Well, tis the stinking season! I know I don't celebrate Christmas for religious reasons, but I'm telling you, I honestly believe that if the holiday were central to my religious beliefs there are some things about it that I would still just LOATHE.
Item 1: Those dadblasted Salvation Army bell ringers.
For goodness sake, they are EVERYWHERE!!! Now say, hypothetically, that one WAS a celebrator of the Christmas holiday, and one had to go out Christmas shopping. One would never, I'm assuming, find all the presents in one place, so one would have to travel from store to store, and at all of said stores, would be accosted by the bell ringers. Flailing about with their obnoxious bells, screaming their little greetings of things like the one I heard today at Walmart, which was "Merrr Christmas!" (there was no y on the end of merry!) So what's the etiquette rule on stuff like that? If you give to the one in front of the door at Walmart, do you have to give to the one at the door at Kmart? And what about Target? Since I myself do not celebrate the holiday and do not wish to give to their cause, I find myself avoiding eye contact and trying to dodge in and out of stores unnoticed. But I imagine that even those who do celebrate the holiday and wish to give SOMETIMES still do not want to be accosted with the bells and screamed greetings ALL THE TIME.
Item 2: The "Christmas Spirit." Now I'm no expert, obviously, but from what I can tell, the "Christmas spirit" entails fighting over socks in department stores, or fighting over parking spaces in malls, and stealing whenever anyone isn't watching their purse carefully enough. I personally do not care for what I have seen of the Christmas spirit. In fact, I can never wait for the holidays to be over so that people's "spirit" can get a little calmer and go back to normal.
Item 3: The worms that crawl into ones brain and lay eggs there which turn into larvae which thereafter turn into more worms that never, ever get out of your brain that are also known as Christmas Carols.
Why, WHY are these particular songs so catchy??? I have never celebrated the holiday in my entire life. How I know the words to all these songs is completely beyond me. But I can be in a store and hear a little snippet of one, and I swear to you, it will be days, DAYS I TELL YOU, before I can get it out of my head. In my Jr. High French class, the teacher taught the other kids one French Christmas carol. I learned it by osmosis, just sitting there in the room, doing other work while they learned it. In fact, to my recollection, I was one of the FIRST kids to learn all the words. The kids who actually practiced the song and celebrated the holiday had a much harder time with it than I did. Well, the music to that particular song is now featured, without lyrics, in a commercial for Biltmore Estate. This class I took was um, about 25 years ago. I never sang the durn song. And yet, after that commercial runs, I sit around for hours with the words running through my head "Ah flambeau Jeanette Isabella....le Christ et nee, Mary appelle...Ah, ah, que le mere et belle! Ah, ah, ah que l'enfant et beau!" IN FRENCH!!!! Even the stupid carol in a language I DO NOT REALLY KNOW will not get out of my head! AAAARRRRGH!!!!
Ok, well, I'm done venting now. I'm gonna go off to bed now and try to not hear the Salvation Army bells and the Christmas Carols in my head.