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When I was working for a credit card company, I successfully got them to turn off the in-house music, which went to an all-Christmas format on Nov 1, with a 90-minute loop. Image that for 10 hours a day, for two months straight.

 

Anyways, I filed a complaint, stating that all the Christmas music was exclusionary to those of other faiths who don't celebrate Christmas. The muzak got turned off that day. (and no one complained !!!)

 

As to Black Friday being high-risk, all you have to do is look back to last year's trampling death at Wal-Mart, or the guy in the wheelchair who sat outside a best buy since 11pm the night before, first in line, and people tip his chair over intentionally so that they could beat him to the single TV they had on sale. Do I need to go on?

 

Incidentally, I am one of those who does not say Merry Christmas when I'm at work, not for being PC, but for being Wiccan. And you do get customers jumping down your throat either way! If you say Merry Christmas, you're offending people of different faiths. If you say Happy Holidays, or something else, you get people screaming either that you're being to PC, or the ones demanding that Christ is in Christmas. I found the simple solution was to wait for the customer to say a holiday epitaph, and then reply with a cheery, "And to you as well." You'd be amazed how many arguments that solves.

 

That said, Have a Blessed Solstice :)

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I was listening to the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack in the car (an excellent year-round album, by the way) and I thought about this discussion.

 

Then I remembered something I saw for sale. Here it is from Target for only $15!

 

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Yes! A genuine licensed Charlie Brown Christmas™ Christmas Tree!

 

Irony for Christmas, anyone?

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Fifteen bucks? I mean, the thing itself is really funny because I like the kind of anti-cri$ma$ statement it makes..but then to go and pay that kind of money for one is kind of like paying $20 at Pier 1 Imports for a real simulation of a hand-crafted macaroni picture so folks can get the impression that an actual ittle kid made it for you. I dunno, but it seems like cheating to me.

 

But Kit you're right on one thing. That's one of my favourite Christmas albums too..along with The Chieftains' Bells Of Dublin and my ancient cassette Vol.1 Very Special Christmas.

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Shoot. I could have been making and selling those things every year for a decade. Around the tree farm, there are some trees that will never take a shape, and so they get turned into wreathes. I should have been cutting them up and nailing branches onto scraps of plywood, and selling authentic Charlie Brown-inspired trees for $5 each.

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I was just showing Mary this thread and specifically the tree and she just signed and shook her head. And then we both paused because there was a faint hint of "Linus and Lucy" in the air, and we both just sort of paused with a "did you just hear that" look.

 

Erin had just turned on her CD player in her bedroom and is listening to the Charlie Brown Christmas CD :lol:

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With less than 10 days from Christmas, I now pull my head out of the sand. Having stalwardly avoided the decor..music and general greed.. save for a fist-shaking insident when they were setting up christmas stuff in front of the Holloween stuff on my birthday (August 28th)... SO now, i can enjoy the season, old school egg nog and hard candy, friends and good times. I'm too broke for anything else.

 

And rememeber CAV is the gift that keeps on giving...

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I solve the problem by being anti-social in the lead-up to Christmas. Besides which, all this talk about commercialism, and how little Christ there is in Christmas misses the history behind the holiday...which was just another excuse to drink (until the Puritans came along and ruined it for everyone...).

 

Damon.

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Honestly, aside from the time off work I could do completely without Christmas. I can't buy into the fact that it's a religious holiday, and even if I did- I'm not religious.

 

If folks could actually BE festive and not sweat the presents, then the season would be a hell of a lot more fun.

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Yeah, and then the Victorians came along and made it all about trees and decorations and Santa Clause and then the retailers came along and made it all about presents and shopping and making you feel bad if you didn't get your kid the toy of the moment and shopping and credit cards and shopping. Whew, that was a nice long sentance ::P:

 

I'm glad I have my shopping all done for this time around- now for the wrapping.

I think Christmas should be like the Olympics. Held every four years so we can recover emotionally and financially from the last one before we have to start planing for the next one. :lol:

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It's a chance to have fun. There really is one of those squeezed in between all the time spent shopping and playing nice for relatives you don't really care about.

 

I do enjoy surprising my wife and kids with fun Christmas gifts. I'll usually do a "light" start in October/November if I know someone is interested in something (usually the kids). Then I do most of the rest online where I can be generous, frugal and anti-social.

 

The jack-o-lanterns hanging from the Christmas tree do offend me. I can't believe they would do that to Halloween. But just the same, I like spreading the purchases out over as many paychecks as possible.

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Christmas is a big deal for me. In Australia, we don't have Thanksgiving, so Christmas has always been (for me) about gathering my large family together, setting up a big feast, passing the presents, and then relaxing the rest of the day with afore-mentioned family. It's never been about getting large, expensive gifts, it's been about spending time with loved ones.

 

Then I come here, and I hear the complaints from my friends about how one's nieces and nephews want lots of money spent on them in gifts, or that one's wife is expecting more than four gifts, or that one can't afford to spend all this money on her hairdresser's, chiropractor's, manicurist's gifts this year and she's afraid that they will get offended by the smaller amount. I stare at them, amazed.

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