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2006-11-26 10:27:01 AM
Scooge????
 
2006-11-26 10:32:17 AM
I think submitter meant to say 'Spooges'.
 
2006-11-26 11:33:12 AM
Scooge McUck?
 
2006-11-26 11:40:22 AM
the three scooges?
 
2006-11-26 12:45:48 PM
Could you scooge over? I wanna sit down.
 
Xai
2006-11-26 05:34:46 PM
wtf is spooges?
 
2006-11-26 05:36:27 PM
Dude, I totally scooged all over my keyboard last night.
 
2006-11-26 05:38:01 PM
splooge?
 
2006-11-26 05:38:39 PM
Is anyone else really sick of the hangover guy?

/yes I'm drunk
// Wanna make something of it?!?!
 
2006-11-26 05:41:17 PM
Are these the secularists John Gibson told us about who are trying to destroy Christmas?
 
2006-11-26 05:41:49 PM
In therapy for 3 years dealing with his inner grinch? I thought the "Blue Christmas" therapy group that meets near uswas bad, but this really takes the cake.

When is the psychobabble going to stop?
 
2006-11-26 05:41:56 PM
"Hey, mister: CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS SANTA WREATH JOLLY OLD SAINT NICK ON DANCER ON PRANCER CANDY CANE NORTH POLE ELVES FELIZ NAVIDAD! Are you angry yet? No? GLOWING RED NOSE CHRISTMAS TREE TINSEL AWAY IN A MANGER IN BETHLEHEM JESUS JESUS SANTA JESUS! How about now? Angry yet? ...wow. PRESENTS UNDER THE TREE JACK FROST RUDOLPH RED GREEN IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER SANTA KNOWS WHEN YOU'RE SLEEPING HE KNOWS WHEN YOU'RE AWAKE HE KNOWS IF YOU'VE BEEN BAD OR GOOD SO BE GOOD FOR GOODNESS SAKE! Now are you angry? ...you ARE? Get into the holiday spirit, Scrooge."
 
2006-11-26 05:42:06 PM
I hate people who hate people who hate christmas


HARRRR
 
2006-11-26 05:42:39 PM
Welcome to the club. I loathe it. The lights are ok in the darkest season this far north, but the jingles, the Coke-Claus, the flood of advertisements everywhere is enough to drive a person insane.
 
2006-11-26 05:43:34 PM
HA HA! TFers look like choads as they mock a headline that has been fixed!!!111!one!
 
2006-11-26 05:44:01 PM
The problem could be that there are only like 15 Christmas songs and stores started playing them nonstop two weeks before thanksgiving.
 
2006-11-26 05:45:22 PM
I also hate this time of year.

People want to fill you with joy then shiat on you like a toilet for the next 11 months.
 
2006-11-26 05:46:47 PM
I hate the fact that I am *barely* making enough money to pay the rent+child support and food...and I am expected to buy $100+ presents for all the people I work with for the xmas party.

Sorry folks. If it is a "requirement" its not a damned gift.

/*growls* I would buy most of you something if I had money
 
2006-11-26 05:54:38 PM
Nothing promotes "holiday rage" (as manufactured by the MSM) like walking into drug stores ONE FARKING DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN and being assaulted by farking christmas tuns.

Retailers, in their effort to milk every last dollar from customers have, in effect, killed christmas. It's a distasteful, trite, waste of a holiday.
 
2006-11-26 05:55:47 PM
"tmickpoi
The problem could be that there are only like 15 Christmas songs and stores started playing them nonstop two weeks before thanksgiving."

They start 2 weeks before Halloween here! JEEZ!

/like Christmas
//Not all of the hoopla though
///three slashies.
 
2006-11-26 05:56:01 PM
So they really have a term for everything....

How about 'Its-November-26th-and-I'm-already-sick-of-Christmas-music' Syndrome?

Stop turning everything into a medical problem...

/Merry Christmas, you filthy animal.
//Obscure?
 
2006-11-26 05:59:55 PM
I don't get it... is the submitter suggesting that people who dislike Christmas should be looked down upon?

No "true" christian in their right mind would defend this kind of hype and commercialism surrounding the holiday, as much of it in itself goes against many of the ideals that Christ represents.

Just because you can fake "good will toward your fellow man" for a few weeks does not make you a good person... especially when you immediately toss it out the window with the rest of your trash on January 3rd, once the partying has ended.

I hate the hypocrisy of the holiday season and all who use it as a crude "dress rehersal"... as though God only judges us at the end of each year.

//not christian... but at least I'm not faking it either
 
2006-11-26 06:00:58 PM
Sometime around 1997 I found myself walking through a packed shopping mall, desperate for ideas about what christmas presents to buy for family and friends. I most definitely didn't want to be there, and I had no idea whether the stuff I was buying was "right" or not. The other people in the mall didn't look too cheerful, either. They were also walking around in coats made wet by melted snow, fighting for parking spots & Cabbage Patch dolls with other consumers, and often late for dinner. There were other things, too, but I think most can relate to the shopping nightmare aspect of the Season of Joy.

And that was the last time. I swore off the christmas sauce for good.

After enduring a couple of years of good-natured (and some not so good-natured) jabs about being a "Scrooge" etc, family and friends just accepted that's just the way I was. As for presents, I just spend double what I would have on birthdays.

I realize there are many out there who truly love it all - and good luck to ya - but I don't dread December any more.
 
2006-11-26 06:05:04 PM
If you're not really all that into xmas, the last thing you want to do is admit it to yourself or others. There must be something wrong with you.

Cognitive dissonance. Depression. Moodiness... makes sense. We could tell people that it's ok not to be all that into xmas, but that is a good way to lower subscription rates to your rag and the average pay check collecting column writer isn't going to dream of such a thing.

I'm not into xmas. Not for any particular reason other than some folks are into stamp collecting and some aren't. It's not a big deal. If lamos and conformists give you grief about it, pee on their heads. They've had it coming since the middle ages; probably before then.
 
2006-11-26 06:14:33 PM
If you have holiday rage... you are an idiot. If you go to a mall after thanksgiving/before christmas day, you know exactly what you're getting into. It is not a huge mystery. Prepare yourself. Wear comfortable shoes.

Sorry to get all schmoopy on yous guyses, but getting people presents should be a deed done out of love, not a requirement (as someone very rightly pointed out above). Frankly, you have a month to figure your shiat out. Plan your battles: a weekend to figure out the kids, a weekend to figure out your parents, a weekend to figure out your friends. You will have lower blood pressure and be able to chuckle at those around you freaking out about parking spaces. Just park in the back and walk if you've got two perfectly good legs.

Christmas is exactly what you make it. Not exactly breaking nooz, doods.
 
2006-11-26 06:19:29 PM
JohnnyDanger

Nothing promotes "holiday rage" (as manufactured by the MSM) like walking into drug stores ONE FARKING DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN and being assaulted by farking christmas tuns.


At least they waited until after Halloween where you live. About a week before Halloween, I was seeing all the ugly-ass, tack xmas crap in stores. I mean, do as you wish and all, but let me enjoy Halloween before you shove it out, two months before the stupid holiday.

It is really obtrusive this year, it seems, as well. Today, I was assaulted by the smell of pine at the grocery store, with all the pointless chopped-down trees and wreaths lined up outside. Uck.

I hate wishing a month of winter would pass quickly, as I love winter, but I really can't wait for xmas to be done with.
 
2006-11-26 06:23:08 PM
Oohhhh Ooohhhhh, finally a name for the fact that I hate xmas. Now I have a syndrome to blame it on. I thought it was just the fact that I had to buy people stuff that they don't like and they would buy me stuff that I don't like instead of me just buying myself stuff that I like.

/too much stuff
 
2006-11-26 06:24:33 PM
Meh. I had a nice long 'Why I'm sick of Christmas' post all typed up. But the server ate it.

So hell, I'll just post this instead.


img.villagephotos.com
 
2006-11-26 06:31:32 PM
For those who hate the whole forced-presents and hideous cost thing, or really can't afford it...

Don't do it! Go to friends, family, work colleagues, whomever would ordinarily exchange presents with in your situation. Tell them to spend no more than $x on you, and suggest a common, simple, thoughtful gift, like your favourite type of chocolate, so forth. Something they won't have to spend hours searching for. Let them know you won't be spending more than $x on anyone, because you don't want to impose an awkward obligation on anyone at a stressful and expensive time of the year. When they're busy hunting for presents and yours is the cheapest, easiest, and most guilt-free to get, they'll be very thankful.

Some people who just want gifts might not like it that much though... YMMV
 
2006-11-26 06:37:48 PM

Don't take traffic personally; People aren't there to block you on the highway.


Huh? Of course they are. If I can't go 90 on the freeway then someone is in my way, and if they were not in my way then I could go 90. They are exactly there for one purpose and that is to be in my way.
 
2006-11-26 06:40:10 PM
Di Atribe: If you have holiday rage... you are an idiot. If you go to a mall after thanksgiving/before christmas day, you know exactly what you're getting into. It is not a huge mystery. Prepare yourself. Wear comfortable shoes.

Ok, but what about the rage I feel about haveing to see Christmas shiat everywhere I go? On every media outlet available? From every person I see? What about that? I GET IT! CHRISTMAS! YEAH! I just truly don't care. Outside of my kid having a good time, so what? Nobody is going to buy me anything I really want, and I'm not going to buy anything worth a shiat for anybody else, believe me. My wallet won't allow it. So what do I do? Go into an isolation tank for a month? Begin taking valium? Help me out here.
 
2006-11-26 06:43:11 PM
I can only post one thing, and that is to all of the people that are involved in the marketing and advertising Christmas juggernaut:

www.andylurie.com

By the way if anyone here is in advertising or marketing... kill yourself. No, no, no it's just a little thought. I'm just trying to plant seeds. Maybe one day, they'll take root - I don't know. You try, you do what you can. Kill yourself. Seriously though, if you are, do.

Aaah, no really, there's no rationalisation for what you do and you are Satan's little helpers, Okay - kill yourself - seriously. You are the ruiner of all things good, seriously.

No this is not a joke, you're going, "there's going to be a joke coming," there's no farking joke coming. You are Satan's spawn filling the world with bile and garbage. You are farked and you are farking us. Kill yourself. It's the only way to save your farking soul, kill yourself.

I know all the marketing people are going, "he's doing a joke..." there's no joke here whatsoever. Suck a tail-pipe, farking hang yourself, borrow a gun from an NRA buddy - I don't care how you do it. Rid the world of your evil farking machinations.

I know what all the marketing people are thinking right now too, "Oh, you know what Bill's doing, he's going for that anti-marketing dollar. That's a good market, he's very smart." Oh man, I am not doing that. You farking evil scumbags!

"Ooh, you know what Bill's doing now, he's going for the righteous indignation dollar. That's a big dollar. A lot of people are feeling that indignation. We've done research - huge market. He's doing a good thing." Godammit, I'm not doing that, you scum-bags!
 
2006-11-26 06:43:51 PM
I just thought the world should know, I was hating Christmas long before they had a name for it.
 
2006-11-26 07:10:47 PM
Dallas, huh? Try walking 150 yards in slush in wet (but comfy!) shoes with a microwave under one arm and a comforter under the other. I'd trade you for a hurricane experience for that alone!

Three weekends lost for a one or two day payoff? I guess you're not the one dragging the decorations up from the basement, nor the one who burns off a perfectly good Saturday putting up lights on the house, nor spends a day on wrapping stuff only to watch your handiwork destroyed in seconds. Then there's going to the christmas tree lot, just to pay for an anemic tree that gets sap all over the roof of the car and needles in the house that I'm still finding in July.

But the best of the best is the people who say they luvvvv christmas the loudest. They're usually the ones who look like they got stabbed in the heart when you didn't get them what they expected ("just get me anything!"), while at the same time handing you the three-pack of Old Spice and Soap-on-a-rope pre-wrapped by the manufacturer and then asking "do you like it?" with a straight face.

Whether you play the christmas game or not, all it really does come down to managing other people's expectations. And there's never any "joy" or "goodwill towards all men" in that.

/Beat the dreaded "Internal Server Error" by typing this in Notepad first
//Slashies!
 
2006-11-26 07:11:15 PM
Bete Noire: For those who hate the whole forced-presents and hideous cost thing, or really can't afford it...

Don't do it! Go to friends, family, work colleagues, whomever would ordinarily exchange presents with in your situation. Tell them to spend no more than $x on you, and suggest a common, simple, thoughtful gift, like your favourite type of chocolate, so forth. Something they won't have to spend hours searching for.



Guessing you missed the part where some of us have to do that at the company (small company) Christmas party.

I would love to not do it, but I don't have that choice.
 
2006-11-26 07:16:58 PM
I love Christmas ... but only for about two weeks. I don't feel pressured to buy lots of presents because I only buy 4 - one for mom, dad, boyfriend, and the big family exchange (price capped at $25-$30ish). The family exchange involves picking unmarked packages and/or stealing from others to get what you want (no take backs) so instead of stressing buying what's right for one person you buy what you think someone might need. Pillows seem to be a good idea given how viciously they were fought over last year.

I used to work at Books A Million and they start playing their Christmas music on (wait for it) THE FIRST OF OCTOBER. That's right, you spend 1/4 of your YEAR listening to the stuff if you work there. And it's not even good, it's the stuff on the CDs by people you've never heard of that they're trying to sell. Sooo happy I'm not there this year.
 
2006-11-26 07:18:23 PM
Di Atribe

Yes, because everybody in the world feels that getting presents is a privilege, not a right.

Because my insufferable biatch of a sister-in-law (who just recently discovered she is pregnant, thereby making her even more insufferable) doesn't want very, very expensive baby shiat this holiday season--stoller, changing table, crib, baby carrier, helmet, or whatever the hell else people put babies in these days--and we know that if we don't buy her these things then she'll throw one of her typical 4-year-old-girl temper tantrums even though she's 26 farking years old.

Because if I want to continue to have a good relationship with my in-laws and my husband, then I have to jump through these hoops and cater to her demands.

So yes, I'm such an idiot for being a little annoyed at my situation. If you were in it, you'd be annoyed, too.
 
2006-11-26 07:26:09 PM
I have it, get in my way and I'll shank you with a house key.

/really
 
2006-11-26 07:37:00 PM
jesuspolitics.typepad.com

Happy holidays!
 
2006-11-26 07:38:34 PM
Shadow Blasko,

Bete Noire: For those who hate the whole forced-presents and hideous cost thing, or really can't afford it...

Don't do it! Go to friends, family, work colleagues, whomever would ordinarily exchange presents with in your situation. Tell them to spend no more than $x on you, and suggest a common, simple, thoughtful gift, like your favourite type of chocolate, so forth. Something they won't have to spend hours searching for.


Guessing you missed the part where some of us have to do that at the company (small company) Christmas party.

I would love to not do it, but I don't have that choice.


Most of us are in that predicament, if not for office parties then in one way or another we are dependent on our bosses and our jobs if we don't want to be homeless, so we pretty much have to do what we're told even if dignity must be sacrificed. Now, you it's easy to argue, "it's better than being homeless, hungry, living in Sudan, etc. etc." and you'd be right, but you will still suffer from cognitive dissonance. This effects some more than others, depending on who you are and how bad your situation is, etc. but just about everyone suffers from it. Psychology tells us that what we do to deal with it is seek out distractions. Ever wonder where the mass entertainment empire came from? Ever wonder what is so great about hand held video games? I mean, they're not awful, but people don't just enjoy them, they camp out in the parking lot for days waiting for them to appear on shelves. There's something wrong there. It's about distraction. It's about seeking out indifference. Cognitive dissonance creates that need in us, whether we know it or not.

Too bad there isn't a way to run turbines with denial.
 
2006-11-26 07:42:30 PM
studebaker hoch,

Damn! I keep forgetting to get rich quick by writing a reactionary right wing, emotionally manipulative book. It's so easy to do; you can write that stuff while drunk. What is my problem? Lazy, I reckon... and it's not like I feel sorry for the cross eyed ditto heads who gladly fork over the 20 dollars per volume.
 
2006-11-26 07:46:46 PM
i65.photobucket.com

Reminds me of this for some reason...
 
2006-11-26 07:58:37 PM
Vosh said:


Too bad there isn't a way to run turbines with denial.


Like this?
 
2006-11-26 08:05:01 PM
I like christmas (and christmas eve) because most people are in a good mood, or pretend to be. As far as presents go, it is usually stress-free; I just give my sister a card with some cash inside it and she gets me beer and some new shirts.
 
2006-11-26 08:53:31 PM
EzraS,

Contrived adhominem attacks. Obviously you are very secure in what you believe in. I'd be secure, too, if what I did every year was about nothing except force of habit and peer pressure.
 
2006-11-26 09:33:00 PM
How many different types of rage do we need to identify before we just admit that Americans will get fighting mad over the pettiest of shiat? How about existential rage?
 
2006-11-26 09:33:11 PM
EzraS

Funny, my life has done nothing except get better since I gave up that church and religion nonsense.

Which makes Christmas easily bearable, I just don't celebrate it. I get dragged to family dinners and such, but I really don't mind because I love my family. Every time I find myself stuck in a store with horrendous music and shoving customers, I just remind myself that when I get back to my place, it all becomes calm again.
 
2006-11-26 10:50:26 PM
Bah humbug!
 
2006-11-26 10:51:20 PM
Shadow Blasko

Guessing you missed the part where some of us have to do that at the company (small company) Christmas party.

I would love to not do it, but I don't have that choice.


Nope, not missed, but not completely aware of your specific situation.

If you have been mandated by your work to spend $x on everyone else, consider it a job cost, like having to buy a suit. If you are paid $y/yr, and spend $x/yr, your net income is $(y-x)/yr. Consider this when evaluating what your job is worth.

If there is no such mandate, talk to the people involved, just like with friends and family. If you genuinely can't, or think it would be a bad career move to do so, suck it up and treat it as a job expense, as detailed in the previous paragraph.

Just remember: If they are friends, you will feel comfortable talking to them. If you can't, they are probably work colleagues, and the charade is just a job expense. In the latter case, don't take it personally.

Also remember that you might not be the only person there who is ticked off with the situation. You may have more people onside that you think...
 
2006-11-26 11:25:57 PM
shipofthesun: Ok, but what about the rage I feel about haveing to see Christmas shiat everywhere I go? On every media outlet available? From every person I see? What about that? I GET IT! CHRISTMAS! YEAH! I just truly don't care. Outside of my kid having a good time, so what? Nobody is going to buy me anything I really want, and I'm not going to buy anything worth a shiat for anybody else, believe me. My wallet won't allow it. So what do I do? Go into an isolation tank for a month? Begin taking valium? Help me out here.

Heh. I totally feel yah, hon. But you already have the solution. You said it yourself... make sure your kid has fun. If what is going on is not going to lead directly to your kid's unbridled joy, skip it. Tune out the bullshiat as best you can and countdown to December 26th. I do the same thing with political ads.

Personally, I watch football, read books and go shopping in off hours after I've already decided what to get for people. Christmas is exactly what you make it.

As for presents... I tell people I don't need anything and if they insist on getting me something... I tell them to make a donation to my daughter's college fund. Harvard's gonna be 'spensive. ;)

/If you let Christmas enrage you, the terrists win.
 
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