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lordflash11
12-08-2008, 08:22 PM
Christmas is a lovely time of year for everyone. Or is it? What do you guys think about all this?

Personally, i love it! The whole feeling of sitting infront of my PS3 with my Christmas tree in the corner, the warm scent in the air and the Christmas lights outside my house (even though we dont put them up on ours) is truly magical!

But for some of you it might be a pain in the nelly. Tell us down here about your views :)

dorien
12-08-2008, 08:27 PM
Christmas is a lovely time of year for everyone. Or is it? What do you guys thik about this whole nonsense?

Personally, i love it but for some of you it might be a pain. Tell us down here about your views :)

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT:D:D:D:):):):p:p:p

I really love it for spending time with the family and have always taken at least a week off just to live in the moment of it.
I really do think most people are happier in themselves and towards others the closer it gets to Christmas.

THE PRESENTS ARE JUST A BONUS;)

Also I like nothing better than post pics of my tree (non-rotated) on forums:rolleyes:

Snrm
12-08-2008, 08:30 PM
i love it

not just for the presents but just for the feel.
And there is somthing about playing video games on christmas but im not sure what it is!! :p i think my whole familys playing LBP on christmas. whether my brother likes it or not :arg:

lordflash11
12-08-2008, 08:31 PM
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT:D:D:D:):):):p:p:p

I really love it for spending time with the family and have always taken at least a week off just to live in the moment of it.
I really do think most people are happier in themselves and towards others the closer it gets to Christmas.

THE PRESENTS ARE JUST A BONUS;)


Wow, I completely agree with you! It really cheers you up after a long year :)


Also I like nothing better than post pics of my tree (non-rotated) on forums:rolleyes:

Lol i forgot alright! *Curls into a ball*

Forsaken
12-08-2008, 08:32 PM
Well "I Enjoy it and look forward to it every year!"

A lot of things happen every year with me, and they vary. 2006 was great for example.
2007? No So much lol. I spent most Christmas Eve in the hospital, which pretty much ruined it. Nothing happened to me, but one my friends got careless.

So..yeah.
I am looking forward to it this year though.

Mark D. Stroyer
12-08-2008, 08:34 PM
Christmas is about spending time with people close to you.

That about kills it for me right there.

Snrm
12-08-2008, 08:38 PM
Christmas is about spending time with people close to you.

That about kills it for me right there.

you could atempt!

Mark D. Stroyer
12-08-2008, 08:40 PM
Look at the person's name just above my first post.

dorien
12-08-2008, 08:40 PM
Christmas is about spending time with people close to you.

That about kills it for me right there.

LOL Just show them your gun you have, I'm sure they'll start to back away :p

supersickie
12-08-2008, 08:40 PM
Christmas is about spending time with people close to you.

That about kills it for me right there.

He's trying to be funny (I think) but he hit the nail right on the head.

I love a lot of things that come with Christmas - most of which have already been mentioned - but having to spend time with certain members of my family is ludicrous. The idea is nice as you lead up to Christmas, but by the time it's Christmas Eve I'm usually ready to get the heck out of Dodge.

Mark D. Stroyer
12-08-2008, 08:43 PM
Let me clarify: I absolutely LOVE spending time with people I really know. That, however, is the problem.

Voltiare
12-08-2008, 08:45 PM
I love a lot about Christmas (The tree, the food, the presents, the eggnog, and the christmas specials), but I feel a lot of it is too commercial. The entire holiday just sticks it's nose into Thanksgiving and the whole holiday is just a big shopping spree.

QuozL
12-08-2008, 08:51 PM
I love it and look forward to it every year and have since I can remember. We usually go away and stay in a nice 5 star hotel for a few days and spend Christmas day at the beach as neither Marti or I have any family in Brisbane, this year we're going to Surfers Paradise. The only thing I hate about it is having to go shopping beforehand, the amount of people in the malls gives me the absolute ***** so I try and avoid that as much as possible.

Cheers QuozL

SuperPhillip
12-08-2008, 10:18 PM
Not a religious person at all. Well, I sort of think ill of it, but Christmas is a time of year where people who are usually mean-spirited pretend to be decent. Plus it's a magical time of year.

Hooray! :)

Whalio Cappuccino
12-08-2008, 10:22 PM
I love it.

Everything about it is just great.

flakmagnet
12-09-2008, 08:26 AM
It is, without a doubt, my favorite day of the year. I get chance to see all of my relatives, I never have to work, there's always good food, almost everyone is always in a good mood, I love the decorations (especially the lights) I love everything about the day really.

panzer3000
12-09-2008, 05:20 PM
i love christmas, christmas in modern times has nothing to do with religion in the way it meant to be celebrated, but the meaning has not changed, i going to have difficult to have fun, cause trying to get with so one, and will be thinking of her ;-)

Valo
12-09-2008, 07:55 PM
So not into it. I've got pretty sick of it really.

panzer3000
12-10-2008, 01:59 PM
how can you not like chrismas, even if you dont follow it you still get 1-2 weeks off

lordflash11
12-10-2008, 07:34 PM
So not into it. I've got pretty sick of it really.

Man, who hates christmas? Whats to hate. You dont have to be religous, you dont have to decorate your house and You dont have to join in so whats so bad about it?

panzer3000
12-10-2008, 07:39 PM
Man, who hates christmas? Whats to hate. You dont have to be religous, you dont have to decorate your house and You dont have to join in so whats so bad about it?

ya what to hate i enjoy waking up abd looking at the excitement on my little bro face, christmas brings the best out of most people. it also something to look forward to

Code1337
12-10-2008, 09:23 PM
Christmas has never been very enjoyable for me. I always get forced into doing things I don't want to do. My family always makes me spend it with them, and I hate my family. Then when I complain about being forced to spend the whole day with them they get really angry and call me an ungrateful brat. (Maybe I am :/) Then I get my presents taken away and sent into my room where I am forced to sit and think about how ungrateful I am. That wouldn't be so bad if I didn't think about all the people freezing to death outside. Then I realize my parents are just trying to have a relationship with me, but doing a terrible job at it. When I try to tell them that, they get mad and my dad takes it out on the rest of the family. Next day, we forgive and forget.

In other words, I hate the holidays...

On another note...

I think I turned my Literature teacher into an emo with my Christmas poem...

Marino
12-10-2008, 09:27 PM
Nah, I think the Winter Solstice is a beautiful thing. :)

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/common/images/wintersolstice/solstice-winter.gif

http://naturalpatriot.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/father_winter_solstice.jpg

The 2 weeks off from school doesn't hurt either. :p

Valo
12-10-2008, 10:24 PM
Man, who hates christmas? Whats to hate. You dont have to be religous, you dont have to decorate your house and You dont have to join in so whats so bad about it?

Erm. I hate Christmas?

I'm not religious, and I don't decorate my house. My mum does 'cause she loves Christmas. I join in because if I don't give presents and just get them, then I'm a git really.
There's just everything that comes with it. The vast amount of money that goes into it, the advertisements, the music, the fact that all it is to most people is a day to give presents and stuff your face. It's lost all meaning. I understand that this isn't the case for some people, but the Christmases I have to endure are just that.

Also doesn't help that I had the best Christmas ever with my ex in America, and nothing will ever top that. So every Christmas now is a reminder of how good things were, and how the current one doesn't compete.
That plays a pretty big part of it.

madhatter
12-10-2008, 10:50 PM
I love this time of year.Yeah its been comercialized to death.Changed into something that it should have never been turned into.But this time of year just makes me want to smile.And tell all my friends how great they are.I love to see the look on my boys face on Christmas morning when he gets up to see what Santa brought him and just laugh.
To think we where all like that once before we realized what it was really about.
But I still love this time of year.I only have one kid so me and the wife also pick an Angel to help during the Holidays.Its all in how you make it out to be.Just smile and say Merry Christmas All.Have a lovely holiday and Happy New Year.

Valo
12-10-2008, 10:54 PM
If I had a kid, I'd be able to love it again. That would give me something to enjoy about it.
Right now it's just for the presents. And it seems like a whole "I did it because I had to, not because I want to" deal.

chillum007
12-10-2008, 10:55 PM
Bah! Humbug.

AtheistSeaOtter
12-11-2008, 11:54 AM
Tis an awesome time of year. I enjoy the whole gift giving, merryment and time off work. :3 Oh yeah and the hearty meal on Christmas day. xD Om nom nom.

Also, history shows that end of December festivities have been around in Europe since before Christianity so getting hung up on the religious aspect is pointless.

OCK
12-11-2008, 12:54 PM
It is the most wondeful time of the year. This will be our daughters first Christmas and it will be exciting to see her reaction when opening her presents. Unfortunately we have no family in Japan and cannot travel to Europe/Canada this year due to the finalization of our daughters adoption papers so the atmosphere isn't as great as back home but we will try to make the best of it (although the Japanese "like" Christmas it is not nearly as big a holiday as it is for Westerners so the whole feeling is not as strong here).

I also agree with AtheistSeaOtter's commnets on religion. I am an atheist myself and my parents aren't religious either but we have been celebrating Christmas since forever. I think for most European families in general religion is a non-factor and Christmas is rather a grand tradition that has been followed for hundreds of years. Nowadays the religious significance is pretty much zero imo.

panzer3000
12-11-2008, 02:59 PM
i only give presents and christmas cards to close friend, and to close family

UmJammerSully
12-11-2008, 06:22 PM
I love christmas. Gifts galore, good food, fun and games and being merry with the family. A lot of people have really dull christmas' sitting in front of the TV watching re-runs of lame shows, and I feel really sorry for those people but I really love christmas because all of my family embraces it (We're all atheist LOL) and just have a really good day out of it.

In unrelated news, post number 500! yey!

dorien
12-11-2008, 06:31 PM
I love christmas. Gifts galore, good food, fun and games and being merry with the family. A lot of people have really dull christmas' sitting in front of the TV watching re-runs of lame shows, and I feel really sorry for those people but I really love christmas because all of my family embraces it (We're all atheist LOL) and just have a really good day out of it.

In unrelated news, post number 500! yey!

Congrats on your posts and your Christmas views:D:)

Marino
12-13-2008, 04:32 PM
One of my favorite Christmas songs. :)

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RAINFIRE
12-13-2008, 05:27 PM
I love it.

1. it is magical
2. it honors a great saint from way back when
3. I am of Catholic belief so the birth of Christ thing makes you feel all giddy and it is like you are new and fresh again
4. it was my mom's favorite holiday because she loved giving and she passed away when i was 11 so it is special to me
5. i get to spend the day with my dad and the rest of my extended family (families that are such close friends of ours that they are kidna like family)(the rest of my family either lives in Ohio or Michigan in the USA)

dorien
12-13-2008, 05:29 PM
I LOVE IT. BUT THIS GUY DOESN'T:p
http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w197/dorien360/DoriensCaption13-2.jpg

Boomy
12-13-2008, 05:35 PM
Money waster.

Conall-Star
12-13-2008, 05:55 PM
i am completely obsessed with it. the whole good will towards men thing is great and people ARE actually nicer to each other. all of the songs and specials, decorations and lights, and not to mention snow just makes me feel like a kid again and transports me back to the time when i didn't have much to worry about and life was just warm and fuzzy. i just feel much better about myself and the world around me during christmas time.

Bear
12-14-2008, 01:46 PM
Brace yourselves for a longwinded reply.

Christmas is a fantastic event but there are many things which make me in the dumps on that day. I love spending times with my friends and family, who I live quite far away from and do not see very much of. I of course have friends here but they cannot compare >_<

I am not a Christian, I am an atheist, though I think of Christmas as a time of gathering.

Sometimes on Christmas, I just think about others from different countries and continents who would love to receive gifts. Gifts are not important on Christmas for us, but they are for them. When I get money for Christmas, I donate it.
So that is why Christmas is not the biggest thing of the year for me :)

OCK
12-14-2008, 01:50 PM
I just think about others from different countries and continents who would love to receive gifts. Gifts are not important on Christmas for us, but they are for them. When I get money for Christmas, I donate it.
So that is why Christmas is not the biggest thing of the year for me

That is exactly why Christmas should be the best time of the year for you. You are doing a noble thing by giving to those who need it most :)

Bear
12-14-2008, 01:52 PM
That is exactly why Christmas should be the best time of the year for you. You are doing a noble thing by giving to those who need it most :)


I suppose... but I get no credit for it, if I was appreciated maybe the day would effect me a little more.

lordflash11
12-16-2008, 03:20 PM
Money waster.

But you dont need to spend much money to celebrate christmas. All you need is a festive spirit!

DrMelon
12-16-2008, 04:04 PM
I love the way everybody gets together and the smell and the awesomeness if it snows and and and YAAY CHRIISTMAAAAS WEEE!

Killian
12-16-2008, 09:16 PM
I enjoy the part when I get presents. Other than that I'm not a fan.

Valo
12-16-2008, 10:11 PM
This Christmas I just found out it's gonna be just me, my mum and my dad.
So, me and my dad hate Christmas, my mum used to love it, now she's stopped caring. We're gonna open our presents and be all like "Cool. Thanks." And that'll be it.

Then I'll drink, they'll watch TV, and we'll sleep.

Marino
12-16-2008, 10:39 PM
The origin of 'Christmas' traditions:

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Valo
12-16-2008, 10:41 PM
Yes Marino. We get it, you don't like religion.

UmJammerSully
12-16-2008, 10:43 PM
Yes Marino. We get it, you don't like religion.

I agree. Tone it down a 'lil please, Marino. It's getting annoying now.

Marino
12-16-2008, 10:46 PM
Educating about the origin of Christmas in a Christmas thread is annoying?

I'll stop educating if you wish, but this topic has not been covered thus far.

For those who wish to know more:

" Pagan traditions: Many Pagan cultures used to cut boughs of evergreen trees in December, move them into the home or temple, and decorate them. 7 Modern-day Pagans still do. This was to recognize the winter solstice -- the time of the year that had the shortest daylight hours, and longest night of the year. This occurs annually sometime between DEC-20 to 23. They noticed that the days were gradually getting shorter; many feared that the sun would eventually disappear forever, and everyone would freeze. But, even though deciduous trees, bushes, and crops died or hibernated for the winter, the evergreen trees remained green. They seemed to have magical powers that enabled them to withstand the rigors of winter."

I find learning about various customs of ancient peoples to be fascinating. :)

Origins of Christmas - from a CHRISTIAN website (http://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/origin-of-christmas.htm)

"The date of December 25th probably originated with the ancient "birthday" of the son-god, Mithra, a pagan deity whose religious influence became widespread in the Roman Empire during the first few centuries A.D. Mithra was related to the Semitic sun-god, Shamash, and his worship spread throughout Asia to Europe where he was called Deus Sol Invictus Mithras. Rome was well-known for absorbing the pagan religions and rituals of its widespread empire. As such, Rome converted this pagan legacy to a celebration of the god, Saturn, and the rebirth of the sun god during the winter solstice period. The winter holiday became known as Saturnalia and began the week prior to December 25th. The festival was characterized by gift-giving, feasting, singing and downright debauchery, as the priests of Saturn carried wreaths of evergreen boughs in procession throughout the Roman temples."


Google "origins of christmas" (http://www.google.com/search?q=origins+of+christmas&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=FlockInc.:en-US:unofficial&client=firefox)

UmJammerSully
12-16-2008, 11:26 PM
Educating about the origin of Christmas in a Christmas thread is annoying?

I'll stop educating if you wish, but this topic has not been covered thus far.



No...LEARNING....NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! :mad:

I was referring to anti-religion in general. I know you're not directly insulting anyone, but you're coming off a bit preachy. Just be cool.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/08/SMirC-cool.svg/320px-SMirC-cool.svg.png

lordflash11
12-17-2008, 04:00 PM
I dont even know how Religion came into discussion. The Birth of Christ is what most people think about when Christmas is mentioned. Even if they're not Religous. This thread was created to discuss Christmas, Not Religion.