Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas never does much for me, but for some reason I get excited at the prospect of an imminent new year. Nothing actually changes, but it's one more step into the future, and that alone is worth at least some celebration.

14 comments:

W.M. Bear said...

I always get depressed around Christmas and I know exactly why. My parents did make a VERY big deal out of it when I was a kid -- a tree, tons of presents, special dinner, the works! -- and after I left home long ago, I think I missed the big deal and still do. Ergo, mild depression always seems to set in about now. By contrast, the New Year is NOT a big deal to me, except for the fact that it means I got through another Christmas! So I usually DO have a "happy New Year" by comparison!

Mac said...

Same here. The Xmas "magic" is mostly gone.

Anonymous said...

Well, I love Christmas you grinches and Scrooges.

Merry Christmas to the PSB and its readers!

PK

Anonymous said...

Like w.m.bear I too suffer Christmas depression, but nevertheless I hope all PB readers have a happy holiday, however they spend it - and that goes for Mac and the kitties too. :)

Ray Palm (Ray X) said...

Racism. Sexism.

Well, I love Christmas you grinches and Scrooges.

And let me coin a new term: holidayism.

If someone enjoys the holidays, that's fine by me. But don't criticize anyone who doesn't share your enthusiasm. Individuals are entitled to like, not like, hate, or love anything they want -- assuming that they're not infringing upon someone else's rights.

This Grinch-Scrooge label, even in jest, smacks of one thing I hate the most: conformism. It's not funny or annoying: just tiresome.

Ray

Mac said...

I can deal with being called a "scrooge." To my mind, "scroogism" is a rational way of dealing with an inordinately stressful environment -- which, unfortunately, is what we get in the weeks leading up to the Big Day.

I like certain aspects of the Xmas experience and have good memories from childhood, so there's a certain nostalgia. But I could sure as hell do without the zombie-like consumer rampage.

Mac said...

and that goes for Mac and the kitties too.

The kitties appreciate that. They say to send tuna.

Anonymous said...

Mac,
I dread to think what the UK to US postage would be on cans of tuna, and besides, I have four hungry cats of my own to feed.
Tell you what, next time you're in the north east of England for a book-signing/presentation I'll deliver some personally. ;)

Anonymous said...

Ray:

This Grinch-Scrooge label, even in jest, smacks of one thing I hate the most: conformism. It's not funny or annoying: just tiresome.

I rest my case!

You guys can criticize Christmas, and consumerism ad nauseum (I happen to like the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, btw), but someone jokingly refers to you as a grinch, and you get your nose out of joint.

It's a good thing I like you, or else I'd start to wonder... :-)

Paul

Mac said...

Sue--

Tell you what, next time you're in the north east of England for a book-signing/presentation I'll deliver some personally. ;)

Deal!

W.M. Bear said...

12/26/06 -- MADE IT!!!

Ray Palm (Ray X) said...

w.m. bear said:

12/26/06 -- MADE IT!!!

And all I can add is:

ME TOO!!!

Ray

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