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By jayhawk88 (Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 03:50:27 AM EST) (all tags)
Cell phone went off in a meeting today. It was the sound of a WoW Murloc. I laughed my ass off, as did everyone else, but no one else understood why it was really funny.

Christmas. We have officially gone off the deep end in this country when it comes to Christmas. One of the local radio stations is now playing 24/7 Christmas music. They started this on November 14. More than a month out, two weeks before Thanksgiving, and an adult contemporary (don't judge me, radio in Wichita sucks) radio station is playing White Christmas. Christmas decorations started showing up in stores before Halloween.

Yet you turn around, and people are telling you how evil this country is for marginalizing Christmas. I can't find the link anymore, but some outfit called Focus on the Family released a listing of stores that are "Christmas Friendly", those that don't mention Christmas, and those that mention Christmas, but apparently not enough. There were a whole 5 stores that are apparently going with Happy Holidays this year. How will we survive as a country?

Actually it's the middle listing that most fascinated me. IIRC they referred to them as "Christmas negligent - Marginalized use of the word Christmas" or something like that. I can't help wondering what the criteria is for making the "Negligent" list. Do they send secret shoppers into stores across the country? Do they just look at the ads in papers leading up to Black Friday? Is there a set of rules for how many times a store can use the phrase "Happy Holidays" before they are officially "Negligent"? Do they get docked points if they advertise for Hanukkah or Kwanza?

It's strange. If you were to ask this Focus on the Family, I'm sure they would tell you that it's wrong that Christmas has become so commercialized, how people need to do better at remembering Jesus as the focus of the holiday. Yet they go out of their way, and presumably spend a not insignificant amount of time, effort, and money to bring to light when said Crass Commercial Retailers date to recognize other holidays around this same time period.

Every year Christmas has meant less to me. Probably this will change now that I have two little ones, if not this year then next, when they're old enough to begin grasping the concept. But still - and I know this isn't exactly a unique sentiment - can we as a country just take a step back and lower it a few pegs on the importance scale? It's damn near a 2 month holiday at this point.

Speaking of the girls, I'm going to be taking care of them for most of the month of December. Jenn is headed back to work the second week of December, and I'm taking 3 weeks leave to stay at home with them. I feel kind of guilty taking that much time, but I was already planning on taking the week of  Christmas off anyway, and work didn't have a problem with it, so there you go. Watching how Jenn's days go right now, I must admit I'm a little nervous. Girls still obviously don't sleep through the night, and are usually fussy enough that she can't get any sleep between the hours of 11pm and 5am. Every once in a while she can catch an hour or so around 3am, but it's rare. Usually I can give her an hour in the mornings before work, and her mom will come over and let her get a nap in the afternoon, and often she gets more sleep in the early evening when I'm home. When you have two, if it's not one that decides to be fussy, it's the other. Still, it'll be nice to have so much time with them, I'm excited.

We're headed up to Canton tomorrow for Thanksgiving, quite a bit of my dad's side will be there. I'm sure the girls will be a huge hit. We had them up at Brookville in Abaline last weekend, to eat chicken for Mom and Dad's anniversary with some of mom's side. Little girls seem to have an uncanny knack for getting hungry/fussy right as you're about ready to eat, and this time was no exception. They were in car seats happy as could be, and almost the minute the chicken and mashed potatos came out, away they go. Jenn and I ended up feeding them while everyone else ate.

Little else has been going on besides taking care of the girls. I got copies of the new WoW expansion for me and Jenn, and while I've installed it, I haven't played it for more than probably an hour total. Haven't even got it installed on Jenn's computer yet. Picked up Iron Man, Hellboy 2, and the new Futurama movie as well, which sit unwatched. On the plus side, I figured out that Boomerang and Toon Disney replay old Justice League Unlimited/Superman cartoons at night, which I've been DVRing and watching whenever I'm feeding/rocking a little one. Also episodes of The Universe, Cowboy Bebop, Harvey Birdman, and a bunch of other stuff I went through and put on season pass. There's only so many times  you can watch the same Sportscenter at 5am after all.
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The local BJ's wholesaler by miker2 (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 04:42:25 AM EST
had XMas stuff out in September.  Started out with just half an aisle, now the whole store is xmas'd out.

The "real" meaning of Christmas by Phil the Canuck (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 05:31:47 AM EST
Someone should point out to the Jesus nutters that the real meaning of Christmas has nothing to do with retail shopping, and thus they shouldn't care if Walmart chooses to wish people happy holidays.

I'd say the 'real' meaning changes all the time by Clipper Ship (1.00 / 1) #3 Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 06:22:47 AM EST
just like words do. Shopping is as much a part of the experience as church and an orange was for kids in the 19th century. Nothing wrong with a changing world.


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Hmmm by Phil the Canuck (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 06:27:54 AM EST
Personally, I don't give a rat's ass about the original Christian meaning of Christmas.  I'm a consumer whore.  I just think that maybe the Jesus freaks should, if they want to get all uppity and start preaching at organizations completely unrelated to religion.

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Me too. However, I think the strange thing by Clipper Ship (1.00 / 1) #6 Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 08:56:05 AM EST
is how very recent their version of the 'real' Christmas is. Probably doesn't date to even before 1890, in whatever strange austere notion of Christmas it is they support.


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Focus on the Family by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 07:38:16 AM EST
are nutcases. The SPLC has a whole case file on them.

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Christmas by duxup (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 08:32:12 AM EST
Mrs. duxup is working for a bit at a retail shop.  She always gets You should have more...X stuff for various holidays and such suggestions.  I always tell her to respond to each person I agree, if it were up to me we would. 

Anyway I always interpret some of the moaning about how stores not presenting the same Christmas message as Boy I miss the days when my beliefs were the majority and we didn't have to listen or think about people who might think differently than we do.

Yeah pretty much by jayhawk88 (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 04:42:46 PM EST
It's just funny, it's not like Christianity/Christmas is in a minority in this country. I mean, what has to be the rough estimate of people celebrating Christmas: 85%? 90? Maybe my view is skewed by my whitebread surroundings but the whole idea that there is a "War on Christmas" is just ridiculous.

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