Anyone here who hate the holidays?
- 12Nov 17, '12 by brian AdminI love the holidays. Is there anyone here who doesn't?
Please share your most dreadful or most memorable holiday stories.
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- 30Nov 17, '12 by nguyency77I loved the holidays when I was a kid.
Not so much now, because of this ridiculous Black Friday nonsense. Every year, some poor retail worker gets trampled to death because some moron decided that a new iPad was clearly more valuable than a Walmart cashier's life.
Honestly? Does anyone need a Kindle Fire THAT badly? Who needs ten flat-screen LED TV's? Do people really have so much time and money on their hands? I don't think anyone here on AN is like that, but it appalls me that some grown adults are prepared to fight other grown adults for a Squinkies playset.
It's disgusting how greedy people get and how little regard some have for a human life in the name of doorbuster sales. "No big deal-- I just trampled the Walmart greeter, but it's ok! At least I got all my Christmas shopping done!"
I feel bad for all the retail workers who have to be away from their families just so others can have a chance to buy cheap items as if the world were ending. I refuse to perpetuate this ridiculous behavior. I will never, ever go to a Black Friday sale.
- 15Nov 17, '12 by KatieP86I hate the holidays. We had a family member die on Christmas day when I was 22. I also get angry at the materialistic aspects of Christmas. I have a friend who gets into debt every year (and spends the next 10 months paying off the credit cards) in order to get her kids the latest flashiest toys and accessories- kids interest in them lasts 5 minutes!
- 40Nov 17, '12 by dirtyhippiegirlGoing to be my first holiday without my mom. Was poking around Walgreen's the other night and found a very soft blanket -- I immediately thought "mom would love this for Christmas" and then remembered that I won't be buying her anything for Christmas.
I bought the blanket for myself instead.
- 9Nov 17, '12 by BenedinaLove any and all holidays, the smaller and sillier the better. I like to cook crepes for candlemas, light a campfire on midsummer's eve, and read spooky stories on Halloween. (WORLD'S SHORTEST GHOST STORY: "He reached for the matches, and the matches were put into his hand." Swiped from somewhere.)
Our limit on Christmas gifts worked just fine: one nice thing each, meant to be fulfill a dear wish of the kid. In addition: one book, maybe one CD or DVD. Period. If I couldn't afford such things, I would have settled for something handmade. A woman on NPR just described the dollhouse her parents made during hard economic times, with a tin can elevator worked by yarn, and that sounds unbeatable to me.
Some friends have had tragic events during the holidays and they understandably take no more pleasure in them. I probably wouldn't either, but life has been kind to me in that regard. Next week all my kids will be in town for Thanksgiving, and, for me, life just doesn't get any better than that.
- 5Nov 17, '12 by Paco-RNI don't like the holidays much anymore. Ever since my mom passed away in 2001, Thanksgiving and Christmas have lost their meaning quite a bit. I have been dating someone for several years now who is originally from another country that does not celebrate Thanksgiving at all, so working on Thanksgiving (including Black Fri) is something I don't mind doing at all. My favorite part of the holidays has been New Years Eve, because for me it means all the holiday nonsense is over. Christmas this year may be a little different in that I will be part of their family now, so perhaps it will be as special as it was when I was a kid. Let's see!
- 2Nov 17, '12 by CT PixieHate holidays, but put on the brave face for my kids and husband who live for them.
My dad died on Easter, my grandfather died on Christmas Eve and my grandmother died on Thanksgiving day. (Their anniversary was Thanksgiving day, well, they married on Thanksgiving day and every year after they celebrated on the holiday not the actual date). My most favorite pet was dx's with cancer a few days before Thanksgiving and we had to put her down the day after Christmas. I think of all the major holidays in the year I have either had a close friend or family member die or we buried them either a day before or a day after the holiday.
Nope, not a fan. I always wonder who'll be taken from us as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approach.
But as I said, I try as hard as possible to seem like I enjoy the holidays for my kids.