Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Sucks...

...and so do all the other so- called holidays.

I first wrote about my hatred of Christmas back in 2005 (
December 26 post). I couldn't help myself. I've tried since then to go against the grain and not mention Christmas. So many other bloggers just can't seem to help themselves and have to bring up some stupid nice Christmas message. Once again I can't help myself, either, except I'm not nice being about it. Just a few observations:

Not sure I understand what Martha Walden (isn't she some Green Party big- wig?) is trying to say in her My Word piece in today's Times- Standard. I guess she doesn't like the commercialization of Christmas. Well, fine. That's another reason to hate it, but she used an awful lot of space to say so.
Then there's our very own James Faulk's commentary in the Times- Standard from a couple days ago. Was he kidding? What a piece of crap that was. I wonder if he was just trying to piss me off?

He says he and his wife are going to start putting up Christmas decorations from now on. What a couple of airheads. Talk about monkey see- monkey do. And I bet he's a Believer in human caused global warming, too.
Then there's that guy down in Santa Rosa that threatened to file suit against the county if they didn't take angel and star ornaments down from Christmas trees on county property. He says they're unconstitutional.

Hey, I appreciate what appears to be his anti- Christmas sentiment, but why complain about just the ornaments? What are government agencies doing buying Christmas trees and ornaments in the first place? But, no, he just doesn't like the stars and angels because he's an atheist and thinks this has something to do with separation of church and state. Whatever. I'd be right with him if he'd complain about the trees, too.
One bit of good news for me this time of year, though. The Santa Rosa Press- Democrat had a poll on their opinion page yesterday asking how people would be celebrating Christmas this year. They even included "I don't celebrate Christmas" as an option.

When I cast my vote for Not Celebrating, I was pleased to see over 12% also weren't celebrating. Checking the poll today, I notice that's gone down to just below 8%. Bummer, but that's still not bad and hopefully more will join our ranks. If nothing else, it makes me feel that maybe I'm not the loneliest guy in the world anymore.
Oh, and one other good news item unrelated to Christmas: The Daily Triplicate reports the Smith River has had their biggest run of salmon in decades. So many fish that some say you could walk across the river on them. Awesome.


At 11:06 AM, Blogger "Bob" said...

Big salmon run in the Smith? It's an Xmas miracle!

(and Bah Humbug to you too)

p.s. I think trying to tie in your head-in-the-sand global warming debunking into Xmas bashing is a bit of a stretch...

At 12:05 PM, Blogger samoasoftball said...

***** X-Mas Fred! (Now go grab and egg-nog. Or a hamm's)

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Carol said...

I hope you had a Happy Solstice, Fred!

At 12:23 PM, Blogger AJ said...

Fred, which annual holidays do you participate in?

At 12:36 PM, Blogger Kristabel said...

I love you Fred. All year long, but right now even more. xo

At 1:27 PM, Blogger Fred said...

AJ asks, "which annual holidays do you participate in?.

Actually, none that I can think of, at least off the top of my head. The Winter Solstice was a good thing, as I posted on earlier, but that's not a holiday.

Bob wrote, "I think trying to tie in your head-in-the-sand global warming debunking into Xmas bashing is a bit of a stretch...".

Not really, especially since I wasn't trying to debunk global warming with that statement. I'm suggesting, since I'd almost bet money James and his wife are Believers, it's just more hypocrisy from the Left in proposing to use more power and cause more power to be used up by buying unnecessary Christmas decorations and turning on Christmas lights.

Polar bears are drowning because of selfish activities like that, aren't they?

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree Fred when it comes to those 'commercial' holidays.

But, when my daughter gets a lot of joy out of watching others open the presents she bought and gets a smile with the value of the gift being in the giving.

I think it's worth enduring all of the holiday horseshit, for a few of those really cool personal moments.

At 7:02 PM, Blogger Fred said...

...I think it's worth enduring all of the holiday horseshit, for a few of those really cool personal moments.

Whatever, but not for me.

At 7:18 PM, Blogger mresquan said...

I always give Kristabel a good laugh when we're together and see a house with decorations and I tell her of my wish that I'd brought a shotgun with me.
As an atheist/agnostic type,I can find myself pretty offended throughout the season if my mood is right as far too many people tell me to have a Merry Christmas,and it's not the nice and well intended sentiment that does it,it's the forced nature of it;the idea that I must be a believer and if not,I should put that aside to enjoy the mass commercialism or just general giddiness of it all.

At 8:30 PM, Blogger Carol said...

I like the giddiness of it all. It lifts my spirits during the darkest time of the year. If I am not in a hurry, then I actually enjoy the long lines at stores. I'm planning on going to Eureka on Christmas Eve with my daughters. It will be an adventure.

At 10:55 PM, Blogger Ernie Branscomb said...

I tried to believe in all the God-and-religion thing, but I just couldn't get there. I keep wondering who made God, then rested.

But, I like tradition, and Christmas is one of the finest. It's worth putting up with a little bit of nonsense to see real happy believers. We drive the old fire truck around Redway, pass out candy canes and the little kids tell Santa what they want for Christmas. We have a lot of fun.

I'll admit that the music that has been playing over-and-over-and-over, since 1965, is making me a little nuts. But, December 26th all the music disappears, which is almost enough to make you believe in miracles.

Come on Fred, lighten up. You live through it every year. Some people actually enjoy Christmas as much as they say that they do. But, if it makes you feel any better, I suspect quite a few people fake Christmas ecstasy.

At 11:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw don't be a Mr. Grinch here dude. Mark, you may want to secularize Christmas because you want everyone to be an ethiest like you, but you're going to have quite a challenge doing just that. They have had many decades to do just that but have apparently failed

At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I said Mark, I mean mresquan. Mresquan's real name is Mark

At 9:45 AM, Blogger Fred said...

And you just know James Faulk put that dumb picture on the front of today's Times- Standard just to piss me off.

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

My family sucks and this is why I hate the holidays. It's just a reminder on how alone I feel.
If I was surrounded by a loving family and great friends I would probably enjoy it.

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Poor Michelle. :-(

At 6:29 AM, Blogger Tor Hershman said...

Fred, you need to go to my blog (see the latest posting)
and click the link to hear my
THE LITTLE BUMMER BOY, it's perfect when you've had-it with Omas.

Stay on groovin' safari,

At 2:32 PM, Blogger thehappycamper said...

Have a Merry Christmas Fred and a Happy new Year there are pills to help with your depression


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