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The Grinch of allnurses.com

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traumaRUs has 25 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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Christmas and the holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, family togetherness and happiness….well they are SUPPOSED to be…. You are reading page 2 of The Grinch of allnurses.com. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

klone has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and works as a Director of OB Services.

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I just relocated to a new state, and the rest of the family is not joining me until right around Christmas. I just had the thought yesterday "Dang, I still need to, like buy gifts and decorate!" SO wish I could just not, but of course, children kind of expect it. Sigh.

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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The Grinch of allnurses.com ... surely I'm not alone?

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For the most part I despise Christmas. Why do stores feel the need to play a constant track of Christmas music, every damn song? I promise I won't forget that I am obliged to buy a bunch of crap for everybody I know and some people I don't know if you just do like every 3rd song. I absolutely hate the pressure. I never live up. Ever.

There are a few things I like at Christmas. I love my children's Christmas concerts at school. I like seeing lights on other people's houses. I like nativity scenes. I like the smell of a real Christmas tree, and I like to sit and look at it at night.

I absolutely love the idea of caroling. One day, my children "brass caroled" me and I burst into tears of joy. I would love to get carolers. I'm half tempted to post my address with a cash offer.

I make it a point to watch National Lampoon's Christmas vacation as my therapy for my Christmas stress. If I fight with my husband or have a Christmas tantrum, it is a necessity. I prescribe it to myself.

I would love to have a no presents Christmas. It's the gift giving that really gets me down. I love Thanksgiving.

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CalicoKitty has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Med-Surg Nurse.

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I was walking into my job one day, and there was holiday music playing. It was in the elevators. In the halls. I was really started to contemplate quitting because the music was driving me crazy. I walk into a patient's room, and it was playing there, too! I really couldn't imagine a hospital piping that stuff in their rooms.

Lo and behold, Pandora decided that i wanted to hear that on my phone without earphones. Crisis averted.

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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I was really started to contemplate quitting because the music was driving me crazy.

You did win a big contest and hit a mother lode, CalicoKitty. But please: continue to work as a nurse.

We need you.

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and works as a Retired/Disabled Nurse and Blogger.

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I love Christmas and almost everything about it...except for those sappy movies on the Hallmark, Lifetime, and Ion channels. They're all the same, like Trauma said, and the saccharine nature of these things makes me want to gag.

Other than that-and the ubiquitous Mariah Carey and Michael Jackson Christmas songs on the radio-I'm content to let the season unfold. I'm on a fixed income and can't afford gifts, but I try to do something nice for everyone; I also LOVE to decorate and make Christmas cookies and fudge. I miss the holidays we had when my family lived in the big house in the woods and had plenty of everything, but Christmas has changed and it's OK. Last Christmas we even went to Disney World. This year, who knows?

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K+MgSO4 has 10 years experience and works as a nurse unit manager.

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I am single and my family is OS so I can avoid most of it.

My biggest issue is that I have 3 Christmas mad staff who have made me enter the ward in the Christmas decorating competition and they have gone from being sensible, excellent nurses to being crackpots. I put my foot down and said no decorating until 1st Dec. I had the 30th Nov off so they may of gone rouge but not back until Monday so que sera.

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canoehead has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a RN ER.

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I dislike the commercialism of Christmas. I get around it by buying my gifts through the year, so I'm all set and done by the end of Sept or Oct. Then the flurry of catalogues hit, and I look them over but it takes a really good deal to move me. If it involves going to the mall in December, nothing will move me, I'm just not up for it.

I have my tree up well in advance so I can enjoy it a good long time. I've thought about leaving it up to get me through the winter, but neighbors will talk.

Family get togethers have been a lot of ego rubbing for my family, I'm less into it as I get older. Enough said. I'm planning about four nights of volunteering at the homeless shelter locally, and bringing special treats with me

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Elfriede has 40 years experience.

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The Xmas-problem in our store is our manager.

The whole december you can´t take a step in

the office. Everywhere boxes and bags with

decoration. You hardly find a place to work.

:grumpy:

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I like Christmas. Decorations at home in the house, the barn , etc. Holiday baking and other foods. Outside trees and buildings decorated with the old-fashioned big lights that you can't buy anymore. Red and green saddle blankets when riding. Even house cats climbing in the tree. Lots of snow...feeding the birds (homemade suet cakes) and other wildlife. I watch allll the old shows I grew up with every year without fail...Family get together...big meals.

Yep, love it...

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wondern has 20 years experience.

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I like Christmas but only for a couple weeks. I agree with TraumaRUs that it starts way too early! I don't want to listen to Christmas music on Thanksgiving either, so I just change the channel. I'm happy I can shop on the www. I sure want to avoid that craziness if I like to think of the sweet baby Jesus and it makes me smile when I think of him as an 8lb., 6oz. precious baby in a golden fleecy diaper with tiny little balled up fists...

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traumaRUs has 25 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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Thanks everyone. I'm in good company! Let the Grinchmas begin!

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