It’s kinda like not doing windows, you know? Or choosing NOT to do what all of your friends are doing. As father liked to say, “Just because everyone else jumps off of a bridge, doesn’t mean YOU have to!”
He’s right, you know. Just because everyone around you is choosing to do the Christmas thing does NOT mean that you have to as well!
Of course, here comes the same question I hear from pretty much everyone in America: Why don’t you do Christmas?
I could cop out and give a religious spiel about how Jesus wasn’t born in December because December was the rainy season back then, but honestly that’s not why I don’t celebrate. I could tell you about the feast of Tammuz where trees were decorated, eggs were colored and cakes were baked, but that’s not the reason either.
So close your Bibles, guys – this isn’t a religious discussion.
When I was a kid my parents did the Santa thing. Of course, I never got anything on my list and eventually discovered that Santa Claus was nothing more than a big fat hairy lie designed to give kids something stupid to believe in. Why not give kids something more important to believe in than a fat man in a red suit – like the truth?
When I got older Father sat me down and verified that I knew there was no such thing as Santa Claus. He verified that it was a waste of money and time to buy and put up these stupid decorations that no one really cared about just to put them away after a few short days of running up your electric bill. Then he proceeded to gather up all of the Christmas decorations and have a happy bonfire in the middle of our front yard. Don’t think I remember Dad being happier, honestly!
Many years have lapsed since then, and frankly I like Christmas even less now than I did back then.
What do you see now during Christmas shopping season? Stores that earn up to 25% of their annual income from the few days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, promoting all of these gadgets and gizmos to high heaven! Songs about peace and love and snowy journeys clogging up the airwaves, while television trots out the same canned specials year after endless stupid year.
You see parents maxing out their credit cards to get kids this gizmo or that gadget – shopping carts filled with toys and big screen televisions and not a single thought about how they are actually going to pay for all that stupid junk!
People working extra hours, kids left with babysitters longer just so their parents can buy more junk that no one really wants!
Really – have you ever seen the return department the day after Christmas? No one wants that crap! Instead they exchange it for something they really like or cash it in to pay off some of the bills they racked up buying their share of useless garbage.
What the Heck is the point?
Don’t tell me it’s for the kids, cause most kids stop playing with their Christmas gifts before New Year’s – then all that junk ends up in the trash or next year’s yard sale.
Don’t tell me it is for enjoyment, cause everyone I ever encounter in a store during the holiday season is miserable and stressed!
Don’t tell me it’s for Jesus, cause that’s just the stupidest reason I’ve ever heard of! I don’t see Jesus playing a Wii!
As a result of much thought, I just decided to NOT do Christmas. Instead, we kick back and watch everyone else run themselves ragged going broke buying junk, after which we clean up on clearance candies and watch Forrest Gump!
Everyone has their own drummer. This is mine.