One Of The Advantages Of The Ending Of The Holidays Is...

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    Jan 05, 2016 2:36 PM GMT
    ...not being buried in daily promotional emails! I was getting close to 40 a day. Most of no interest to me, and making it easy to overlook emails from friends.

    It was a toss-up on a given day if I got more commercial sales emails, or political solicitations for donations. Williams-Sonoma was the worst, upwards of 5 a day. But I didn't want to block them, I was still shopping. But gawd, it seems they took me through their entire inventory. icon_razz.gif

    The politicians really got desperate as the end of year approached. I guess to secure bragging rights about total yearly donations they received versus their opponents. And then all these special interest groups - "Robert, the world will end if we don't receive your money before January 1st!" "The Florida Everglades will dry up if you don't sign this petition right now!" (And they don't tell you upfront, but as you finish signing the petition, a dialogue box says you can't send it unless you also now give them money)

    Well, It's the holidays, and I gave you money up to November, and signed all your petitions. Now I'm prioritizing for personal gift giving & activities, because my money is limited. And yah know, donating doesn't quiet them. You give a gift, and they come back wanting all the more. Sharing their donor lists with other outfits I never knew about (or having their lists poached), so the thing multiplies.

    Well, it's mostly quiet now. Williams-Sonoma is still sending me sales, now for "after holidays". But it's such a joy to not see 17 unopened emails when I've just been away from the computer or iPad for a few hours. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 05, 2016 3:13 PM GMT
    I have different email accounts:

    One for business
    One for friends
    One for financial

    Easier to sort and delete. Problem solved.
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    Jan 05, 2016 4:23 PM GMT
    There's only one advantage to the end of the holidays....that the holidays are indeed over! I get a 10 month vacation from the holiday marketing facade that comes every winter.
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    Jan 06, 2016 1:02 AM GMT
    One Of The Advantages Of The Ending Of The Holidays Is...


    Being slightly less aware i live in a world dominated still, by bronze age myths.
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    Jan 06, 2016 1:03 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidOne Of The Advantages Of The Ending Of The Holidays Is...

    ... not having to be subjected to those endless posts from you about all the "private dinners" and "holiday galas" you absolutely just hate attending.

    I may have some reluctance to attending them, but one attraction is that I know that someone like you would never be invited. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 06, 2016 1:09 AM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidI have different email accounts:

    One for business
    One for friends
    One for financial

    Easier to sort and delete. Problem solved.

    Well, I've tried that, but another complication. It made kinda more sense when I still had those active separate interests. But the accounts still got overrun with email I didn't want. So now I was dealing with it in multiples. I prefer simplicity.
  • tazzari

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    Jan 06, 2016 1:40 AM GMT
    No more crappy xmas music piped in everywhere you go!
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    Jan 06, 2016 2:23 AM GMT
    tazzari saidNo more crappy xmas music piped in everywhere you go!

    That's certainly one. Although I like my own Christmas music, which is kinda nice, that I'll miss for a year.
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    Jan 06, 2016 2:32 AM GMT
    Here in New Orleans the Christmas season ends and we begin another holiday season tomorrow - Carnival. Balls and parades through Mardi Gras (February 9). I've started my New Year's diet but won't get really serious about it until Ash Wednesday.
  • MarvinMartian

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    Jan 06, 2016 4:00 AM GMT
    Oh sweet Jesus why don't you tell us what's in your sock drawer while you're at it?
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    Jan 06, 2016 4:54 AM GMT
    Christmas used to be my favorite time of the year, but now it's become my least favorite time. icon_confused.gif So I'm glad it's over.

    Christmas has somewhat become work for me--the crowd at the mall and stores, traffic, gift shopping/wrapping, etc etc. Somehow, I've become the Grinch. icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif
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    Jan 06, 2016 6:53 AM GMT
    I didn't do any Christmasy things for holidays, just flew home to spend time with my parents and sister for 2 weeks. Loved it so much that the first night I returned to Vancouver, I was shocked and depressed at having to become an adult again lol
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    Jan 06, 2016 1:20 PM GMT
    MarvinMartian saidOh sweet Jesus why don't you tell us what's in your sock drawer while you're at it?

    If my sock drawer was somehow impacted by Christmas I'm sure I would. I wonder if the impact of Christmas upon some people is to make them even more of a whiny, crabby little bitch than they normally are.
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    Jan 06, 2016 1:41 PM GMT
    polfsky saidChristmas used to be my favorite time of the year, but now it's become my least favorite time. icon_confused.gif So I'm glad it's over.

    Christmas has somewhat become work for me--the crowd at the mall and stores, traffic, gift shopping/wrapping, etc etc. Somehow, I've become the Grinch. icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif

    I can agree with the increased work aspect. The childhood days are gone of just sitting back and waiting for my gifts, watching my parents do all the decorating, and their planning the "logistics" of this most major of holidays. It makes me respect them more now that it's become my own job.

    If it were just me I wouldn't do anything for myself. Except to enjoy the sights & sounds that others put together.

    But I've got a guy, and with that comes a responsibility. And frankly my guilty pleasure at vicariously sharing his joy at his gifts, seeing if I got it right. Because if my parents could do it for us kids, and later myself for my own kids, then I can do it for him.

    And that's one thing I don't fundamentally complain about, even as I might note the pratfalls I endure doing it. But those emails! They contribute virtually nothing to the process.
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    Jan 06, 2016 10:17 PM GMT
    My favorite Day of the Year is Jan 2nd.
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    Jan 06, 2016 10:26 PM GMT
    I'm just glad for the end of the "eating season." I have so little willpower when it comes to pigging out on fattening foods at holiday gatherings.
  • MarvinMartian

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    Jan 08, 2016 2:42 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    MarvinMartian saidOh sweet Jesus why don't you tell us what's in your sock drawer while you're at it?

    If my sock drawer was somehow impacted by Christmas I'm sure I would. I wonder if the impact of Christmas upon some people is to make them even more of a whiny, crabby little bitch than they normally are.

    Couldn't say, I'm sure. Why don't you write another of your 6000 word essays on the subject?
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    Jan 08, 2016 12:54 PM GMT
    tazzari saidNo more crappy xmas music piped in everywhere you go!
    Thank you. But there are several idiot people who want to hear Christmas music until January 6th which is Three Kings Day. I am glad those requests are ignored and the Chtistmas music ends a day or two after Christmas Day.
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    Jan 09, 2016 7:07 AM GMT
    Some of my satellite jazz stations were hijacked to All-xxxmas-Moozic for the duration. Fortunately, they snapped back at 00:00:01:26:12:15. I imagine somebody was poised with a grimace and a finger on the button, watching the clock.