YES! YES! YES! I really loathe this time of year for many of the same reasons you do, jpb. I try really hard to be happy about it, but I am SO glad when the new year rolls around. I've got too much baggage to be happy about Christmas. But I try not to spoil it for my husband and daughter by trying REALLY hard to be happy in front of them. I gave up on Christmas with my family of origin 15 years ago. That has helped some. I'd be perfectly happy if I could just skip the whole thing, but I've got a little one, and I want Christmas to be special for her. I am glad I found this thread, though.