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  •  Have avoided shopping till post-Yule for years (3+ / 0-)
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    I've already bought and shipped all my New Year's gifts, so from now on it's food and other unavoidable needs.  I'm stocked up and do not intend to shop for anything this weekend.

    Don't like the atmosphere: crowds, bad driving and other regrettable behavior, loud crappy soundtracks, cheesy decor, forced cheer, "voluntary" gift exchanges put on by HR, "War on Xmas" nonsense.  As an introvert, this is my idea of hell, and I have to pretend it's a Good Thing.

    Uncomfortable with ideological aspects: I'm a Jewish atheist neo-Marxist raised partly abroad.  Why do we have to collectively pretend to nostalgia for the fantasy worlds of 'It's A Wonderful Life", "Miracle on 34th St." and "A Christmas Carol" while ignoring the cost to real-life Cratchits (here and abroad).   My mom told me that Kurismasu was the holiday of the American God of Business, celebrated largely in the workplace, and I can't say she's wrong.   Freberg's Green Chri$tma$

    I feel sorry for Christians that their holiday has become like this.   Jesus threw out the moneychangers, and is called the Prince of Peace: wouldn't it make more sense to save the underwater homeowners and call cease-fires?  WWI had a famous truce Snoopy's Christmas commemorates this moment of decency.
     

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold...The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity" -W.B. Yeats

    by LucyandByron on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 01:15:57 PM PST

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