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Old 12th November 2012, 06:09 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by Alt+F4 View Post
Oh please. Yeah I agree a "War on Christmas" is not an appropriate use of the "war" as a defined word. War is armed conflict between nations or parties; both the War on Terror and the War on Drugs meet this definition.
And it's legally irresponsible to use the term "war" lightly.

For instance, insurance contracts do not cover acts of war. If you are injured by falling while decorating your Xmas tree, your homeowner's insurance can get out of paying by declaring you a casualty of the War on Xmas. By putting up a tree, you entered the lists, and as a combatant you're certainly not covered, you reckless warmonger, you!
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Old 12th November 2012, 07:07 AM   #42
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I for one really like Chrismas lights and plan on putting them up pretty soon. I used to be bothered, but by now I'm used to see Christmas decorations up by the time Halloween has rolled around.
Perhaps we could roll the two together and have a zombie Jesus and fake blood drinks and....... oh, wait a minute...........
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Old 12th November 2012, 07:17 AM   #43
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My local Tesco had their first Christmas display up at the start of October. That's a couple of weeks before they had their Halloween displays up. I quite like Christmas, but I think having it take up a quarter of the year may be a little excessive.
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Old 12th November 2012, 07:55 AM   #44
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I for one absolutely love Christmas (and don’t mind the fact that it apparently gets longer each year). I get almost 3 weeks off work (digging into the vacation days I’ve saved during the year), I love to receive presents (and to give them too, I guess), I get to wear horrible kitschy sweaters and listen to Bing Crosby, and I have a socially acceptable excuse for being a gluttonous drunkard.

I see no problem whatsoever with being a Christmas-celebrating atheist. It’s not like we have rules governing what we can and cannot do, besides not believing in magical tyrants. We don’t have to worry about angering the goddess Atheae by acknowledging a false god’s holidays

Besides, all the best parts of Christmas are either secular, or taken from pagan religions nobody believes in anymore. I don’t feel like I’m losing anything by skipping the lame Jesussy parts (like stopping the party midway through to go to a boring midnight mass, for instance).

As for the commercialisation of Christmas, I’m all for it. Unlike religion, commerce is actually useful to our society and greatly improves all our lives. Isn’t that worth celebrating?
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Christmas is a reason to party in the early winter. (For the superior hemisphere, at any rate.) Anything else is mere detail.
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Old 12th November 2012, 08:14 AM   #46
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Newtonmas? What kind of display? Falling apples?
Christ-Hitch-Mas
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Christ-Hitch-Mas
St. Christopher of the Hitchens Day.

Hitchslapmas.

Whiskeynsmokesmas.
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Old 12th November 2012, 11:18 AM   #48
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Xmas is really just Walrustide anyway. And the great thing about Walrustide is that you can celebrate it however you like, St Walrus doesn't give a rat's damn about you. He dwells in blubbery glory in the Walrus Dimension, drinking blood and chewing up seals. Do what you like, won't bug St Walrus. Just don't cross him. Ever. He's a laissez faire, uninvolved member of the pantheon unless you piss him off. Then he's four tons of enraged supernatural killing machine, with no concept of pity or remorse. He'll welter in your gore and love every second of it. There's a carol about St Walrus. It begins "you better watch out".
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Old 12th November 2012, 12:00 PM   #49
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I have seen Christmas displays in stores as early as the first week of October in recent years.
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I don't agree with this. Costco for one goes both in early and out early for shopping seasons. Most Christmas items are out of Costco a couple of weeks before Christmas. The idea is for people to buy items FOR Christmas when it does come. Not to display Christmas in its season.

Is everyone suppose to wait until the week before Christmas to run out and buy all the decorations and presents? Can you imagine how unbearable the stores would all be? Why is it so wrong to prepare for things ahead of time.

Now if Costco was playing Christmas music and decorating the actual warehouse at the same time I would agree with you. That would be extending the season way to early, not just offering goods for people to buy in preparation. That's not what they're doing though.
Tough that you don't agree. When I say this is what's wrong with Christmas you must agree or face my wrath! Forget all that logic ****, I want to complain and I want sympathy!

Now... shall we try again?

Oh, wait! My wife just yelled! We're off to Costco!
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Old 12th November 2012, 06:55 PM   #51
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Please bear in mind that I have no problem at all with having a nice party on the darkest day of the year.

I just can't stand the faux-joy that is forced upon everyone.
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Old 12th November 2012, 07:11 PM   #52
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Happy Festivus... for the Rest of Us!

This!>http://www.festivusweb.com/
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Old 12th November 2012, 07:19 PM   #53
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My mother once threatened me with coal as a gift. I explained how I could use it to make an explosive. I never got coal.
LMAO ~
I once got coal in my stocking at my grandparents house, I must have been about 7 or so, my sister got a hamster, I hated that thing.
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Old 12th November 2012, 07:25 PM   #54
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That's nothing new. IIRC, Plato moaned about Xmas traders touting their wares earlier every year.
And that was before Chris even showed up..........l.l.
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Old 12th November 2012, 07:32 PM   #55
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happy festivus... For the rest of us!

This!>http://www.festivusweb.com/
and now for the airing of grievances!
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Oh please. Yeah I agree a "War on Christmas" is not an appropriate use of the "war" as a defined word. War is armed conflict between nations or parties; both the War on Terror and the War on Drugs meet this definition.
Oh give me a break, the War on Drugs is a joke. The War on Terror is only slightly less of a joke.

Both turned out to be wars on freedom in many ways.


ETA: Also, how do you define the war on drugs as a "conflict between nations or parties"?? Surely if you think drug users and sellers are a "party" then christmas users and sellers would be a "party" as well.....

The only difference I can see is that drugs are illegal in some countries. Illegal was not in your own definition "War is armed conflict between nations or parties", so I'm not sure why that would count.
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Old 13th November 2012, 05:24 AM   #57
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Christmas is in full swing for me, in fact the deadline has already passed for people wishing to order custom jewelry boxes from me in time for The Day.

I love Christmas.
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Old 13th November 2012, 05:30 AM   #58
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My local Tesco had their first Christmas display up at the start of October. That's a couple of weeks before they had their Halloween displays up. I quite like Christmas, but I think having it take up a quarter of the year may be a little excessive.
My daughter wanted us to get a second Halloween pumpkin, so she could carve one herself. We went back to Tesco the day before Halloween only to find their huge array of Halloween crap had magically changed overnight into Christmas crap.
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Originally Posted by Jack by the hedge View Post
My daughter wanted us to get a second Halloween pumpkin, so she could carve one herself. We went back to Tesco the day before Halloween only to find their huge array of Halloween crap had magically changed overnight into Christmas crap.
Carving a jack o'lantern out of the back of Frosty's head has a certain appeal.
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Surely if you think drug users and sellers are a "party" then christmas users and sellers would be a "party" as well.....
A Christmas party!
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There is no such thing as a war on Christmas.

There is, however, a war on it not being Christmas 24/7, as evidenced by the fact I am already seeing lights, Christmas displays, advertisements, and "don't wait for black Friday" posters.

There is a war, and the war is to extend Christmas to January 2.

Enough, already.

I'm tempted to say "boycott Christmas", but that's socially unacceptable.
You're actually thinking og giftmas which is commonly mistaken for christmas by greedy idiots.
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Old 13th November 2012, 08:39 AM   #62
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I completely agree. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for the reasons you give.
Same here. Food, family, and football (for us Americans)! What more could you ask?

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Christmas has also been better since the family cut down on gift giving. Now we draw one family member's name for a gift exchange. The gift giving stress has been shredded and the holiday is now centered on the more important things.
We've moved beyond that as well: no more gifts! It is so nice not to have to partake in this commercialist BS anymore. Now if I can only convince my work to do the same...
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Same here. Food, family, and football (for us Americans)! What more could you ask?



We've moved beyond that as well: no more gifts! It is so nice not to have to partake in this commercialist BS anymore. Now if I can only convince my work to do the same...
That's sad, the gifts are the most fun part . Receiving them for the kids of course, but for the adults finding and giving them.
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That's sad, the gifts are the most fun part . Receiving them for the kids of course, but for the adults finding and giving them.
Well, we don't really have any kids: my only niece lives in California and other than one step-nephew who gets plenty of toys from his immediate family, there is no one under 30 in attendance. We just want to get together and relax.
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In art class at school i did a cartoon called Father Christmas Meets the Hells Angels...
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In art class at school i did a cartoon called Father Christmas Meets the Hells Angels...
A friend of mine wrote a short play called 'Christmas at the Jehovahs'
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All the gift-giving at Christmas really exasperates me!

Gift-getting, now that's a different ball of string.
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This had already occurred by about 1708. Christmas has moved back through the year so far it has actually been lapped.
What you will be forced to celebrate this December is in fact Christmas 2013.
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My local Tesco had their first Christmas display up at the start of October. That's a couple of weeks before they had their Halloween displays up. I quite like Christmas, but I think having it take up a quarter of the year may be a little excessive.
Careful there, as Soapy Sam has pointed out, those displays are for Christmas 2013, the ones last year were for this winter!
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You're actually thinking og giftmas which is commonly mistaken for christmas by greedy idiots.
If there was a high-5 smiley, I'd be using it right now!
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The ostentatious crap like the Mercedes, Santa Claus adds really piss me off..

Baby Jesus must be rolling in his grave... No - wait....
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In art class at school i did a cartoon called Father Christmas Meets the Hells Angels...
So.......who won?
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The ostentatious crap like the Mercedes, Santa Claus adds really piss me off..

Baby Jesus must be rolling in his grave... No - wait....
Little Baby Jeebus lies a' mouldering in his grave
but his troops go shambling on..........
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Santa would never drive a Mercedes. His wings would never fit inside, even folded. And his talons, perfectly adapted for ripping flesh and crushing skulls, would have difficulty with gearshifts and steering wheels. No, there is simply no vehicle better suited for Santa's transport than his own indestructible reptilian body. Remember that old carol, "In the Vast Shadow of His Wings Is Death and Fire "? I love Xmas.
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Well, the other possibility is that I'm getting all huffy over a tongue-in-cheek OP.
Well more mocking the "War on Christmas" than tongue-in-cheek, but here is some of that, too, so it's just a war on war memes.
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A Christmas party!
Would have to be better than a political party, as long as it's not of the "thou must needs be happy or else" variety.
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Christmas should be in the summer. Summer doesn't have any good long holidays. I'd rather have my X-mas vacation when it's warm outside (in Cali). Wasn't Jesus supposedly born more toward summer anyways?
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I'm making cards for people. Who needs lots of bulky stuff crowding the living space until you can't walk without tripping over crappy plastic baubles?
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I'm making cards for people. Who needs lots of bulky stuff crowding the living space until you can't walk without tripping over crappy plastic baubles?

How's about "Get Out of Christmas Free" cards...?
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Christmas should be in the summer.
[Australian]It is.[/Australian]
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