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Its not Christmas itself that I'm sick of but all the gift buying and commercialism. I find us buying gifts for family I don't even like. There are a lot of people I'd like to buy for and just can't afford.

But as for myself, when asked by several people what I wanted for Christmas this year, I was at a loss. Oh I could think of lots of expensive things mostly associated with tools or the car but beyond that its not anything I truly need.

I truly don't NEED anything. I've got WAAAAY too much stuff. I sometimes wonder what it would be like if all my possessions were wiped out and I had no job or maybe not even a home, what would I do? How would I start over? I think I'd start by finding a job to get some money saved in the bank and have my mailing address as one of my relatives. Then I'd be a drifter. No phones, no pagers. No electronics unless its a radio. Hiking across the country, stay and work for a while and then move on. Camping out here and there sometimes. Sounds pretty crazy doesn't it?

I think I would move around....a lot. Travel the world. I'd live in unusual places. A cabin in the mountains, a small flat in London. I wouldn't mind living in a garage surrounded by cars or in a big abandoned warehouse. Maybe something underground at one point, maybe something at the top of a tower or tree.

Just some thoughts. Maybe I've just lost my mind.
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Frank said:
Its not Christmas itself that I'm sick of but all the gift buying and commercialism. I find us buying gifts for family I don't even like. There are a lot of people I'd like to buy for and just can't afford.

I know what you mean, I spend all of my money at christmas for stuff that people probably wont even like, and you try and feel good, but it doesnt work, you just get mad thinking of all the money that you have just wasted.:mad:
im ready to go crush some christmas lights now:D
 

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Think about this. Who's birthday is it? Why are you buying stuff for people when it isn't their birthday? Jesus said that if you feed the poor then you are feeding Him. If you give to the poor, then you are giving to Him. Try doing something for someone that you dont even know that may be less fortunate than you. You might actually feel good about Christmas again.
 

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I'm just sick of all the idiots out and about. :mad: I still have to go back to the mall. I'm dreading it. I actually drove into the parking lot 3 times the other day, but couldn't make myself find a spot and left for other close stores. I have definitely lost my mind. Hopefully it'll be back after Christmas.
 

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I know exactly what you mean.:( I feel like an absolute jackass but this is about the shittiest part of each year for me. I know it is Christmas but no one in my family will come off with the money to buy what I really " need " and the same goes for me buying stuff for them. I want to spend thousands of dollars on my friends and family but I just can't bring myself to spend that kind of money for Christmas. All of the stress of traveling and doing the shopping for these mystery people to find that " perfect " gift but at the same time try to stay in a decent price range fucking drives me nuts. I wish we could all just get together for dinner, get drunk, and go riding 4-wheelers all day long instead of doing all this gift exchanging shit.:eek:
 

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That is why you buy presents for yourself!
 

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I'm sick of the whole commercial side of Christmas too. For the last few years, I've been trying to talk my family into skipping the gift exchange (except for stuff for the kids) and donating all of that wasted money to charity. Nobody has gone for it so far. Next year, I may get them all cards that say "A $xx donation to such and such charity has been made in your name". They may be disappointed at first, but surely they would realize the value before long.
 

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JRam said:
I'm sick of the whole commercial side of Christmas too. For the last few years, I've been trying to talk my family into skipping the gift exchange (except for stuff for the kids) and donating all of that wasted money to charity. Nobody has gone for it so far. Next year, I may get them all cards that say "A $xx donation to such and such charity has been made in your name". They may be disappointed at first, but surely they would realize the value before long.
Sounds like a great idea to me. At least someone understands what Christmas is about.
 

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In Sunday school this morning the teacher asked everyone to relate a Christmas memory. Everyone related one from their childhood. Christmas is about children. My own best personal memories about Christmas all come from my childhood.

So..... we get past the commercialism (even noted in the Charlie Brown Christmas movie we watch every year that was made years ago LOL) and make it about our children. It's all worth it when we see their excitement on Christmas morning.

And we also emphasise the reason for the season :)
 

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can't believe this

you guys are all on here saying you are tired of this and that part of christmas, well you should be thankful that you get to expierence those things. me i am stuck here(san diego) with no place to go. my christmas will be sitting in my room watching tv and sleeping, no family to spend it with, no friends to spend it with, i will be totally alone. for my christmas dinner i get to go to the lovely chow hall and eat that shit. yea i know there are some people out there that don't even get that, but i still feel this way. i have not had a christmas in three years. every single year i am stuck in my room not doing a damn thing. so every time you are sick of this and that of christmas be glad you actually get to expierence that little part of christmas.


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I feel ya Frank. I have a ton of things I want, none of which I need.

That my friend is when we need to volunteer or dive into the spirt of the holiday more! Give back, if just once a year, for the things you HAVE.

Whether you celebrate the Christian reason for the season, or just because it's everywhere, this is the time of year when we can reflect on how are lives are. Good, bad, okay...all by taking a good look around at the charities hard at work. Does one need to stop at YOUR home? Are all your friends and family intact? (Liked or NOT?) :p Then damn, you should be pulling them under the mistletoe and hoping this fun season doesn't end.

I love the commercial side of Christmas. GOD I LOVE IT! I know the true meaning of the holiday and celebrate that first and foremost. But we all need a break from reality and the month of Dec. is mine. It's a cleansing and regrouping time for me. Bringing me closer to the ones I forgot along the way, and those whom I've never met before. Without the commercialized side of it - altho it should last year-long - some charities wouldn't pull together so much stronger and accomplish so much more. Because the season makes so many volunteers WANT to give back and then soooooo many others benefit and unite.

Man, that's worth the little annoyances when you see so many people give up their time to help someone else. :) Awesome. I could go on for days, but I'll simply close with Merry Christmas!
 

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JRam said:
I'm sick of the whole commercial side of Christmas too. For the last few years, I've been trying to talk my family into skipping the gift exchange (except for stuff for the kids) and donating all of that wasted money to charity. Nobody has gone for it so far. Next year, I may get them all cards that say "A $xx donation to such and such charity has been made in your name". They may be disappointed at first, but surely they would realize the value before long.
I think I made the wrong impression. I'm not a scrooge. I think I'm a country boy that has become too cityfied. I often feel like I was born a century too late. I would long for a simpler life whether it was Christmas time or not. And I don't mean for any of what I'm about to say sound like bragging. JRam we did that last year. It seems like the perfect thing to do. Its a win-win. We just hadn't gotten around to it this year...its not too late though.

Each year my wife and I spend more on the "Angel Tree" that we do on ourselves or family. It is an incredible feeling. We save our coins in a big jar. Every year a few weeks before Christmas we count it up and at least match the amount. We often add more. We then take this money and use it for the Angel Tree or use it to help a family that we learn is in need. Its a tradition my wife and I started. We have about $350 in coins this year we'll be matching. If you shop wisely, the money really stretches out.

I guess I'm just kinda bummed. I'm having trouble embracing the whole season right now. This will be the first Christmas since my Dad passed away. :(
 
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