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tam's tales of christmas - part 2

yes! it's here! the day we've all been anticipating so much..
christmas!
- bah humbug -

i tried to take a few more photos yesterday of this year's so-called christmas outfit. i did not like a single one.
it's not that i don't have the right camera for this. i have more cameras than friends. :p
i think it's me. this is easily my least favourite time of the year.

not because of the commercialisation of christmas. it's here. it's not going away. the best option is trying to ignore it as much as possible, difficult as that may seem.. unless you know of a way to get rid of consumerism & capitalism overnight..
i'd say - spend less time shopping for those you love, spend more time with the ones you love.

i also have no interest in putting christ back in christmas like those fundamentalist groups want us to. besides the fact that they should stop considering themselves more worthy than those of other faiths, i'd suggest we start by putting christ back in christians first.


this is entry number two in this series.
please come back later & help me through this.. :p


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anthonygambello
Dec. 25th, 2005 09:33 am (UTC)
The final word on the war against christmas:

http://www.pvponline.com/archive.php3?archive=20051216

Mim, this is a silly discussion. Noone is trying to take the Christ out of Christmas. And us Christian types (except for the reactionary stupid ones who would be encouraging suicide bombers if we were muslims) aren't fighting against those who are - we're ignoring them.

If you want to say "Happy Holidays" or "Bugger off" or nothing at all, that is just fine with those of us who have half a brain or more.

And while there are a lot of Christians that could use a little more Christ and a little less -ian, I feel like things are going a lot better than the news media would have us believe. Not that everything is hunky-dory, hell no.

But really, we're not at war. O'Reilly is at war with ... uh, some windmills or something.
tamar
Dec. 29th, 2005 06:15 am (UTC)
i thought this was a big thing on a lot of people's minds, but i've learned that it's not much more than another stunt from o'reilly and some other guy of fox news.
nothing more than another distraction from the real news, i've read somewhere..
penpusher
Dec. 25th, 2005 11:37 am (UTC)
We're talking about control here. People who are angry or small-minded want to control the lives of others who are free to do what they want. This is especially true of people who, as they age, realize their relevance is diminishing and are attempting to force people to care about what they think, do and say. They form coalitions, make rules, organize events and generally make annoyances for everyone who doesn't think the way they do.

Some people are, at their core, frightened. We all are afraid of certain things at certain moments. But some people live in fear. To help themselves through this, they try to control their environment, so that they are more comfortable. It doesn't matter what you think of what they're doing. It's all about them.

As for the season of shopping, now finally drawing to a close, I have to equate the point of consumerism as religion. People worship their objects. They use these items to make themselves be better than they were, or better than you. Objects make us feel better about ourselves so they must have some sort of power. We spend our money on them so they have a value.

Frequently, the people we love are not the ones that love us, or are not the ones we are able to love. So buying sublimates that as well. Consumerism is a religion. Well, ok. It's a cult.
tamar
Dec. 29th, 2005 06:34 am (UTC)
i've overheard conversations at work, how this guy traded in his two year old car just to get the newer model. and boasting about the size of your tv screen seems to be the latest thing.. :p
i like to think i've not yet become such a materialist myself..
penpusher
Dec. 29th, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
I think Consumerism is a gateway drug to Materialism!

It's hard not to believe the hype when it tells you that you should.
droid_1
Dec. 25th, 2005 11:56 am (UTC)
Yes, yes.
We don't put up a tree, and we buy very little.
I had just as soon celebrate the ending of one year and the beginning of a new one, or winter solstice, since there is no record of a date for Jesus' birth nor for anyone back then celebrating birthdays.
tamar
Dec. 29th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)
we do have a tree, but more out of habit, than tradition.. :p
but no ridiculously priced gifts.
happy_buddha
Dec. 25th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
My co-workers don't walk into my logic bombs- they run.
Her: "Christmas should stay with the traditions!"

Me: "You mean, like the mistletoe and the tannenbaum, that kind of stuff?"

Her: "YEAH!"

Me: "Cool. I'll call the pagans..."
xxstarchildxx
Dec. 26th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC)
Yeah Dude I will be happy when it's over. I was just looking at your interests again and you have some sweet taste. I love Nastassja Kinksi, she makes me crazy. I love your taste in actors.. wow Marcello.I wish you lived in NYC I think we would be cool friends if not fuck buddies.
justkj
Dec. 26th, 2005 02:34 am (UTC)
My two cents.
I blame it on retail and commercialism. In by book, Christmas starts on December 25 and runs until Epiphany--the twelve days of Christmas.

Somehow, at least here in the states, it is now the tradition to take down all the decorations and put them away before New Years. Some idiots say it is bad luck if you do not!????

In my house, until recently, we put the tree up on Christmas Eve and take it down after Epiphany. This was the tradition that my German grandparents brought over, the Tree was put up on Christmas eve, Santa Clause brought the gifts that night and you opened them on Christmas morning.

We have a tree trimming party on Christmas Eve to gather our family and friends together. No presents, just food and fellowship with family and friends.
tamar
Dec. 29th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
Re: My two cents.
we never put up a tree more than a week before christmas, usually just a few days. we toss it out after the first week of the new year.
1punky4u
Dec. 26th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
I agree with you, as I often find myself doing. This is one of the most difficult times of year.

I like that that...Spending more time WITH the ones you love. I have a very large family and spending time with them is by far the greatest gift they could give to me.

Putting Christ back in CHristmas? HA! That has always stuck me as odd since the Christians Stole the Pagan festival and dressed it with Christ to begin with. They definitely ought to concentrate on putting christ back into Christianity first! I think Gandhi once said " Oh I like your CHrist, He was a great man. The trouble is, you CHristians are nothing like him." or something like that.

z
Dec. 26th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
I couldnt agree more! "putting christ back in christians"

yup, good start. :)
inspectorjury
Jan. 5th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
This is so well thought out. I couldn't agree more. I am most struck by the statement, "i'd suggest we start by putting christ back in christians first." I think this is what is needed most in the Christian religion. How can anyone say they are celibrating the life of Christ through intolerance? It was his tolerance of others that stood out the most.

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