The Grinch of allnurses.com - page 4

Okay, not to be a Grinch, but really Christmas has become just so ridiculous. We all want this season to be happy with family get togethers, joy, peace and harmony. However, there are certain... Read More

  1. by   not.done.yet
    This made me laugh - at myself. I was all prepared to feel Grinchy about your Grinchiness, because I freaking love the holidays. However, you have some really really valid points and I got the giggles.
  2. by   not.done.yet
    Quote from No Stars In My Eyes
    I had terrific, FUN Christmases as a child. It's only well after that that I grew to dislike Christmas. Hubby's whole family was together for one of our first Christmases, and I was shocked to see everyone's gifts piled beside them, and suddenly they all grabbed their gifts and start tearing off the wrapping...everybody.... all at once! Noise, everybody talking, paper ripping and flying around. You couldn't tell who gave what to whom, and you couldn't watch the person open YOUR gift and get to see their reaction. To me, that was awful, and quite disappointing.

    In my family, first we'd all get our stockings and bring them to the table and begin digging in one little present at a time, watching other's just as much as opening our own stuff. Lots of laughter and fun. We'd put in the stockings a lot of funny or practical, just interesting or frequently peculiar little presents. Even flashlight batteries were wrapped; my dad used to wrap quarters, and one year I gave every person a different pair of animal magnets; my dad got two scotty-dogs, one black and one white; if you put them face to face they would spin around until the dogs were nose to tail. He laughed and laughed until tears ran down his cheeks and kept chuckling for long after. It was amazing to me, because he laughed like I've never seen him laugh before! But whatever, it was always fascinating. We loved to find odd little things that no one would ever expect, so every Christmas, the stockings were kind of a 'contest' as to who could find the most bizarre or weird things to give.

    After the stockings were empty, we would eat breakfast and then get dressed before going in to the living-room tree with all the gifts under it. We had one of us hand out presents one-by-one, trying to make sure everyone got their turn to open a gift before going back to the first person, who would then get their second present. There were usually 7 of us there, and we all watched to see who it was from and then what it was. It made the present opening last several lazy hours, and everyone got to enjoy everyone else's gifts in addition to their own. You ended up feeling you had a lot more Christmas than if you just opened your presents in a rush. Never saw any person or family who did Christmas like we did, and felt very let down by that.

    { As POTUS would so eloquently say, "Sad." }
    This is similar to how we do things and my family (Mom and brothers) kind of does things more like your in-laws. Both can be fun but I raised my kids for the way your family does it. I am SO wrapping quarters this year! lol!
  3. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    n.d.y.
    Your post made me feel happy that someone somewhere knows how to enjoy a relaxed (and goofy) Christmas!
  4. by   billswife
    I haven't read the whole thread, so forgive me if this is repetitive. It has taken me a long time, but I have learned to (mostly) opt out of the holiday madness. The gifts I feel I MUST buy (grandchildren , for instance) I buy on Amazon and utilize their gift wrap and direct delivery services, and I aim to finish this by Dec. 3rd or 4th. That leaves the rest of the month free to emerse myself in my spiritual celebrations and personal Christmas joys. I avoid shopping, even for groceries, as much as possible in December. If I do have to get grocery suppliesco try to go at night when the aggressive holiday shoppers are seldom present.
  5. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    I punched out of Christmas years ago after way too many Cecil B DeMille, over-choreographed, bankruptcy inducing stress fests when raising my kids with my ex. These days I go to the islands that week and try to skip the BS entirely. I'm not overly religious so I don't really miss the spiritual aspect either. When I first started doing this I figured I could get a great deal at an all-inclusive on the beach. I was very wrong. The places are jammed packed with similarly-minded "grinches" who would rather dine on doggie-doo then putting up another stupid tree and trying for the forced Norman Rockwell experience.
  6. by   traumaRUs
    You all are great. I love the suggestion of going to the islands especially as I slog thru snow and ice to get to work - grrr.

    My husband is the happiest little XMas elf around. I love this man dearly but whew we have very different ideas about XMas. Just so folks don't think I run around scowling at everyone during November and December, I do enjoy the family get togethers and I especially enjoy spending time with my sons and grandkids.
  7. by   scuba nurse
    The thing I have noticed this year, is the amount of toys, games...etc...that have to do with POOP and the toilet! or boogers! REALLY?? You cant come up with any better games that poop or snot games?? And why does that fascinate people? AND WHO BUYS this stuff??? Crazy!
  8. by   NightNerd
    Weirdly, I find myself enjoying the holidays more as I age. Maybe it's finally being good and done with school, which means I actually have time and energy to really dig into the festivities. I've never been great at gift giving, but I get better every year and have had some winners recently. I also do enjoy the decorations, although I don't go berserk. My boyfriend and I have a healthy level of nonchalance about the holidays, which means we're both content with whatever holiday cheer we end up displaying.

    The only thing I'm super Grinch-like about is Christmas music. It's absolutely wretched. I went to Kohl's, Target, and DSW yesterday and thought I was going to have to tear my eardrums out. Not a fan.
  9. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Oh, my fellow Grinches and Grinchettes--

    My MiL (aka Nannie, who has dementia) is a Christmas-Crazed person, and today was the day that the tree got put up. FORTUNATELY I had to go to a Dr's appt and miss the decorating event. YAAAAYYYYYY!
  10. by   Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP
    You are absolutely right when you stated, "Christmas starts tooooooo early. At Halloween, fully two months before the actual date..."
    I strenuously object to Thanksgiving getting lost in the commercialism shuffle. And I also object to my early December birthday getting lumped in with Christmas. Thank goodness my husband is totally ok with putting up the tree up on Christmas Eve and then leaving it up til January 6 (aka "Old Christmas" in my family of origin). I like to "do holidays" on my own terms. I suppose that makes me a Grinch in some people's eyes, but I prefer to think of it as effective stress management.
  11. by   Davey Do
    The first year that Belinda and I lived together in sin, she decorated the house with Christmas paraphernalia to the point that the living room looked like an explosion in a pawn shop.

    I didn't like it.

    Time passed and Belinda got so good at making our rustic hovel look like a home that, when she put up a little tree last year, it fit in so well and looked so good that I said, "Just leave it up".

    I went to take a pic and show you all the tree, but the Blue Kitty had to get out in front and have her say:

    xmas-jpg
  12. by   Flatline
    Quote from scuba nurse
    The thing I have noticed this year, is the amount of toys, games...etc...that have to do with POOP and the toilet! or boogers! REALLY?? You cant come up with any better games that poop or snot games?? And why does that fascinate people? AND WHO BUYS this stuff??? Crazy!
    Kids have liked that kind of stuff since time immemorial. I have a personal belief that it has something to do with social boundary and personal hygiene development. Remember the Garbage Pail Kids, Ninja Turtles that live in the sewer, the Toxic Crusaders, etc?
  13. by   CalicoKitty
    Quote from Flatline
    Kids have liked that kind of stuff since time immemorial. I have a personal belief that it has something to do with social boundary and personal hygiene development. Remember the Garbage Pail Kids, Ninja Turtles that live in the sewer, the Toxic Crusaders, etc?
    Heh, I remember fart jokes as a kid, and threats to send my brother over to Russia (remember the cold war?) as a stink bomb..... There was a website called "Rate My Poo" not too long ago (not sure if it is still up)... And don't forget all of the other really gross stuff like 2 girls and a cup...... So, yeah, being fascinated & disgusted with bodily functions isn't really new.

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