Is christmas that big of a deal?

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Mi11er, Dec 22, 2007.

  1. Mi11er

    Mi11er New Member

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    I have been looking around today tying up some loose ends and come across something dishearting. It seems that most places are announcing that they will be opened on christmas day, like it is a good thing. I just don't understand why employers cannot let people have one day off. Why do we need to have Mcdonals or go to a liquor store on Christmas day? It just dosen't seem like the holidays mean as much as they use to. I wish we could give people one day a year that they could just spend time with thier famliy and not have to worry about work. So what I am trying to say I guess is go get a Big Mac and a case of beer now and spend the day with your famliy on christmas day. Merry Christmas to you all.
     
  2. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    not to me..i would work monday if i could get parts. i haven't observed christmas in years....nothing against those that do. i do have a decent meal on christmas day tho:wink:

    to each his own:big_smile:
     

  3. PhillyCatcatcher4

    PhillyCatcatcher4 New Member

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    For me myself, I don't expect much. I try to make it a blast for my children & my wife though.:cool2:
     
  4. Wabash River Bear

    Wabash River Bear New Member

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    Jess, you are absolutey right. Its an upside down world we live in. We have commercialised a religious holiday to the point that it has lost nearly all of its original meaning. You know the meaning, and so do I. Thats makes two of us, theres alot more out there too. Its not gone, just overshadowed by the glam and glitz of the bright lights and glittery stuff. What can we do? Stop patronising the places who refuse to honor family and the birth of Christ. Get into their pockets where it hurts them most. These places are open due to their greed and the almighty dollar. It wont take long for them to realize that if the buck isnt there and they cant afford to be open on Christmas, then their employees can go home to their families.
    Yea I know I'm an idealistic dreamer. I still hold a lil hope for mankind. Crazy huh?
     
  5. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    Excellent post. Yes, Christmas is still a big deal to me, mainly because I get to see family that I don't see the rest of the year. Unfortunately, Christmas has become primarily a marketing tool for retailers to make money. In my family we have a $10 limit and we can only buy gifts secondhand (yard sales, Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc.).
     
  6. catfish kenny

    catfish kenny New Member

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    If I go now I am gonna need a couple cases:wink:MERRY CHRISTMAS!
     
  7. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    To me Christmas is the birth of Christ...But I do like to see the little kids with there presents christmas morning..It's all about Christ and kids to me.
     
  8. TNVOLCAT

    TNVOLCAT New Member

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    Couldn't have said it any better than this!
     
  9. punkin570

    punkin570 New Member

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    I agree with you on the part of retail stores and chain style restaurants, but on the flip side, consider medical facilities with the sick and injured. What if there were no doctors or aides or assistants to care for the sick, eldery, disabled, injured, or needy. How about those fuel stations that are open 24/7 when you are on the road to grandma's and something overheats or runs flat. Some things are just necessary. In an idealistic world a complete shutdown on a main holiday is a nice thought, but when has our world been idealistic? By the way, need I say, my mother has to work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the hospital helping to make sure the sick are fed. We will celebrate with an extremely late sandwich style supper so she can be part of it too. I will celebrate the birth of Christ, if nothing else, in my own heart as I hope everyone else does whether they can gather with their loved ones or not. Merry Christmas to everyone, may you all be blessed.
     
  10. Ol Man

    Ol Man New Member

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    Employees may not have a choice, but ol' John Q. Public does. I don't see Mickey D's running through neighborhoods yankin' people out of there living rooms...
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    When in doubt. . . mumble.
     
  11. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    I celebrate Christmas always have and always will. I love the lights, glitz and presents. I Celebrate the true meaning of Christs birth, even if it is on the wrong day. In my heart I have room for everything that is associated with it. Rudolf and Santa, bells, holly, dinner, family, friends, good cheer and that happy warm feeling that comes with joy and peace on earth. I shed a tear when I hear traditional Christian hymns and tap my foot to jingle bells. I like giving presents more than getting them, but would feel pretty left out if I didn't get any. The older I get the more I try to keep the spirit of Christmas all year long. Every one says we should, but I think few do. As far as stores being open, well, we live in America, and believe it or not, all Americans are not Christians. As much as I dislike people that force their beliefs or non beliefs on us like taking prayer out of schools and now government meetings I wont let myself be like them. Man if they want to keep a store open more power to them. I really don't think that we are in danger of loosing something that is in our hearts and minds. Even if you are working, it is still Christmas. Oh' and one other thing, while I was growing up there were no stores at all open on a Sunday. I don't think that it has damaged any one that stops at a restaurant or grocery store on their way back home from church.:big_smile::wink:
     
  12. ldkitch

    ldkitch New Member

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    I lost my Christmas sprit when my Mom died 10 years ago, but 3 years ago, I had a little boy, and now, more than ever ,I have that spirit back. He is learning about baby Jesus and of coarse Santa, I cant wait to see him light up when he opens his gifts this year!!!:big_smile_2:
     
  13. KATMANDETTE

    KATMANDETTE New Member

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    I'm afraid that pretty soon, Santa Claus will be bringing in the Halloween pumpkins!

    Just today I started to get some Christmas spirit. Right on time. Not the 5-8 weeks before. SHOPPING time.

    Christmas celebrates the birthday of Christ. I figure I don't celebrate MY birthday 5-8 weeks ahead of time either. He wouldn't want to either.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    Mik