Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
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How Are You Handling Christmas?


Is there an NYC "I hate/ don't do well with Christmas" support group? Need to talk thru some ish.less than a minute ago via web


Awl pal Julie Klausner expresses a sentiment so many of us are feeling right now. I think it may have something to do with all the enforced happiness. Also, the inescapable torture of Andy Williams' exhortation about it being the most wonderful time of the year, which, even when I was a kid, always sounded like the desperate attempts of someone trying too hard to convince me of something he didn't quite believe himself. And the cold and crowds. Plus there's the terrible sense of being empty and alone while seemingly everyone else is full of joy and cookies. So yeah, this would probably be a good group.

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Dave Bry (#422)

That's very true about that song. I now always hear it as "the LEAST wonderful time of year" when it's playing in a store or wherever.

garge (#736)

Good coping strategy!

MollyculeTheory (#4,519)

Oooh, now I have it stuck in my head, and your version (though correct!) is no less annoying. I demand a Public Apology.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Just eat some cookies, man. It'll help!

Best day of the year for skiing – no lift lines!

Whatsthatcat (#955)

Get after it!

Matt (#26)

Where is the support group for the people who find the constant griping about Christmas every year tedious and also who hate that Pogs song with Christine Not-McVie?

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

I'll volunteer to host.

Bittersweet (#765)

I'll bring the egg nog.

iantenna (#5,160)

we can just listen to "over and over" over and over. it's very soothing.

deepomega (#1,720)

The only thing that has been able to pierce the veil of Christmisery for me was the stop motion ep of Community, which managed to have a really positive attitude about the holidays without making me want to give myself a colombian necktie with a sharpened candy cane.

Christmas pterodactyl!

Neopythia (#353)

Community makes everything better.

Jolie Kerr (#3,225)

Related: I made 4 dozen cookies this morning.

hockeymom (#143)

You have inspired me to make brownies (instead of working).
Thank you.

that's my plan for this afternoon: fudge!

bthny (#2,907)

yes.

Brian (#115)

If you haven't figured out how to be content in spite of Happiness by now, you should just put yourself down. It's never going to end.

god I need this group. can we have an I Hate New Year's Eve sidebar?

freetzy (#7,018)

I like Christmas and Thanksgiving because I like drinking a bottle of wine and/or alcoholic dairy products at lunch with my family. New Year's can suck a fat one, though.

Matt (#26)

OH FINE MOM HOW'S WASHINGTON

garge (#736)

I actually hate New Year's more than xmas, when it comes down to it, and if we are being honest. I will serve this sidebar in any capacity required, and do not fear blood on my hands.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

Who knew NYC is such a religious little town.

It's the one of the few times a year when binging is not only accepted, it's downright encouraged.

cf. balls, Bourbon

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

I thought you were talking about the search engine, the use of which is never acceptable.

HiredGoons (#603)

this is exemplified via the ubiquity of the saxophone in almost every contemporary rendition of any Christmas carol.

Mindpowered (#948)

FUCK YES!

Two more (particularly personal) things to hate about Christmas in New York:

1) If you're freelancer, good luck getting paid past December 15th.

2) If you work in media or advertising, your boss always has this fantasy about all this work that's going to get done in the week after Christmas, until he realizes that all the clients jetted out of town on the 21st. Then he grudgingly, at the last second, lets everyone know you'll be closed that week too. This happens every god-damned year.

deepomega (#1,720)

We've never closed the week after Christmas, not once. We're the only goddamn people who are open then, and I think it's mostly a way to force staff designers to use up vacation days.

I love that week of work. No bosses! No work!

petejayhawk (#1,249)

I love Christmas! Seeing old friends and family! Eating good food! Drinking good booze! Cookies! Pretty lights and pine-things! Giving and getting presents! So much happiness! So many exclamation marks! I am a cynical bastard about 99.7% of the time, but I love me the fuck out of Christmastime.

Except for the fact that my dad not-so-subtly implied on the phone the other day that this is likely the last Christmas for my grandmother, and maybe my mom too. :( Let's not think about that part right now, k?

Jolie Kerr (#3,225)

All the more reason to bring the cheer extra hard. And also hugs & kisses from your peasant-y brethren.

Annie K. (#3,563)

Jolie is right, right, right. Love it to pieces.

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

You know, you didn't hear me bitching about Chanukah.

There is a house in Beverly Hills that is decorated entirely in blue and white lights. I wish I could find a picture of it. I guess I will have to drive by and take one myself.

With a few minor adjustments it's pretty easy to ignore the whole thing. Avoid all shipping malls being the first.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

This is sound advice for any time of year.

joshc (#442)

the "problem" with xmas is that it goes on and on forever. if it didn't involve the full month lead-up it would be so much more tolerable.

chiniqua (#8,615)

The same way I handle ever other family-related occasion: drugs.

Lux Alptraum (#3,933)

You know, there's also the (conveniently forgotten!) fact that many people don't actually celebrate Christmas and are tired of having someone else's religious cheer and commercialism crammed down thir throat for the better part of two months.

Just sayin'.

NinetyNine (#98)

The easiest way to solve this Important Dilemma would be to make every day between Thanksgiving and Xmas a parking holiday.

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