ID Lounge Christmas

Discussion in 'ID Members Lounge' started by helenheaven, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. helenheaven

    helenheaven Premium Member

    I used to love Christmas and the events surrounding it.

    Now I pretty much despise it. So commercial, it doesn't seem a season of "goodwill towards all men" but a massive buying spree, pressure to provide the latest, most expensive gifts....for what reason ?

    I would rather buy my children something nice every month of the year than overwhelm them with a barrow load of goodies on Christmas day...but it just doesn't work that way!

    Then there is the other side, the gathering of families. I find this can be a very difficult time for families, too much pressure over the whole occasion for everyone to truly relax and enjoy themselves. Everyone knows one obnoxious relative who will spoil the occasion !

    The only thing I do like about Christmas is remembering those people you have fallen out of contact with, and remembering to send them a card, or receiving one from someone you have forgotten!

    I would like Christmas a lot more if it was a bi-ennial event !!!!

    What do others think of Christmas?
     
  2. oddtodd

    oddtodd Premium Member

    Now that my niece and nephew are 8 and 6 I get to see the childhood amazement that I forgot about so long ago.....

    The guy across the street from me put up his tree on monday , never snows here so it helps with the holiday cheer . ( Still a wee bit early tho')

    Catching up with friends and family and children who still believe in Santa are what it's all about for me . I ignore the commercials (TIVO)
     
  3. Aubiefan05

    Aubiefan05 Member

    Wow, Helenhaven, you pretty much summed up my exact feelings about the holidays. It seems like everyone stresses so much over having a good times, that it's sort of a futile exercise...

    I've honestly come to dread the holidays, I know it sounds bad, but it's so much pressure to be the perfect family and have a great time while the true "meaning" of everything seems to get lost in all the commercialism.
     
  4. oddtodd

    oddtodd Premium Member

    Aren't you asking for a puppy this year ? that will solve many issues !
     
  5. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    Well, the Christmas feeling can be easily gotten. How about each person go out on Christmas Day and volunteer at a soup kitchen. Buy some small presents and take to an orphanage. Go to a Childrens hospital and volunteer to read a christmas story. Heck, even just walk down the street and say Merry Christmas to a perfect stranger.

    Why has christmas become what it is? Not because of the commercials. It is easy to blame them, but the fact is, we have mostly become self centered people that do not truly believe is spreading good will, but receiving the coolest present. How many people volunteer to help the needy? How many truly spread goodwill? How many actually care about the problems or hardships of others? It is easy to say that we do, but actions speak louder than words.

    I myself will be at a orphanage christmas dinner that my lodge donates to every year. The smiles on their faces make it worth it. Even if just for christmas, get out and help someone in need and the christmas spirit will come flooding back!
     
  6. Aubiefan05

    Aubiefan05 Member

    Nope, no puppies on the list this year, although it would be tempting. ;) I'm going to wait until after I move next spring before I start German Shepherd shopping...being patient is tough sometimes!
     
  7. Aubiefan05

    Aubiefan05 Member

    I agree with you on that, I'm involved with a few Christmas service projects through school clubs, and there is definitely no better way to get into the "Christmas spirit." (My personal favorite part of Christmas is when I take my dog along with my youth group to visit residents at the local nursing home, he's got a Santa hat and a jingle bell collar and everything :D , the elderly people get a huge kick out of him) .

    I hope I didn't come across as spoiled in my earlier post, I guess I just get frustrated for some of the reasons you stated, it seems like Christmas becomes a "gimme gimme" contest and the good works get lost in the shuffle too often.

    I believe statistics have shown that depression is often increased during the holidays, any thoughts/opinions on the validity and/or cause of that?
     
  8. Waxy cheesecake

    Waxy cheesecake Premium Member

    Thief!! You stole the words right out of my mouth!:lol: Seriously, I haven't and probably will never forget the Christmas feeling. I suggest that any Christian family that is listening and doesn't already do this does this, on the night before Christmas read the section of the Bible that tells the Christmas story, aloud and reenact it with your family. My family does it every christmas and it helps me remember what Christmas is really about.
     
  9. DreamLandMafia

    DreamLandMafia Premium Member

    I looove Christmas. The snow, the eggnog, SANTA!!!, the tree, the mistletoe :D, the family (erggggg), the friends :), the music, everything. Seriously, around Christmas the TV is almost never on in my room, damn commericals and people with there perfect familys on Christmas make me SICK!! And Christmas is the 1 time in the year that I actually go to Church, not to pray or any crap like that, but to be with the people in the community, plus the choir is damn good, Oh Holllly NIIIIGHT!!! I might also be going to my uncle's house to celebrate Festivus.
     
  10. Bleys

    Bleys Phoenix Takes Flight Staff Member

    :bouncy:

    I love the holidays! I know I'm nuts.

    But I take two or three weeks off and get to play full-time mom. The kids and I make quilts for the women's shelter, we decorate, bake cookies and candies and we do "girl stuff." The last couple of years my parents have talked me into bringing the girls to midnight mass at the local catholic church. It really is a wonderful event and nothing gets you into the spirit of the holiday.

    Take some time this holiday season to remember its true sentiment - peace on earth and goodwill towards man.

    Bleys.
     
  11. Icewolf

    Icewolf Premium Member

    This might sound bad but i'm 14 and already I see Christmas for what it is a grand money making scheme brainwashing kids to buy the most expensive gifts, it's not the kids fault TV shouldn't be allowed to advertise for kids they're too easily won over.
     
  12. OhIgnorantOne

    OhIgnorantOne Member

    WOW YOU GO
    JCMINJAPAN !

    I'll BE DOING
    THE SAME !!!

    YOUR MOMMA
    RAISED YOU
    RIGHT :saint2: