Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by lunatic59, Dec 9, 2012.
It's the most wonderful time of the year ... FINALLY!
Only 84 days till spring!
I'm not taking the Santa hat off
Also, if you ever find a bug that can "bah" and "hum"... ( a "bah-humbug" ) that will probably be the coolest insect ever.
Well here we are all again ... on the eve of Thanksgiving which means Christmas Shopping season is almost over, right? The radio stations have already all changed to 24/7 Christmas music featuring Elvis, Taylor Swift and the Third grade class of Millard Fillmore elementary.
I'm thinking of converting to a religion that has nothing to to do with Christmas. Maybe Christianity?
Ugh. A radio station here has been playing nothing but Christmas tunes for a few weeks already. Way too early for that noise. The Grinch (real one!) was on the other night. Way too early for that noise. Ugh.
C'mon Luna, you know you're gonna put that Santa hat on you avatar soon enough...
That's only to hide the scar from the lobotomy I'll soon be needing if this keeps up.
My wife has been bugging me non-stop to get all the Christmas purchases made before Thanksgiving. Then, on Thanksgiving Day (Tomorrow already?) She will sit down with the other women-folk and review said purchases and let the exchange games begin, making sure that gifting commitments are all met within the agreed framework of cost, size, brand and returnability. It's like the G20 Summit meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Oh God it's a nightmare isn't it? You know, a couple of years ago I said to my Brothers - let's not get each other Christmas presents, just buy for kids, they love it. Well, my proposal was met with derision, and I was accused of being a scrooge.
But the ironic thing is, that none of us ever have a clue what to buy each other, as we're not that close, so what ends up happening is a customary exchange of either Amazon vouchers, or £20 notes. Now I ask you, is that a well thought out, meaningful gift? My argument was that this is pointless, so I'm happy if you just buy something for my kids, as they're easier to buy gifts for.
If it helps, my Christmas cards are all mailed out and my shopping is DONE. All I need to do now is wrap what's left to wrap. I know, I'm just rubbing it in
I lost my Grandmother 4 days after Christmas, she was basically my main parent growing up. My Evil Ex-Wife stole my kids 8 years ago and ran off to the other side of the country, somehow legally. So no kids for the holiday most times.
Needless to say, I am not a huge fan of this time of year.
That said, prior to the last 10 years I was a huge holiday fan. I still love the lights, the music, the food, really really love the food.
This year, my lovely wife and I are taking an Eastern Caribbean 7 night cruise from Dec 26th through Jan 1st. I am 100% stoked about not being in snow, not decorating, not messing with Christmas dinner, no mess of presents, wrappings, no returns, no guests, no family, no friends. Just sun, sand and ocean.
Merry Christmas to me.
If I am not sending anyone cards or buying anyone presents, does that count as done?
I know you're saying this in the spirit of the season, but it never ceases to amaze me how people can be so proud of this achievement in the same manner as getting their taxes done early and having to pay in.
I've often toyed with the idea of travelling AWAY from Christmas. I envy you.
Does in my book.
We need to start a thread that includes Thanksgiving. Just weekly food shopping was enough to start me off this year.
With all the POS cr*p that the stores put in the aisle, you don't need to block what little space is left discussing recipes or your grandkids. This is one time - PUT THAT NONSENSE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Keep it out of the store aisle.
I pulled into the market parking lot just to pick up some iced tea, but as soon as I saw the lot i said "screw it". It was pandemonium already.
What I'd like to see is a stooges-style pie fight in the bakery section.
To get the equivalent of that, you would have to go to a fabric or quilt supply shop having a MAJOR sale. You would find the so-called ladies fighting over one bolt of fabric. It does sound like cats. I've seen videos of fights over large ticket items like TVs but those fights seem to be male.
You'd be more likely to find the pie fight in a baking contest where those who think they should have won - didn't. The judges usually are the target.
Come December, our nearest town is a no-go area. By that I mean you can try to drive in there, but you don't go anywhere. Weekends in particular.
Web shopping is the way to go - it's what the internet was invented for.
There are 12 days of Christmas.... And non of them are in *#!?ing November!
I always thought the 12 days of Christmas ran from Christmas to Epiphany.
Befana and El Tres Reyes Magos come on the eve of Epiphany, not on Christmas eve.
Epiphany is Jan. 6
Ya vienen los Reyes
Por el arenal
Are you sure it's not the 12 weeks of Christmas? It begins sometime in September and end in ... oh god, it never ends.
We'll have the 4th of July in January and Easter sales at Christmas!
I hope I'm not going to derail my own thread here.
The wife was watching (okay it was more like she had the Hallmark channel on from a previous movie and was too lazy to get up and grab the remote ) one of those horribly produced for-Christmas movies that are like all the others.
TV Guide synopsis: An incredibly attractive, young person (couple) is (are) struggling with the Christmas spirit because something happened to them. (including but not limited to: death in family, loss of job, physical injury, cheating spouse/significant other, climate change, attack by rabid badger, etc.). A "Christmas Miracle" happens and fixes everything. They live happily ever after once they recover from the injury, get hired at an exorbitant salary by a local toy company, reconcile their relationship and adopt a pet badger.
That is not the "Christmas Spirit". That's a magical unicorn that craps out candy. While it may be "amazing" (D@MN, I hate that word) it doesn't do anyone much good other than for dentists and cryptozoologists. The TRUE spirit of generosity and forbearance is played out right here, every day.
We've got members here who put considerable effort into helping total strangers with problems for no other reason that it's a good thing to do. This happens not just one day a year, but every day ... year after year. I've been here going on 6 years and i see the same names doing the same stuff with no recognition or compensation.
I don't want to turn this thread into a pat on the back or a cheer leading team for AF, but I would like to say to that once-a-year clown in the sled, I hope a rabid badger bites your #^&%#%^&# unicorn right on his @$$ you lazy b***ard!
As one of the few Jews on here (and yes, I can say that!) Chanukah starts on Saturday.... I love the latkes (homemade potato pancakes) and the reason for the holiday, but it has now become a commercialized mess, to compete with Christmas! Nooooo! (And yes, Jesus celebrated Chanukah!)