The most wonderful time of the year? I don’t think so. I like the song (when sung properly by a man), but I just cannot agree with the sentiment.
It used to be wonderful when I was a kid. And I’m sure it still is for my kids. But even so, the capitalist takeover has ruined it. Yeah, I know… think about the ‘true meaning‘ of Christmas. But it feels like that is the true meaning at this point… spend and consume and spend more. Besides, the ‘true meaning‘ has always been lost on me. I am not even a little bit religious. I’m not even sure I can honestly say I have a religion at all.
And that whole ‘giving back‘ thing… ‘don’t do gifts at all‘…? Umm… no. My kids would hate me forever… and I wouldn’t blame them. I don’t have much to give but I’m giving it to my kids. And no, just giving them my love isn’t enough. [So corny… Barf.] That’s just not how Christmas is. Christmas was always about Santa to me. Fuck, it’s bad enough that my nephew is a little shit and he brags if he gets more gifts than my kids. I’m not going to have them get nothing!
So… Christmas has become a bit of a nightmare. The crowds everywhere… the traffic… the rampant rudeness… and the needless spending of far too much money… the greed… even the guilt… Ugh. Damn, I hate to even leave the house on the weekends. January can’t come soon enough for me.
Those gifts pushed as ‘stocking stuffers’ that cost $50 or more each? Maybe you’ve got money coming out your ears (or somewhere else), but I think it’s safe to say that most of us don’t. If I actually filled a stocking with these things, I’d already be at least $500 in the hole before I bought anything else. Only $99.99! Makes a great stocking stuffer! Bite me.
All those sales and crazy people freaking out on Black Friday to get televisions and thousand-dollar iPhones and other such large purchases… are they buying gifts? Are they really spending in excess of $1000 on a single present? Does everyone get one? Who gives out giant televisions as Christmas gifts? Damn… I wish I had that kind of money to spare. I still wouldn’t buy those things… but I wish I had the means to do so.
And the overload of cringe-worthy jewelry store commercials on television is nauseating. I have to keep a bucket by the couch so I don’t make a mess when I throw up. That one where the woman keeps dropping hints until the guy catches on…? If you have to ask him to buy it, it’s not the thought that counts because he didn’t think of it. It’s a meaningless piece of metal you guilted him into buying. And all the overly cheesy ones? With their horrible jingles and taglines? Just shoot me.
And the cars. Forget televisions… do people really buy someone a fucking car for Christmas? Maybe I’m a cynical bitch (really, no question) but I think she married him for the money.
I think I’m done bitching now. Probably. Stay tuned, though… I may still post my letter to Santa…
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