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Ian
05-12-2011, 02:01 PM
So unless I'm blind/can't even CTRL-F properly, we appear not to have a Christmas thread.

So, do y'all like Christmas? Hate it? Not care either way? Got particular plans for this year?

I am unflinching in my love of christmas. A combination of the fact that my dad's working away most of the time plus that me and my family get along very well anyway makes it a good time. Telly gets switched off during the day, music gets blared out, the pub in the village gets visited and then come home and mooch about the kitchen/dining room while dinner's being made and generally being rather jolly.

Vexing Vision
05-12-2011, 02:03 PM
I am very much looking forward to this Christmas, because my wife and me can hide away from the outside world who are all busy socializing with their families.

Which means we actually get some us-time and also a chance to clear our backlog of co-op games. :D

thegooseking
05-12-2011, 02:05 PM
I'm a filthy unbeliever, and therefore obviously one of those people who is trying to wage war on Christmas.

Ravelle
05-12-2011, 03:04 PM
Going to spend at at home with the family, grandmother and maybe my uncle and his wife and kids are coming as well, looking forward to it. :)

Xercies
05-12-2011, 05:00 PM
I'm really not looking forward to going home this Christmas and seeing the family to be honest, I didn't leave under good conditions and I worry it will be a return to the way the Summer was. I kind of wish me and my house mates and my uni mates could have a uni Christmas with our own spin on things, and a nice Roast. That would be lovely but its a dream since everyone must go home and see their "real" families at Christmas.

I'm looking forward to Doctor Who though.

jryan
05-12-2011, 05:23 PM
I'm looking forward to it a great deal. I'm taking some time off, and the onrush of the holidays has forced me to get the house in order. It will be a hard fought and well deserved break from the mayhem. Just me, the wife and my two children, relaxing and watching Christmas movies.

It's going to be great!

SMiD
05-12-2011, 05:57 PM
I took 2 weeks vacation to have off for the 2nd half of December. So ya, I'm pretty stoked about Christmas.

Berzee
05-12-2011, 06:14 PM
I took 2 weeks vacation to have off for the 2nd half of December. So ya, I'm pretty stoked about Christmas.

Same! Hup!
I might even decorate the outside of my house this year. (10% chance of decoration).

SMiD
05-12-2011, 06:56 PM
I might even decorate the outside of my house this year. (10% chance of decoration).

I mean, it sounds like a great idea. And I'm sure my kids would enjoy the lights. But it means I need to hop on that ladder out there in the cold.... sooo..... we'll see.

westyfield
05-12-2011, 06:56 PM
I'm looking forward to going home and seeing my family. I've been home for a few weekends, but it'll be nice to have a long time at home without having to worry about going back. Annoyingly, as a fresher, there's the added bother of finding a house and people to share it with for next year, on top of January exams. So it's likely to be a stressful holiday, but I'm determined to enjoy it nonetheless.

Auspex
05-12-2011, 07:21 PM
I love Christmas and it's usually a big family occasion for me but I'm currently working in Belize so it's going to be very different this year. I have been invited to spend Christmas with the family I rent my room from so it will still be a family-orientated celebration... just not my family!

Wooly Wugga Wugga
05-12-2011, 08:14 PM
I'm in two minds really. It's been a brutal depressing year so any reason to celebrate is good. My sister is also visiting from overseas which is nice. On the otherhand we are going to three different Christmas gatherings situated in different places so it means lots of driving and very little rest. Also, due to the aforementioned brutal year money is very, very tight so buying gifts and supplies for the Christmas parties is going to be painful. Having said that we grew up po' but still had some good Christmasses as kids. Hopefully mine will be able to say the same.

Alex Bakke
05-12-2011, 08:52 PM
Christmas for me will be spent up at my Aunt's house, which I'll probably enjoy. It's the first Christmas since a cousin of mine passed away, so I think my aunt's getting quite stressed about the whole affair. I've got retakes in January for some A-levels, so I need to find the balance between family and revision.

MEHMEHMEH.

The most enjoyment I'll probably get this year is from various Christmas films -Die Hard, The Santa Clause, that sort of thing.

Gerbick
05-12-2011, 09:13 PM
Hate it. All.

DigitalSignalX
05-12-2011, 09:40 PM
Problem with Christmas in the US is that it comes on the heels of another big family holiday, so we're still trying to shrug off the psycho-social scars of that event and remembering/forgetting why we put up with family. At this point, I'm personally not excited about Christmas, but I imagine in a couple of weeks things might change. I do enjoy shopping online though, which is a start.

Drake Sigar
06-12-2011, 12:21 AM
All I see is "hey, we get turkey twice!" Fat bastards.

It's hard to pin down what I like most about Christmas - the decorations, the dinner, the TV specia- ok it's the presents. But those other things are important too. Hopefully the animated Snowman film will be on this year instead of Shrek 3.

soldant
06-12-2011, 01:03 AM
Normally I enjoy Christmas, but everybody's going away this Christmas except me, so I'm spending it on my own. Which actually isn't quite as bad as it sounds; apart from my immediate family I hate having to deal with my family, so at least it'll be quiet and nowhere near as chaotic and rage-filled as it usually is.

Splynter
06-12-2011, 02:04 AM
I used to enjoy Christmas immensely, as it was a period where you could take some time off and have fun with your family (mostly my immediate family, dealing with my extended family can be exhausting, but perhaps that's mainly because I'm not big into people...) but the past couple of years I've just not been excited about it at all. It might be that I've had exams up to a couple of days before Christmas for 5 years now, or just growing up and feeling out of place in my family's house, or something else entirely. I don't know.

jp0249107
06-12-2011, 04:26 AM
I'm one of those nutjob zealots who believe in Jesus and all that other sort of crazy, so I'm foregoing the whole shopping with tons of strangers who want to kill you because you grabbed the last (toy craze here) in the store. Instead, my wife and I are gonna play us some Dungeon Defenders over Christmas break and give thanks for the awesome times we live in. That and take advantage of the crazy game sales that go on during this time of year. I think I may be set for at least 9 months after this season haha.

Serenegoose
06-12-2011, 04:39 AM
I more or less ignore it. I'm not one for big groups of people, and I can't afford to buy anyone presents so I usually politely request that friends/family return the favour. I've nothing against the event, I simply don't participate.

The JG Man
06-12-2011, 04:40 AM
Born as a Jew (note: the belief is no longer present [further note: my parents don't need to know that one quite yet...]), I've never experienced a 'proper' Christmas, although I would quite like to at some point. That being said, this year will be no different. In fact, this year will actually be worse.

I will be alone on Christmas day. At best, I've worked out I get free pickings on the TV, but this is only really good based on what's actually on. And how much Jack Daniels I feel like consuming in sheer depression. T'is the season, right?

That being said, I wish everyone else a very merry time. Even if I don't celebrate the day, it's an enjoyable time as everyone's spirits are so high (apart from complaining about the cold and when the snow starts getting disruptive).

SMiD
06-12-2011, 04:56 AM
...how much Jack Daniels I feel like consuming... ...everyone's spirits are so high...

Hey I hear ya brother. I raise my glass to you.

Ian
06-12-2011, 11:52 AM
I'm always glad we've never been ones for big, massive family gatherings. I think the only regular extended family we ever had at Christmas was my grandma when she was alive, other than that aside from occasional visits from aunties and uncles for Christmas day it's usually either just me, my mum and dad or (as with this year) me, parents and my sister/her family. Which brings us up to a grand total of 7 people including my two nieces.

Xercies
06-12-2011, 12:34 PM
or just growing up and feeling out of place in my family's house

I'm feeling this a lot more and more and its not just my family back at the living home, its also all the family really except one brother. I just have kind have lost that family place I feel.

Bishop149
06-12-2011, 01:02 PM
Well I like the whole "Spirit of Christmas" thing, everyone be a bit nicer to everyone else is hard to object to.
Except its not really about that is it? What Christmas basically is for me:

- Horrific series of work based parties that will revolve around trying to get a drunk as possible for free whilst maintaining the pretense of being extra nice to people I can't stand. As my boss insists on inviting "important" guests to our supposedly "fun" event I will be expected to "network" as well.

- Spending a large amount of money on presents and getting an equal amount spent on presents of me. At least half of them will be unwanted and everyone would be much happier if they just bought their own.

- Trip home to see the folks with a nice dinner thrown in, this bit is quite nice!

- Trying to get home on the train weighed down with a load of stuff, along with 100's of other people doing the same whilst South West trains Christmas period "upgrade" work inevitably over runs (It has for the last 7 years running) reducing the train service to about 3 a day . . . I get the tube almost everyday but this remains the only time I've seen a full blown punch up erupt over who can squeeze onto a train!

I try to stay cheerful, I really do but to be honest the whole things about a months worth of nightmare for the sake of a nice roast dinner. . . oh and mince pies!

Scumbag
06-12-2011, 03:18 PM
I stopped likeing chrimbo when family the get-together just devolved into fights.
I then had a job in retail for many years and then began to actually hate it in ways.

Best presant I've had in the past 2 years has been being left alone by people for the day.

DigitalSignalX
07-12-2011, 10:33 AM
Best presant I've had in the past 2 years has been being left alone by people for the day.

That reminds me of a Christmas I had many years ago. Working in IT doing network junk during everyone else's off hours meant holidays were busy days, and it was very surreal driving around a completely deserted down town Washington D.C. at night looking for someplace open to grab dinner during a break. I ended up with a grilled cheese & tomato soup at some 24 hour diner that was surprisingly crowded. It was remarkable because everyone else was in a good mood, clearly making light of the fact they were either away from family for work or travel etc, and we all fell together at this dive as sort of a revolving door family dinner.

It made the whole idea of working double shifts during the holiday completely comforting, and for some reason the idea of "that Christmas I had to work" always makes me smile.