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Happy Holidays and New Year!

Happy holidays everyone!

Thought we could all be merry and share our holiday plans with each other, as well as any past christmas stories you may have, so crack away. Are you staying home? Going to relatives? Getting anything special? WANT anything special? Or are you working like a sad old sort?

This also covers New Year guys, so we've got to have some New Years stories at least.

(I'm going to post tomorrow morning, when I don't have a nervous twitch or a volume of alcohol in my blood stream).

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Going home. See some family.. maybe some friends.

and If I could have anything I wanted I'd get a 6 string fretless ibanez.. but I can't find one.. and I don't even know that they make one tbh

or maybe a Brin Levinson Whamola.. but I don't want to spend the money, when I can make one just as easily (though not as pretty)

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I have to go to Washington DC to spend Christmas with my sister ugh. I mean don't get me wrong, it'll be cool to spend it with her (and NO ONE from my step family god I hate them) but if we had just stayed here then I would have gotten to work sooo many hours this week. Like everyone works 5 - 6 days this coming week. I work 2. And working on Christmas means you get paid time and a half. Some people are making ~$300 this week alone. Which is like TWICE as much as we normally make a week on average. Oh well, the week after I should get tons of hours and work on New Years. But I doubt we'll get time and a half for that since it isn't a national holiday I don't think. OK rant over. :Old:

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I want to be a Christmas person, really, but I can't bring myself to be one.
A big intrinsic part of me is "spite" so I think the thought of advertisers pushing Christmas on us at the beginning of November sows a seed of hatred in my belly that causes me to fend off any preconceived "feelings of joy and merriment." It's disappointing because I'd like to be one of those people who gets all in the "spirit." I think another problem is that it doesn't snow here around Christmas-time so, aside from the Christmas lights, everything looks the same and is therefore not magical.
Furthermore, I find gift-getting very stressful.
And finally, I always have to plan for my birthday party for a few days prior which I also find stressful.

OK this is filler because I don't have anything planned for the holidays. I should be going back to work for just a lil' while in between semesters but that's pretty much it. Hopefully it will be a lazy Christmas. I like those. Smile

Three friends of mine are going to Hawaii (separately) for the holidays, to which I reply "wtf??"


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Now I'm quite Christmasy! I enjoy the annual Trivial Pursuit game, unwrapping presents and such and such. I have no quarrels with seeing the family once a year. The only real problem with Christmas is the crap TV, but as long as you get, say, a couple of DVDs for Christmas, that's not a worry! This time we seem to be going for Christmas dinner and then off back home for the rest of the day. Pretty hum drum stuff. Nothing much to shout about, more like the daily grind of usual stuff. I think I personally prefer the change for one day of the year.

I'll no doubt be doing a bit of work on Christmas. I've got so much Uni work to be getting on with, I can't afford a day off. So Prezzies > Work > Christmas Dinner > Work > Play should be about right for the day.

I prefer to get surprises rather than already asked for gifts on Christmas. Anything I ask for I can just buy for myself. That's boring. I prefer the joy of getting a delightful surprise. Fair to say, I've had a few disappointments in the past...like pillow cases, but most are good and it's more mystical, fun and enjoyable to see what I get! Laugh I also like to get surprises. I like to think I'm pretty good with present ideas, but it's not often you'd get told otherwise by the people you give them to.

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Hah, my Christmas is shaping up to be a relatively unspectacular one. A party on Saturday will be good, but then there's the awkward four days of waiting for the presents I ordered for my family last minute to turn up in the post (curse you Amazon! Why must you be so much cheaper than buying it in town?). Then there's Christmas itself, which is usually just too much food then we can eat and some sort of bizarre argument arising due to general family dysfunction. My brother is returning from Sheffield on Christmas Eve though, which will be fun.
I miss being a kid and getting a LEGO set for Christmas and thinking it was the best thing ever; this year I'm getting Mass Effect (and I'm not even much of a gamer!) and having my Radiohead ticket paid for...

I haven't even thought about NYE parties yet Ambivalent

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haha, I know exactly what you mean Justice. Lego was 75% of my presents for birthdays and christmas.

This year I have quite a few plans: got a birthday/christmas party this coming sunday, a night out with work on the 27th, a rave on the 29th, a new years party (after which I'm going to work on new years day Ambivalent but for double time and a half - £14.30 an hour - I can't complain), then a bunch of stuff to pay in the January sales Hot

In between all that there's relatives to visit and meals to have with people, so it's gonna be a pretty busy 2 weeks. I've really got back into the spirirt this year though, the last 2 or 3 I've just been 'meh' about the whole thing.

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Oh, man. New Years Eve, I'm running the Main Street Mile in my city. It's a mile run down a hill (on main street, duh). It'll be so much fun. (Oh, it might help if I include the fact that I am addicted to running. Grin)

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Well, I'll definitely agree with Zatham that gift giving is stressful. I'm guilty of shopping for them all yesterday, and I didn't even get everything. I'll have to go get something later for the person that I'm, sadly, not seeing today anyway. But I won't dwell on that, it's too depressing.

Christmas is the one day of the year when I think I can feel completely American, even for a moment, and I don't like it. The kind of consumerism, weird economics, religious conflict, it's all just a bit stressful and not the least bit intellectual. Besides that, I've pretty much gotten all I want right now anyway. A new watch, a new pair of glasses, and the promise of musical supplies (all already received and paid for). I don't need anything else. Especially given my internet piracy.

Yeargh.

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You don't feel American on 4th of July?!

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Ever heard the song"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas."? The only time it snowed on Christmas Day in my 19 years of life is when I lived in Arizona. I've lived in North Carolina most of my life and I never see snow on Christmas! What the hell? now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go glaze the ham.

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4. ALL meaning is arbitrary and relative. Life is ultimately meaningless.

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Merry christmas RPG Town :]

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Merry Christmas you lovies!~ (Wait it's 00:40 now. Oh well)

I am stuffed, watching Peep Show reruns and drinking brandy. Sorted.

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GrooveBean @ Dec 25 2007, 07:18 PM wrote:

You don't feel American on 4th of July?!

I don't feel American on the Fourth of July. Laugh

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That's right I don't. They set off plenty of fireworks in Mexico.

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On my island (in Canada) they set off many, many more fireworks for Independence Day than Canada Day (which is three days prior.) It's rather depressing.

(Note: Canadians don't celebrate Independence Day)


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Zatham @ Dec 28 2007, 04:39 AM wrote:

On my island (in Canada) they set off many, many more fireworks for Independence Day than Canada Day (which is three days prior.) It's rather depressing.

(Note: Canadians don't celebrate Independence Day)

So, how are you liking the Canadark? Y'know, our months and months of darkness. Anyways. Bah, Independence Day... Bah, Canada Day. Bah, Birth Day. Bah, bah.

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It's basically 30 Days of Night. I'm waiting for the vampires to come out.
(Honestly can't remember the last time I saw the sun)


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I wish I had Christmas.

How very un-Jewish of me!

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Yeah I guess Christmas is pretty sweet now that I think about it.

I enjoy coming to that conclusion shortly after the occasion passes for the year.


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Zatham @ Dec 28 2007, 07:18 AM wrote:

It's basically 30 Days of Night. I'm waiting for the vampires to come out.
(Honestly can't remember the last time I saw the sun)

Meh, it's not that dark. We have about 6 hours of daylight and you live in Southern Canada. But if it has been as cloudy as here, I know what you mean. Fortunately weather forecast says it will be clear and cold during New Year's Eve. But no snow if I remember correctly. Pretty boring.

By the way, strange somebody feels American during Christmas Eve. Of course you have more commercial crap but still. Giving presents is Scandinavian tradition (not Finnish), Christmas tree is from Germany, Christmas originated from Scandinavian and Celtic celebration Yule (Nor. Jule, Swe. Jul Fin. Joulu) which's name is still used in Northern Europe, elves are from Finland I think (except the British and American elves are different so it could be a mix of our elves and something else or completely your own invention) and Santa Claus's appearance is originated from Italian Saint Nicolaus, the only American thing in him is his clothes (and perhaps the sleigh pulled by reindeers).

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There's alot of Christian and Jewish Holiday people talk about, no Isamic, oh well.

It seems that the Holidays went past real fast, i guess

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