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the season is almost upon us...

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that's right... upon entering the second week of november, i'm sure a lot of you are giving thought as to what to give/geht for christmas... sure... that's fine... because christmas is a time of presents and fancy trees, right? uh huh... sure. you know... i don't mind christmas. i just hate that the real meaning of christmas has been burried under consumerism... it's been turned into a marketing scheme... prices increase during this season... it's rush rush rush, me me me...

you know what? while you're celebrating christmas, enjoying your fancy turkey dinners, opening your presents, or whatever you do, the fact that there's people out there who have nothing, seems to be forgotten... i know, i was that way too once... when people ask what i want for christmas, i say "the clothes on my back, food in my stomach, and a roof over my head. it's a lot more than what a lot of other people have."

christmas is a time of giving, but it's been turned into a time of greed. a father asks his child "what do you want for christmas?" the child replies with "a new computer." or "a new stereo system." my parents rarely, if ever, spent more than 50 bucks for my christmas present, or my birthday present (christmas/birthday are only 10 days apart). and i'm fine with that. it's usually clothes... maybe a book or two... i'm more into giving than recieving.

we used to do something every christmas while i was in school... we'd fill boxes with small things... books, small toys, whatever... and send them to kids in romania... we never got anything in return... no letters, nothing. but we knew that somewhere, a kid was happy that christmas because of something we gave them. they had very little, so that small box we sent them meant a lot. most of them don't have parents... most of them don't have any family to call their own.

some of you may have gathered from previous posts that i dislike holidays... that is not true... i dislike how holidays have become. i dislike what big companies, like zellers/wal mart/canadian tire/etc have done to the holidays. i never expect much... it's a season of giving, not recieving... a season of sharing... or just being together.

last christmas i was talking to a friend on MSN... she was alone for christmas... she said "you should be happy you have people to be with this year." her parents were both gone... and i guess i was taking my family for granted at the time.
 

haljer

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Get over it allready

Why is everyone always bitching that Christmas has lost its true meaing? There are all kinds of ppl giving to others selflessly. My kids school takes donatoins every year to give presents or coats and crap to kids who cant afford them. I was in Iraq last Christmas and we received care packages from alot of ppl that didnt know us. I spend the holidays with my family talking about the past and ppl we have lost and all the good times we've had. I did this every year without fail except last year. Last year I spent butt loads of money so that I could call my family and spend Christmas with them that way. I dont just mean my kids or my immediate family. My aunts uncles cousins great grandparanets and everyone gets together for dinner and I called as many of them as I could. Maybe ppl who say Christmas has lost its meaning really mean that they feel guilty for what they arent doing?
 

Smoke

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Unforgiven said:
that's right... upon entering the second week of november, i'm sure a lot of you are giving thought as to what to give/geht for christmas... sure... that's fine... because christmas is a time of presents and fancy trees, right? uh huh... sure. you know... i don't mind christmas. i just hate that the real meaning of christmas has been burried under consumerism... it's been turned into a marketing scheme... prices increase during this season... it's rush rush rush, me me me...

you know what? while you're celebrating christmas, enjoying your fancy turkey dinners, opening your presents, or whatever you do, the fact that there's people out there who have nothing, seems to be forgotten... i know, i was that way too once... when people ask what i want for christmas, i say "the clothes on my back, food in my stomach, and a roof over my head. it's a lot more than what a lot of other people have."

Unforgiven said:
christmas is a time of giving, but it's been turned into a time of greed. a father asks his child "what do you want for christmas?" the child replies with "a new computer." or "a new stereo system." my parents rarely, if ever, spent more than 50 bucks for my christmas present, or my birthday present (christmas/birthday are only 10 days apart). and i'm fine with that. it's usually clothes... maybe a book or two... i'm more into giving than recieving. .
My birthday is 15 days apart from christmas, so all I want from my parents is one present, nothing too fancy, a CD player for my car would be great, even a shitty one.
Unforgiven said:
we used to do something every christmas while i was in school... we'd fill boxes with small things... books, small toys, whatever... and send them to kids in romania... we never got anything in return... no letters, nothing. but we knew that somewhere, a kid was happy that christmas because of something we gave them. they had very little, so that small box we sent them meant a lot. most of them don't have parents... most of them don't have any family to call their own.

some of you may have gathered from previous posts that i dislike holidays... that is not true... i dislike how holidays have become. i dislike what big companies, like zellers/wal mart/canadian tire/etc have done to the holidays. i never expect much... it's a season of giving, not recieving... a season of sharing... or just being together.

last christmas i was talking to a friend on MSN... she was alone for christmas... she said "you should be happy you have people to be with this year." her parents were both gone... and i guess i was taking my family for granted at the time.
As far as you said that people are taking christmas for granted, all it is,is a bunch of sales, everybody jacks up the price, and everybody hurry hurry hurry to get it before it's sold out. As for christmas, Like yourself, I'm more into giving, than receiving. Christmas should be shared with family or friends, if a friend doesn't have anyone to share it with, you should invite them.
 

supposedtabeme

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Unforgiven said:
that's right... upon entering the second week of november, i'm sure a lot of you are giving thought as to what to give/geht for christmas... sure... that's fine... because christmas is a time of presents and fancy trees, right? uh huh... sure. you know... i don't mind christmas. i just hate that the real meaning of christmas has been burried under consumerism... it's been turned into a marketing scheme... prices increase during this season... it's rush rush rush, me me me...

you know what? while you're celebrating christmas, enjoying your fancy turkey dinners, opening your presents, or whatever you do, the fact that there's people out there who have nothing, seems to be forgotten... i know, i was that way too once... when people ask what i want for christmas, i say "the clothes on my back, food in my stomach, and a roof over my head. it's a lot more than what a lot of other people have."

christmas is a time of giving, but it's been turned into a time of greed. a father asks his child "what do you want for christmas?" the child replies with "a new computer." or "a new stereo system." my parents rarely, if ever, spent more than 50 bucks for my christmas present, or my birthday present (christmas/birthday are only 10 days apart). and i'm fine with that. it's usually clothes... maybe a book or two... i'm more into giving than recieving.

we used to do something every christmas while i was in school... we'd fill boxes with small things... books, small toys, whatever... and send them to kids in romania... we never got anything in return... no letters, nothing. but we knew that somewhere, a kid was happy that christmas because of something we gave them. they had very little, so that small box we sent them meant a lot. most of them don't have parents... most of them don't have any family to call their own.

some of you may have gathered from previous posts that i dislike holidays... that is not true... i dislike how holidays have become. i dislike what big companies, like zellers/wal mart/canadian tire/etc have done to the holidays. i never expect much... it's a season of giving, not recieving... a season of sharing... or just being together.

last christmas i was talking to a friend on MSN... she was alone for christmas... she said "you should be happy you have people to be with this year." her parents were both gone... and i guess i was taking my family for granted at the time.
I know how you feel. I doscovered this same things two years ago.
This will sound like the bazillion time I say the same boring thing, but I live in Venezuela. Most people doesn't know the terrible last years we've had (about six, we have a really tyranic president who's becoming the next Fidel).

Two years ago there was a massive protest in the country; no one worked for over 3 months. I had no school for two months, no gasoline was being produced (which is the basic product of my country) no food was getting imported; we were misserable, and all for the protest that did nothing because internationally apparently we don't seem to be flashy enough to get help.

Anyway, this "strike", protest, whatever, started on the last days of November, so christmas was relative when it came to presents and everything.

I have never had a better christmas. I spent some real time with my cousins and my family. We played board games, talked 'till 3 a.m. woah, I never again want a present if I have such a good time with my cousins!! Finally, after years of trying to get closer with them I felt good with them.

I don't care a shit about presents, they just spoil the moment. As you say, I rather give than receive.
 
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I prefer the consumerism over the real meaning of Christmas because quite frankly, I just can't bring myself to give a fuck about Jesus. I'm a selfish asshole that way.
 

supposedtabeme

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TheLampIncident said:
I prefer the consumerism over the real meaning of Christmas because quite frankly, I just can't bring myself to give a fuck about Jesus. I'm a selfish asshole that way.
I don't believe in Jesus, god or religion, but I do believe in having a little moment specially for the family; even when I spend good times with my mom and my dad several times a week.