Quit Yer Bitchin’!

Christmas is so commercialized.  People are taking Jesus out of the season and ruining the holiday.  I don’t celebrate because I’m not religious.  I don’t have money to waste on some stupid tradition.  There is too much traffic.  The holidays are too stressful.


YOU are the ones ruining Christmas!  You’re being an asshole to everyone of us who just wants to have a little fun.

Have you seen the original Miracle on 34th Street?  A major theme of the movie is the over-commercialization of Christmas.  Back then!  That non-commercialized Christmas of your past you so long for?  It didn’t exist!

Now let’s talk about your religious objections.  People celebrated this time of year before Christianity, & Christians celebrate too.  Nobody stole anything, & you don’t have to believe anything to celebrate.  Were traditions incorporated?  Absolutely.  Does it matter?  Hell no.

And all those stresses?  Lighten up.  Unless you have kids, you can opt out of the gift giving and still celebrate.  It’s easy.  You don’t like the parties?  Don’t go.  Please, don’t go & complain & ruin it for everyone.  Don’t like the family gatherings?  Well, unless you don’t like your family, suck it up.  It may be the last time you see some of them.  Which brings me to the major point of writing this…

I almost died recently.  Many times.  I am still struggling with trying to live something close to an active life.  This is the first Christmas in years I am somewhat lucid.  So quit bitching.  I want to enjoy this season.  I want to enjoy this life.  I understand the reason we all should celebrate this time of year.  For those of you who don’t, I’ll explain for you.  We celebrate (regardless of your beliefs on religion), & have celebrated this time of year for a very long time, because we are alive.  Years ago, we knew that a lot of us might not make it to Spring.  When plants withered and died, & it was dark & cold, there was a very real possibility that starvation or exposure would kill the people you loved (or you).  So people celebrated like there was no tomorrow (because for some, there wasn’t many).  But now, with central heating, air conditioning, international transportation of goods, etc… we forget how fragile life is.  We get wrapped up in the day to day.

Life is still fragile!  Winter is still deadly.  So quit worrying about stores wanting to make money.  They’re businesses, of course they will commercialize whatever they can.  You don’t have to play along.  If you don’t like it, don’t shop on Thanksgiving & freak out over Black Friday sales.  Quit worrying about who believes what.   Nobody has or deserves the exclusive rights to celebrate this time of year.  Nobody’s celebration has to step on yours.  So shut the fuck up and celebrate.  Live your life before you die of heart disease, or cancer, or in a car accident on the way to lock yourself in your house to avoid the celebrations everyone else is trying to participate in.

If you don’t want to experience the warmth of the season, if you don’t want to celebrate, quit bitching & let the rest of us do it.