I Hate When The Holidays End

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    Jan 03, 2015 5:45 AM GMT
    It's January 3rd, and time to take down the Christmas tree and lights.

    I HATE that! icon_sad.gif

    I put the decorations up fairly early this year, but it's still only been 4 weeks. Where the Hell does the time go?

    It seems like only yesterday I was running all around, getting his presents, and sitting home to anxiously receive some of them being delivered, eagerly tracking the shipments online as we can do today.

    Then wrapping them up, and piling them under the tree. And watching excitedly Christmas morning as he opened them.

    Now it'a all over. Oh, he'll get stuff again on Valentine's Day, and on his birthday in July. But it's only Christmas when our place is decorated all around, and we really go overboard, with the lights and tree and heaps of wrapped presents and excitement.

    I'd like to have Christmas more than once a year. Because showering him with gifts and glitz shouldn't be confined to merely every 12 months.
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    Jan 03, 2015 12:46 PM GMT
    Ha, what is stopping you from turning your house into a "Frozen" wonderland, complete with artificial snow, Elsa and Anna puppets, soundtrack on an endless loop, next? As presents you can give him frozen peas, drink frozen Margaritas, only cook frozen dinners.

    Followed by Easter decorations. Swath your house in pastels, with all the colors of the Easter-egg, to make it as cozy as an easterbasket. Eat eggs until you start laying them yourselves and behave like spring-chickens again

    Followed by summer, gay-pride, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving decorations. If your husband hasn't shot you by then, you can start over with Xmas.
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    Jan 03, 2015 1:33 PM GMT
    I'm always glad to see the back of it and return to normality. Bah humbug!
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    Jan 03, 2015 2:07 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidI'm always glad to see the back of it and return to normality. Bah humbug!

    LOL! Well, I still like it. Even though the holiday magic I once experienced as a child has long since faded, I do look forward to the annual departure from "normality". And despite the work involved, including the inevitable sad task, at least for me, of putting it all away until next Christmas.
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    Jan 03, 2015 2:08 PM GMT
    I am dreading Monday when I have to back to work.

    Please don't make me go !! icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 03, 2015 2:24 PM GMT
    bhp91126 saidHa, what is stopping you from turning your house into a "Frozen" wonderland, complete with artificial snow, Elsa and Anna puppets, soundtrack on an endless loop, next? As presents you can give him frozen peas, drink frozen Margaritas, only cook frozen dinners.

    Followed by Easter decorations. Swath your house in pastels, with all the colors of the Easter-egg, to make it as cozy as an easterbasket. Eat eggs until you start laying them yourselves and behave like spring-chickens again

    Followed by summer, gay-pride, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving decorations. If your husband hasn't shot you by then, you can start over with Xmas.

    My husband may indeed want to shoot me at times, but more likely for other things and not due to the holidays. His eagerness to decorate for Christmas is greater than my own, and he begins to fuss if our tree isn't up the day after Thanksgiving. icon_eek.gif

    Although I do excel at Valentine's Day, a holiday that doesn't seem to interest him. And neither of us barely pay attention to Easter or US Independence Day, but some years I get a little silly for Halloween. I will do something for St. Patrick's Day, a more minor holiday.

    Partly because my late Grandmother strongly identified with her Irish heritage, a big event for her and her family in the US, if not a major event in Ireland itself. And partly because I use it to commemorate the day on which I coincidentally came out gay, that I term my "second birthday".

    And BTW, which means I turn 20 this coming March 17th. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 03, 2015 2:36 PM GMT
    whateveryo saidI am dreading Monday when I have to back to work.

    Please don't make me go !! icon_lol.gif

    Yeah, ain't that a bummer? Growing up I hated when Christmas school break ended. Especially if we'd had a cold spell, and I'd been going skating outdoors, and sledding in the snow, whenever I wanted.

    It was sorta like summer school break, only with white instead of green. And when you're a kid you think it'll never end. Just like you think Christmas will never get here.

    A curse of adulthood is that you begin to see the calendar a lot differently than you did as a kid. Try to hang in there until you're retired, as I am today. My husband & I often don't even know what day of the week it is - EVERY day is a day off, EVERY day the weekend, unless he's gotten us committed to doing something, more frequently than I'd often like. The sad irony is, at our age there isn't much that we CAN do anymore. icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 03, 2015 3:09 PM GMT
    January 3rd is only the Ninth Day of Christmas. You've still got Twelfth Night on the 5th and Epiphany, which in my family we call Little Christmas, on the 6th. We typically close the festivities then with a big celebration.

    Folks tend to get caught up in Commercial Christmas... stores put things up in what? September now? And then they unplug the whole thing on December 26, when in reality, the season is just beginning then. Celebrate at your own pace, Art_Deco, and pay no mind to the corporate calendar philosophy.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 03, 2015 4:25 PM GMT
    I consider myself very lucky.. having a mother and father that made Christmas an incredible childhood experience. I still have many decorations that predate me that have been well cared for and given to me for my own use. I have an awesome home and it all looks amazing and I've added over the years big time.
    3 trees in a large home for one gay man is more than enough.

    So that makes it special, but I also tend to be a pretty well organized person and don't like clutter (not that anything Christmas is..) but like to move it along when the holidays are over. So, basically a balance has to remain.

    That said, after two days of hard work putting stuff away, I probably have one more. I leave out a few special things that I want to enjoy for another couple of weeks or for January ... or for as long as I damn well want to! It's my house.

    So.. Bob.. happy new year, and enjoy your decorations as long as you want. Take more time if you want, ESPECIALLY if it means a great deal to you.

  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 03, 2015 4:29 PM GMT

    Actually the holidays do not end until January 6th which is Three Kings Day. So don't take all the decorations down at once. Leave some of them up for Epiphany.
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    Jan 03, 2015 4:37 PM GMT
    Just now started the prep work for a Twelfth Night dinner party--silver, crystal, games, swan decorations and white cake. In colonial times when people traveled long distances to be together for the Holidays, Jan. 5 typically was their last night together as they departed for home on Epiphany which is Jan. 6. They had one last blow-out feast and merrymaking, which is what I plan to do.

    Beyond that, I banish post-holiday blues with a new calendar. Just start planning vacations, invitations, entertainment, etc. and mark it all in. That will have you looking forward instead of back. After all, that's what we mean when we say "Happy New Year," right guys? icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 03, 2015 5:31 PM GMT
    I'm actually glad it's over. I like xmas, not for the religious bullshit/nonsense of it all, but it's a great time that many people with whom you don't see often, can get together. icon_cool.gif

    But as for work productivity? AUGHH! The charges under me just concentrate less and less on work starting around thanksgiving and it continues through New Years. icon_rolleyes.gif
    I try not to be cross about it during this time. I allow them to put up holiday decor...have their xmas party in the office.....etc. But business HAS to come first. Not meaning to sound like Scrooge. Not at all mean like that to anyone. (well except Repukes. (republicans)) icon_biggrin.gif

    Hope everyone has a PROSPEROUS new year!
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    Jan 03, 2015 8:58 PM GMT
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    If I worked with you there would be only one distraction (and it wouldn't be Christmas or New Year)!
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    Jan 03, 2015 9:20 PM GMT
    I totally appreciate what the OP said, and I'm happy that other people enjoy the holidays, but I go the opposite way.

    I love it when the stupid holidays end. I hate the reminder of miserable Christmas past.

    My alcoholic father ruining everything with his nonstop drinking.

    My overmedicated and undereducated bitch of a mother.

    My creepy older brother and obnoxious older sister.

    There we were, together more than ever, for two weeks in December and into the New Year.

    Just them, along with all the worthless family friends and relatives who dropped by for a visit, blithely witnessed the abuse going on, and pretended to see something amusing in my mother's lunatic behavior and my father's drunken binges and racist tirades.

    I couldn't wait for school to start up again.

    Christmas is better now. My mother and father are dead now -- damn them to hell -- and I avoid spending time with my siblings, particularly during the holidays. I spend them alone instead. A bit lonely, but at least nobody's drunk.





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    Jan 03, 2015 9:37 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI'm always so very glad when it's all over...



    Hear, hear!
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    Jan 03, 2015 9:43 PM GMT
    LittleDudeWithMuscles saidI totally appreciate what the OP said, and I'm happy that other people enjoy the holidays, but I go the opposite way.

    I love it when the stupid holidays end. I hate the reminder of miserable Christmas past.

    My alcoholic father ruining everything with his nonstop drinking.

    My overmedicated and undereducated bitch of a mother.

    My creepy older brother and obnoxious older sister.

    There we were, together more than ever, for two weeks in December and into the New Year.

    Just them, along with all the worthless family friends and relatives who dropped by for a visit, blithely witnessed the abuse going on, and pretended to see something amusing in my mother's lunatic behavior and my father's drunken binges and racist tirades.

    I couldn't wait for school to start up again.

    Christmas is better now. My mother and father are dead now -- damn them to hell -- and I avoid spending time with my siblings, particularly during the holidays. I spend them alone instead. A bit lonely, but at least nobody's drunk.



    Oh, *sniff*, you made me all nostalgic...icon_sad.gif

    But seriously, although yours was probably a bit worse than most, I doubt many of us had that "Norman Rockwell" experience.

    P.S. Was just reminded of something that happened near me back in 2002...

    http://whtm.membercenter.worldnow.com/story/20415955/10-years-later-middletowns-christmas-eve-murders
  • LJay

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    Jan 04, 2015 1:46 AM GMT
    I do very little to celebrate Christmas these days and I certainly can see the point about being retired. It does feel like too many days off. Still, I am glad for the hype to settle. I could decorate but it is no fun when there is no one to enjoy it all along with me. What I feel more and more as I get older is the turn of the seasons. In some ways, it would be nice to live further north to enjoy that. It is fun to remember small town and family things that were a part of childhood. One thing that I am very glad of these days is that it is easier to avoid the commercial stuff. Turn off the TV and have a good time! It makes for a better holiday season.
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    Jan 04, 2015 3:00 AM GMT
    BRIX saidJanuary 3rd is only the Ninth Day of Christmas. You've still got Twelfth Night on the 5th and Epiphany, which in my family we call Little Christmas, on the 6th. We typically close the festivities then with a big celebration.

    Folks tend to get caught up in Commercial Christmas... stores put things up in what? September now? And then they unplug the whole thing on December 26, when in reality, the season is just beginning then. Celebrate at your own pace, Art_Deco, and pay no mind to the corporate calendar philosophy.


    YES! In New Orleans we traditionally celebrate Christmas until Jan. 6; although, many have lost the tradition and on Dec. 26 you see their tree on the curb waiting for the trash collector. With commercialization, we have lost the ability to just enjoy the season. It becomes a chore and something so many can't wait to end. A sad commentary on modern life.
  • BlackCoach

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    Jan 04, 2015 4:11 AM GMT
    Since the lost of my parents in 2012 and the lost of my brother 2 months ago, I can't wait for this to be over. Even with friends during the holiday, not the same anymore. Maybe in time.. Ready for work.
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    Jan 04, 2015 4:26 AM GMT
    Christmastime always makes me glad I'm Jewish.
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    Jan 04, 2015 4:42 AM GMT
    Sharkspeare saidChristmastime always makes me glad I'm Jewish.


    Because You have an excuse to wear Your red velvet hot pants with the white fur trim to Temple, right?
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    Jan 04, 2015 5:18 AM GMT
    Well, you just have time to start sewing all the sequins on to your mardi gras costume!


    How many sequins can fit on a jock strap, anyway?
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    Jan 04, 2015 7:33 AM GMT
    I'm just glad all the EATING has stopped! Thanksgiving through New Year's is just gluttonous!
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    Jan 04, 2015 8:06 AM GMT
    I leave the Christmas decorations up until the second week of January ... Their pretty, I like them, so why not enjoy them for a while longer
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    Jan 04, 2015 11:14 AM GMT
    I think people feel it this time of year as we are looking at the whole expanse of 2015 before us. Although its sad that life is so hectic we are already looking forward to 2015 holidays!