Holiday Season: Upper or Downer?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by yellow, Nov 22, 2006.


How do you feel about the "Holiday Season"?

Poll closed Dec 25, 2006.
  1. Love it!

    33 vote(s)
  2. Hate it!

    15 vote(s)
  3. Indifferent to it.

    17 vote(s)
  4. Don't celebrate anything to do with it.

    2 vote(s)
  5. Obligatory Other

    3 vote(s)
  1. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    So... with a little over 32 days to Christmas, I am already getting into the mood. I just bought a classic holiday album on iTMS and was playing it much to the dismay of one of my colleagues. I absolutely LOVE this time of year and I'm actually depressed on December 26th because it's sooooo long until the next Christmas.

    I love the weather, the music, donating things, doing community service, the decorations, the decorating, the giving of gifts, the receiving of gifts (duh!), the food, damn.. everything! Well except holiday sweaters, I'm out on those. Well, and the religous aspect of it. I couldn't care less about baby jeebus.

    I find that people seem to fall into one camp or the other (assuming they celebrate anything this time of year). They either hate it, or love it.
    Which camp do you fall into?

    *Since I don't mean this to be an exclusionary thread for those that don't celebrate Christmas, I'll do my best to include some alternate options.

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  2. njmac macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    I'm with you. I love the Holiday Season. I love how much my kids are looking forward to Santa bringing them toys.

    I love Christmas movies... It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, the Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph, Frosty etc.
  3. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    With all the cheesy commercialism, wanton materialism et al, there's a lot to hate...but at this time of the year everything is just so warm and fuzzy, it's impossible not to feel happy about the season!

    I love Christmas time...the worst part is taking it all apart just after new years. :(
  4. yellow thread starter Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    My wife and I don't have children, but I'm already working on the "bowl full of jelly" aspect to play santa. :)
    My "ho ho ho!" rules.

    Oh, excellent point!
  5. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    I'm in two minds about it all. It's nice to get a little break from work and see family and stuff – and of course, the opportunity to eat lots of nice food is always a good thing – but I'm always a little annoyed and disappointed with how commercialised we've let the whole occasion become.

    I also can't stand most Christmassy music, so I won't be buying any Christmas albums off iTunes myself. ;)
  6. yellow thread starter Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Hehe... understandable.

    For those interested, this is the album I bought (US iTMS Link):

    The Ultimate Christmas Album
    (mainly for Good King Wenceslas)
  7. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    After several years of wanton disillusionment, I've found myself coming to enjoy Christmas again.

    The rampant commercialism I positively loathe, but I've found a way around that - I stopped buying presents (except for the girlfriend ;) ). Not to avoid spending all the money or being a cheap bastard; I brew mead throughout the year, two versions of wassail (a regular and a non-alcoholic brew for kiddies) and distribute that. It's not inexpensive but better than going out and just buying some plastic crap in a store.
  8. SMM macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2006
    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    I love the holiday season! I do not care about the commercialism, because I rarely come in contact with it.

    I seldom watch broadcast television. In fact, I doubt if I watch 1/2 an hour of TV per day, during the work week. I watch some on the weekends. I like viewing some lectures on the educational channel. We also have channels for City, County and State government. I like to keep current with land-use, critical habitat, stuff like that. Then there is my favorite. "Questions for the Prime Minister". In short, I miss the commercials.

    I also avoid the shopping Malls like the plague. I usually have an idea of the types of gifts I want to buy. So, I keep an eye out all year long for sales. Most of my Christmas shopping is done by Summer. So, I also miss all of that commercialism as well.

    For me, the holidays are just a great time to have fun with family and friends. Starting last Sunday, my calendar for the remainder of the year is completely booked doing the things I like best. Pretty hard to improve upon that!
  9. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    London Town
    I've gotten to love Christmas a lot more since I left home. I love seeing my old friends, seeing my old town and seeing my family. I also just love relaxing for a couple of weeks watchin all the old films and Xmas films they show on the TV, making mince pies :D and drinking snowballs. I also love going to Christmas market they put on in Manchester and getting wasted (yes it's tacky, but it has the best German beer ever).

    Then again, there's a lot I hate about Christmas - the tackyfication of it all. The fact that everywhere you go someone is trying to sell you some crap. But I find it quite easy to close that out of my mind.
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  11. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    I'm not Christian, so I'm indifferent to it. I do buy presents for my relatives who are though, like my nieces and nephews. It keeps me in good standing as the "cool uncle who lives in the city". ;)
  12. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    I freaking hate it.

    Then, I'm in a pissy mood.

    Probably because it's holiday season.
  13. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    I really like the holidays, since it's the one time of the year when I see a lot of my relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.). I send out Christmas cards to about 90 or so people, I have a pretty cool fake tree (from MoMA in NYC) and ornaments that I'll be setting up on Friday, etc. I do go to church on Christmas Eve with my Mom and my brother and whoever else might be around.

    This year the holidays will be extra special for me because my second nephew is due right around Christmas.
  14. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    Totally mixed feelings about the whole thing. Many special events in the past meant disappointment for me so I learned to hate it. A lot has changed in my life recently and I'd like to think that [disappointment] won't happen anymore but I hesitate to hold my breath on that. Expectations are a premeditated resentment after all. I'll merely hope to be proven just a cynic.
  15. Motley macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2005
    I'm neutral... Oh wait, I get days off from work... I love it!:D
  16. iRachel macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2005
    The Soybean Captial of the World
    Love the holidays. Time to relax and see the family. Could do without the crass commercialization, but I can ignore that.
  17. j26 macrumors 65832


    Mar 30, 2005
    I love Christmas, but please, it doesn't start until December.
  18. vniow macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
    But I looove the deals you get on candy. :D
  19. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
  20. iPhil macrumors 68040


    I'll find out if it's an upper after 2 weeks of holiday music @ work :eek: :eek:

    Since its my first holiday "rush" like evar :p :p

    in years past its been an upper for me because i get an year old; 216 hrs before x-mas.. :p :cool:
  21. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    Usually it reminds me that I'm alone. I don't like it.
  22. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    *gives Katie a big hug* :) :D
  23. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    It does the same to me. I think John Mayer captures the feeling pretty well with "St. Patrick's Day."

    Overall, besides that one aspect, the season makes me happy. I get to bust out the hoodies and go chill with some friends and a glass of hot chocolate. Christmas music puts a smile on my face every time. Being cold makes me happy, and it doesn't last long in Texas, so I have to enjoy every minute.

    The rest of the year... depressing.
  24. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO

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