I hate Christmas

December 15, 2007 7:46am CST
Every year, I go through the motions on Christmas day, giving and recieving gifts, smiling throughout the day welcoming family members who I only see this one day a year, having the turkey dinner,ETC ETC. BUT IN REALITY, I hate Christmas. Why? I dread the blessed day, it costs me more than I can afford, the family always end up fighting over something petty, and the toys that cost so much to buy for the children sit in a corner whilst the children play with the packaging, you get cards from people who walk past you on the street without a hello, but what I hate most of all about Christmas,Brussel sprouts on my plate, whoever thought that they should be a part of Christmas day should be hung,drawn and quartered. merry christmas my a**.....jimmy
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
15 Dec 07
I hear ya! I won't go as far as saying I hate Christmas, but I will say that I hate a lot of the stuff that comes along with Christmas. We have the family squables around here too. I feel a tremendous amount of pressure to spend more around the holidays than I can afford. I still haven't begun my Christmas shopping. I just called my sisters today and got the Christmas lists for their kids from them. (sigh) and gave them my kid's wishlists. I'm about ready to cut out the gift exchange part of the holiday, but when you have a large family, sometimes it's hard to be the one to stand up and say "Hey! It's time to stop spending all this money!" I love parts of the Holiday. I used to love watching the little ones eyes light up when they opened their gifts, but as they got older it has become harder and harder to get that sparkle. The fact is, kids nowadays have this trememdous sense of entitlement. It really is difficult as a parent to have your child be the one on the block that Santa didn't bestow all these amazing gifts on! I could go on, but evertime I get inspired and post a long response I press "post response" and I lose what I've typed. I'd say "Merry Christmas!" to ya, but I get the feeling your reply would be "Bah Humbug!" and I would probably give you a sympathetic nod.
@kykidd (6819)
• United States
15 Dec 07
I can't stand brussel sprouts either. Just the smell of them cooking in the house makes me go outside, no matter what the weather is like. My mom used to cook them for herself now and then when we were growing up. I am glad they are not a part of our Christmas tradition and I am glad I am not at her house when she cooks them today.
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• China
15 Dec 07
I suppose you! Christmas is really waste of time,spirit and money. But, isn't it make some benifit? Actually, you will expect Christmas if there will be no Christmas in the future.
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@palonghorn (5485)
• United States
15 Dec 07
Ok, so first, do you make any effort to see family members throughout the year? Set a budget, after all it's not about how much a gift cost. And, how old are you? If you don't like bussel sprouts, then why are they on your plate??? I mean, I'm an adult, and if I don't like something, I won't be rude, but I will either say I don't care for any, or just won't serve myself that particular dish. If you hate Christmas soooo much, why don't you just bow out? lock yourself in your house? or go on a mini-vacation by yourself???
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@blueunicorn (2409)
• United States
15 Dec 07
I have to say, I have similar feelings about Christmas most of the time. This year is different, however. What makes the difference? I took all the obligation out of the holiday. I told my husband that I only wanted to get gifts for our daughters and do stockings for my parents. We are going to spend Christmas day the way we want to, not the way people say we should. Our Christmas dinner will be what we want to eat, not what others have decided we should eat. It's going to be a great day. Once the obligations were gone I really started getting excited about Christmas for my daughters. On the other hand, if I didn't have my daughters I think I could let Christmas go on just like any other day. It's really not my favorite holiday.
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
15 Dec 07
Isn't your extended family and friends screaming something like "Mutiny!!!" I remember when my children were small, I decided that I wanted to spend some time in my own home with them letting them open their gifts before we went over to my sisters house (that was the tradition before I had children of my own). It has taken my family YEARS to recover from my taking that "outrageous" change to family tradition! Of course I'm being somewhat fecetious, but not much. It's great to hear that you have the courage to do things on your own terms this year. I hope you have a wonderful day! It sounds like you will. Ya might want to disconnect the phone though!
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• United States
19 Dec 07
mia, my husband's family wasn't too excited that we weren't doing gifts, but they have learned to live with it. We actually started this last year when my husband lost his job in November due to the company that he was working for being sold. He worked for his dad at the time, so we thought of all people they would understand. We asked that they not give us gifts, either, as we felt bad that we would not be giving anything. They insisted on giving us gifts anyway, but this whole year we have not bought gifts because of the money situation. When it came close to the holidays we just continued on with the no obligations and took it as far as we wanted to. I do have to admit that this weekend I broke down and bought a gift for my neice and nephew. It wasn't because I had to, though. It was because I just couldn't pass it up for them. To me, that is how gifts should be bought. As far as not going anyway, we are going to my mom and dad's, but we will spend time at home being our little family unit first, like you describe. My mom and dad are good with that, and fortunately my husband's family is all going out of town this year! I get a nice break. I know that sounds terrible, but Christmas is really not my favorite holiday to begin with, and to make the day easier to get through I love that we are doing everything on our own terms.
• Philippines
16 Dec 07
If you are a Catholic, you can't get away with Christmas. Christians follow the Holy Bible and there is no Christmas in the Holy Bible. Christmas is a tradition or teaching of the Roman Catholic Church embodied in the Catechism followed the the Roman Catholic Church. The birth of the Lord Jesus is not December 25 also. Better think many times - follow God or follow others.
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@urbandekay (18312)
16 Dec 07
Well said, Catholics have introduced many deviations into Christianity all the best urban
@irishidid (8732)
• United States
16 Dec 07
I can take it or leave it. My kids don't get much for Christmas these days. They don't seem to mind and there have been times we've waited for it until after tax refunds.
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@urbandekay (18312)
16 Dec 07
Join the club! It's just become a festival of greed. I like Brussel Sprouts though all the best urban
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• India
16 Dec 07
why you hate christmas ?
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• United States
15 Dec 07
I had to stop by because I am the same way. Bah-damn-humbug I always say... Well not always but I'm going to start. And Christmas is the worst of all. I mean I Thank the Lord for all he's done but why does Christmas still have to be such a big thing? I'm very cynical all year long so if I don't get what I want by the time Christmas rolls around I'm a pain. I can put on a happy face, but I find my self doing that almost all year so I'm not really trying to put myself through it again. I love the big family gatherings but count me out.
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@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
15 Dec 07
I don't like it either. I don't like how commercial it's become. I don't celebrate it myself. It was different when I was a kid but as an adult I stopped celebrating. I don't buy anyone presents. I look at it as just another day now. I don't make a big deal out if it at all.
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