I'm not a big fan of Christmas.  Yes it's nice to see my cousins every couple of years as they live quite far away but other than that I don't see the point in making a big deal of it.  It might sound selfish but I don't get to do what I want to do.

A couple of years ago, when I still had my own flat, I said I wasn't going to do Christmas any more but I haven't been able to keep with that as I was forced to move back in with my parents about 18 months ago.  I do have enough money to get a flat when the New Year comes and that is exactly what I intend to do.  I really don't like how such a big deal is made of Christmas, not for any religious reasons but as a general rule.  I would be more than happy to sleep late, laze around and have a pizza on Christmas Day but I can't do that because: firstly I live with my parents but secondly, even when I lived away from home I was told when to be there for Christmas.  I'm not that close with my parents, of course I appreciate everything they have done for me but I cannot wait to get out and live in town again rather than the back of beyond.

Ugh, while I'd never do anything like that I can understand why suicides spike this time of year...

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Comment by Amy L. Cook on December 5, 2011 at 12:44pm

I am forced into not one but THREE seperate christmas celebrations. Sometimes four. 'Ugh' is right. At least everyone in my family is a pretty good cook, so there is yummy food to look forward to! I also like the spirit of giving. I was, of course, really in to geting a lot of presents when I was a kid, but now I find it more fun to give gifts. It has nothing whatsoever to do with Jesus, for me, I just go for the food. LOL.

At my house, because I did not want my son to grow up having not experienced the joy of having a bunch of presents to open like all of his friends do on X-mas morning, we celebrate Crimbo (yes, from Kingdom of Loathing). 'Uncle Crimbo' os the man with all the toys at my house. LOL. It's too involved to try and explain - you have to be an avid Kingdom of Loathing player (free to play, btw!! www.kingdomofloathing.com) to really get it all, but we make perfectly innocuous bugbear gingerbread cookies and everything!  We have really made it our own. Instead of stockings, I went to Dollar Tree and bought a pack of boxer shorts. I sewed the legs shut so that Uncle Crimbo could 'fill' them with goodies.LMAO. Now that my son is older, Uncle Crimbo has become quite a character: he is an old, ornery drunk guy who smokes cigars and has a team of unruly midgets (no offense intended to any midgets, any where in the world, just a bit of fun!) that make all his toys. He drives a large, powder blue Cadillac, and sometimes he's so drunk that he forgets to by holiday-themed wrapping paper and everything comes wrapped in birthday, wedding, babyshower, etc, wrapping paper. We add to the story every year. Lots of fun!


Comment by Doug Reardon on December 5, 2011 at 12:46pm

Actually, suicides do not "spike" this time of year, May is the month (in the northern hemisphere, at least) with the highest suicide rate.


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