Tis the season......to lose your mind! - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 22 Old 12-17-2012, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Tis the season......to lose your mind!

Is it just me, or does anyone else find this time of year extremely busy and stressful and just cannot wait for January the first.....sans hangover?

For the last few Christmases I've found myself to be a grinch.......when I hear a Christmas carol on the radio I switch it off.....I buy gifts with a grimace on my face early, as early as October because I cannot deal with the crowds.....I have no festive spirit at all.....everything is a chore......

Why can I not enjoy Christmas like everyone else.......?????

Am I the only one who feels this way?
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post #2 of 22 Old 12-17-2012, 11:49 PM
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No, you are not. I don't buy many gifts, I give cash to avoid that, plus no one ever returns cash gifts. I hate decorating, holiday cooking, music and movies. Never used to, but like you, I am a Grinch.
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post #3 of 22 Old 12-18-2012, 05:58 AM
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I've felt remarkably festive today.

Generally Christmas isn't my thing though. It's not so much a grinch thing - I'm happy to give presents to people in general, its just that Christmas is spending time with people you don't like, and who don't like you. And the drama. Constant drama. I kind of love drama sometimes, but by this time of year I'm just so over it all.
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post #4 of 22 Old 12-18-2012, 06:17 AM
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Family time is great, but to be honest Christmas has become a time of who can brow beat you to buy the most gifts, make you feel bad if you did not buy a diamond, etc.

Stores were putting out Christmas items as early as Halloween...

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post #5 of 22 Old 12-18-2012, 09:37 AM
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Christmas is definitly stressful!
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post #6 of 22 Old 12-18-2012, 09:58 AM
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I just got in the spirit yesterday to take my sad plastic pastel green table top tree and put a string of garland on it. Christmas has never been a holiday I look forward to. I don't think you are a grinch at all.
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post #7 of 22 Old 12-18-2012, 10:39 AM
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I am not in the christmas spirit at all this year, might has something to do with the fact that we where not able to get a christmas tree this year. First time is my life with out one, can't even get a fake one.

Never judge a book by their cover, also never judge a pony by their height. They tend to be big personalities in little packages.
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post #8 of 22 Old 12-18-2012, 10:44 AM
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Eh. All my money goes towards the animals, not gifts on people I don't like. ;)
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post #9 of 22 Old 12-18-2012, 11:01 AM
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I like some aspects of Christmas - the decorations, the tree, the food. If I could, I would always keep a big tree in the house. It makes me happy. I like the lights and some of the movies. The music is okay but gets obnoxious after a while, LOL.

I dislike the gift giving thing because of what it's become. It's just mostly people swapping gift cards now, or giving gifts out of obligation. Honestly, I'd rather just get and give card with a baggie of candy than get a $50 gift card and give one in return. Or maybe a personalized gift like photos in a nice frame, or something practical that I was going to buy myself anyway.

I hate the mandatory parties and lunches of the workplace. Then again I work with people with whom I do NOT and would not socialize with outside of work (I'm the youngest person by 20-30 years). Sitting in a bar for a workplace "Christmas party" is totally not my idea of fun. Having those networking parties with vendors is also not fun. I don't drink so there's nothing for me to do at those parties but listen to gossip and drink watered down soda.
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post #10 of 22 Old 12-18-2012, 11:29 AM
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I normally love Christmas, all the baking, decorating, going home and seeing the family.
But this year I got screwed over work wise.
I'm the manager of a retail store in the mall now. With a bunch of crap that went wrong days before the last manager quit and never fixed. While short staffed as she refused to hire before quitting out of the blue.
And I had originally planned plenty of time off as I am still in university and wanted a break. And the whole loving the going home to family thing.
So now I see my brother for mere hours, don't get to see any of my bf's family, or him except for the hour before work after we get up, and the only time spent with my parents is while making the supper for the big extended family.

My small team is awesome and they are all pitching in a crap load, but we can only stay so positive. People are scum while Christmas shopping.
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