day after Thanksgiving. I enjoy some holiday music… say something by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but the pop crap they play all day really gets old fast.
    I prefer to say, “Happy holidays” if I say anything at all — which I usually don’t. I’m not affiliated with a religion, I’m not religious, and I could not possibly care less about religious holidays. I figure if I just ignore them, they’ll go away eventually, and hey, they do every year.

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    • TSO is the only Christmas music I can tolerate. I saw them in concert several years back and it was a lot of fun.

      You seem to have a better attitude about it than I do, just waiting for the holidays to go away.

      Are they gone yet?

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      • hannahrose42

         /  December 4, 2012

        I wish… the weather here seems to think so.

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