have a holiday? no thanks

When I was a child, I absolutely adored holidays…Christmas was my number one for excitement and hope.  Excited over seeing extended family and hope that this year I would finally get the pony I asked for every year.

Easter was a mixed bag…dressing up in fancy dresses and having to wear gloves and a stupid hat to multiple church services just did nothing for my self-confidence but the candy almost made up for it all.

Halloween was a blast…who didn’t like dressing up and going door to door for sugar?

Independence day with all the barbeques and fireworks, maybe a parade………..wonderful.

Now though……………now, I would do away with all of em.  Just forget every holiday entirely.

ALL OF THEM are now just a reason to sell (or buy) stuff.  And it is usually stuff we don’t need.

Another phone? a pair of shoes? How about that 20 pound box of chocolates?  How do any of them show gratitude for the reason for the holiday?

Fake Santas on every corner ringing bells and asking for coin………

Parents fighting over that last “got to have it this year” toy or electronic doodad

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I saw one “mom” grab another and slap her to get a toy for the sobbing child standing next to her. People standing around staring or just walking by as if it didn’t concern them. (Yes, I got in the middle of it and told them to act like adults or go to jail). Gave the kid a sucker too. poor thing.

As I drove George to rehab this morning, I saw a line snaking around a closed store waiting for it to open up………..and knew they were waiting for some electronic nonsense that would be outdated in February.

I am beginning to hate the sound of Christmas carols. They inevitably start to play sometime around Halloween and don’t stop until Christmas day…..

I am starting to despise the sight of Christmas decorations. Every year they show up earlier and earlier. Craft stores start putting out trees, wreathes and decorations in July now. NO ONE wants to think about buying winter stuff in 101 degree heat.

Heck, the only thing I actually LIKE about any holiday anymore is sitting on that Fake Santa’s lap just to embarrass the hell out of him and everyone around him.

I am pretty sure I need a holiday from Holidays…….

21 thoughts on “have a holiday? no thanks

  1. What are you doing on Santa’s lap??? Thanks for this post, Suze. I put a few flags out on Memorial Day and I dragged the tree from a corner in the room to front and center, then plugged in the lights. Voila, Christmas. No decorations, no garland, just a fake tree with lights. It’s stunningly simple at night. Every holiday is commercialized and I refuse to participate.

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  2. I feel your pain….but, not quite as strongly. I too hate the commercialization of any holiday (and I used to own a shop). I do enjoy the music of the season because I can tune out the ugliness of others with a wonderfully hopeful little ditty and just for a moment think things could get better.
    Years ago, some friends of our instituted a holiday from the holidays idea by taking the family on a vacation to a warmer location in exchange for all the hoopla and presents. Their kiddos loved it and it continues to this day. What a great way to give your family an extended enriched education and avoid the Christmas craziness. Maybe you should consider a holiday from the holidays. My friends highly recommend it.

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  3. I hate the commercialism and profiteering by all and sundry. I sympathise with struggling parents wanting to do the best for their kids, and the Must Have promo hits the shops in July or August. Come Christmas, the kids will want the Something Else that is now all the rage.
    Been there, done that with ungrateful brats and adults alike, getting myself into debt to give them a good Christmas then spending the next 11 months paying it off. No more.
    Hubby and I were both skint when we met. We did our Christmas shopping at car boot sales and got something for everybody. It was FUN finding something for someone in particular that ddn’t cost a fortune.
    Now we are still brassic, nephews and nieces are grown with families of their own and we don’t buy gifts for them, though do send a card. There is no point wasting our money on someone we don’t know and who don’t know us.
    I love our Christmases though…….. I’ve mentioned it loads of times in my blog that Hubby and I have a ten pound dash and an hour to buy silly gifts for each other.

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  4. I agree and I don’t take part in any of the commercialism stuff, but you can’t blame an innocent 20 pound box of chocolates for anything–

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    1. good point……….thanks donnalee!

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  5. Taking a vacation for the holidays would be nice, if one could afford it. We can’t, so we don’t celebrate anything. If we see something we think the other would like to have, we buy it, and give it just because. But buying something because someone told us to, no thanks. Love is everyday, not just for the holidsys. Giving is for anyday, especially when it is a surprise.

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    1. I have another friend that does like you…if Job sees something he know you will absolutely go nuts for, he gets it and gives it any time of year with a Christmas wish. He’s been doing this as long as I’ve known him, over 35 years, and those receiving the gifts truly feel blessed because he thought of you without any prompting.

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      1. I drop the christmas wish, putting in “just because, ” but otherwise I applaud him. Do it because you want to, not because you have to. Go Job!

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      2. That should have been Jon but spellcheck helped and he became job

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      3. I was wondrring, it’s been decades dince I hesrd of anyone named Job. But parents fo strange things to their kids. I once knew a guy with the name Campbell Soups. I felt really sorry for jim.
        My apologies to Jon. Spelchek is a pain.

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      4. Especially painful when you have large Midwestern farmhouse hands and tiny buttons on the phone screen. 😃😃😃

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      5. they both work quite well though…lol

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  6. With each passing year, for the past 10 or so, I feel more and more like skipping the holidays. But, I don’t because of my family … the girls so thrill to the sight and smell of a live, decorated tree, fresh-baked cookies, the Christmas village on the shelf. So, I try, but frankly, it is exhausting to me. Hugs to you and George, Suze!

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    1. I put up a small three and decorated with odd things..it was all for George. he adores the holiday. So it wears his medals from the Army (five of them!), our son’s Army medal from the Iraq War, two dog collars from babies long gone, a small bell he gave me for our anniversary one year…a few strands of garland he had decorated his “ugly Christmas Sweater” with last year, and a string of lights necklace I got as a gag gift . It’s enough.

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  7. Our little condo tree is up, 5 foot, decorated with our annual Swarovski crystal snowflakes, some red balls, and a “That’s enough for this year, ok?”
    I’m in the mood, but stay far away from shopping areas if I can. The kids are grown; they get gift cards.
    But I still do Holiday Greetings cards, by hand, about five an hour. My list has 55 addresses. And I listen to carols and music of the season. This will do.
    The best gift I read in your posting was about taking George… he’s your best gift this Christmas. And I really like his tree!

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  8. I wonder how Christians and Christmas-celebrators suffer through the bombardment of advertising to buy Buy BUY, and the incessant carols over tinny store loudspeakers. One of my radio stations was converted to “all Christmas music” format after Turkey Day! As a Jew, I want to crawl into a time warp seeing the commercialism grow larger and more frenzied every year. My little Chanukah celebration ends with 8 candles and potato pancakes. Does someone really enjoy all this Christmas all the time? The spirituality is eclipsed by the preparations it seems. I feel for you. The energy expended doesn’t seem to match the cost, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Gift giving is not an Olympic sport, but in December it seems to become one. May you all be blessed with peace and total enjoyment of your holiday.

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    1. I received the only thing I wanted for the holiday season this year…my husband’s extended life. I don’t know of anyone above the age of six or seven who actually enjoys Christmas anymore.

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      1. May his recovery continue!!! The best of all gifts!

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