Do holidays irritate anyone else?

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  1. XNine macrumors 68040

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    Seriously, I am not fond of Thanksgiving nor Christmas. It's the same thing every year, and I have to see my family (which I'm not the biggest fan of, though I do love them). Further more I ahve the feeling that my girlfriend guilt tripped my mother into inviting her two sisters, and one of her sister's fiance and kid to thanksgiving. Tehse two sisters are irresponsible, annoying, and overall completely irritating. So now I ahve to spend tomorrow with all of them as well.

    Does the whole "Holiday Spirit" just annoy the hell out of anyone else? Maybe it's all the hype and publicity of it... I just don't know.
     
  2. iGav macrumors G3

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    I quite like the whole ideal of Christmas, however it usually exceeds that of the day itself. :( that and the fact that it starts in September :rolleyes:
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I love this time of year.. and loving is the ONLY way to make it through sanely. So you better learn to like it! :)
     
  4. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816

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    The holidays are now made out to be about something that they aren't supposed to be about. (damn that was tricky...does it make sense?) I hate the commercialization of it, the marketing hype, the huge crowds of people who must spend $1000's to show their love. I hate dealing with annoying relatives as well, but I enjoy catching up with those whom I love. The focus should be in togetherness and not spending. I dread it because of what it's become.
     
  5. eva01 macrumors 601

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    thankfully i don't spend the holidays with family, just parents brother and grandparents. That is all we do and well we enjoy being with each other to an extent.

    Just that christmas costs so damn much these days :p.
     
  6. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    All my friends are leaving town.
    I'm... chilling.. and watching one of their dogs.

    ...being alone during the holidays is crap.


    and now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to pick up men at the apple store.
     
  7. kgarner macrumors 68000

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    Did anyone else find that a little oxymoronic?

    I love this time of year and spending time wiht family. Well, I love spending time with my family anyway. The wife's family is another story. Not bad, just not as much fun as my family. Their more of the everyone sit down and talk type of family. <yawn>
     
  8. Eevee macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, that's what the holiday's all about!

    Seriously, are there many singles at the apple store? ;)
     
  9. eva01 macrumors 601

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    oxymoronic is my middle name :p. I meant extended family, but didn't actually say it.
     
  10. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a

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    I love the holidays, I don't get to see my family as much as I would like to so it's nice to go home and spend time with everyone. Of course they do get really hectic, but as long as I can break out the Christmas music I don't care.
     
  11. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    The holidays for my family means the bestest food and fun times w/ the cousins (all 16+ of them :p). I could do w/out the questions and gentle nagging of the aunts/uncles though. :rolleyes: Mm, and I love Christmas-sy music. :D
     
  12. neildmitchell macrumors 6502a

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    Holidays....

    (Retail)One holiday at a time! There was X-mas stuff out before Halloween stuff, and Thanksgiving stuff was almost completely non available this year, maybe I should have looked for fall/thanksgiving stuff in ?July?.
    October - Halloween
    November - Thanksgiving
    December - Christmas | Hanukkah | Kwanzaa

    I was truely disgusted last week, when up in SF, there were people already dressed llike some sort of Charels Dickens nightmare squaking and squeeling carols (in Mid November!) and the public spaces are already decorated for x-mas. I was so disgusted, that I actually said loud enough for surrounding people to hear me, "Shut the F! up, we havent even had Thanksgiving yet!"

    X-mas over the past so many years has become completely obnoxious!

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Corporate Greed $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Corporations restructuring the Holiday seasons, in the way that best suits their needs, to make strong Profit. Opening the holiday shopping window earlier and and keeping it open longer, so that the branded consumer cattle can gourge themselves longer on consumer wares from the retail trough.
    When the Pre-Holiday, Holiday, and Post Holiday shopping window comes to a close, the cattle are left empty and exhausted, the corporations fat.
     
  13. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    I'm there every saturday, aren't I? ;)

    Pft. Usually it's rich boys with their girlfriends buying them a new iPod for their 3 and a quarter week anniversary.

    The Galleria is in a REALLY rich part of town.. :p


    That's why you go for the clerks, not the clientele!;):eek:
     
  14. XNine thread starter macrumors 68040

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    So, I'm guessing you're annoyed as well.

    Good, that makes two of us. DOWN WITH CORPORATIONS AND GIRLFRIENDS FAMILIES COMING TO YOUR PARENTS! NEXT YEAR, I WILL BOYCOTT ALL HOLIDAYS, INCLUDING MY OWN BRITHDAY!

    And so should you. We'll start a trend and the collapse of America.
     
  15. yoak macrumors 65816

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    Personally I´m a big fan of x-mas, we are a small family and everyone gets along. I love the food and the atmosphere,
    when the snow started falling at eleven o´clock at night x-mas day, the whole family went out with snow sledge until one o´clock! it´s the only time of year you´re guaranteed not to meet any cars so we go down a 2km long steep road outside my parents house, excelent:D
    My brother have outgrown the old sledge a tad, he he
     

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  16. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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    Holidays to me are about eating turkey with my family till I puke. I love it.

    It is a tad expensive though.
     
  17. Chacala_Nayarit macrumors 6502

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    Doing a little gold prospecting? :p
     
  18. MarkCollette macrumors 68000

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    I think that the trick to getting through family-craziness in the holidays is to do one of two things:

    A. Have a cool family. Spend it with them.

    or

    B. Date/marry someone who has a cool family. Spend it with them.


    Personally, I'm going for a variant of option B.
     
  19. Crikey macrumors 6502

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    Here's what bugs me about holidays: that's when Guitar Center has their big blowout sales, and I am invariably out of town in the boonies visiting my elderly mom. Ordinarily, it's no big deal, since ordinarily Guitar Center sales don't actually involve discounted prices, but this week I got a postcard saying everything in the store is 10% off on Friday morning. There's about $1200 worth of toys I've been eyeing -- but I will be out of town, so the point is moot.


    Crikey

    P.S: Guitar Center is an Apple dealer, but the small print on the ad lists some brands that won't be discounted and Apple is on the list.

    P.P.S.: Guitar Center actually bugs me. It's like the Wal*Mart of music, only without the price advantage. It's always full of teenage shredders and punks, cranking up as loud as they can get away with -- the worst possible environment to evaluate musical instruments. But there are things they stock that my locally-owned quality-oriented music stores don't. And GC has been known to cut me a deal I couldn't refuse, or let me stay an hour after closing to play an acoustic instrument I was serious about.
     
  20. Lau Guest

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    Yeah, I think that's it. Fortunately my family are pretty cool. I get on really well with them these days, and really regret the times that I didn't, especially since in the lst couple of years a good few of them aren't around any more. Sadly, in the last week my awesome granny (who is amazing and a total role model) has just been diagnosed with cancer, and needs an operation asap. She's hopefully going to be ok, but I don't know how Christmas is going to be this year. I'm not really even thinking about the holidays yet, because it seems too presumptuous, if you know what I mean.

    Stuff like this makes you realise a) that your family's pretty cool and b) that the whole holiday isn't that important. If it gets put on hold this year, so be it.
     
  21. rdowns Suspended

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    I kind of like them, can do without certain family members but really hated a Salvation Army Santa ringing his bell in the exit vestibule of the supermarket last weekend. When he looked at me, I told him to come back after Thanksgiving.
     
  22. 840quadra Moderator

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    I love everyone in my extended family, and we all get along very well. We all look forward to the holidays. Since we are not BIG on gifts, the Commercial aspect of this time of the year, doesn't really affect us!

    Well except me, I am buying my Mom an iPod :) .
     
  23. me_94501 macrumors 65816

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    The mad rush before the holiday? Meh, I can take it or leave it. I do enjoy the holidays themselves, though.
     
  24. emmawu macrumors 6502

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    My husband calls all the mindless and obligated activities "visit til you puke".

    Not talking about things you want to do but things you HAVE to do. :(
     
  25. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    I just want to pull a blanket up over my head and not emerge until January 2nd....

    OTB
     

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