Having to see, and try to be nice to, relatives that you really don't like. I don't see them virtually for the whole rest of the year (their choice-not mine)and yet for this time I have to paste on a happy face and play nice, when I'd really rather tell them exactly what I think!
I dislike the consumeristic expectations that the media places onto people. Aka, spending big is the way to everyone's heart at Christmas. This is so not the case! It's time they stop reminding us it's not how much we spend but what we purchase if we do for others! But yes, I am all for the retail industry gaining a boost because this means more retail staff are employed and that (in my situation) is a good thing when on university break.
The thing is that's NOT why a lot of people celebrate Christmas. To many people it is no longer a religious holiday. Instead it's about spending time together with family and enjoying each other's company. The feasting and gift giving part of things predates Christianity.
Jennifer...Jennifer not this old walnut again...lol
Do you remember what the question said
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I am answering a question, that's all.
You & I had already covered this topic in another question, and I took
notice how you defended your thoughts, I said 'fair enough'.
But now if you would just understand, there are others who feel as I do.
Same as there are others who feel as you do.
That is why we are all here, not to out do one another, but be fair, and please allow me to at least answer this question, without once again trying to tell me
the real reason.
That is your opinion, I do not share that same line of thought.
I am sorry, I didn't mean to make you at all reluctant to answer questions here. I enjoy reading your answers and your responses. I am sure other people do too. You said that people are oblivious as to why THEY are celebrating Christmas, not why you celebrate it. I had to disagree because I think most people probably do have a good idea what they themselves are celebrating. Having a different reason from you doesn't mean they are ignorant or confused about it. I get what you are celebrating, and completely support your right to do so, I just think you were generalising. That's not really what I was talking about in the other question. At least, I don't think so. I would have to go and re-read it. I didn't say I thought anything in particular was the "real" reason to celebrate Christmas. It varies from person to person. That was my point.
I agree with this. Too many people these days are trying to claim that Christmas is just a holiday with no religious connections. I totally disagree that this is even possible when the origin of this festival is to celebrate Christ's Mass hence 'Christmas'. By all means have your family get togethers, give each other gifts (as did the Magi give gifts to baby Jesus), eat special foods etc but please if you do not recognise Christ's role in this, call your celebrations something else!
Bever, if non Christians can't use the name "Christmas" for our celebrations, surely Christians shouldn't be allowed to enjoy any of the non-Christian aspects of the holiday (Santa, gift giving, Christmas trees, mistletoe, holly wreaths and the feast, pagan traditions all). It's only fair. Or could we maybe all just agree to let people pick and choose why and how the celebrate their holiday?
Funny you should say that...in my house there is no Christmas tree, for that reason.We have banned santa because we believe the fat guy gets all the attention, and we want Christ too.
The food, well that is ok for us as Christians as we have a birthday meal for all our Birthdays, and so we love that part of Christmas....Having a feast is part of the Bible for special occasions.Giving gifts! the three wise men had a gift each, nothing wrong with that I can see.
To me, it seems strange people who do not believe in Christ would celebrate Christmas.
Bit like buying a car, and you don't drive.but! that's my opinion only.
When I worked in retail the Christmas music playing everywhere all the time from November onwards used to really annoy me because I couldn't get away from it.
What else... Um, people trying to pressure me into eating more food than I want to because there is too much. I like food, but there are limits!
The way everything shuts down can be a bit annoying too. Most of the usual activities I take the kids too aren't on (that's more a school holidays thing than a Christmas thing) and it can sometimes be a bit harder to keep them occupied and a bit lonely.
I don't like the mass consumerism (and extra shoppers) that comes with Christmas and the fact that people will go into debt to buy things for others that they don't need. Everything else about it is great!
Just the rush of everything - I've still not put up the tree and unsure when this will happen!? Need to squash in a visit to santa and our weekends are full - last weekend we had three events to attend on the Saturday and 2 on the Sunday - it's just exhausting!
There are many things that annoy me about Christmas: some of those things were mentioned here, like crowds, everything is closed, things become more expensive etc. For this reason, we celebrate Christmas with food and family. We don't do gifts, because we have Giving Day which happens at another time or two times a year when prices aren't through the roof and shopping centres aren't busy. This works for us and the kids love having Giving Day a few times a year.
Christmas is OK but I have a son who has his own agenda and no other family so it doesn't mean much to me. What I hate is that after Christmas all the Easter stuff appears in the supermarkets which we have to endure for 4 months. Easter eggs and buns should be appropriate to the occasion - it's just another money making scheme by the supermarkets.
The biggest thing that really annoys me about christmas is that it was a Pagan festival stolen, like all others, by the christians. Their way of ethnic cleansing. Then they have the cheek to get on their high horses because you are then forced to take a holiday for something you do not believe in. You are stuck at home because the price of everything has doubled and you can't go camping or on holiday because everywhere is full of children.
There's nothing for me to hate about Christmas in fact I love Christmas because it's the time of the year where family members from far and near gather together. Lots of joy, laughter, and happiness. However, what frustrate me is gifts buying. It's time consuming to carefully think about what would be a meaningful and practical Xmas gift for each and everyone (especially if you have a long list of names to buy for).
ALL of it, particularly the way it's been totally commercialised. Just hate it.
Invisible Bow Slipper
I hate it, every part of it.
Particularly since it has become the reason for greedy commercialisation. Gross & crass to the nth degree!
It's the cause of people becoming very unhappy, to the point of depression, & beyond.
It's when people who can't stand each other for the rest of the year feel they HAVE to get-together, even though it's hot, they eat too much, & definitely drink way too much alcohol, thus affected, 'words' get spoken, & then there's a rip-roaring argument or fight, to the point, in extreme, that people have been killed.
People spend money they don't have, on gifts that recipients' don't want. The amount of food wasted would feed a third-world country. Excesses, in EVERYTHING, abound, in the 'name' of it.
Hate Xmas carols. Must drive shop assistants' nuts having to listen to them EIGHT hours' a day, for approx TWO months' prior!
Am SO pleased when it's ALL over, & have twelve months' before the stupidity starts again,
The shopping! And the shopping centres. So busy, noisy and crowded. This year we donating money to a charity in lieu of shopping for the adults in my family. I'm so pleased. Giving money to worthwhile causes feels much more "christmassy" to me than spending money in shops.