Why all the 'holiday' hype?

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  1. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

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    We are not making any plans to do anything this season, whats the use? There are no kids or grandkids. Why should any date be separate just to stuff yourself with excessive calories? I don't care what they did centuries back, that does not affect me today.

    Yes, we are approaching retirement age, but recognize I retired back at age 21, when I saw this was not a battle I could win - this thing called life. Why play the game? Why be suckered into spending money that does not have to be spent? Why support greedy merchants that start Christmas advertising before Thanksgiving? Maybe a couple classes in self control would be appropriate for some.

    I will probably have a helping of grits, two eggs, maybe sausage biscuit with gravy that morning, and not eat anything else that day, whats the big deal with the mass calories? Who can justify this waste?
     
  2. RoseGarden

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    ....and I was going to post something along the lines of.... "Why so many kill joys during the holiday season?", where I wondered aloud why there are people who feel compelled to bring a few others down with their bleak, defeatist outlook and why they seem to see the holidays only as an unnecessary financial drain foisted on us by Greedy Megacorp Inc. LLC.

    But then, who am *I* to make such a post.... :rolleyes: I will just go on doing what I can to care for myself and my family and remember 'the reason for the season', which is the birth of Christ. I will look outward and do whatever I am able to do to improve and help my little microcosm of the world, my little neighborhood, and my little church. It's not always about me, and during the holidays I realize that more than any other time of the year.
     

  3. Mid Tn Mama

    Mid Tn Mama Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We will cook some special dishes that take longer to make that we usually don't. But we won't be gluttons or waste a thing. No, there will leftovers so we won't cook for several days. Instead we will take walks on the farm (that's what we call walking fences, feeding and looking after the animals, play cards, talk, laugh and love our family members who are here. We will look at pictures from long ago, make some crafts. Certainly there will be some big project that will need many hands who are here to help. Just had a big tree fall down and take down some fence. Many hands make fast work. Those who don't live on the farm will enjoy mending fence and gathering eggs.

    I hope that your day is enjoyable however you spend it and that it is spent exactly the way you enjoy!
     
  4. Hip_Shot_Hanna

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    Ah, but I have both kids and grandkids, and what fun it is to give them something I think they will enjoy!
    We will not necessarily stuff ourselves with excessive calories, but we will enjoy special dishes that we don't eat on a regular basis. And I reckon most of what we eat, they did NOT eat centuries ago :)
    Hmmm.. no one "wins" at life if you are hoping to live forever on this mortal plane. Why play the game? Because it's fun, and beats the alternative?
    As for being suckered into spending money to support greedy merchants, my family decided to have a "garage sale" Christmas this year. We are all looking forward to it very much!
    Okay, I can certainly agree that the Christmas season has gotten out of hand, and that it is more like Consumermas. Around here nothing will be wasted, and anything that isn't eaten will go to the chickens, pigs, or dogs. I doubt they will get much, because we are not going "whole hog" on lots of dishes and desserts. It's being together and enjoying each other's company that counts for us.

    It's my first Christmas in my own home in the USA, and the very first time my children and grandchildren are coming home to spend Christmas Day with me. I'm excited, and I can't wait.
     
  5. albionjessica

    albionjessica Hiccoughs after eating

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    Sometimes I wonder what someone from the early 1800's would think of the way the holidays are celebrated now. I actually think moopups is a little closer to the mark than many people who go all out decorating, buying gifts, entertaining, and schmoozing.

    Everyone celebrates life and the holidays differently. YAY for diversity!
     
  6. rabbitgal

    rabbitgal Ex-homesteader

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    My family has never really been into the holiday thing...we don't even put up a tree at Christmas. Still, I don't think we really appreciate the true meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas. (I know I need a refresher.)

    It sounds like a cliche, sure, but I do think the holidays can be a great time to take a step back from the rush of everyday life and take the time to appreciate the blessings God's given us.

    The commercialism? It's just glitter. It fades fast. The real soul of the holidays lies in the people you love. :)


    Let's all join hands and sing kumbaya. :D
     
  7. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    I've been trying to tone down our holidays recently, but this year it's going to happen. Due to military service and the demanding DIL, we aren't going to be hosting at all.

    It took a couple of days to adjust to the idea at first, but then the positives started to bubble to the surface of my brain. No huge meals, no major decorating, no stress. :dance:
     
  8. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    Wouldn't "Bah Humbug" have been shorter?
     
  9. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    A helping of grits, two eggs, maybe sausage biscuit with gravy that morning...sounds wonderful!!!!!!!
     
  10. mama2littleman

    mama2littleman El Paso

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    Hey! That's my line!

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    A nice turkey dinner with the trimmins' and a piece of pumpkin pie after not eating all day cause I spent the day cooking is certainly not stuffing myself with excessive calories.
     
  12. jen74145

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    Eh, it's whatever floats your boat. Don't want to celebrate, fine. Want to stick a giant flashing elf village on your lawn and deck the house with enough lights to confuse passing aircraft? Be my guest.
    Want to join us in our prayers and thanks for the blessings we've recieved this past year? Pull up a chair.

    But please, dears, sniping at people who happen to hold a different view of the season than you will accomplish nothing. May as well try teaching a pig to sing, ain't gonna do anything but waste the pig's time and make you look a fool.
     
  13. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    Can you say "eh" if you aren't from Canada? :)
     
  14. suzfromWi

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    Moopups friend, I celebrate the holidays because it brings me joy, plain and simple. Joy to get together with all my family and laugh and play games and sing,,,yes, sing. I love decorating the house and cooking warm wonderful smelling food. I love the fact that the grandkids dont want to go anywhere on the holidays except here. They say its tradition...I love holding hands at the table and giving thanks for being together once again. Im sorry there arent any grandkids this year at your house. Its all about love and the giving and recieving of it now and every other day of the year...Now....dont be an old grouch. Do I have to tickle you????
     
  15. Melissa

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    Mitch, if you lived close I would have you over for dinner. You are blessed in many ways though, with insight into yourself that many don't have. Spend the day enjoying your life and being thankful for how far you have come. I know I am very thankful for that.
     
  16. Cheryl in SD

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    I don't think it is about spending money. We celebrate holidays, specifically Thanksgiving because it lets us set back from the everyday sameness and take a day to enjoy all of the things and PEOPLE we are so richly blessed with.

    As for spending, I won't spend more on food than normal, just differently. We spent several years NOT celebrating anything and found we need to celebrate. My grandfather refused for years to even acknowledge Christmas exsisted. He said everything you just said. Two years before he passed away he was staying with my mom. He had to celebrate with us. We all went together and bought him the only thing we thought he needed, a large print Bible. As he opened that gift, looked around at us, he began to cry. I think he realised what he had lost all those years. He told mom he was so glad we had included him.

    Celebrating the joy of life is "why all the holiday hype." You don't have to spend money to celebrate, you do have to take time to share a little of yourself.
     
  17. Junkman

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    No children or grand children at our house, and rather sad. But, we will over eat, enjoy the songs and excitement of Christmas, read the paper then take a nap! Enjoy your grits and sausage and be thankful for them. But, if you lived nearby you would be welcome to come sit by our fire and enjoy the Christmas Dinner and all the trimmings. People say, why do you cook for just two. Hey, we like to eat too and love them leftovers! Can't beat a turkey sandwich and a piece of home made pumpkin pie! Of course, we will be eating it for days..... :shrug: J-lady
     
  18. SteveD(TX)

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    My thoughts as well.

    Some of us actually have kids, grandkids, family, and cherish these times together. Even if we didn't have kids, I think my wife and I would do something special together, have some Turkey (or go out for a great meal). Because we actually enjoy life, good food, and holidays.

    I feel a bit sorry for you, Mitch. Does FlaGal feel the same way?
     
  19. BobK

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    ....well I like turkey,,,and this is one day I can really enjoy the gluttonly of all that we produce on our place.......bread making, turkey, stuffin, and all the fixins washed down with some homebrew works for me anyday.......If the north coast rivers were in reasonable shape I am just as likley to be enjoying microwaved lasgana while sorting salmon tackel,,,,that is a great holiday.......and if the ocean would permit us I would go crabbing...again....we did hit a window and set 6 pots over night for 30 dungeness crab for the three of us....had to eat another two tonight...two slated for crab and corn chowder with fresh baked bagels.....ohh the trials of it all.................uurrrrrp.....now another homebrew to wash it down.....and moopups I wish you were closer so I could show you why to enjoy good food.......not just on special days but everyday.....make your meals count......they're worth the time.....it's just nice to sit down to the most wonderful meal you can prepare!!.....and of course sourdough bread is a must.....
     
  20. uncle Will in In.

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    You know Mitch, I'd rather have biscuits with sausage gravy than any turkey.
    You need to be aware also that a great many of us on here Love your grumpy old self!
    You are a very interesting person. You are a talented story teller. Whether you know it or not, you have an extended family right here.
    So Happy Thanksgiving, and please have a Merry Christmas. Try it you'll like it. Give Fla Gal a hug too.