Wednesday, December 24, 2008

59 - People who think that everyone needs to be happy just because it's Christmas

Is there a law that states that we NEED to be happy on Christmas Day? Or an eleventh Commandment on some third tablet that Moses didn't have the hands to bring down from Mount Sinai perhaps?

I don't think so, thank you very much.

At the risk of being associated with Scrooge or the Grinch, I have to tell you that it irritates the crap out of me when people have this compulsion to be happy, and reckon everyone else, in turn, should also be happy, just because it's Christmas day. There's always one imbecile, one person at the office party, or the family gathering, or the get-together with friends, that's insanely overexcited, screaming at everybody to get up and dance, insisting that everyone (happy, sad or otherwise) should 'lighten up', encouraging every single person to lose control like him/her, to go out, get crazy drunk, have a lot of 'fun'. (Look at the length of that sentence. ...Epic.)

Leave. me. alone

I'm a nice guy. I like celebrating, and I like it when people are happy. But hey, other people... they might have some issues. So stop harassing them with your... child-at-Disneyland, Ernie from Sesame Street, perhaps Prozac-induced... joy. We'll behave however we want to. We don't hate Christmas. We hate you.

Go away, lunatic! Ba Humbug!


Really, though, it's a great day, all hating aside. I recently watched Ghost Town. If you haven't watched it, get it on DVD because I think it's worth it. If you have seen it, you can tell me what you thought of it on my review.

Merry Christmas everyone!
Be sure to read my reflections on 2008 that will automatically be published on my other blog on the 26th!
(especially the last paragraph)


Toivoa ja Elämän said...

agreed! i mean, sometimes these people's enthusiasm is infectious and then it's great. but when they're just stupid and you're like >.> it's really irritating.
i do love the happy feeling around though.
it's just there are also other people who don't celebrate christmas from different religions, most of the time they don't really have a problem with it but they mayy not celebrate it, and that's okay. of course, some do. but that's all their choice.
And i always think, what about the people who a family member has died. these days of celebration always will be at the very least tinged with sadness, remembering past occasions where this person was present, thinking how they should be here. Especially the first after their death, that's the hardest.
I have a friend whose sister died of cancer at 14, 3 years ago. I still am not sure if I should wish him Merry Christmas. Would it make him feel worse, to see how other people are happy and celebrating with their complete families when he never reallly can again? I'm not sure and I would hate to upset him like that...
Oh but anyway, Merry Christmas.
Have a great time away, again! And I look forward to reading your post on the 26th! (:


Michael said...

Larissa: I'm glad you agree . I also find it strange trying to maneuver my words in order to suit the needs of those in mourning or those who have different faiths. However, I tend to think that these people should not be too much of a Scrooge around this highly global, commercialized holiday. Merry Christmas to you too. I'm looking forward to reading your comments. :)

Michael said...

Larissa: I hope it's a long comment too. They are your signature. :)

Toivoa ja Elämän said...

haha thanks. yes i am good with writing a lot. i still have to comment some of your older posts, i've been a bit slack lately but i did want to say something. i have a little too much to say >.< lol

J.J. in L.A. said...

Haha! We both used the word 'imbecile' in our posts!

I agree with you! This is NOT my favorite holiday (that being Independence Day - July 4th). As a matter of fact, I'm the Bah Humbug Queen. People need to get over it.

My uncle (who's wife passed away in June) was going to be alone tonight (he'll be with his son and grandkids tomorrow) so we thought we'd invite him to dinner tonight. It was nice.

Michael said...

Larissa: I look forward to reading those too. It's alright really if you don't. It's the holiday season. I understand.

J.J.: We are having our Christmas feast right now, fit with spaghetti, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, sashimi, oxtail soup, fruit salad... Okay, maybe not so traditional towards the end there...

But yes. Family are great. They never make you feel alone and I think you did that for your uncle. :)

I have yet to watch a good rendition of Independence Day fireworks.

Quiet Observer said...

I'd like to add that it sucks when there is an assumption that you have to be with family for Christmas. Everyone asks "are you going to see...?" If you say no, the sympathy that registers on their face makes you feel as if you've lost your puppy. Some of us just can't be with family for that day or two, being given sympathy or pity offers doesn't help. Sometimes it really is a relief when the 26th comes and it's okay again to be alone.

Vulgar Red Pullover said...

I am not happy during christmas, infact I feel very fatigued. I am happier now its boxing day :P

Enjoy your chinese trip!

Hayden Austin said...

Yes, Xmas is more of a hassle than a celebration these days. The people that are ridiculously happy are only happy because the media tells them to be, stupid capitalist rubbish.

Next year I'm boycotting Xmas and I'm simply volunteering for the Christchurch city mission and helping the less well off.

Michael said...

Quiet Observer: Exactly. We weren't looking for sympathy...

Stuart: It's cold here (although, probably not as cold as Horsham). Missing your blog...

Hayden: LOL. Rubbish, indeed. Good plan for next year.

*Lynn* said...

I always want to sleep in on Christmas day, but they won't let me.