Christmas Day a letdown..

  • Musicman91

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    Dec 27, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    Is it just me or does anyone else find Christmas day to be a bit of a letdown? You spend weeks preparing for this one day. You decorate,shop, bake, shop, write cards, shop, plan parties, shop, get pictures taken, shop and all for one day where you don't really do anything lol. I personally never liked Christmas day itself I always loved everything leading up to it the Christmas specials, the music, the festivities and events. The day kinda sucks to be honest atleast for me lol. Then it's depressing because the music and movies you've been watching and listening to for over a month just simply goes away the day after and everything goes back to normal and you have nothing to look forward to anymore.

    Anyone else feel this way?
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    Dec 27, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    For me, Christmas has never been simply a day. In fact, the only thing my family has ever done on Christmas Day is open gifts. That's the highlight of the day. Otherwise, most of the fun takes place during the month decorating, cooking, shopping, and watching movies. For my family, everything leads up to Christmas Eve, which is when we usually have the big holiday feast. It's only me and my parents, so we always manage to have fun.
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    Dec 27, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    Christmas is the beginning of the end of the holiday season.

    New Year's day is the nail in the coffin.
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    Dec 27, 2011 4:50 AM GMT
    Many people act like complete jackasses during "the season, " so, no, I feel no sadness when it's over.

    It all sort of plays out like an extended version of wedding-day mania. You know, that "everything has to be PERFECT (!!!) or else it's ruined" nutso "I'm striving so hard to fill my life with something meaningful" psycho drama that really helps showcase some of the worst emotions humans are capable of. The truth is, most meaningful, touching moments usually happen by accident, not during something scripted.

    Avoid being indoctrinated into the Christmas Cult, and you'll find yourself approaching the season in a much more rational way.

  • Musicman91

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    Dec 27, 2011 6:00 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidFor me, Christmas has never been simply a day. In fact, the only thing my family has ever done on Christmas Day is open gifts. That's the highlight of the day. Otherwise, most of the fun takes place during the month decorating, cooking, shopping, and watching movies. For my family, everything leads up to Christmas Eve, which is when we usually have the big holiday feast. It's only me and my parents, so we always manage to have fun.



    That's what I mean lol. All the fun stuff happens before and the day is just so blah imo. Another reason is definately not knowing Santa isn't real and having no kids young enough in the family to still believe it really takes alot of the fun out of it. This year in paritcular was just a blur because my grandpa passed away in the spring so it was very different not having him around. It really didn't even feel like Christmas.

    I don't know I guess I am just sad it's all over becasue you have all the fun activities like baking and decorating and getting people gifts and wrapping them up and watching Christmas movies and specials and hearing Christmas music all over the place. And then the day after boom it's all back to normal. Like all that preperation and for what? A day to just sit around the house? And New Years sucks because then it's just another year older lol. And then winter and you really don't have anything to look forward to. Atleast around Christmas you have alot going on. I'm not a freak about making everything "perfect" I just enjoy the festivities and all. I don't know I've always kinda felt this way but this year especially.
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    Dec 27, 2011 6:01 AM GMT
    I only spend weeks waiting for it to be over. Now it is, and I'm happy. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 27, 2011 6:20 AM GMT
    I'm happy too... the holidays bring out the worst in people.
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    Dec 27, 2011 6:20 AM GMT
    This is why I the Holidays and why they are just another fuckin' day. I make no expectations at all... I guess I know better now.
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    Dec 27, 2011 6:23 AM GMT
    I love it only for the parties and getting to see all my friends and family from out of town. For the day itself I never cared too much for it past the age of 15.
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    Dec 27, 2011 6:24 AM GMT
    It would be different when you spend the holiday with the one you love aka boyfriend. Everything is magical lol
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    Dec 27, 2011 6:32 AM GMT
    i celebrate it with my family the way it's always been done and it's nice. We don't go overboard , except with food and drinks..haha.
    I live in my grandparents'house and we calculated this year was the 92nd Christmas dinner taking place in the house.
    As for gifts, we've set a max of $150 for each of us.
    I can't stand the overkill of decorations and the schmaltzy Xmas musak .

    And when it's all over, i'm just as happy... then i start looking forward to Spring, noticing the days getting longer .
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    Dec 27, 2011 6:33 AM GMT
    benz72 saidIt would be different when you spend the holiday with the one you love aka boyfriend. Everything is magical lol


    I hope this happens when I find a boyfriend... I really would like for the holidays like they SHOULD be.
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    Dec 27, 2011 6:44 AM GMT
    I'd suggest reading up a bit on where our Christmas traditions come from and perhaps incorporating some of these older traditions into your own observance of the season. In the US in particular, the Christmas season begins earlier and earlier and there's sappy Christmas music everywhere as early as November, even before Thanksgiving, and it's all geared toward getting you in the spirit to buy stuff. And that's all well and good... but it wasn't that long ago that Christmas was celebrated a bit differently. My grandmother, for instance, used to go buy her Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and decorate it then. This was common at one time... not so common now. Now we are rushed headlong into Christmas way too early with no real connection to the holiday, and it's very saccharin and it makes people mad.

    Christmas actually begins with Christmas Eve and then Christmas Day comes and then a full company of Twelve Days follows, each one full of small celebrations. It all culminates with Twelfth Night on January 5th and the season comes to a close with Epiphany on January 6th. This is all topsy-turvy from the way Corporate Christmas is celebrated in the US, but if you feel let down on December 26, there is an alternative. Follow the old ways and don't get so caught up with what the big corporations are telling you.

    In our house (and here we are at the Second Day of Christmas, December 27), we are at the moment listening to music of the season (good stuff, none of that sappy stuff you hear at the mall), I just took a break from writing out cards (our friends and family are accustomed to ours reaching them after Christmas Day but before Twelfth Night) and in the afternoon we are baking more Christmas cookies.

    How you celebrate is up to you. Just keep in mind the barons of industry are more interested in your money than in your happiness. It's still very much Christmas, MusicMan: Enjoy.
  • kittar

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    Dec 27, 2011 6:49 AM GMT
    Yeah, I'd agree. My family's pretty much developed an annual routine for Christmas Day: Get up, check stockings, eat breakfast, wait for dad to painstakingly position the video camera icon_rolleyes.gif, open presents. After that, it's usually (in no particular order) watch movies, eat a fancy dinner, sit around, watch more movies, go through the opened gifts, eat some snacks, and nap.

    So yeah, usually it's a bit underwhelming. I do typically enjoy the days leading up to it, but not that much anymore. The comment about Santa was spot-on. All the magic of setting out cookies and imagining that the gifts appeared under the tree in such a whimsical way is a thing of the past.

    I think a part of it as well is that this year it was a warm Christmas. At least if it snows you can go out and make snowmen icon_smile.gif

    All that being said, I'll take Christmas day over any day of classes. ;)

    Also, it was nice that Christmas happened on a Sunday this year, as my family and I attended a service at our church before beginning the routine. It was a nice way to freshen things up, and to get me in a good mindset about the purpose of the holiday for me and my family.
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    Dec 27, 2011 7:03 AM GMT
    kittar saidYeah, I'd agree. My family's pretty much developed an annual routine for Christmas Day: Get up, check stockings, eat breakfast, wait for dad to painstakingly position the video camera icon_rolleyes.gif, open presents. After that, it's usually (in no particular order) watch movies, eat a fancy dinner, sit around, watch more movies, go through the opened gifts, eat some snacks, and nap.

    So yeah, usually it's a bit underwhelming. I do typically enjoy the days leading up to it, but not that much anymore. The comment about Santa was spot-on. All the magic of setting out cookies and imagining that the gifts appeared under the tree in such a whimsical way is a thing of the past.

    I think a part of it as well is that this year it was a warm Christmas. At least if it snows you can go out and make snowmen icon_smile.gif

    All that being said, I'll take Christmas day over any day of classes. ;)

    Also, it was nice that Christmas happened on a Sunday this year, as my family and I attended a service at our church before beginning the routine. It was a nice way to freshen things up, and to get me in a good mindset about the purpose of the holiday for me and my family.


    Nicely put.
    And, yes, I feel the same way...leading up to it is always exciting (though less and less each year as I grow older). And the day itself...feels kinda...well, bleh. Plus everything after New Years just sucks...nothing to look forward to...except Spring?
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    Dec 27, 2011 7:05 AM GMT
    It is, especially since I work the holidays and my birthday is two days after christmas (today actually). When schedules conflict when you try to go see family, it kind of is a big let down.
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    Dec 27, 2011 7:09 AM GMT
    I have similar sentiments towards New Years Eve celebrations! Such a build-up and then it's another year over and another year older.
  • Jayjames

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    Dec 27, 2011 10:49 AM GMT
    Christmas for me and my family is a big deal.

    We dont care about the religious or commercial aspects, for us its a day that we know everyone in the family will be seeing each other - no matter what!

    This year I am in Agentina with my partner, it was sad to be away from family....... so instead we went to Uruguay for the weekend as a getaway/distraction.