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Things I Hate About Christmas

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I'm all for the alcohol yule calender or 'beer on the shelf'.

 

If your beer is on a shelf, you're doing it wrong... ^_^:bday::upside:

 

 

Well, you start off with a certain number of bottles before taking one down and then passing it around. Rinse and repeat and so forth.

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I drank 20 beers 

That is a lot of beer. You would save some serious time by increasing the alcohol content of your drinks...

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It ended today when I noticed no less than five Bumbles wearing Santa hats in five different front yards in the south Denver metro area. 

 

I seem to live in a decidedly Bumble free zone. Tomorrow I have plans to drive through some areas that are more than a little posh. Perhaps I will see some then. However,...

 

That is not the inflatable character I want.

 

I would much prefer King Moonracer:

 

king_moonracer_200.jpg

 

(I might have a bit of bias in favor of winged quadrupedal predators.)  :ph34r:

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King Moonracer was indeed awesome. But he doesn't seem to be a decorative option...

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The things I hate most about the Christmas season:

 

1. Glitterpox

2. Customers that feel entitled to everything

3. Customers that think the toy aisles are a babysitter

4. Traffic (not the band, they're good)

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I spent 5 horrific years working retail at Wal-Mart. It has somewhat dampened my enthusiasm for Christmas. For me the good part of it is seeing my family, and having breakfast/dinner with them. The bad part is pretty much everything else. 

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I love Christmas. What I don't like is the endless barrage of made for TV Christmas Specials. The bad part is my wife loves them. Time to put on my painting visor and tune out the tv.

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I love Elf on the Shelf, but only because it has become a fun game to play with the kids, and allows me to get some creative juices flowing.

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It is okay to love Elf on the Shelf. If the kids like it and you like it, peachy. It's your house and your family, and if it makes the kids happy, it's all good.

It just irritates me because I can think of no other "Christmas Product" more blatantly commercial. Except  maybe the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree...

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The only thing I hate about it, is that no matter how hard I try to make it happen, I never recapture that childhood Christmas excitement

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The first 15 years of my working life, I worked in retail. About the last five years of that, I worked at a toy store. Three of those five years, I managed my location.

 

And maybe it's Stockholm syndrome, but Christmas was actually my favorite part of the retail year.

 

Sure, I hate a lot of "Christmas" songs (somewhere on the forums was a discussion about most Christmas songs being more winter-oriented than Christmassy), and a lot of customers get really entitled and absurd, and generally I find the commercialism depressing. BUT, as a retailer, I liked being busy. And let me tell you, Noon on a February Tuesday in a toy store? Not busy. Most of the retail year is tedious, especially for management. You run numbers, you tell employees to chin up, you tell employees to show up on time. You place orders, and maybe there's a new line releasing. But it's all very mundane, very same-same-same. Sometimes there's a visit from a corporate higher-up, if that's the sort of place you manage, but even then you're just putting on a show that has no real purpose and certainly doesn't help the store's bottom line. But come Christmas? Suddenly there are interesting issues to solve, customers coming out the woodwork, logistical problems (the parking lot is full, how do you accept the shipment that is inevitably late because holidays but now has to park the truck across the street)...the rest of the year is autopilot training for December. I miss it.

 

So yeah, off-topic, I guess, since it's actually something I like. But there you go.

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It's okay to like Christmas.

Weirdly enough, I find myself liking Christmas more since I moved to Colorado than I did for a long time before that. 

It was on a Christmas only a few years ago that I drove a thousand miles through a snowstorm to meet this wonderful person I hadn't seen in more than twenty years who wound up meaning more to me than anything. At one point, during that absolutely magical Christmas, we had a hilarious misunderstanding involving zombie mouselings, and she took me for a drive in the snow... to look at Christmas lights.

Y'know what? Christmas lights look totally different after a snowfall than they ever do in Texas. And in a public park, they had these gorgeous giant electric light-up metal snowflakes up in the trees. Below, on the ground, fat little bunnies frolicked in the powdery snow.

 

I about wept. I remember it like it was yesterday, and the memory of holding hands with her and looking upon the frosted beauty still makes me misty. It was one of the most magical moments I'd ever had, there with my darling looking at the lights.

And now I drive through that same park every day on the way to work.

Magic.

...yeah, yeah, I'm off topic, I know. Okay, back to the hate...

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