Do you enjoy Christmas?

@callyw (191)
November 12, 2008 12:28pm CST
Do you enjoy Christmas and the run up to it or do you find it stressful? Are you getting into the festive spirit or just getting worked-up? I loved Christmas when I was a kid, but I have found the last few Christmases a bit depressing. It's not just the cost and hard work, but also because I feel there is so much pressure to enjoy yourself and be happy. Sometimes I feel that I am on the outside looking in at everyone else having a great time, but I feel I just can't join in. I am sure that there are lots of people who feel this way. What do you think?
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
yes i really love christmas of all season! it has this kind of feeling that you want to be nice to everybody and you want to give to everybody! plus i always want to make it special for my kids too. they love christmas and anticipate its coming, and of course expecting gifts as well! my lil boy loves the christmas tree he keeps on trying to get all the christmas balls hanging in it..funny but i am like a kid too, totally love christmas!
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@callyw (191)
13 Nov 08
Christmas is a very special time for children.
@stella1989 (2274)
• India
13 Nov 08
I enjoyed Christmas only in my childhood and that too because when we are children we have this ability of imagining any thing we want. We lived in our fantasy world.. But now as we know that there is not Santa clause, no body leaves gifts for you. I kind of feel Christmas blues every year now. I mean the Christmas day is obviously not a usual day it comes once in a year but the thing nothing unusual happens with me! No fun, no party.. in fact nothing even closer to it. As I am my father's only daughter he just can't let me go out. So I never had any fun on Christmas. I don't even feel decorating my house for Christmas. So the best part I love in Christmas is participating in the Christmas mass at mid night!! And as I am the choir member so I have a good time!! But after that just getting back to bed and happy Christmas n Goodnight. That was my Christmas..
@callyw (191)
13 Nov 08
I think I might go to midnight mass this year.
• India
14 Nov 08
You mean you never participated in the midnight mass on Christmas????
@mko101 (20)
• Poland
13 Nov 08
I looove Christmas. These days are exceptional. I always spend it with my family. It's so nice and good. I wanna have much more these days. I'm glad, because it will be soon. Still only five weeks. So, greetings and have fun!
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
Oh my, you're right. Five weeks more to go. Thanks for the reminder. I'm too engrossed with work I barely realize how time flies fast. Advance Merry Christmas to you!
@icegermany (2524)
• India
13 Nov 08
i like christmas celebration here in germany as it is so beautifull and pretty. i dont celebrate christmas but i like to watch it, the streets are alightened with all the decorating lights, santa┬┤s hanged out and the christmas tree decorated with all the bulbs and lights and it is so beautifull and i like this christmas atmosphere and i had planned to visit the festival even this time as it is a good enjoyment for childrens also and even they like it and i dont want to miss it.
@callyw (191)
13 Nov 08
That sounds so beautiful!
13 Nov 08
I love christmas its the best time of the year. I wish everyday to be christmas. I love the significance of christmas not only getting but giving as well. This holiday season we should try to give to people who r in need of special things that they cant buy. Epsecially for the kids they are the ones that really wnat a nice christmas with family and friends. I wish we had more to give cuz i sure would cuz everyone needs something or someone at this time of the year. Dont u need someone this time of year?
@callyw (191)
13 Nov 08
I always buy toys to donate at Christmas for children who won't be getting anything otherwise. I think it is important to think of people less fortunate at Christmas.
• Canada
12 Nov 08
Well I would have to say I am a little bit of both LOL I find it stressful but I love it too and always end up enjoying myself.
@callyw (191)
12 Nov 08
I bet most people feel like this! As long as you enjoy yourself in the end maybe the stress is worth it!
• United States
12 Nov 08
I enjoy Christmas and despise it at the same time! How ironic right? I do feel the same way as you, but only when I am visiting my boyfriend's family. It is almost like I have to be fake to enjoy myself. His family is completely differently from mine, down to the way they do things, the way they speak, how they treat the children in the family, ect. When I am with my family, I am able to truly enjoy myself. The weeks leading up to Christmas are pure stress!!! Christmas shopping is HORRIBLE!!! Then on top of that getting everything else ready, it is so much stress. But it is all worth it when I am able to see my daughter (who is 2) and my brother (who is 8) open their presents.
@callyw (191)
12 Nov 08
I know how you feel! I love seeing my family and watching them open their presents (especially my nieces), but the run up is a nightmare. I'm doing all my shopping online this Christmas so hopefully that will help.
• Netherlands
12 Nov 08
Yes I do enjoy Christmas but I'm going to be home alone, once again. Ugh! It's not stressful though, it's good to spend time with family members (if they're there for you) and just to have fun. It's all about having a good time I think. I feel you though, sometimes I see other people laughing and having fun and there I am standing in the cold rain and snow feeling sad.
@callyw (191)
12 Nov 08
One thing I do enjoy about Christmas is spending time with my family. Are you going to be alone over the whole Christmas period? I hope you don't mind me asking.
@benallos (88)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
I enjoy Christmas a lot not because it is a holiday and a vacation but this is the day that me and my family are together again. Me, my wife and kids go to our ancestral house in the province to spend our Christmas vacation. We do this every year and its always fun and exciting. And I am looking forward in spending our vacation again in our ancestral house in the province this Christmas.
@daceyp (327)
13 Nov 08
i find i enjoy christmas more now i have kids of my own.when i didnt have them it was just really another day with the family.but since ive had them i try to make really special because seeing there faces light up with what ever we do is the best thing ever.i dont feel any pressure i spose thats because on christmas day we all go to my parents place and have the meal there even my parrents dont get stressed with everyone in there house it could be because we all help with everything that needs doing
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
13 Nov 08
For the past couple of years money has been so tight that I just felt worked up and stressed. I couldn't enjoy it. This year I started my shopping early so I am just about finished. Plus, my husband seems to be more into the spirit this year. I think it is because our daughter is finally big enough to enjoy it and that is making him enjoy it more too. Whatever the reason, I am thankful.
@ambkeb (782)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I love Christmas. Yes, it is stressful. But I love all the decorations and watching my kids get to excited about Santa Claus. We take them every year to see Christmas lights and they love that. I was never really into Christmas until my kids were born. Now it's all about them and I love it. I really get into buying them things LOL
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
I always make it a point to enjoy the Christmas holidays because it is the only time of the year when I get to have a long break from work, and get tons of presents (even from people I barely know), get together with family and friends, and get a lot of sleep. If you can't feel the so-called Christmas spirit, don't feel guilty. You are not "obliged" to be happier and more generous during Christmastime. But there's no harm in trying to enjoy it. I believe the holiday spirit is just a state of mind.
@dodo19 (33316)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
13 Nov 08
Yes, I really do love christmas. It's really enjoyable to shop for people you love and give them gifts. But the best part is to see their happy faces when they open their presents.
• United States
13 Nov 08
I loved it when I was a kid, but I have grown up and do not really like it anymore. It is all about who can spend the most money and buy the biggest gift. I have tried to raise my kids to where they know the real reason for Christmas and not focus on gifts. They get stuff all year so Christmas does not mean too much to them for gifts and stuff, they are like me-- it is about God and family. We always go to granmas for a huge dinner and watching Christmas movies.
@angemac23 (2005)
• Canada
13 Nov 08
I enjoy Christmas very much and could not imagine not loving it! I love being with friends and family that I only see at this time of year and I love all the pretty decorations and cheer that goes around this time of year!
@alyssa_c (440)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
I looove christmas! It's the best time of my year! Even when I spent last year's christmas without my family I still didn't feel alone. Yes, it was kind of a bummer not having to spend the holidays with your familiy after spending every year of it with them, but during that time friends counted as family for me. Maybe I'll get to that point where I'd be dreading the holidays but right now I just want to cherish every moment of it while I'm still enjoying it. The only thing I kind of avoid during this season is the shopping. Everybdy wants a gift, of course, so the budget needs to be stretched. I don't know how to do that, so I dont enjoy that part that much.
@blonneth (11)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
hi friend..to tell you honestly, were both the same feelings when the christmas day is coming,because of what a broken family that i have...but i didnt think that too much when christmas eve its because i come to reflect on it what is really the purpose of christmas...its gods birth...for me my friend..that day is the arrival of my true friend...that i cant ever compare to any one else..that cause me so much happy in life...have a nice day...godspeed...
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
13 Nov 08
Yes i enjoy christmas.I love the cool winter season over here.I like to wear new clothes for christmas.In my colony they enjoy christmas with dance and lots of delicious food.I love going to the church for christmas.I love eating cakes and sweets for christmas.
• India
13 Nov 08
I do really enjoy xmas. Though I live in india, we do get holidays and its time to have fun...