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(NPR)   Your holiday cards are boring, self-serving, utterly predictable bits of tripe that you should feel ashamed of, but this author wants you to know that he's giving you grudging permission to send them, anyway   (npr.org) divider line 67
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2013-12-08 09:18:35 PM
It used to be fun to run them through the translation sites and see what adventures they have along the way.
 
2013-12-08 10:53:18 PM
I dunno, it is always a great time to share family photos:

static.awkwardfamilyphotos.com
 
2013-12-08 10:56:59 PM
I usually just send generic cards to my mom and sister. I might try sending out newsletters to everyone this year. It will be an easy way to share the day-to-day happenings in my life without having to have a phone conversation with each and every cherished member of my family.
 
2013-12-09 12:03:39 AM
Things are tough.Times are hard.Here's your f*ckingChristmas card.
 
2013-12-09 12:04:44 AM
May I also say these formatting buttons suck and I wish HTML buttons would default.
 
2013-12-09 12:40:53 AM
Yeah, no. Keep your boring, self-serving, utterly predictable tripe where it belongs -- on Facebook.

/where it can be ignored/mocked in real time
 
2013-12-09 01:07:27 AM
Does not apply to Asatru

i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-09 01:07:46 AM

2.bp.blogspot.com

"Even the font seems smug."

 
2013-12-09 01:08:07 AM

gopher321: May I also say these formatting buttons suck and I wish HTML buttons would default.


You can set that somewhere in preferences.
 
2013-12-09 01:14:52 AM

gopher321: May I also say these formatting buttons suck and I wish HTML buttons would default.


"Enable modern rich text (WYSIWYG) editor for posting comments"

Just set it myself.
 
2013-12-09 01:15:31 AM
That's nice.
 
2013-12-09 01:30:27 AM
I'm helping protect the environment by only using Christmas cards made from recycled toilet paper.
 
2013-12-09 01:37:22 AM
That's generous of him. But I'm still witholding my permission for him to continue to occupy the planet's valuable time and space and oxygen until further evaluation.
 
2013-12-09 01:40:49 AM
holidaygreetingsphrases.com
 
2013-12-09 02:12:22 AM
Your pet rabbit died.  Poor little Muffet.

You now have two options.

Eat it or stuff it.
 
2013-12-09 02:32:08 AM

Mad_Radhu: I dunno, it is always a great time to share family photos:


Kittens go "meow"
Kittens go "mew".
Look how much more pussy
I'm getting than you.
 
2013-12-09 02:47:27 AM
HappyEverything.jpg on a card every new year would fix that right up.

/or a swift nutkick, whichever is cheaper
 
2013-12-09 02:50:26 AM
I never know what to put in Christmas cards, though one year I did use a picture of my dog and my parents' dog dressed as Santa and Mrs. Clause. If I care enough to send a Christmas card, chances are they're related to me and already have heard everything from my parents, or they're my friend and they've seen anything I'd put in there on facebook anyway. I have one friend who is on top of the Christmas card thing, requests every address, and that's my yearly reminder. It's nice to let people know I'm thinking of them, even if it's just with a "Happy Holidays" in a store-bought Christmas card, and I truly enjoy getting the same from my friends.
 
2013-12-09 02:55:15 AM
I find greeting cards rather pointless and wasteful. Why would I spend money on something that's just going to end up in the trash?
 
2013-12-09 02:56:41 AM
Christmas is such a neurotic holiday. Far and away from the revelry of the Saturnalia.

And yeah, this is really only the beginning of a serious trend to question its relevance and cut some of the barriers down to size. When a "holiday" becomes a serious stressful pain in the ass it deserves to be ridiculed.
 
2013-12-09 02:58:43 AM
I send Christmas cards to close friends and family. I don't include an update, but usually toss in recent pictures of the kids. It's just a nice gesture. If it's not your thing, toss it and move on, you whiny turd.

Also, it seems everyone I know over 50 takes it as a personal affront if they don't get a card. I remember my parents in the 80s removing people from the card list if they were pissed at them. There's some weird cultural thing there that I don't want to upset.
 
2013-12-09 03:06:32 AM

MechaPyx: I find greeting cards rather pointless and wasteful. Why would I spend money on something that's just going to end up in the trash?


You mean, something like this:

picture.pixmac.com
 
2013-12-09 03:56:25 AM
I'm a single 31 year old man who travels for work a lot. No one expects a Christmas card from me, no one gets one. If I want to say Merry Christmas, I'll call you.
 
2013-12-09 04:31:09 AM

whidbey: Christmas is such a neurotic holiday. Far and away from the revelry of the Saturnalia.

And yeah, this is really only the beginning of a serious trend to question its relevance and cut some of the barriers down to size. When a "holiday" becomes a serious stressful pain in the ass it deserves to be ridiculed.


Christmas is just a bad version of thanksgiving. Although I do like the lights and the tree, the cards and gifts are retarded.

I think I may refuse to acceot gifts this year. I stopped givibg them last year, but the idiots still gave me stuff even though I asked them not to. I don't see why they can't let me out without a fight.
 
2013-12-09 04:34:40 AM

Smackledorfer: Although I do like the lights and the tree


I can't emphasize enough such simple pleasures. Either indoor or outdoor. Bonus if there are Northern Lights.

But yeah let's listen to a bunch of cheesy music while we're shopping lol.
 
2013-12-09 04:38:21 AM

Smackledorfer: Christmas is just a bad version of thanksgiving. Although I do like the lights and the tree, the cards and gifts are retarded.


You mean you don't like the colored bits of string and the football helmet I got you last year?
 
2013-12-09 05:31:34 AM

Danger Avoid Death: Smackledorfer: Christmas is just a bad version of thanksgiving. Although I do like the lights and the tree, the cards and gifts are retarded.

You mean you don't like the colored bits of string and the football helmet I got you last year?


There was a distinct lack of stickers.
 
2013-12-09 05:42:05 AM
I love receiving Christmas cards -- as much or more than receiving gifts. Especially photo Christmas card. Have a special hanger for all the cards and the photo cards go into an album after the holiday.

/old school
//eskews social media
 
2013-12-09 06:03:24 AM
More people we know are dead, so every year the card list shrinks.
 
2013-12-09 06:18:17 AM
I just flipped up the flag on my mailbox for the Christmas cards. Real kick, yadda.

It's an excuse to touch base with people you don't talk to often enough. It made me call for addresses and get on Facebook for the first time in 2013 to say "Hi." and get people's info.

/I need to do pictures next year apparently.
//27 year olds are requesting this.
 
2013-12-09 06:49:35 AM

MechaPyx: I find greeting cards rather pointless and wasteful. Why would I spend money on something that's just going to end up in the trash?


We all end up in the trash, eventually...
 
2013-12-09 07:32:16 AM
I didn't even know sending photos or "updates" was a thing. I don't really care about what any of my relatives are doing (except mom) and I assume they don't care about what I'm doing. Everyone's happy.
 
2013-12-09 07:42:12 AM
Money's short,
times are hard,
here's your farking Christmas card.
 
2013-12-09 08:02:30 AM

MutantMotherMouse: I love receiving Christmas cards -- as much or more than receiving gifts. Especially photo Christmas card. Have a special hanger for all the cards and the photo cards go into an album after the holiday.

/old school
//eskews social media


You know, if you're going to try to impress people with your vocabulary, at least make the effort to learn how to spell it correctly.

/eschew
 
2013-12-09 08:26:59 AM
 
2013-12-09 08:33:21 AM

Sneakernets: HappyEverything.jpg on a card every new year would fix that right up.


lh6.ggpht.com
 
2013-12-09 08:39:13 AM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: I'm a single 31 year old man who travels for work a lot. No one expects a Christmas card from me, no one gets one. If I want to say Merry Christmas, I'll call you.


Same here. I kind of assumed this was one of those things only done by people who grew up writing actual pen and paper letters. My parent's generation does it but neither I nor anyone in my age group does it. It's different when the problems of "we haven't talked in a while" or "I want to share news with everyone I know" can be solved in a few seconds of internet time.
 
2013-12-09 08:42:23 AM
If you don't send them, then you will stop getting them, eventually.

So send cards or don't send cards...

/The best option takes no effort.
 
2013-12-09 08:55:24 AM

Sneakernets: HappyEverything.jpg on a card every new year would fix that right up.

/or a swift nutkick, whichever is cheaper


I got a card that said "Happy Everything" Saturday.
 
2013-12-09 08:58:13 AM
I think mine is kinda awesome this year. Festive. Clean. Fresh Scent.img.fark.net
 
2013-12-09 08:58:49 AM
Sorry. That was huge.

/preview preview...
 
2013-12-09 09:05:57 AM

GoldSpider: Sneakernets: HappyEverything.jpg on a card every new year would fix that right up.

[lh6.ggpht.com image 340x372]


I love how so many people try to include Ramadan with the December holidays, despite the fact that it twirls around the calendar and has been in the summer lately.
 
2013-12-09 09:07:18 AM
Im going to step it up a level and say not only are xmas cards pointless and wasteful. Almost all cards are pointless, wasteful, and an insultingly lazy replacement for real sentiment. You want to show someone you care, then show them. Dont waste 3-5 bucks on contrived cliche'd tripe.
 
2013-12-09 09:08:19 AM
Aww, I love giving people cards!

I don't send a photo card or write about myself during the holidays - never understood that. I just send out a card I bought or made, with a brief personal message to whichever friend I'm sending it to. I like getting those kinda cards :)
 
2013-12-09 09:16:18 AM
I don't usually go all golden days when talking about the past, but...

Christmas cards used to be back of the whole experience back in the 70s.  The family would get about fifty of the things, and we'd tape them all to the banister.  Just cards with little expressions of love and such.

Now the few I get seem to be a strange little brag packages.  Here's a picture of the family in our matching ironic $200 handknit sweaters.
 
2013-12-09 09:19:02 AM
Ugh, sorry.  It's too early, just change some words and grammar to make the above make a bit of sense.  Why doesn't Fark have an edit button?
 
2013-12-09 09:40:22 AM

Smackledorfer: whidbey: Christmas is such a neurotic holiday. Far and away from the revelry of the Saturnalia.

And yeah, this is really only the beginning of a serious trend to question its relevance and cut some of the barriers down to size. When a "holiday" becomes a serious stressful pain in the ass it deserves to be ridiculed.

Christmas is just a bad version of thanksgiving. Although I do like the lights and the tree, the cards and gifts are retarded.

I think I may refuse to acceot gifts this year. I stopped givibg them last year, but the idiots still gave me stuff even though I asked them not to. I don't see why they can't let me out without a fight.


100% in agreement. It's a holiday for small children and parents of small children. For everyone else it's this bullshiat where you have to go out and get your uncle a gift certificate to Home Depot because he's getting you one from Chili's.
 
2013-12-09 09:59:43 AM

browntimmy: 100% in agreement. It's a holiday for small children and parents of small children. For everyone else it's this bullshiat where you have to go out and get your uncle a gift certificate to Home Depot because he's getting you one from Chili's.


Because gift-giving is all Christmas is about.

Way to miss the total point of the holiday, guy.
 
2013-12-09 10:03:36 AM
I have been really into sending cards for eons. Over 100 is quite normal for me. At least they didn't have letters. Since I got Beaglish Girl as a puppy, she was always the subject for my cards. It was about the only thing that I did for the holiday and they were a lot fun to do. An example:

www.wonderpuppy.net

I lost her this summer, just before she turned 17 years old. My heart is still very broken. I've decided that I'm not happy doing them without her. The joy in doing them left with her, so no cards this year.

/wonder if anyone will notice?
 
2013-12-09 10:22:03 AM

kibblesnbits: I have been really into sending cards for eons. Over 100 is quite normal for me. At least they didn't have letters. Since I got Beaglish Girl as a puppy, she was always the subject for my cards. It was about the only thing that I did for the holiday and they were a lot fun to do. An example:



I lost her this summer, just before she turned 17 years old. My heart is still very broken. I've decided that I'm not happy doing them without her. The joy in doing them left with her, so no cards this year.

/wonder if anyone will notice?


Jeez, way to bring down the room.

Seriously though, go get yourself a puppy fory a Christmas present to yourself. Sounds like you deserve it.

What better tribute to Beaglish that to keep the tradition going?
 
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