Ba Humbug!

I’ve never been a big fan of Christmas.

It has nothing to do with religion or the lack of religion, but the whole hypocritical commercialization of the holiday.

I like getting together with family. I like the feast part (probably too much) and I even enjoy the giving of small gifts, but the pressure to buy, buy, buy is relentless and unnecessary in my opinion.

Hell, even if you’re a Christian, you have to admit that Christmas isn’t really about the sacrifice of Jesus Christ – it’s more about how many presents you can fit into your sport utility vehicle and how you’ll manage to pay for it all.

My favorite part of the holiday is when it’s over, and I can go back to the peace and quiet that isn’t Christmas.

But truth be told, I do look forward to going to my aunt’s. She gives out presents every year and she’s a bit…eccentric. But that’s the best part! She spends all year getting gifts. They’re nothing spectacular, but you never know what you’re going to get and it’s always a hoot opening her gifts.

For example, one year she bought my kids (who were probably 12 and 9 at the time) oven mitts. The funny part was that she split the pair up so each got one mitt. We all howled with laughter, including my kids.

Good times. Inexpensive but far more memorable.

So to all my readers, I hope you have a Merry Christmas, holiday or whatever you call it, and a happy New Year!

Ba Humbug, indeed!~



  1. Never ad an eccentric relative, sad to say. They always strike me as fun people to be around.
    Gave up the pressure of ”big spends” years ago, but if my lot don’t buy me something really special there’s hell to pay, let me tell you now!

    Happy Xmas, GC. Al the very best to you and yours …and the dog, too!

  2. Every year, I buy less, but somehow, by the end of the month, I’m broke. REALLY broke. I only get things that people actually need and will use, but getting them all in one month when you live on a fixed income is — well — insane. My only comfort is that I am broke along with most of America. At least I won’t get the bill right after New Year’s day.

    It’s madness. Even those of us who don’t believe the hype can’t entirely resist it. The allure is so intense, so focused and with the Internet, it’s actually worse! I swear I can’t delete the advertising as fast as it pours in.

    also know for many industries, this season drives the whole year. Bad Christmas sales can and will sink an enterprise. I can hardly blame them for doing their best to cash in on the one time of the year when retail can fight back against online marketing. It’s just hard for consumers, especially those with limited means.

  3. My favorite part about Christmas is the day after Christmas, when the incessant Christmas music that has been enveloping us all everywhere we turn since before Thanksgiving will finally come to an end.

    Enjoy Christmas at your aunt’s, GC, and whatever eccentric gifts she bestows upon you and the rest of your family.

  4. I completely agree with this. Christmas has become far too commercialized and celebrates greed more than anything else. It’s a very stressful time for people like me, without any real family or much money. I’m always relieved when it’s all over. Bah humbug indeed. I actually wrote 2 articles about my problems with Chritmas:

    I also wanted to inform you I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. To accept the nomination, please see this post:

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