Category Archives: stress of the season

What Christmas Spirit?

It’s that time of year again. Yep. It’s time for the spate of “humorous” articles and blog posts bagging out the Christmas card ‘newsletter’.

Whoa!  Where’d everyone get the sarcasm pills?  Where’s the Christmas spirit peoples?

You know, there’s a lot that I think is hideous, overboard, and pretty much unbearable about Christmas time, but, one of the few redeeming features of this time of year for me is when I get a Christmas card that has some news in it!

OK, sure, you get the painful ones, but for me they are more than compensated for by the news from people that I enjoy hearing from each year. I’d rather put up with a couple of shockers than get no news at all. What’s the alternative? Exchanging a few bits of decorated cardboard with our names on them? To Tracey and family. From Fred, Martha  and family.  What’s the point? Now that is a waste of trees, and a waste of postage money. Never mind the carbon footprint.

I’m getting old enough now to have accumulated friends through life that I can’t possibly keep up with during the year. Life is getting busier and busier, people live all over the country – all over the world.  Sure, a personal letter or email or phone call during the year would be ideal, but face it, it doesn’t happen. The days, weeks, and months slip by, and next thing you know it’s bloody Christmas again.

Should I ditch all those old friends from my life?  There are those that gradually slip from contact completely, but there are more that I do still care to hear from, and to know more than just that they are alive and capable of shelling out for a pack of cheap cards, and postage stamps.

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Filed under miscellaneous minutiae, stress of the season, what the???

The silly season.

I don’t like Christmas. Christmas makes me stressed.

Before you call me the Grinch, be informed that I’m not interested in going around breaking into houses and stealing presents. That would be horrible. But, try as I might, I just can’t get into the whole spirit of spending way too much money on too much crap, and too much food.

Oh look, we’ll go through the motions. I’ll go and spend stupid amounts buying up stuff that I think/hope the girls will like, for the sake of them having some surprises on Christmas morning – for the sake of getting stuff from Santa. But, geez – it is such a hit and miss affair.
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