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  • They do have 'Christmas in July' sales in the states and these days the tinsel covered tat and musak comes out before Halloween. This year, the newsmedia are pushing holiday shopping like never before as if our economy depends on spending gobs of money on your loved ones.

    Try not to get too worked up over the holiday as the religion thing is a bit too pervasive to even hope that the human race will wise up to the biggest scam of all time. No big whoop. Take the opportunity to enjoy a paid holiday and maybe

  • The Physics of Christmas [] which is a really fun read that explores a little bit of the advent of the 'retail' christmas season.

    The Battle for Christmas [] is a entertaining read on how Christmas has been a burr on the ass of America, and probably every other culture, for centuries.

  • This year, the tinsel selling season started early. Here on this side of the pond, the christmas trees and decorations started going on sale after Labor Day (1st week in September).

    In the last few years, retailers have tended to break down the Halloween decorations pretty quickly on November 1st in order to start hanging Christmas decorations. Pretty soon, it'll start *during* the Summer holidays. :-S

    Besides, if all of the nativity scenes are getting annoying, there's always festivus [].

  • ...aren't that pretty, I admit, but the ones the rest of nature puts out are awfully nice where I am this time of year.

    I'm a sucker for first snow. :)


    You are what you think.
  • As for me, I do celebrate the birth of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sure, that might not be his birthday. So? I don't find birthdays themselves to be meaningful anyway. I don't find New Year's or birthdays or any particular day to be meaningful in and of themselves; they are just reminders of important events. I can't get excited about particular days, but I can get excited about what those days represent.

    And yes, it is nice to spend time with family and friends ... depending on the family and fr
    • Amen. I was kind of shocked to see such a journal entry, but everyone has the right to post whatever they want.


  • I find it amusing to hear the complaint that stores are starting the Christmas ads earlier every year, with a time in November being quoted as an example.

    I can remember 30 years ago hearing the same complaint about carols being played on the muzak in October. But I was amused then because, 10 years earlier, my mother had been complaining about Chrismas decorations in a store in September.

    Christmas festivities have been starting "earlier" for at least 50 years. But, they still start with sporadic items
    • That phenomenon is not limited to Christmas decorations; everybody, no matter when they were born, seems to have a tendency to talk about how "they don't make 'em like they used to" or "kids nowadays".
      "...I keep hearing about how you've changed. I think, 'Weather changes...and we just keep making the same dumb mistakes.'"

      You are what you think.
    • Yeah, I didn't touch on that part of the topic (which was indeed the actual topic), but this is the *latest* I can recall "Christmas season" beginning.
      • September 11th probably had a big, chastening effect. Bit hard to concentrate on consumerism when you're mourning lost friends and watching a (?:pointless)? war on the telly.