'Charlie Brown Christmas' and all the rest of these seasonal programs that are trotted out each year on cue, please enough already.

Lets examine what Christmas for many Americans and Canadians is really all about. High suicide rates, depression, for many an increased awareness of individual loneliness , guilt, a vulgar orgy of consumer spending, more crippling consumer debt, but for most it's just an annoyance they must put up with each and every year.

Walk through any store at Christmas, which now starts at the end of October and lasts to mid January and listen to the songs being played , dug up as emotional markers, designed to tug at your heart strings , for no other reason than to get at your purse strings. I can't count how many elderly people I've talked to, who missing their other half must endure painful reminders of love ones lost, brought on by deliberate emotional manipulation campaign orchestrated by our consumer culture for no other reason than to sell us another product or leave us with the guilt of failing to do so.

Christmas for way to many is a dark emotional time of year. For others it's trying to overcome the corporate and cultural guilt campaign, by buying their way out of it. Personally i think if you really love and care about someone close to you, you shouldn't need Christmas to remind you of your duty to show that love or kindness.

For Christian's claiming they are celebrating the birth of Jesus, even that is contrived because no one really knows the true date on which He was born. Christmas is a cultural fraud and we are all guilty of perpetuating it.

What i'm saving is being as good a person as you can , shouldn't be relegated to one day a year, due to cultural bullying, because if one day a year is all you've got, then you're failing yourself . Sometimes I think Christians treat Christmas like a seasonal 'confessional' of sorts, where if they 'occasionally' atone for their sins and show remorse for their behavior and indifference , the rest of the time they can be heartless cold and uncaring and feel quite at ease with themselves.

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PhilfromOhio 3 weeks 4 days ago
#1

Zap,

Is Chrismas a baby shower or a funeral? Or mainly a good excuse to get down and party?

The fundamental truth is that most folks can't afford Christmas as celebrated in our pop culture of excessive gift-giving, excessive partying and pious role playing. When you see the ads on tv for giving a new Mercedes or Lexus for Christmas you get the strong message that you are a loser if you can't pony up the cash for such a present.

Even the biggest sleasebags in the community dive into the festivities and put in their once yearly appearance at a candlelight service. Unfortunately this has become an over-the-top commercial holiday season designed to stoke merchandise sales, depression, sadness and regret and feelings of inadequacy, accompanied by overplayed ballads and heart wrenching sentimental tunes, which are inescapable, whether you are on isle 2 in Wallmart or fetching a gallon of milk from the corner store. It drives sales and credit card abuse. It creates an unrealistic sense of entitlement and self-reward. It creates debt.

This inescapable cloud hangs everywhere. No wonder suicides rise and many spirits slump. This has become a time of the year for guilt and regret and for atoning for your neglect by passing out presents and greetings to people who you largely ignore the rest of the year. How many times does this guy have to be born or die for people to get the message? The spirit of Christmas, if that's your schtick, should prevail on a more daily basis, not relegated to a few weeks or days in order to be a relief valve for societal neglect.

Just ask yourself this question: what would I do if I could not fork over gifts to celebrate Christmas? I know the so-called wise men brought gifts, but the merchants converted that part of the story to a pitch that obligates everyone to be giving gifts to everyone.

What if you were only permitted to give to the poor?

And hardly is Christmas overwhen we are barraged by the animal cruelty clean-up hitters, with the sad violins and piano background refrains with images of abused and neglected kittens and puppies.

Its a wonder we haven't all jumped off the bridge after that.

Happy holidays......and peace on earth.

rs allen 3 weeks 4 days ago
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xRUQWvQn6M

Shrug. It seem to fit somehow.

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c-gull 3 weeks 4 days ago
#3

Historians say that 25 December was selected as a "christian" holiday by the Roman emperor Justinian I. Justinian was the man who ordered the eastern part of the empire under his juristiction to become christian. Those that did not ran the risk of losing their citizenship, property or and their lives. The people in Samaria objected. Justinian had around 60,000 innocent people killed by his soldiers, had Samarian orchards and crops burned and then he ordered thousands more people sold into slavery to pay for the military operation.

Ironically the U.S. Army's battle flag has the picture of a roman soldiers uniform at its center; a symbol of death, destruction and blatant colonialism.

I don't see anything particulary merry about this holiday which has been forced upon us.

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applebot 3 weeks 3 days ago
#4

The fundamental truth is that most folks can't afford Christmas as celebrated in our pop culture of excessive gift-giving, excessive partying and pious role playing. When you see the ads on tv for giving a new Mercedes or Lexus for Christmas you get the strong message that you are a loser if you can't pony up the cash for such a present.

Even the biggest sleasebags in the community dive into the festivities and put in their once yearly appearance at a candlelight service. Unfortunately this has become an over-the-top commercial holiday season designed to stoke merchandise sales, depression, sadness and regret and feelings of inadequacy, accompanied by overplayed ballads and heart wrenching sentimental tunes, which are inescapable, whether you are on isle 2 in Wallmart or fetching a gallon of milk from the corner store. It drives sales and credit card abuse. It creates an unrealistic sense of entitlement and self-reward. It creates debt.

Fuck xmas

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zapdam. 3 weeks 3 days ago
#5

PEOPLE ASK what is the culture of western society , especially that of North America's Canada and the United States. It's a cult of eternal self satisfaction , of greed and selfishness and endless consumerism, it's 'high holiday' is disguised as Christmas. The GIMME culture, it's programmed from youth.

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Alberto Ceras 2 2 weeks 2 days ago
#6

True story. Several years ago my wife and I were spending a few months in a small, remote native Alaskan (Yupik) village. My wife, an accomplished musician, decided to enlist the 5th-6th graders in a musical production of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" as her Christmas gift to the village. All was going swimmingly before an attentive audience when suddenly shouts erupted from outside the auditorium. A plane, bringing the village's university students home for the holidays, had crashed killing several students and permanently disabling others. A friend made the coffins, refusing help from me or from anyone. Villagers placed the dead students' bodies in the lovingly fashioned caskets and set them atop the frozen tundra. The summer sun, in time, would melt the earth below the caskets allowing the tundra to take them home. Somber Christmases, surely, for several years (perhaps forever) in that small village.

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TheEvangelicalBuster 2 weeks 1 day ago
#7

I am struggling with depression right now, and the music has started up. I have had to turn off Christmas carols because they literally made me start crying. I do enjoy some of the fun ways that the holidays make me feel young again. But adult realities can completely squelch those memories. It is true that most people cannot go several thousand dollars into debt for what seems to be a standard Christmas. I am struggling financially and have been for years. I am someone that got caught in the recession and could never quite make my way back. Everyone knows what they get from me is small but meaningful. And I don't feel guilty about it. I always say the best things in life are free. Like the above post, I am sure that those family members would want their loved ones back. Remember all of the victims of the mass shootings this year and how they would give anything to have their loves ones back. If we find this hard to deal with, imagine those whose families are no longer here for no good reason whatsoever and because their government failed to protect them.

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zapdam. 2 weeks 1 day ago
#8

"I am struggling with depression right now, and the music has started up." Buster you're certainly not alone. Depression can be crippling, luckily i was very aware of the trap of depression when i was young and instinctively knew certain environmental influences and precription drugs, any drugs would only make it worse. I've moved coast to coast in Canada out running my bouts of depression anytime i felt it coming on, although most of my moves have been pure adventurism. I can remember literally getting in my car and leaving 'everything' and i mean everything, behind as i drove off into the sunset. What I've found is change is a wonderful elixer for the blues and those down and out times when you sense that nothing else will work. I don't know how many times I've bought new furniture, learned new cities and neighborhoods and found work, but the distraction almost all times worked. I remember when I was young hearing in centuries past in Great Britain , people suffering depression or emotional times running foul of the law, were usual sent out to sea as free labor, for it seemed to work. Now 70 the only thing i suffer from is boredom and luckily being a pensioner and living in Canada i'm well looked after by our social system, but even now I handle my boredom by just taking off, sometimes just to Vancouver for a few weeks or when finances allow to Bali Indonesia to live on the beach at a local 'homesay' for about $20 a day, including breakfast. I have a theory, that at 70 if i just keep moving I can outrun the grim reaper. I've been in virtually every country in South Asia and find it remarkable to see 80 something western grannies on the back of scooters, just having fun. BIG HUG Buster.

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zapdam. 2 weeks 1 day ago
#9

" Villagers placed the dead students' bodies in the lovingly fashioned caskets and set them atop the frozen tundra. The summer sun, in time, would melt the earth below the caskets allowing the tundra to take them home. Somber Christmases, surely, for several years (perhaps forever) in that small village. " Alberto you're such a wonderful story teller, your description painted me such a vivid picture as to how things are done in other parts of the world by different cultures.

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Alberto Ceras 2 2 weeks 17 hours ago
#10
Quote zapdam.:

Alberto you're such a wonderful story teller, your description painted me such a vivid picture as to how things are done in other parts of the world by different cultures.

Thanks, Zapdam. I've been fortunate to have lived - not simply visited - in many parts of the world. Now I scarcely see differences in people and I feel comfortable and "at home" almost right away wherever I happen to be. The profound sadness felt by those Alaskan villagers at the loss of their children was scarcely different from the grief that would be felt by parents and friends in other cultures, in other parts of the world, under similar circumstances.

"When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn?" Peter Seeger

But I don't hate Christmas. For me and for our family and friends it's one of the high points of the year as it generally affords us a chance to unite. Gifts for adults are mostly limited to underwear and socks while the youngest do get a few inexpensive toys. We have a lavishly decorated artificial tree and one of my daughters has strung a good many lights outside adding to the festive look.

For those who live alone I understand that Christmas can be - no, surely is - a sad time.

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 week 6 days ago
#11

For those whose spirits ebb at this time of year see if a click on this helps:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYwafK4HttY

and on this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3K5oLg-Fq4&list=RDy3K5oLg-Fq4&t=692

We've been left a grand legacy.

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