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This very well be the sappiest post I shall ever write….but it is once a year and I’m allowed. I like Christmas. I remember a few years ago having the thought that I wasn’t going to allow other people’s attitude affect mine anymore. Misery loves company and some people just love being miserable. Yes December is the busiest month at work, and it is for anyone that works. Be it the food and beverage industry, the travel industry, the retail industry or any other place where we make our living. So…we are making a living -does it mean that we have to have a horrible attitude. I remember about nine years ago I was at work and the very day that we started playing Christmas music one of my managers was instantly in a mood that she carried through the entire month ” I HATE Christmas music”. Well gee it started today…hmmm I kinda got tired of the redundant music that I heard in the last eleven months of the year so…. This is common in many places, and it is becoming a younger and younger crowd that carries the attitude. It is no longer ba humbug grinches that have just have an ornery attitude. It is people my age and younger. They are totally devoted to their negative attitude about life. Playing secret Santa? No, they wont play and will make you feel like a horrible person for playing and for the price minimum/maximum. Why do they care how much other friends are spending on each other if they aren’t playing? Watching Rudolph the Red nose reindeer because it is ancient and everyone has a childhood memory of seeing it? They will tell you you are too old to be watching. Quoting Charlie Brown …oh don’t even go there. Say Merry Christmas on Facebook…oh gosh here comes the rant about the commercialism of Christmas and a nice “F*#% Christmas” comment on your wall. If it isn’t Christmas they hate, it’s the cold weather, it’s the children and children being excited (because they hate children as well…or they hate the way people are raising their children to be conditioned to the commercialism of Christmas, they just have a say in everything which they have absolutely nothing to do with). They are miserable and immune to any life or happiness to be found anywhere and want you to be too, whether it is through a political theater about “dont say Christ” or it’s in their constant berating with the blanket statements of “everyone” and “everything”. They might talk about the commercialism and how Christmas means nothing to anyone because “Everyone” is about the money, but they also will hate that Salvation Army and United Way “begs” for money. So there really is no winning with these types of attitudes. Life is just a bit more nuanced than that in my interpretation.

If you hate that the United Way gives an option for you to donate out of your paycheck to their cause, then you must also hate that they shelter battered women and give classes to former addicts so they can get employment. If you hate that, then you probably hate the guy that volunteers to ring that bell outside Wal Mart every year because you know “he is begging” and then you must hate the Angel Tree where people essentially adopt a name of a child for Christmas. If you hate all that because of the advertisement and over commercialism of Christmas then you kind of are aiding in the commercialism that robs Christmas I think. Maybe it is not understood, unless you have been on the receiving end of some of those volunteer services, or of good hearted people who didn’t have to pay attention. I was one of those kids at several times, although I did not understand then, but because I was, I also have a different look at Christmas. Christmas was family. It was once a year watching old movies that never get old because they tell about the Spirit of Christmas. It was about Jesus and giving and miracles and life. Somehow we always had our needs met. So no matter what commercialism, or political wars, or trolls on social media or busyness  at work has to say about it, I still choose to be happy and to give what I can and where I can.  Even when there is so much end of year activity and I’m tired of seeing my co workers, and the four walls of my apartment. Even when I don’t get a chance to see some light displays. Even when I might not be able to do all I would like to for the people I love. It is once a year, and some try to even get on a kick about “I don’t celebrate Christmas because it should be every day that we give”…like trying to make me feel guilty…or something.

Hey giving people do give all year, and still love to give at Christmas.
I found a Salvation Army Angel Tree and got a seven year old boy child’s name off it. He wanted legos and that was my favorite at five…and probably seven…and maybe now since I had to refrain from playing with the 627 piece lego box I got for him. I mean it’s kind of like getting one thing for the one kid don’t have yet, but someone else does and they would like them kid to have a smile at Christmas. I put out my little Charlie Brown Christmas Tree and set out a few ornaments, and that is all my individual self in my studio can really keep up with, but I watched It’s A Wonderful Life while I did…because it is a great message that film. A very forward and simple message about the oppression of a negative rich banker man who wants to run the whole town and keep people indebted to him and in his slums-very negative guy making other negative people, except one little man who has big dreams and a bigger heart and moral compass…George kinda gets lost in his own negativity and loses sight of the people he has affected. Actually if you want to get on a kick about bankers and money that movie has a really deep message…

So at Christmas lets think about how we touch people negatively or positively throughout the year, and if you just hate Christmas…well you are spending a lot of energy in your misery and attempt to make others feel the same. So you might as well love it. Merry Christmas!