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Red, green, and ugh, just stop

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The Christmas trees and decor came out very early this year, sometime before Halloween. Matt and I walked into Lowes a few weeks back looking for a wrench and some light bulbs and low and behold, sparkly red and green ornaments were everywhere.

I rolled my eyes and blocked the nauseating holiday cheer out of my eye sight.

With each passing year, I get more and more disgusted with Christmas. The lights, the music, the incessant BUY! BUY! BUY! make me want to hide out in the woods until it’s all over.

I used to spend Christmas with my parents, but after getting married, things changed. As they always do. I know couples here split their holiday time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We don’t really do that because my family is in Lebanon and a ticket there for one person costs a minimum of $1500, if not more. Especially around the holidays (actually around the holidays it’s upwards of $2000+ per person).

So you see, I haven’t spent Christmas with my parents – the way we always have with dinner, mass, and giving thanks – for a while now.

I don’t care about the presents. I don’t care about the tree or the decorations. I care even less for Christmas music. In fact, it makes me want to rip my ears off. If anything, the first two Die Hard movies are my type of holiday movie.

Also Scrooged with Bill Murray. I love that movie.

I’m not even religious much anymore.

I really do wish it would go away. That’s how much I dislike it.

Life isn’t about presents or who gets the shiniest toy. It’s about the choices we make and how we spend it with the people in our lives. Each and every day. Not only once out of the year. Every. Single. Day.

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  1. The commercialism of Christmas always makes me mad. I can’t even go to malls during this time of year because people make me mad (more so than usual). Some are stressed out, some are mad, and I just hate the people who cannot walk. Do you not see my stroller at your feet? Get ready to trip, jacka**. No, I’m not sorry. Yes, I walk slow but I’m over to the right, in the slow lane, so just pass me.

    November 18, 2014
    • Marie #

      Haha! I’m right there with you Lisa! I actually avoid most malls (ESPECIALLY Tysons) during this time of the year. If I do want to get something for someone, I usually do it via mouse clicking. So much more comfortable sitting at home and doing online shopping (when possible).

      November 18, 2014
  2. Another great Christmas movie is the first Lethal Weapon. Highly recommended.

    As for the holiday, I felt the same way. Nathan has changed that to some degree which I expect will only become a greater degree as he learns what Christmas is all about.

    November 18, 2014
    • Marie #

      Ah yes! I have seen it. Actually I’ve seen all the Lethal Weapon movies.

      I think kids definitely impact how we view holidays for sure. I can see how Nathan has changed how you feel about it. Makes sense.

      November 18, 2014
  3. San #

    I hear you. I get it. I still love Christmas (minus the consumerism and the obnoxiously early Christmas music in the stores… and I like Christmas movies!). Christmas for me is family time and letting people know that I care about them. No, I don’t need a holiday for that, but I love getting into that kind of mindset around Christmas.

    November 18, 2014
    • Marie #

      The consumerism is quite awful. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if Christmas commercialism did not exist (maybe a little like Thanksgiving?)

      November 18, 2014
  4. San #

    P.S. I wish you could go home and see your family.

    November 18, 2014
    • Marie #

      Thanks lady. Me too. But at least my mom is coming this year! So I’m happy I’ll get to see her!

      November 18, 2014

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