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Chronic Christmas Syndrome, Seasonal Madness

Do you suffer from CCS? Chronic Christmas Syndrome?

 

There is a sickness here growing across the western hemisphere, an obsession with Christmas music which causes those afflicted to play it for three or more months in a year, eradicating the value of all other holidays and contributing to holiday decorations remaining stapled to the house months after the holiday season ends. These folks don’t suffer from winter/holiday depression. They THRIVE upon the “spirit” of Christmas and shove it down everyone else’s throats like retail store chains, turning the season of giving into the season of impulse shopping, road rage and trampling your fellow human being to get the not-so-big bargain of the week. All for the glory of the economy and those guys and gals who applaud opening the stock market every day for whatever reason.

 

If you live somewhere tropical, it could drive you mad with envy of those who have snow. If you live somewhere snowy during winter…and you’re really sick of looking at all the “dead” sleeping trees and traversing the ice and snow which can be genuine hazards yearly…not to mention the freezing cold which is rather unpleasant and can be as harmful to the body/skin as summer heat…you don’t need to hear sleigh bells for more than a month. Especially if you’ve ever spent a significant amount of time in a shopping mall or retail store.

 

In short, where is the autumn appreciation? This is like using sunglasses to stir soup or sticking freshly grown flowers in the freezer. Don’t ask me how I came up with those two. But, those of you with CCS are killing Autumn George by playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving is said and done. If Christmas George and Autumn George meet, the universe will surely collapse.

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25 Responses to “Chronic Christmas Syndrome, Seasonal Madness”


  1. October 7, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Definitely. Sorry Christians, no offence but I dread Christmas. You are supposed to be jolly; a time of celebration with your friends and of family reunions but it reminds me of the family I lost, of rejection, of being dumped and I don’t feel jolly at all. And I’ll be in HK 6,000 miles away and I’ll be celebrating on my own yet again.

    • October 8, 2013 at 2:19 am

      Then you are looking at it the depressed way. You suffer holiday depression. I know the feeling.

      For me, Christmas is a mixed bag. Some complain it’s too commercial. I don’t think it has changed since they made Kris Kringle Santa Claus on Coca-Cola bottles. I grew up being a toy and toon addict. I then veered into video games. I never understood what my family did when they got together or why clothes were good gift ideas…until I grew up. I still don’t like how us kids were just trophies being tolerated among the chatting adults having drinks by the fire…but now I understand the value of clothes and time spent with family/loved ones.

      My idea of Christmas is to enjoy the company of those you love most (and those you don’t get to see often) and make some of the simplest things special. Simple snack bags dressed up. Lovers wrapping each other in paper and bows:P…very Christmas sexy/romantic…candlelit nights…chestnuts by the fire…hot cocoa…playing in the snow (or autumn leaves…or beach sand)…party games like Charades, Pictionary and Musical Chairs…just embracing joy anyway you can. For many, that’s playing music. And, while I like a number of holiday songs, I just don’t want to hear them EVERY day or all day. If all you have or see are those you lost, then celebrate them. Celebrate any good memories you had. Or, try not to dwell on the sad, horrible times. At the very least, be safe and be jolly. And, if you can, give joy to others. Joy to the world…not just your living space.

      I hope you’re not alone this year. But, if you are, be your own party.

      • October 8, 2013 at 6:27 am

        thanks kinda hard being your own party but I’ll try and enter into the spirit of things

      • October 8, 2013 at 6:32 am

        Decorating helps. I bet getting in touch with the kid in you by making construction paper decorations with simple white glue would be a good start, too.

      • October 8, 2013 at 7:47 am

        Cheers for the tip and maybe a paper hat and crackers but hang on how do I pull a cracker myself??

        What I hate most is spending New Year’s Eve on my own, with no one to wish happy new year when the clock counts down or knock my glass of champagne against. I’m dreading spending my birthday alone too but don’t worry, I’ll survive, I always do.

      • October 9, 2013 at 2:05 am

        Crackers are a British thing…you’ve never pulled your own cracker/magnesium popper? I have only pulled two in my lifetime so far, and both went miserably:P Nice idea…not so great a product.

        I thought of you today. I recalled how I want to celebrate Asian holidays as well as Western ones. Every year since I looked into Chinese astrology, I’ve wanted to celebrate Chinese New Year and the Harvest Moon festival (for it’s ties to my own Chinese astrology sign). But, I had no one to celebrate those days with. Nor was it easy for me to find moon cakes or other cultural treats. So, even though the days are not commonly celebrated in my area, I still get a bit depressed/discouraged because I miss out on the cultural fun. But, in past years, I was fortunate enough to meet a Chinese and an Indonesian woman who were able to “hook me up” with some cultural items. And, when I lost touch with them, I went to a local discount store to get a paper lantern and some snacks I picked that were locally available. I had my own celebration of one. And, it was a bit depressing…but I celebrated it. I wrote about the princess and the rabbit and his elixir of eternal youth and being chased to the moon.

        New Year’s has been a depressing time for me for as long as I can remember. Envious of all those who got to kiss someone at midnight in the big square…same with Christmas and mistletoe. But, I guess eventually you just accept what’s not happening and do what you can to make it happen your way. If I can’t get a moon cake, maybe I can make a cake shaped like a moon myself.

        You make me want to cry:( We’re both forced to be survivors.

        Screw champagne. That’s a social party drink. Have a milkshake or martini. Something that’s truly you.

      • October 9, 2013 at 3:23 am

        Well I am British and no you can’t pull a cracker on your own, the whole point is to do it with someone else and pretend to be overjoyed at the plastic car that falls out and to laugh uncontrollably at the crap joke.

        Cool that you like to celebrate other festivals. What about Hindu ones, Festival of the Light, that sounds rather fun and aesthetic?

        Chinese also have a Dragon Festival celebrated in the Chinese month of May, where you have a dragon boat race and eat special rice and pork wrapped in lotus leaves or sometimes with peanuts and sugar. Maybe you could join in the spirit of things by rowing in a lake.

        Google it; there is some historical story behind it and one behind Mid-Autumn too. A romantic one along the lines of a weaver girl and a cowherd, they fell in love, as you do but then did something to anger the gods, can’t remember what and they were banished to opposite sides of the heavens and only allowed to meet once a year and that is during the full moon during Mid-Autumn.

        Chinese supermarkets are where you will find moon cakes, paper lanterns, all things Asian. None within reasonable car distance??

      • October 9, 2013 at 3:54 am

        I’ve never heard or seen such a thing. I even saw crackers first on Mr Bean, and they pulled them alone. He duped a gal with glasses to pull hers after sticking 5 sticks of magnesium in one, and it blew up in her face…or was it his face? I forget.

        Again, the cracker is a nice idea…but the result lacks something. I think they’d be great fun for kids, though. Adults need a lil something extra:) Maybe a mini bottle of vodka or kinky underwear:P hehe We can make our own crackers.

        I am not familiar with Hindu festivals nor have I been too close with any Hindu person. I guess I adopted those holidays for places I wanted to visit or people I grew to like. And, yet, I cannot see myself doing any of the other religion’s fasting festivals like Ramadan…combining Christian Easter with Christmas…it makes me hungry just thinking about it!:P I have a high metabolism. And, fasting is not easy or probably safe for me.

        If I celebrated everyone’s every festival, I’d surely go mental or broke or both. There are just too many. And, eventually, I’d get my windsocks with my flags and my incense sticks confused.

        I like the idea of Spain’s Christmas/New Year festival of light…the Dia de los Reys, a special Christmas day for the three Magi/kings, meeting at the gate of the sun in Madrid at daybreak.

        I’d like to partake in that festival of lights where the Asian folks send those paper lanterns to spirits that have passed from this world. That looks awesome to experience.

        I am not much of a rower:P And, I don’t want to just get in some common row boat alone and tell people I am celebrating Chinese row row your boat day by myself. If I was more of a boat guy, maybe.

        Are you talking about the milking lad and the farmer’s daughter who were separated by the Milky Way because the daughter disobeyed her father by going to see the boy. It’s a form of Romeo and Juliet. The girl disobeyed and was kept from her love…but they were both placed in the heavens on either side of the Milky Way/Northern Lights. Yea, that must be it. I think it’s related to Cassiopeia (the girl) and Zeus (the father). It might also be linked to Persephone leaving for the underworld before winter, separated from her mother and the surface world.

        Yea, and there aren’t many Asian markets in the area. I think there are only 3 Chinese and 1 Indian…and they require a bit of a drive/search to find…almost like those shady shops you see in movies at the end of a foggy street in a creepy town. They sell you a magic box that is a blessing and a curse.

  2. October 9, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Your reply had me rolling on the floor you should do stand up comic. Fly over to London before 21st and I’ll take you to have freshly made pizza which is to die for!!!

    Yes it is that story but the Chinese version she is definitely not the farmer’s daughter but a weaver but he’s still the cowherd. I’m impressed by your encyclopediac knowledge of myths, yeah Romeo and Juliet tale.

    So no rowing boats for you huh? How about punting at Cambridge or singing in a gondola in Venice?

    Kinky underwear falling out of the cracker would work for me! And don’t believe everything you see from Mr. Bean. I love that one where he gets dressed and brushes his teeth while driving his tiny car or the one where he tries to get into his swimming trunks and taking off his trousers on the beach. Hilarious.

    You ever seen John Cleese’s Fawlty Towers? Classic.

    • October 9, 2013 at 5:40 am

      You offered pizza once before…and then we had a lil falling out over beliefs.

      I don’t see myself making it to London before Oct. 21, whatever that entails. If I could just book a trip to London right now, I could just as well go to Chiang Mai or Hong Kong.

      Hmm…a weaver…I wonder if she could be Arachne or a Jorogumo.

      Punting? Nah. Though, I do occasionally get a good kick or pass in football. Gondola singing? I could do that:)

      I am not sure I recall the beach one…but I did see him lose his trunks at the public pool with the kid/s nearby. Yes, I have seen the getting himself together all within his car bit.

      I like the Christmas one best, I think. Bouncing the ornaments to test their quality:P I also loved his holiday/road trip movie with that lovely French actress and the odd little boy who loses his father on the train. It reminded me a bit of “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”.

      Nope. I am not as much of a John Cleese fan. But, I have seen a number of Brit. comedies including Rowan’s cop series, Red Dwarf (which is my favorite), As Time Goes By (‘love the brunette daughter in that one) and Are You Being Served?

  3. October 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    If you are a Rowan Atkinson fan then you must watch the Blackadder series. Yes I saw that movie with him in France too kinda funny and heart warming. How about Peter Sellers and Pink Panther or the Carry On films, those are classic British slackstick humour, a kind of laughing at oneself. I love British humour.

    My newest favourite comic is an Aussie who lives in London, Tim Minchin.

    I’m glad we’ve started talking again, life is too short to fall out and we are two individuals so we are never going to agree on everything. But that shouldn’t be an obstacle to us being friends and communicating and sharing ideas and thoughts.

    I enjoy talking to you, you are obviously a very intelligent and imaginative person with original ideas.

    • October 9, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      The thing about Rowan is that I tolerate/enjoy him in doses:P…and for whatever reason, he seemed least likable in Black Adder. I noticed a possible dark/vain side to him in the extras on the “Holiday” movie DVD.

      If you’ve seen the DVD I love the French actress’ deleted scenes and wonder why they cut them:P

      Nah, I grew up with a brother who was a Pink Panther fan…but I get less enjoyment out of those films now as an adult than I thought I was getting (but only copying him) as a kid. I do like the one with the crazy guy in the castle getting reduced to an eye in the end.

      Carry On?

      I have a limit to Brit. humor. Some of the serial comedies are too heavy on accents and lingo that I get a headache or fall asleep. As Time Goes By comes close, but I usually just focus on the body language and scenery:)

      ‘Never heard of Minchin.

      Yea, well, I am taking this step by step. Our fall out made me rethink my participation online, again. So, I am treading more slowly and cautiously this round.

      I don’t care to think about life being short. I think my perspective of it differs greatly when I see people living two lifetimes in the time I have done so little.

      I am glad you enjoy me:P

    • October 14, 2013 at 3:49 am

      Ironically, after you mentioned the Pink Panther movies–and I said I didn’t enjoy them as much–I watched 3 of them in a row the next day:P And, I actually laughed at a few parts I had forgotten.

  4. October 17, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I agree! I really love Autumn and Spring, I think those two seasons are definitely underrated. Every change in the weather is exciting, sunshine and brief showers are a pleasant surprise. But I have to admit, I do love Christmas (and the sunny weather we have). I’m not a fan of the excessive shopping/celebrating, but I love spending time with family.

    • October 18, 2013 at 3:03 am

      You have sunny/warm Christmases? I’ve been longing to experience at least one of those. I may be repeating myself, but I am not too fond of snow and ice…nor freezing temperatures or trees that look dead.

  5. October 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Reblogged this on Capricious Nights and commented:
    I agree with this post wholeheartedly. It drives me mad when everything Christmas begins before Thanksgiving is even over. People complain about time moving too fast or how much they’re unable to enjoy certain things in life…this would be one of the reasons why. The general public goes completely mad every fall/winter by shoving Christmas in your face like there’s no other holiday. Other religious holidays are tossed in the background mainly “out of respect”, which is just repulsive. I’m not a religious person at all, though I was raised Christian. Even so, I still dislike Christmas (and Easter, but that’s another story). I guess I look at it in the “depressed” way, because this holiday – as “bright” and “happy” as it’s supposed to be – affects me differently. I’m not excited to see family, I dread it. I don’t care for presents because I’m rarely ever not broke; so I feel nothing but guilt when someone gives me something and I can’t return the favor. I don’t care for Christmas lights or decorations; they just make me think of all the hard work it’ll take to bring it all down.
    I think I stopped caring for Christmas when I was about twelve. I didn’t care to wake up early, didn’t care much about the presents I received and I’d always go right to be afterwards. I’d try to be happy for the younger siblings, but really the holiday just drags me down. Watching so many other people leap around in happiness makes me want to retch at times. Maybe I’m too pessimistic for my own good, but oh well. At least I’m not alone.

    • October 21, 2013 at 8:05 am

      Your wholehearted agreement comes at the price of your faith which seems lacking. You had a bad experience growing up. Your family wasn’t the richest. You didn’t appreciate the presents the way you aspired or imagined from watching the reactions of others. Your childhood was soured by this. And, consequentially, you–like so many–gave up your faith in the process of giving up the holidays that upset you. It’s a Christian holiday; it doesn’t make you happy; so why be Christian/Catholic? Is that accurate?

      If you were Muslim or Jewish, would you feel as badly? I don’t think anyone complains about Hanukkah or Ramadan being rushed. And, no one leaves the Jewish or Muslim faith because of a bad childhood with those holidays. Do they?

      Christmas is what you make of it. It has its traditions and roots. But, you can make it your own. Just be sure to respect it if you celebrate in its name. Otherwise, call it something else and have your own kind of party.

      If family upsets you, find other people you can make happy and be happy to make them happy. That’s the spirit of the holiday. Not the presents and commercialism that might sicken you and me both. We don’t have to simply think that’s all there is to it. It’s just just wrapping paper, expensive trinkets that only amuse someone for five minutes before being re-gifted and lavish parties. It’s celebrating life and sharing that joy/gift with others. Showing kindness you might not show the rest of the year (though you should). Don’t let Kind Midas or Scrooge spoil every holiday for you.

      I know the holidays get me down. And, I can only imagine them getting worse at the rate things are going. But, I can’t poo poo my religion simply because Christmas season can make me sick or sad. That wasn’t the point of my post, anyway. I was referring to the dominance of Christmas over other holidays and autumn in the minds of certain people. I didn’t say Christmas is a bad time itself.

      Too pessimistic, indeed. You just need a cup of good cheer. Shake it off every time it creeps up on you. Don’t let the negative thoughts crust over your skin.

      • October 22, 2013 at 12:12 am

        Wow, thanks. I don’t think my “faith” is lacking because I’m not religious anymore. I haven’t been in over a decade. I just don’t care. I feel guilty a lot because I quite literally don’t care about things. I don’t care for holidays, for celebrations, parties, getting together with family and/or those you love – I just don’t care. None of it makes any difference to me.

        But you’re so right on Christmas being so commercialized and practically overrunning the other holidays that could be more important to some, or however it works. Its almost the same thing as the public being “anti-cancer” and “find a cure” only one month out of the year with Breast Cancer. But I won’t go into that, lol. Thanks again.

      • October 22, 2013 at 4:34 am

        I can relate. And, it bothers me, too. I feel as I get older I have given up caring about a number of things…yet, if I didn’t still care for some reason, it wouldn’t bother me or get me upset to discuss it.

        Not religious anymore. That just bothers me.

        It’s not the religion’s fault. It’s greed’s fault. It’s careless manufacturing and commercial excess for profit. And, it’s music messing with people’s heads. People respond to sleigh bells and snow. And, all it takes is one news reporter telling the city that holiday shopping will be crazier this year to make at least one person become a department store linebacker.

        Cheer up. Yer welcome:D

      • October 22, 2013 at 4:47 am

        Nah, I never blamed religion for anything. I just don’t believe in anything anymore. I’ve studied a lot of different religions from all over the world and none of them strike my fancy. Science, you know – big bang, evolution, etc – makes more sense, but again it rounds back to me just not caring, lol. I think I’m more Agnostic than anything; open to the idea of religion/spirituality/etc, but at the same time I don’t care. Heh, that’s all it boils down to. My lack of legitimate interest.

        Thanks again XD

      • October 22, 2013 at 5:48 am

        Science is going to get us all in trouble if we pursue it too far.

        I see your family has really drained the life from you. How do you get through your day?

      • October 22, 2013 at 5:54 am

        Lol, I agree on that science thing. If Doctor Who has taught us anything… ^_~

        Ah, that’s a million dollar question. I write, mostly. Fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, online text roleplay, my journal; anything that keeps me kicking and not thinking about things that lower my mood. It’s a struggle, but I’m working on it.

      • October 22, 2013 at 6:14 am

        Yea, let’s blame Doctor Who, a show that doesn’t often make sense for the sake of filling a time slot with something imaginative and different. Half the time it’s a clever show. And, the other half is like British folks fooling around on set.

        Too much writing can cause burnout. Or, joint problems. I haven’t written much, but at my age, too much key time leaves my arms in a pinch. And, who benefits from my writing? Are we going to die and have someone else get rich off our work?

      • October 22, 2013 at 7:03 am

        Lol, that’s what I love about that show. And true, but writing is kinda therapeutic for me. Art can be too – for anyone. /randomness

      • October 23, 2013 at 7:00 am

        I’d rather watch Red Dwarf reruns (DVDs) than most Doctor Who episodes. But, I do have a slight crush on Karen Gillan. ❤ A tall, red-haired Sagittarius Rabbit, 1987.


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