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Saturday: Merry Damn Christmas, MYIQ2XU!

Hey, you fricking Scrooge (;-)), let me tell you a thing or two.  SOME of us grew up with Jehovah’s Witnesses as parents.  We never had a Christmas Tree, presents, weren’t allowed to sing Christmas Carols and were sent to the *library* back in the day when schools used to have Christmas parties in class.  Then, when we got back from break, we had to listen to all the kids at the lunch table tell us what they got.  If that weren’t bad enough, Christmas was the only time we went to see our cousins and grandaparents, who were *normal* people with all of the trimmings.  My cousins would frolic with their toys and presents while my sister and I would sit miserably in the corner like a couple of the Cratchitt kids.  We weren’t allowed to participate.  But we were forced to watch.

Then I grew up and decided the hell with the damn JWs and their irrational fear of pagan solstice rituals .  I would celebrate.  That’s when people started to tell me that “Christmas is for children”.  Well, thanks a lot, all you grown ups who had your fun and were now over it.  Every year, I go out of my way to spoil my kids and I have learned to never expect anyone to know what I want for Christmas because I never get it. Lots of money out because as an adult, it is expected of me.  The giving is fun and satisfying but it will never take the place of all those Christmases I missed.  Even if my parents had splurged a little bit on one fricking present or put up even a cheap aluminum tree, it would have been better than nothing.

No, no, I’m not bitter.  I am PO’d to the max.  I have people on this blog who are actually complaining that once again they are forced to endure carols and decorations and demands on their time.   Shove it, guys. I apologize to all of the Jewish readers, Muslim readers, Kwanzaa readers, Wiccan readers in advance.  You may have to endure the season and you have good reason to resent all of the forced merriment and consumerism.  But for the rest of you lucky people who were at least able to participate in what might have been even a modest way, Zip it, Zip it good.

And now, a Christmas Carol:

For those of you who want to prevent another holiday casualty like myself, consider giving to the Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army comes to my workplace every year and puts up gift tags for children whose parents can’t afford or are too incapacitated to give them presents.  I take one every year and think of spreading that little bit of joy as preventative medicine.

Now, be good.  I’ll be watching.