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Poll of the night! Are you looking forward to Christmas?

Prin
November 15th, 2005, 12:39 AM
Some people hate Christmas. Others LOVE it. And still others couldn't care less whether we had Christmas or not.

I don't want to make this a religious debate, so I'll try to be as inclusive as I can in the poll...:o Sorry if I offend anybody.

raingirl
November 15th, 2005, 08:57 AM
I like christmas, but it's not christmas until there is christmas music in the malls/on the radio, and christmas movies.

pags
November 15th, 2005, 09:13 AM
There's all this talk around here about cancelling Christmas.. Just like on that "The Year Without a Santa Claus" special! I think these people are insane. You just don't cancel Christmas.

Okay so some people don't have houses and the rest have severely damaged houses. Obviously money is very tight as well. And there is an abundance of grumpy, depressed, and downright miserable people around....

But let's look at this from another perspective! For those who don't have houses -- it's the perfect opportunity to break the monotony of the holidays and do something new - it's the perfect opportunity for others to show real Christmas spirit and take in the homeless families as if they were their own. As for our damaged houses - heck! at least we don't have to worry about putting nail holes in our siding and trim this year!! The kids will have tons of room to play with their toys and it will be extra easy to sweep up the pine needles on the concrete floors! Money is tight - so we have to be creative.. Good! It's about time something breaks the cycle of materialism and greed during the holidays - bake some cookies.. make some candles.. knit something. Bravo! And as for all the grumpy, depressed, and miserable folk: some Christmas will do them some good, I think.

Yay for Christmas!

papillonmama
November 15th, 2005, 09:21 AM
Pags, your thread reminded me of that kids special, of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. You know, when all the Hoobs are holding hands and singing around the Christmas tree, when all discover that Christmas isn't about the presents or the feasts, that being together is most important and you can't steal or cancel the sprirt of Christmas.:angel:

Rick C
November 15th, 2005, 10:04 AM
Almost time to haul out Dr. Zhivago and watch it over the holidays, trying to guess which parts were filmed nearby here in Alberta . . . . hint: Verikino. What a great Christmas time, snowy, snowy, moody movie.

Almost time to watch the World Junior Hockey Championships . . . . .

Almost time to drive two hours north to the little village of Alix, Alberta for Christmas supper, then a walk around the lake in the middle of town with Abby and Keeper, then a late night snowmobile charge across the lake in pitch black at 60 mph, hoping we really know where the opposite shore is, then a skate on the lake before bed . . . . .

Almost time for a second Christmas turkey dinner that Mrs. C will insist on cooking . . . .

Time to take a few days off from the salt mine and go do some cross country skiing around the property or maybe a little downhilling in the mountains.

Sure, I look forward to Christmas.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

Schwinn
November 15th, 2005, 11:15 AM
I used to love Christmas...Christmas CDs went in the car December 1, dug out the Grinch to watch over and over, wore the Christmas earring (don't ask).

Then, my family happened. I have to be here, no I have to be there. Well, we are having Christmas at OUR house. Then, this year, just when I thought it was all settled, I get an e-mail from my mom, "Maybe we'll do Christmas in January". :eek: I thought we decided. Turns out Cheryl and my mom talked about it. I won't get into the whole sordid details, but it ended with, "Screw it! I'm going skiing this year!".

At any rate, I've settled all fights going forward. I've decided that once Gracie is old enough to enjoy Christmas (next year), I want her to wake up in her own bed Christmas morning. Sooo...starting next year, I'll probably get goofy about Christmas again.

Joey.E.CockersMommy
November 15th, 2005, 11:25 AM
I like xmas for the most part. Before we would always do two dinners in one day. One with my hubbies family and then one with mine. We both have big families so its fun but a bit overwhelming. We went down last year for xmas, which was a bit sad as we only had about 12 of us for dinner at my parents. My parents moved to a new house, and my one sister and my mom are fighting, my other brothers having marital problems so he didnt come, my sister brought her wacky new boyfriend that my dad almost kicked out of the house, he had one of those curl up mustaches, and a goatee which is fine, but then he started combing it right at the dinner table and grosssed everyone out. He also drank way to much and got really obnoxious.

Also my hubbies mom passed away almost exactly a year ago so it was a bit sad for him as it was the first xmas without her there.

This year we will stay home and have a white xmas just our family it will be small and intimate but we are having some family time down in Mexico before xmas.

raingirl
November 15th, 2005, 11:41 AM
Of course, christmas won't be the same until they bring back the full UNCUT version of Muppet family christmas to TV.... (don't even get me started on that...)

jesse's mommy
November 15th, 2005, 12:04 PM
I love Christmas, it really is my favorite time of year, but it's going to be extremely difficult considering we are moving our first load the weekend after Thanksgiving and the second load right around Christmas, so needless to say we are going to have a twig from an outside tree as our tree (Charlie Brown Tree) and a living room of packed boxes to open. At least it'll feel like Christmas unloading all the boxes. Almost like opening a couple hundred boxes!!

But my "entertainment" routine usually starts about a week before Thanksgiving. I have to watch "Home for the Holidays" with Holly Hunter and that helps me get through the "family" stress there and it keeps me going through Christmas. Then at least once a week I watch a Christmas Movie/Cartoon. From a Charlie Brown Christmas, to Rudolph, to Santa Claus, etc., -- you get the point. Then every Christmas Eve I watch "It's a Wonderful Life" -- a Christmas must. So we are going to do our best to continue this, but we may be celebrating and watching everything in January this year, but that's alright because we will have a lot to celebrate -- new job, new home, new life together!!!

Prin
November 15th, 2005, 12:32 PM
LOL The grinch- I can see all of Pascagoula around a big tree singing that gibberish song...:D "They sang without presents!" Personally, I think this year you need it the most.:)

I'm glad most people are looking forward to it but I wonder why some people picked "no".

Shamrock
November 15th, 2005, 05:34 PM
Prin, lots of varied reasons why Christmas is a time for joy.. but not for all.
There is a lot of "hype" to the season as a family time of sharing and love - all that the holidays are 'supposed" to represent.
For those who may strained relationships, or dont have family to share the events with, the Christmas season often can excaberate feelings of lonlieness.
For others, it may be financial restraints, or simply the stress involved with all that this busy time entails. Its a lot of work too along with all the celebrations.
Some people have unrealistic expectations, and then find it a huge letdown if the 'magical time' turns out less than what they had hoped for.

I usually enjoy the holidays, but this year, for personal reasons, I am dreading them.. and wish I had a " fast-forward to January"" button.:sad:
So, I'm one who answered "no".

Most people dont "want' to be a grinch...;)

Bearsmom
November 15th, 2005, 05:49 PM
Christmas will be bittersweet this year, as it's the last Christmas we're going to have with my mom (she's not got much longer with us), so we've decided to just go all out this year, yup, I'm talking feasts, and exorbitant presents, etc etc etc, I truly want this to be a Christmas for her to remember.

Bittersweet, but going to be enjoyable anyways.

doggy lover
November 15th, 2005, 05:49 PM
I love Christmas, but not the people in the stores. Some people are too pushie and grumpy for me. When someone really makes me mad I say and a Merry F---ing Christmas to you too. I wish people would just relax and enjoy the season.

Joey.E.CockersMommy
November 15th, 2005, 05:58 PM
doggy lover=I love Christmas, but not the people in the stores. Some people are too pushie and grumpy for me. When someone really makes me mad I say and a Merry F---ing Christmas to you too. I wish people would just relax and enjoy the season.

I totally agree, a few years ago I was in Richmond BC doing some xmas shopping, people are so pushy. I was actually leaving the mall to go get in my car. A man was waiting patiently in his car for my parking spot, I gave him the waive to let him know that I was leaving, the lot was full and several cars were circling around looking for spots. After I finally got all the bags and kids in the car we pulled out, as soon as we did this other driver came from the other direction and took this guys spot that I had saved for him. He knew it too, as the guy was waiting with his signal on. I was so mad I was going to actually get out of the car and tell this guy off. But there was a huge line of cars before me. I guess thats why people shop online.

Prin
November 15th, 2005, 06:40 PM
I usually enjoy the holidays, but this year, for personal reasons, I am dreading them.. and wish I had a " fast-forward to January"" button.:sad:
So, I'm one who answered "no".

Most people dont "want' to be a grinch...;)I would imagine that the holidays would be especially hard sometimes, but for some reason, in my head, the people who picked no picked would pick no always... That's where I'm wrong, I guess. I grew up with a grinch and he would pick no probably all the time... I should be more sensitive.:o

Shamrock
November 15th, 2005, 07:12 PM
Prin, Actually, your question relays to the holday season in general.. so with that in mind, you could be right about the "nays"..:)

I love your polls, Prin! How about one about the "least-desired" Christmas gift? (fruitcake?)
Many people dont like to receive chocolates.. but not me!

BoxerRescueMTL
November 15th, 2005, 08:24 PM
OH MY GOD. I LOVE Christmas. It makes me crazy :crazy: happy. Chris thinks I'm nuts (although this being our 5th xmas together he gets almost as excited), but the snow, the lights, the food, the SHOPPING...aaaahhhhh! It's the most wonderful time of the year!!!! Except right now we're trying to buy a house and possibly making an offer tommorrow which means that we may have to sell our condo and also move soon :eek:

Good poll Prin! Oh I have to add that I hate the "whose parents house do we have dinner at?" question since I am part of a couple...BUT if we have our own house then maybe we can have everyone at our place!!

shannonRN
November 16th, 2005, 10:38 AM
Bravo to the mods--since the update, the polls calculate the %s correctly.

I like christmas, but it's not christmas until there is christmas music in the malls/on the radio, and christmas movies.
Wow, this isn't going on for you already? Santa started his thing at the mall on Nov. 11th, they started playing Christmas music at Walmart the day after Halloween, and I've started seeing the trailers for the Christmas movies on TV. And the holiday DVD's are already for sale in the aisles.

I love Christmas, but it gets more and more commercial each year. It's just frustrating, and it seems like it brings out in the nastiness in some people.

Schwinn
November 16th, 2005, 01:16 PM
I love your polls, Prin! How about one about the "least-desired" Christmas gift? (fruitcake?)


You know, I have a theory about fruitcake. I don't think they've made it for about a hundred years. I think that it is so vile, and disliked, that people just re-gift it the next year. It's been the same handful of fruitcakes going around for the last few hundred years! I'm sure if you were able to trace the origins, you'd find the original gift tag lying in a cave somewhere..."To Grog. Merry Xmas"

dogznfish
November 17th, 2005, 12:45 AM
For those who have perservered through a major event in their life, hurricane, birth, divorce, etc, may you enjoy the holidays and hope it brings you peace and happiness and togetherness for you and your family.

I am not a Christmas person. My family has lost the view that is is a time to celebrate being together. Now its a struggle, "did you buy a present for so-and-so-who-happened-to-not-have-even-known-they-were-alive-in-the-last-30 -years"

It is all measured on the value of the present you bought. My grandmother, who is in her late 80's, would rather I spent Saturday mornings with her helping bake scones. She doesn't want a present, she wants company, which I am happy to fulfill.

My mother wants dollar values for all present bought. I buy educational books for the spoiled kids in the family. No..I do not buy the latest x-box game. I give gift certificates for sleep overs with the dogs and camping trips or movie nights.

I thoroughly dislike (hate is too strong a word) Christmas...I dislike the commercialism that it represents these days. I cannot tolerate the family stress...be here...be there...gotta bring this...I will be at home this Christmas, with my partner and our dogs, enjoying peace and quiet (and a good baked ham) and the dogs will enjoy some special treats (maybe ham on the platter!)

Prin
November 17th, 2005, 12:46 AM
Bravo to the mods--since the update, the polls calculate the %s correctly.
LOL Not quite Shannon- it only calculates it normally because it's not multi choice. The multi choice ones get all messed up because it's not how many picked what, it's each option divided by the whole... Hard to explain...

Schwinn... One year, we played that game where you have to put oven mitts on and try to open a present till somebody rolls a 6 with the die and then that person gets the oven mitts and has to try- anyway, it took a lonnnnng time and wrapped inside was fruitcake...:D :evil:

Somebody picked bah humbug, but nobody picked my grinchy quote- the noise, noise, NOISE! Heh heh.:o

Prin
November 17th, 2005, 12:51 AM
Dogznfish, you can change it, you know? You can stop the selfishness. I believe it, anyway. I would get them all WWF "adopt an animal" one year, and then the next make a reasonable-sized donation to something worthwhile and explain to them why and who the organization is.

I'd say "I'd like to give you all presents, but frankly, you all get too ugly with your greed that it makes giving to you unpleasant." But then again, I don't particularly care if my family doesn't want me there next year...

Already this year, our extended family will be divided in half by a money issue and I actually think it's better this way. Misery loves company and it won't be with us this year.;)

gottahavepets
November 17th, 2005, 12:56 AM
Even tho we don't have cable I always look forward to the specials, Peanuts, Muppets, Scrooged! We buy a new Santa and Rudolf one for the kids, each year it's a new special for them to watch into June LOL. If we get more snow it may actually feel like X-mas, last year it snuck up on me as we had almost no snow way into December!

Prin
November 17th, 2005, 01:27 AM
Ooo I love the Rudolf the Red nosed reindeer- the old one? I have all the tree ornaments for it. And the original Grinch.

And of course, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I watch that every time it plays on tv. "Luis.... My tree... Look what you've done to my tree...."

Jazz&Cricket
November 17th, 2005, 10:05 AM
I've also struggled with the whole gift thing. So last year I decided to donate to a specific organization which deals with children on behalf of my mom. She was very pleased. This year, I'm doing the same thing for all the nieces/nephews who are now old enough to understand the concept. I'm probably going to do the 'adopt an animal' for them.
On a much happier note, my daughter and her partner are coming home for Christmas :party: They will be arriving from Finland on the 19th of December. It's going to be a lot of fun!!
As for the other bits of Christmas, I have the DVD of How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original) the Alistair Sims version of Charles Dickens Scrooge..which I absolutely LOVE!!, and it just wouldn't be right not seeing Charlie Brown's Christmas :D
And while I'm not a religious person, I can say I do enjoy traditional Christmas carols.

Prin
November 17th, 2005, 02:10 PM
The religious Christmas carols are far too traditional to not be enjoyed, even when you're not religious. Honestly, I don't believe in God at all, but come Christmastime even I sing about him or her...:D In elementary school, we'd spend October and November preparing to sing in all the old folks' homes in the area. I remember how happy it made them.:)

melanie
November 17th, 2005, 04:05 PM
strained relationships yeah i hear ya:eek: , but bugger it, they can get stuffed and im not putting an ounce of energy into the worries this year, stuff em all and jsut ahve the time you want, do as you want and you will sure enjoy it.:D

ohhhh im so excited, i jsut had to tell you all, im going to SANTAS KINGDOM, thats right, how very very cool. santas kingdom is this big display they set up, costs a small fortune but there is heaps to do for the kids ($40 per kid, but that gets rides, entry, shows and a present), and you even get to go tobogoning in some snow they make (oh now thats not fair, i cant do it this year, oh poor poor me to fat to slide:D ) but still im so excited.

my sister is coming with the kids and i got our tickets yesterday, we are both stoked. my sister says we will be far more excited than the kids, well heck yeah, now how am i gunna sleep between now and then, oh gosh i cant wiat, i looooovvvveeee christmas.

hubbys stupid ban on to many christmas movies is going out the window this year, i am too pumped and must see all the christmas movies, usually he restricts me to about 10 movies as he gets a bit sick of them, well tough matey, im gunna go christmas mad this year. im gunan watch national lampoons a dozen times i reckon, yayayayayay.

oh yay, im going to see the sugar plum fairy do her ice skating show there i with the other faries, oh gosh im to excited. can ya tell:D :D

christmas is getting better every day.......

Prin
November 19th, 2005, 01:59 AM
I just realized that if there is an election over Christmas, there will be politics at the dinner table(s). It's all good in my family because we're all the same... But in his family... I have no idea what to expect. They're on the "other side". How the hey am I supposed to defend my country in French? My French is ok, but for arguing? Hopefully, they'll think they can't bring it up because I'm there. Or maybe his mom won't invite me like last year (lol I went anyway). Ah well. C'est la vie.

joeysmama
November 19th, 2005, 07:50 AM
I'm an absolute Christmas junkie !!! I can't get enough. I've been listening to the Chrismas CD's, and I've done some shopping. I just finished putting up some grapevines with fall leaves and berries for Thanksgiving and yesterday I went to buy Christmas berries to put in after Thanksgiving.

AND....the best part, my kids will be home for more than 3 weeks. I can't wait !!!

Cinnabear
November 19th, 2005, 02:58 PM
I don't think of Christmas until after the end of November. Have to get thru my dd's birthday first, then I will think of Christmas. I find this year is going to be harder with presents. They are not that young anymore, so no more toys, YEAH!:D

melanie
November 20th, 2005, 04:10 PM
quote 'How the hey am I supposed to defend my country in French?'

lol your so funny prin, just make it up, they make think your more exotic.

now heres a lesson in aussie french, now it is limited but i find if said in a gutteral tone can sound like french it goes ' oh la la frenchie'yep thats it, and thats mels travel show for the day, for further expression just mention french breads i suppose.:D :p :p

man i would laugh if i went to lunch and didnt speak the language, it would be hilarious, but i doubt i would eat anything for fear of not knowing what it is.:D :D

man what a freaky world and christmas for you, have fun and just follow my guide and youll be right, or if not you will find it really really funny, well i do anyway......lol lol lol lol

Prin
November 20th, 2005, 09:50 PM
LOL If I do that, I think I'll end up in a white jacket in a room with foamy walls...:eek: :D