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(Time)   Four common holiday fights and how you can avoid them. Or start them, if Christmas has gotten dull and no one has found the Bailey's. Because it's not Christmas until someone leaves in tears   (healthland.time.com) divider line 64
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2012-12-25 09:48:37 AM
Lets summarize:

1) Fights to visit distant relatives.
2) Fights over money and how and on who it is spent.

And, from the article,  a main concern for reason #1 is the cost of visiting relatives and friends. So really the cause of Christmas fights is.....Money.
 
2012-12-25 10:12:50 AM
Steve Zodiac:
And, from the article,  a main concern for reason #1 is the cost of visiting relatives and friends. So really the cause of Christmas fights is.....Money.

Money is the reason for the season.
 
2012-12-25 11:22:05 AM
I thought people fighting over money spending habits was a year round event. Why blame the season for something you never got right in the first place.
 
2012-12-25 11:28:50 AM
Since my wife and I don't do any of those things, we don't ever fight.
 
2012-12-25 11:29:41 AM
I have often found the poor and less financially fortunate to be more appreciative of Xmas, while the wealthier tend to get more stressed. I think it is because giving things that really mean something and having them be really appreciated by the recipient provides more benefit to the giver than having the value of those things in the first place. On the other hand, people who get gifts for those who already have too much stuff will have a harder time finding a gift that actually has any serious value to the recipient, and the price of such gifts is generally greater, meaning there is a greater possibility that the benefit of the possession of the value given will be greater than the benefit of the act of giving.

/sociology of Xmas is fun
 
2012-12-25 11:33:35 AM

Steve Zodiac: Lets summarize:

1) Fights to visit distant relatives.
2) Fights over money and how and on who it is spent.

And, from the article,  a main concern for reason #1 is the cost of visiting relatives and friends. So really the cause of Christmas fights is.....Money.


I would have said the problem is Christmas.
 
2012-12-25 11:36:59 AM
I guess if you get drunk off of Baileys then fighting over whether or not mince is a meat or not is as good as it gets.
 
2012-12-25 11:38:42 AM
Must be a Northeastern Yankee tradition ...
 
2012-12-25 11:44:37 AM
I shoulda known - it'a all about women biatchin' - and startin' their shiat over nuthin'.
 
2012-12-25 11:46:28 AM
We all fight over if we should kick Drunken Uncle Gary out for Eye-Farking his underage nieces all day.

/got nothin"
//Its not even noon and I am three sheets to the wind.
 
2012-12-25 11:48:36 AM
WHO DRANK THE LAST OF THE FLAVORED ALCOHOL MILK STUFF THAT COSTS $30 A BOTTLE FOR SOME REASON? Now we'll never know which of us three guys this hot blonde whore is going to bang.
 
2012-12-25 11:49:30 AM
Money was the cause our family fought this year. It all boils down the sense of entitlement the rest of my family has towards our money. I got my neice a car and my sister in law (her biatch mother) was upset I didn't get her selfish ass anything. Every year I have to hear the same griping about how we hire a large group of homeless people to wrap all of my kids' presents. They say it would be better to use the 2 weeks of bums' pay to buy their family something instead.
I look at it like it's spending money on bums either way. One's appreciative, one's not. Id rather pay the one that is.
 
2012-12-25 11:56:26 AM
Ain't that the truth.
/should have seen the Thanksgiving fight I had with my religious right-wing tea bagger sister-in-law
 
2012-12-25 11:57:06 AM

Stone Meadow: Since my wife and I don't do any of those things, we don't ever fight.


Since I don't have a wife, I don't fight with myself.

/Unless I'm reenacting that one scene from Liar-Liar.
 
2012-12-25 12:15:14 PM
Poor people problems.
 
2012-12-25 12:20:29 PM
BRAVO Subby!

humbug!
 
2012-12-25 12:22:57 PM
the bailey's usually started the fights when i was growing p
 
2012-12-25 12:23:25 PM

Great Justice: I have often found the poor and less financially fortunate to be more appreciative of Xmas, while the wealthier tend to get more stressed. I think it is because giving things that really mean something and having them be really appreciated by the recipient provides more benefit to the giver than having the value of those things in the first place. On the other hand, people who get gifts for those who already have too much stuff will have a harder time finding a gift that actually has any serious value to the recipient, and the price of such gifts is generally greater, meaning there is a greater possibility that the benefit of the possession of the value given will be greater than the benefit of the act of giving.

/sociology of Xmas is fun


new favorite!
 
2012-12-25 12:33:25 PM
Headline of the year!!
 
2012-12-25 12:36:27 PM

Woot_Gawd:
//Its not even noon and I am three sheets to the wind.


fair winds and following seas
 
2012-12-25 12:42:29 PM

moothemagiccow: the bailey's usually started the fights when i was growing p


Liquor doesn't start fights, people start fights.

So to avoid fight, we must liquor everyone up. Even the kids. No, especially the kids.
 
2012-12-25 12:55:19 PM
Stayed home from the hypocrite In laws and step kids this year. In bed with chocolate and cheech and Chong on Comedy Central. Got the step kids a ps3 and a d90...told em they ain't gettin them till they clean their room. They don't seem to care so they ain't gettin em. Bah humbug.
 
2012-12-25 12:58:54 PM
I'm old and own a company. I like to start family Christmas discussions this way: "Which charity should get everything?"
 
2012-12-25 01:00:23 PM
Wife and I had an agreement. Fifty dollar limit on our gift to each other. We both went over the limit but we both knew we weren't obliged to do so. I outspent her by a wide margin, but I also lead with a bottle of Baileys (coincidentally) and it softened the blow considerably.

/merry farking xmas everyone!
 
2012-12-25 01:04:45 PM

Great Justice: I have often found the poor and less financially fortunate to be more appreciative of Xmas, while the wealthier tend to get more stressed. I think it is because giving things that really mean something and having them be really appreciated by the recipient provides more benefit to the giver than having the value of those things in the first place. On the other hand, people who get gifts for those who already have too much stuff will have a harder time finding a gift that actually has any serious value to the recipient, and the price of such gifts is generally greater, meaning there is a greater possibility that the benefit of the possession of the value given will be greater than the benefit of the act of giving.

/sociology of Xmas is fun


I agree (sorta).  At least from personal experience.  Money has been very tight the last few years, and our families (both ~900 miles away) totally understand that we're not travelling up there for Christmas.  Now, I've never wanted to, and the times I did its always very stressful (family is a collection of drama queens).

Also, the wife and I no longer get each other gifts.  We just found it silly.  We would just get each other practical stuff we happened to need around December of any given year.  Had Christmas not existed, we'd have bought this stuff anyway.

All in all, I just like the fact that I can now relax for a few days.  Late December is 100x less stressful nowadays.
 
2012-12-25 01:07:54 PM

try fect taa daa: Stayed home from the hypocrite In laws and step kids this year. In bed with chocolate and cheech and Chong on Comedy Central. Got the step kids a ps3 and a d90...told em they ain't gettin them till they clean their room. They don't seem to care so they ain't gettin em. Bah humbug.


Side point... why the fark does Comedy Central *only* play C&C's "Up In Smoke"???

They have other good movies, ya know!
 
2012-12-25 01:08:02 PM
My family and I opted out of Christmas for each other and decided to spend that money on someone in need- we gave to a family who lost everything in a house fire a week ago. They have a 3 year old and another on the way (due in January).

This season was less stressful and our hearts feel good.
 
2012-12-25 01:08:08 PM
Since my GF's family lives exactly as far away as my family (but in the opposite direction) we alternate years. Last year was Thanksgiving with her mom and xmas with my family. This year it's Thanksgiving with my family, xmas with her mom.

So I'll be spending my xmas on the couch, watching home movies with a house full of women, and hoping her crazy relatives don't decide to drop in...

/Love my woman to death regardless :-)
 
2012-12-25 01:09:44 PM
Four Typical Holiday Money Fights

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-25 01:10:48 PM
If you get drunk off of Baileys before getting a gut ache, you're a lightweight.
 
2012-12-25 01:23:16 PM

911Jenny: My family and I opted out of Christmas for each other and decided to spend that money on someone in need- we gave to a family who lost everything in a house fire a week ago. They have a 3 year old and another on the way (due in January).

This season was less stressful and our hearts feel good.


As someone who lost everything in a house fire as a teenager, you are one of my new  heroes. That is a tough  place to be and every bit helps. Karma, whichever deity/deities you believe in or whatever are surely smiling proudly on you right now.
 
2012-12-25 01:31:53 PM
THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY!!
 
2012-12-25 01:51:06 PM
That's only one fight.
 
2012-12-25 01:57:50 PM
Bailey's is sewage. St. Brendan's is the good stuff.

www.beveragewarehouse.com
 
2012-12-25 02:02:32 PM
Oh let's not forget this classic: "WHADDYA MEAN YOU HAVE TO WORK? CAN'T YOU JUST CALL IN SICK?? ALL THE RELATIVES YOU HATE WITH A PASSION WILL BE THERE biatchING ABOUT THE FREE shiat THEY GOT FROM OTHER PEOPLE!!!"
 
2012-12-25 02:05:48 PM

89 Stick-Up Kid: THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY!!


www.festivusweb.com
 
2012-12-25 02:10:20 PM
 
2012-12-25 02:11:03 PM
haha that's that show from the 90s- Seinfeld. WHOA. I thought I was the only other person that watched that show.
 
2012-12-25 02:25:06 PM

Great Justice: I have often found the poor and less financially fortunate to be more appreciative of Xmas, while the wealthier tend to get more stressed. I think it is because giving things that really mean something and having them be really appreciated by the recipient provides more benefit to the giver than having the value of those things in the first place. On the other hand, people who get gifts for those who already have too much stuff will have a harder time finding a gift that actually has any serious value to the recipient, and the price of such gifts is generally greater, meaning there is a greater possibility that the benefit of the possession of the value given will be greater than the benefit of the act of giving.

/sociology of Xmas is fun


I'm not trying to be a biatch, but I know many poor people and families on a personal level and they are not models of the Cratchit Family by any means. They don't say "oh, we only have $25 for Christmas dinner, presents, and a tree, so we'll get by with as little as possible and be thankful for our health, our home, and our family." I love that idea and I wish I knew more than 3 people who I actually would believe if they said it, but the others are buying up as much crap as they can get their hands on as quickly as they can find it having "fallen off a truck" just so they can take pics of massive piles of presents under their trees. I know and work in an industry that deals with very poor families and they all have Nike, Coogie, Akedemiks (whatever), Coach, iPhone/pad/pod, Bvulgari, etc etc etc. they're the people I know who are getting electronics and branded clothes out the ears today. I wish I knew of more people who are just grateful for what they have and are able to give, but it seems so romanticized and naive. Or maybe I'm just jaded and need a new job. :/
 
2012-12-25 02:31:22 PM
I have these religious zealot relatives who think its appropriate to take their preteens to a burn unit today, on Christmas, so they can see what Jesus is saving their eternal souls from. It's a sick and disgusting exploitation of victims of tragedy, a perversion of ministering to the sick, and I refuse to break bread with people that disgusting. I hope one of the burn victims called them on their shiat.
 
2012-12-25 02:34:36 PM
My inlaws love a good chrimmus shiat storm. We moved off about 6 years ago - not putting up with thier drama is a fringe benefit. We usually visit family after the 1st of the year and by then they are all worn out and/or not speaking to each other so it's pretty nice.
 
2012-12-25 02:40:51 PM

NannyStatePark: I have these religious zealot relatives who think its appropriate to take their preteens to a burn unit today, on Christmas, so they can see what Jesus is saving their eternal souls from. It's a sick and disgusting exploitation of victims of tragedy, a perversion of ministering to the sick, and I refuse to break bread with people that disgusting. I hope one of the burn victims called them on their shiat.


I have some relatives who used to listen to their police scanner and go see if they could help with wrecks. They always got mad when the officers would escort them away from the scene. A couple of years ago they weren't so lucky and actually walked up on some pretty gruesome stuff, like decapitation. Their little help missions ended right there.

You use stuff like burn victims and car crashes for entertainment under the premise of helping, you deserve what you get.
 
2012-12-25 02:48:57 PM
It's not a Cajun Christmas until the tree is knocked over or someone is bleeding.
 
2012-12-25 02:50:26 PM
Too late. The Stinkyy household fight began at 1:30 a.m. over Facebrag jealousy. Deleted account. Good riddance.
 
2012-12-25 02:57:08 PM
All the fights they list are about money. How about "don't invite that shiathead brother of yours" or "why is your mom such a biatch" or "why did you get drunk and fark your niece last year"?
 
2012-12-25 02:58:10 PM
My wife's aunt just asked her to switch chairs with me because I'm skinny. This should be fun.
 
2012-12-25 03:04:33 PM
The future Mrs. titwrench and I spent $8000 to feed and clothe 200 homeless veterans. That is our Christmas now we have a ham in the oven a turkey ready to be deep fried. There are 2 coolers full of beer and soda. We have an open invitation to all friends and family to come over to eat and drink. No presents allowed. Not a single fight.
 
2012-12-25 03:05:15 PM

Hagbardr: My wife's aunt just asked her to switch chairs with me because I'm skinny. This should be fun.


Ouch.
 
2012-12-25 03:11:14 PM
 

Hagbardr: My wife's aunt just asked her to switch chairs with me because I'm skinny. This should be fun.


www.aerojockey.com
 
2012-12-25 03:15:50 PM
Oddly misssing from the list is going into the Politics tab and saying something that one of the LibDems don't like.

Its kinda like the Rodney King riots when they pulled that trucker out of his cab.
"Hey everyone watch me hurl this brick into the back of his head while he's down on the ground! OMFG wasn't that hilarious!"
 
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