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... we had a hilarious misunderstanding involving zombie mouselings ...

And this, Doc, is why we love you.

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Y'know, you're the second person today who's told me they love me because I post goofy crap on the internet.

Makes me feel appreciated, it does.

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The commercialization of Christmas really does ruin the season for me.  I'm annoyed that Christmas music begins getting played before Halloween.  I'm sick of it by the time the season is right.  The amount of time and effort and marketing push that's given to Christmas (really, but everyone in the family matching cars!) make the expectations impossible to live up to.

 

Seriously, if it were a few well thought out gifts and a quiet meal with friends and family, that's achievable.  For what Christmas is "supposed" to be, that's just setting yourself up for a letdown.

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Fortunately, my wife is a December baby, so we don't start Christmas really until after her birthday.  There are a few exceptions.  We go to Santa's Village, a small Christmas themed amusement park in New Hampshire the weekend after Thanksgiving.  And for the past two years, the Elf on the Shelf arrives and starts mischief and silliness in the house.  My mom wants our Christmas lists on Thanksgiving (yeah, 40, and I still have to make a list for my mom) because she goes away for the weekend with her girlfriends and they do some shopping while they are off galavanting.

 

The Christmas tree is not picked out until the weekend after my wife's birthday.

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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. 

 

.... Tomorrow Yesterday I have had plans to drive through some areas that are more than a little posh. Perhaps I will see some then...

 

 

Doc, it may be a Colorado thing. I did indeed make that drive. No Bumbles. Nor 16 Foot Santa Giants like the one Nocturne spotted. Not even an innocuous inflatable Frosty the Snowman.

 

I drove past bunches of big, posh houses. Maybe the folks with enough income for OOT Xmas displays are out buying cars. I actually drove past a sign threatening a new addition where passing motorists were assured that new plots were available for houses starting at $500K.

 

 

But NO Bumbles.  :mellow:

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There is neighborhood in my town with big posh houses, some of them designed by people whose names you would recognize, on big, generous lots.

 

At least one of them has their front acreage filled with inflatable things.

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I have a four foot inflatable penguin in my front yard, for now. I have promised my cousin that is nuts about penguins that when she gets a place with a yard she can decorate that I'm giving it to her. I personally think up to three inflatables is cute, more than that is asking for a fire. We have a house that two years ago had 60 and most were 10+ feet tall, and he adds to them every year. Going to have to take my nephew to see that house, he'll love it (he's almost three, so no sense of moderation yet).

 

Edit to add: the house with 60+ inflatables is only on a 2 acre lot.

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The neighbors that used to have the obnoxious, inflatable snow globe that played music until 9:30 PM moved away this past summer.

I am very happy.

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My cousin and his wife were driving around one December when, out of the blue, she said, "I don't like the animals..." Turns out she was referring to those reindeer made of lights wrapped around a wire frame, but forgot to give that context.

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Perhaps it IS a Colorado thing.

They have Bumbles at Lowe's, for potato's sake.

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I went to the mall yesterday to get a bear for my youngest nephews birthday yesterday..... I will never do that again. Could barely handle it. The moment I walked into the main area of the mall, my anxiety kicked in. o_o People do Christmas shopping on purpose?!

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Things I hate about Christmas:

That the traffic going to the malls frequently doubles my morning and evening commutes.

Mandatory office Christmas parties.

The reason for the season, which as far as local churches are concerned is, pounding on the door to my apartment before 9am on Sundays trying to get me to join them.

The fact that it keeps creeping forward in an attempt to annihilate holidays that I like a lot more. 

Scented candles, sprays, festive potpourri, and other generally head ache causing chemicals. 

Blinking red and blue lights that from around a corner look like a police stop.

Police stops, they pop up all over the place to stop drunken revelers between the 20th and new years and just slow down everything.

Panhandeling in the street and at every single door. some of them raising for things I approve of, but most raising money for "charities" that don't exist.

anti-sales. where prices jump up before thanksgiving so they can advertise larger discounts as Christmas gets closer.

 

Just to counter balance this very negative post here are things I like about it:

Cookies, there are some really good cookie types that people just don't make during the rest of the year.

Driving on the morning of, empty highways as far as the eye can see.

The day after because it is the maximum number of days until the mess all starts again.

Ginger cookie paint. I really like this paint.

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Just to counter balance this very negative post here are things I like about it:

Cookies, there are some really good cookie types that people just don't make during the rest of the year.

Driving on the morning of, empty highways as far as the eye can see.

The day after because it is the maximum number of days until the mess all starts again.

Ginger cookie paint. I really like this paint.

Cookie season. ::D:

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People do Christmas shopping on purpose?!

Amazon is still in business for a reason. ALL THE XMAS SHOPPING!!! :;):  (Except for my kids, whose gifts came from Miniature Market...  :huh: )

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