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Anyone here who hate the holidays?

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I love the holidays. Is there anyone here who doesn't?

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I 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!" :yeah:

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.

I do not like the holidays much.

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dirtyhippiegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in PDN; Burn; Phone triage. Has 8 years experience.

Going 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.

Love 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.

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PacoUSA, BSN, RN

Specializes in PCU / Telemetry. Has 8 years experience.

I 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!

lovingtheunloved, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, home health, critical care. Has 12 years experience.

I detest the holidays. I have no family, and it really sucks when you're bombarded with how much of a "family" time it is.

BostonTerrierLover, BSN, RN

Specializes in Adult/Ped Emergency and Trauma. Has 16 years experience.

I'm gonna look up "Holiday" on Wikipedia, I remember that word from my youth, huh......holiday?

eatmysoxRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg,Cardiac. Has 1 years experience.

I enjoy the holidays although in the past I typically set my ideas too high and spent time being disappointed. This year I am going to try to merely enjoy time with family and friends. And probably coworkers for my measley $2 extra pay.

CT Pixie, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

Hate 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.

tokmom, BSN, RN

Specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff. Has 30 years experience.

Not as much as I used to. It's too commercialized. Remember when even the gas station was closed? You filled up your car a few days before. If you forgot the whipping cream on the way to the relatives, you went without, because everything was closed.

Christmas didn't start until well after Thanksgiving. I really miss those simplier times.

I'm with one of the posters when it comes to 'stuff'. Why do people fight over TV's and silly gadgets that will be tossed in the closet in less than a year? The only Black Friday I go to is a local grocery store that has clothing, electronics. They have a really good sock sale, lol. That's my black friday.

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That Guy, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency/Cath Lab. Has 6 years experience.

Holidays never really meant anything to me as a kid. As my family size slowly starts to reach zero, it means more and more to me to see the ones I care about. My GF is really getting me into the Christmas spirit now too. She gets so excited for the smallest things, like putting up our tree, looking at and hanging all the ornaments that we got as kids, and actually having the time to spend around each other and making christmas cookies for the family and my ER. That is the holidays to me. I doubt we get each other anything this year other than a small little fun present, and that is all I can ever ask for.

DSkelton711

Specializes in OB/GYN/Neonatal/Office/Geriatric. Has 25+ years experience.

I want to love the hoidays, but with people shopping til their dropping on Black Friday for stuff, while others struggle to keep themselves warm makes me more sad than happy. Rather than "stuff" or "things", I just want to be with family/loved ones and relax as much as possible.

redhead_NURSE98!, ADN, BSN

Specializes in Med/surg, Quality & Risk. Has 9 years experience.

Going 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.

I had that with Father's Day this year. I always look for two cards. Got the first and was looking for the second when I realized, no FIL this year. Sad. My condolences to you.

nursefrances, BSN, RN

Specializes in Ambulatory Surgery, Ophthalmology, Tele. Has 6 years experience.

I feel for those who have lost loved ones around the holidays. :hug:

I love the holidays. Yes, it is SO commercialized but that doesn't mean it has to be in my home. I have certain things I love to do each year. We decorate our tree while playing the nutcracker suite CD. I have ornaments from the year each of our children were born and they like to hang their own ornament on the tree. I also have a graduation hat ornament from nursing graduation and an ornament from my wedding that I like to hang on the tree. My Husband's dear grandma (we call her "Great", for great-grandma) passed away a couple of years ago. I have an ornament with her picture on it. We hang it on the tree and talk about all the fun times we had with her and all of her stories that she would tell us over and over each time we saw her. (Living in New York in the olden days, etc.)

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My son and I put together a lego village and we put a train set around the tree. On Christmas morning we open presents together. It is for the kids. My hubby and I don't buy for each other. If anything, I will put some candy in our stockings for us to munch on while the kids eat their candy from their stockings. I have a budget of $100-150 per kid. (I only have two kids) Since times have been tough the last few years we don't buy for the nieces and nephews (and we tell brothers and sisters not to buy for our kids). It's just too expensive and all the kids are older teens now (except for my twelve year old). I will bake and make fudge and take it to relatives we visit. One thing that bugs me is seeing people in stores buying stuff just to buy it. When I get a gift, there is thought put into it.

With all the hustle and bustle, sometimes it is easy to forget why we really celebrate the season.

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imintrouble, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC Rehab Med/Surg. Has 16 years experience.

I don't do Black Friday, never have. People behave like savages, and I don't want to bear witness.

It's not that I don't like holidays, it's just the extra stuff I have to do on top of all the stuff I already do. It can be exhausting.

I've had little old ladies come to the hospital with vague complaints of this and that. They hold court in their room for 3-4 days through XMas.

Usually they'll confide to me eventually that they just didn't want to clean their house. Or that they didn't have any gifts bought. Or that they just didn't want to host a party at their house.

We spend thousands of dollars on labs, Xrays, tele, EKGs.... just because the pt wanted to escape the holiday.

Maybe I'll be that little old lady one of these days.

RetRN77

Specializes in Labor/Delivery, Pediatrics, Peds ER. Has 20 years experience.

I 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!

I hope so, Paco-RN. Having to carry on without those near and dear is so difficult, as is having loved ones pass near the holidays. I so hope and pray you and others hurting at this time find a renewed reason to draw joy from the season.

Special hugs to CT Pixie.

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vintage_RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 6 years experience.

I've lost loved ones...but I still love the holidays. Yes, Christmas is commercialized and it's terrible but why let that ruin your spirit? It doesn't have to be for you if you don't let it. I am a Christmas fanatic...everything about it...the decorations, baking, traditions, and most of all - spending time with family. There are just so many traditions and memories and I get so excited about every little thing. Never really buy much...I handmake all my gifts and do lots of baking and crafting....no running to Walmart for this or that for me! I already have Christmas music and candles going...cozied up with some hot chocolate as I type this! Hubby and I are going to Toronto for the annual Christmas parade tomorrow...it's honestly one of our favourite and most anticipated days of the year. We're both like little kids...and when we have kids...I'll make sure it's as special for them too, because my mother hates Christmas and I really have to try and pump her up for it!