• Streby

    My holidays consist of me sitting in my pyjamas watching ‘Goong’ for the third time while getting angry calls from my boyfriend and my friends for blowing them off to sit at home and be a loser. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

    Whether you celebrate the season as some sort of romantic interval in reality, or even religiously or secularly, the thing I most admire about this holiday is the fact that it gives a great many people the opportunity to push their petty grievances into the closet (if only temporarily) and come together to celebrate a phenomenon that is bigger than themselves. In a world so hellbent on setting fire to the ground moving at such violent speeds, having a season that forces you to focus on the people that are important to you is not only welcomed, it is essential. 

    Christmas allows everyone the opportunity to get away from doctor bills, house payments and that asshole at work/school that you can’t stand, and instead focus on family and friends. Sure, sometimes it can feel like replacing one earth splitting headache for another (awkward family gatherings, shopping, cooking and baking, etc) — but at least your family and friends can do one thing all the bills, house payments and assholes in the world cannot: return your appreciation. Even if your family seems to get pleasure out of nitpicking you to death, they still love you. Nobody would take the time to nag, nitpick or criticize if they gave less than a shit about you, that I can promise. You don’t have to like everyone you love, but having people you love, who love you, to spend the holidays with is something to be exalted. No matter if these people are friends or family by blood or otherwise, all but the tragically misfortunate have someone with which to spend this season. 

    Marketers will always try to find some way to capitalize on emotion. It is their job. However, there is an underlying aspect to this holiday that cannot be manufactured, manipulated or twisted to fit a mold; this aspect is the kindness and decency the holiday brings out in the majority of people. There will always be exceptions, but generally, Christmas grabs a hold of the jerks in all of us and wraps them up in a big bear hug. It holds on so tight that we have no choice but to let go of our “childishness” (immaturity) and embrace our “childishness” (some residual innocence and goodness that we didn’t know still existed anymore), just for a little while. Whether you show that kindness by serving up a hot plate of turkey and dressing to a homeless person in a soup kitchen, or by carefully wrapping up a Lightning McQueen toy for some little kid you think the world of, both are rooted in some base sense of decency that manifests strongest at this time of the year. Corporations do a good job of providing people something TO give, but they cannot conjure up at will whatever it is inside us that compels us to spend our hard earned money on the people for whom we love (even if we don’t particularly LIKE all of them).

    Overall, life can be a son of a bitch — but it is nice to be reminded of its goodness, on occasion. Christmas is one of those occasions. Whether you spend it focusing on romance, shopping or in the kitchen, each one is a labor of love. The types of love may vary, but any season that brings our love of something beyond ourselves to the forefront is reason to celebrate.

  • http://twitter.com/PlumAusten Plum Austen

    I don’t celebrate Christmas, yet in general (especially when you have a child of your own), this season has always been about celebrating the best of human qualities. I  would feel this every year from October onwards (starting with important Hindu festivals like Navratri, and Diwali) – all the way through December. Even though my parents and extended family don’t live in this country, I never felt sad or alone. 
    This year though, the general pessimism about the economy, and recent tragic events have left me questioning my faith in humanity, in goodness. And I am finding it hard to smile and celebrate. I know that time will cover up the wounds, but some of these scabs have been picked on too many times for them to heal quickly. I think I am going to just have to wait until that happens. Therefore I will have a more introspective holiday season this year. 

    • GreyLeaves

       I hope you find the peace you are looking for. Hopefully, 2013 will be a great year for you and everyone on this site!

  • RC_RC

    ” Instead of the consumerist gift extravaganza that Western countries see on Christmas morning”

    Some people in the West have other days for exchanging gifts, for example Epiphany. 

  • Ditu3ka

    I do celebrate Christmas just like 99% of my country (despite my country being the one with the largest percentage of ateists :-)), for the most of us the Christmas time is about family.

  • GreyLeaves

    When I was younger, Christmas was about going to church and passing around presents to my loved ones. I still go to the end of year parties/outings/dinners, but as the years go on, for me, it has become a much quieter holiday. Now, I reflect on the events that happened in the year, spend time reflecting on myself, think about things like my own spirituality and connection to God and heaven.

  • http://twitter.com/veria10 Veria

    “Christmas is a time to celebrate and for young couples to frolic in the winter cold.”

    Lol no I live in Australia.