Saturday, December 22, 2012

Slate wonders what a Ken Burns Christmas documentary might look like...

A thoughtful piece from the New York Times

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Guardian Chimes In

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Heart Warming Story To Kick Off I Hate Christmas 2011

Saturday, January 6, 2007

A Nice Way to Finish Off This Year's "I Hate Christmas Blog"

Check this out from The Onion

Friday, December 15, 2006

Looks Like Russ Berry Will Not Be Buying The Twisted Sister Christmas Album

I have to admit that I find it increasingly hard to listen to any christmas songs on the radio. In years past I would patiently listen and try to conjure up images of christmas mornings and such but now I can't turn to the next station fast enough. And why is it that everyone and thier dog thinks they should produce a christmas album that invariably features the same songs that have been covered by other artists since producers first discovered that there was money to be made from this insanity? Thank god for the scan feature on my radio...Russ Berry

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Nora Landry Brings Us a Message From the Original "I Hate Christmas" Guy

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?" Theodor Seuss Geisel

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Dave Russell's Point of View

What do I hate about Christmas? People who whine about Christmas.
But seriously folks, I have to agree with Scott, the stress, the commercialization, the insincerity, the slaughtered goats, they all combine to turn what should be a happy holiday with a family focus, a message of forgiveness and a feeling magic, into something that generally leaves us feeling overwhelmed and somehow decidedly unhappy.
But while it's apparantly healthy to vent, is it going to change anything? I know it hasn't worked for cafeteria food or the weather.

Here's my top 5 ways to combat the Christmas Dissatisfaction

1) Starting in November if you enter a store that isn't playing Christmas music, ask for the manager, and thank them.

2) Cut back on the land-fill, (aka Gifts). I have an Aunt and Uncle who donate goats to families in Kenya in lieu of traditional christmas gifts. Perhaps buying one gift per family. Or donating to a charity.

3) Go to church Christmas eve. It's good to be around people who haven't forgotten that there is a Christ in Christmas. There are a lot of good messages in the (original) Christmas story.

4) Watch a christmas movie with your kids. Not a slick digitally animated dolby coloured HD movie in 3 or 4 D. But a 'classic' like miracle on 34th street or white christmas or it's a wonderful life. You don't have to worry about swearing or sex or violence, and if your sitting watching it with them, they will probably be OK with the black and white, no special effects thing (Unless you classify Clarence the angel as a special effect)

5) Find a Salvation Army Band christmas concert, preferably outdoors. Take a thermos of hot chocolate. Sing along.

6) Stay away from stores, don't watch TV, and turn off the radio

I get really frustrated at the whole Christmas season, and perhaps paradoxically also get frustrated when it is co-opted for political correctness. I don't consider myself religious, but I do empathise with many core values that underly Christianity, and most of those are embodied, or should be, in Christmas. Perhaps one of the reasons so many of us are getting dissatisfied is that it is increasingly less about christmas and more about 'season' and 'holiday'.

Sunday, December 3, 2006

How To Make Butchering a Goat in Kenya Look Good...and Other Christmas Stories

Sunday, November 26, 2006

I Hate Christmas - Getting Started

If asked, I would never say that "I hate Christmas"...until, one early November morning, walking the dog, enjoying balmy weather, I stop for a coffee and overhear Christmas music, notice Christmas decorations and am handed my coffee in a red and green cup. What's happenning?

My palms are sweaty, I am suddenly feeling behind, inadequate and late when I realize that yes, this is my Christmas feeling. It's here again!

I am not overcome by romantic notions of chestnuts roasting nor the happy faces of children who really do believe in the magic of Santa...but rather by a loathing towards a season that is too long, too false, too commercialized and just simply too much for me. So yes, I guess I do hate goddamn Christmas! ... or at least some things about Christmas

So if there is something that you hate about Christmas and have always wanted to share your feelings - here's your chance.