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Am I the only person who has no attachment to Christmas Day?

   Mon, November 29, 2010 - 10:12 AM
I mean, I think that I know why. First, I'm not a Christian, though I do celebrate it as a cultural holiday. And even if I were, research dictates that Jesus wasn't actually born on December 25th. My husband and I met in the military, and he still works for the government, so having to work on the 25th has been better than a 50/50 proposition since the early 80s. I was just curious if it was my unique set of circumstances that makes me not care, or if others feel the same.

This year, his day off falls on the Winer Solstice, which I actually really love. We can do the Jul thing, with the log, and dinner and gifts and all, and it feels nice since we're both Scandinavian by descent. But I'm still putting up my tree this week, and though its theme is geeky (all of the lighted Trek ornaments and such), it's still "Christmassy", in my mind.

I don't think that I had a real reason for this blog. Just waiting for the man to get up so I can drag him off to see Harry Potter and maybe shop a tad. Perhaps, in the spirit of Jul, we'll go to IKEA <rotfl>. Anyhow, a happy start of the season to you all, however you celebrate it : ).


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Mon, November 29, 2010 - 10:44 AM
I am not particularly attached to Christmas Day either, I think it's the expectations of the whole thing. It's a bit like a wedding day where everything has to be perfect but it's harder because it's not just two people's hopes, dreams and aspirations that you have to fulfil but everyone's. There's always the traditions;
- We only buy presents for the children
- We always eat yule log at 7.15pm while humming Jingle Bells and watching Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire
- We always wake up at 6am to watch the children open their presents
- We've decided to have duck this year
- There's a purple and silver theme this year, dress appropriately!

I get sick of it. You can never do what you want to do when you want to do it and you always end up upsetting someone. For instance this year I have been invited to Sweden, Spain (yeah right) and Manchester for the big day and to be fair I can't decide, whatever I do I'll upset someone and wherever I go it won't be my Christmas, it will be someone else's with their attachments to Christmas.

I used to love Christmas, in fact I think deep down I still do but I give up because I know that I can't have my perfect day because it's too unrealistic, we're drawn postcard perfect images and wonderful magical films and that's what it's supposed to be. But really it isn't, it's just a day where it's acceptable to have a tree indoors and we all spend too much money and eat too much food.

Should I add bah humbug to that?
Mon, November 29, 2010 - 10:49 AM
Christmas has never held any religious significance to me. My paternal unit had no strong religious base, both claiming to be good ole fashion heathens. It was just celebrated as a time to spend with friends and family. Plus my mother just loved the trappings of it, food, music and decorations. So the trappings have always been done BIG. Its just a "fun" time of year to spend with those you love. Screw Jesus!

I love the music. Listening to it now (All praise the genius of I Want A Hippopotomus For Christmas!) while I bake sugar cookies and write my christmas card list. Its a reach out and touch someone time of year. So reach out and touch people. Rudely if you like.
Mon, November 29, 2010 - 10:55 AM
Mon, November 29, 2010 - 11:18 AM
Agreed, with both of you : ).

Sarah, kids aside, you need to make a stand! I remember clearly how happy I was when I took my first non-family related vacation. Once I slipped the harness of being obliged to spend all of my hard earned time off with my relations, vacations became a joy. Just stay HOME for the holidays, if that's what you want to do. You only get one life to be happy in (as far as we know), so be a tad selfish and make Sarah happy. Nobody will do it for you, sadly. And a happy Sarah is a better Sarah for everyone, no? <smooch>
Mon, November 29, 2010 - 2:56 PM
Awwww... Christmas is a brilliant time, log fires, chestnuts, ♪ Silent Night. Holy Night ♫, prezzies... how can one not like Christmas :)
Mon, November 29, 2010 - 4:29 PM
i am a christian...christ was probably born in october. we celebrate christmas in dec near the solstice because that was when people had time and were used to celebrating the solstice then. it's just a day.
Mon, November 29, 2010 - 5:20 PM
What Aunt Bea said, though I heard Jesus was probably born in March. In any case, the missionaries of old only set Christmas in December as a way of replacing the pagan festivals with something Christian.

But I still like celebrating it. Every culture has a festival of lights against the darkness and that's how I see it, as a festival that stand for hope, faith, peach and charity against all odds. And it's a special day to me because we have made it so. Just as thousands of sacred places around the world have been made sacred not just because believers of different systems have consecrated them or said they were sacred, but because millions of people have gone through those temples and synagogues and churches in an effort to seek their God and peace and hope. And so those places have been made sacred by time and millions of people. So, to me this day is sacred because our energy has been placed here. And I honor that sacredness. And I lump it all together with Winter Solstice and Jul and the play fight between the Holly King and Oak King to see if Spring will eventually win out over Winter.
Mon, November 29, 2010 - 6:45 PM
I didn't say that I don't like CHristmas, Jin, just that I don't care which day it is celebrated on. It's a winterfest, to me, so why get atached to the day. I guess that rant was spurred by some people who HAVE to celebrate on he 25th. Not a huge big deal. I love all of the prettifying, and stocking stuffers, and mulled cider and what-not : ).
Mon, November 29, 2010 - 6:46 PM
Rae, if you play fight with action figures, with you PLEASe make a vlog <g>??
Mon, November 29, 2010 - 8:57 PM
We used to always do it Xmas Eve. We would have dinner then do presents and watch an old movie. Then Xmas day we would all just stake out our corner of the house and chill all day, graze on leftovers and cookies.
Mon, November 29, 2010 - 9:53 PM
<Rae, if you play fight with action figures, with you PLEASe make a vlog <g>?? >

Damn, now I need to go forth and seek action figures! Originally, I hear, or homically (?) in the home, the husband and wife would play act the sword fight between the oak king and the holly king with a sprig of oak and sprig of Holly. The Holly King loses and gives way to the Oak King, so that winter can die and spring come again. Or so I've pieced together from various sources.

But now I need to hunt down a couple of GI Joes and dress them up.
Tue, November 30, 2010 - 4:40 AM
Tue, November 30, 2010 - 10:18 AM
When I was growing up because my relatives worked at casinos and always made much more money on Christmas we had Christmas sometime during the week of it. I love Winter Solstice and have good memories of Christmas but over the years having spent a few Christmas's alone and enjoying it, it isn't as important to me.
Wed, December 1, 2010 - 5:59 AM
I don't have an extreme attachment to Xmas. After the family split up over 20 years ago, my Xmas were spent on vacation (with the 'rents) to avoid holidays.

Now everyone is gone.. I have my 2 sisters and Dean (my brother is in Baltimore).. anyways.. we're all kind of jaded about Xmas.. we spend the holiday together but I don't get into it.
Wed, December 1, 2010 - 6:36 AM
I'll likely put up the tree this week, but it's so much more fun to do the whole nine yards WITH people, and I don't get to have my usual chosen family here this year. Not sure what I'll end up doing. I guess it's much more about the people, now that I think about it.
Thu, December 2, 2010 - 5:51 PM
I am not at all attached to Christmas Day. Or anything Christmas. I haven't exchanged Christmas gifts or cards for about 20 years. I'd probably not even notice Christmas at all except that I work in a retail store, and of course we sell sell sell for the Holiday Season.
Fri, December 24, 2010 - 6:48 PM
I am really missing when my girls were small and everything about Christmas was amazing.