Friday, December 4, 2009

Holiday randomness...

::Due to some immature family drama... Here is a nice little disclaimer: I don't think the current Christmas is evil or "DARK". I don't think people who are religious are wrong and shouldn't celebrate Jesus. I DO think if this offended you, you do not know me at all because, if nothing else, I strive to respect all people's beliefs. So, put your big girl panties on LYNDA and face that fact that this was NOT about you, but about someone in my life who has insulted me repeatedly regarding Christmas. ::

I don't really consider myself huge on Christmas.  Not Christian, so that whole aspect is moot and while I have always LOVED the food and family time, the actual goings on leading up to the day annoy me for the most part.  Of course, there are exceptions, I love parties and gift exchanges and cookies and decorating, but the Christmas songs constantly being shoved down my throat everywhere I go and the people that just... overdo it.  *sigh*  You know the ones I am talking about.  And, call me a grinch, but I don't love 90% of Christmas movies.  I like the Grinch, Elf and the old claymation ones, especially Rudolph, but the rest make me grit my teeth and contemplate knitting needles in the eyes.

And on a tangent, I totally get annoyed with the in-your-face-uber-Christians who think they invented this damn holiday... uh NO!  The Catholic Church ganked the celebration from the pagans thinking that if they just merged the holidays it would ease the heathen's transition into their dogma. 

Originally, the Romans had a fun little festival they celebrated the week of Dec 17-25 that ended in the slaughter of an innocent person.  Quaint.  Christmas actually has quite the dark past...  Read all about it here.

So, lack of PCness aside, I do love the holiday because I love giving gifts.  Sometimes I struggle with WHAT to give, but I have always been quite fond of making others happy with thoughtful gifts. 

So, what's on my Christmas wish list, you might wonder?
Nikon D3000 (this is a definite this year since it coincides with me writing a non fiction book about China that needs photographs)

Some yummy boots like these

YARN!  Mama needs to knit socks and happy things for Panda and Q!
And some yoga style sweatpants and extra long tanks and tees from American Apparel because maternity clothes in China are the leftover 1980s rejects from the US but WORSE.

So, what is on your wishlist?


Queen Bee said...

you said everything i ever felt about Christmas. glad to know i'm not the only one.

those boots made me drool just a bit.

Sarah R said...

Nice camera! I have the Canon Rebel XTi, so very similar. :)

I get annoyed by some things, but to me (an agnostic), Christmas is all about the family and togetherness. And the snow! :) But yeah, I say, "Happy holidays" and I get SO annoyed when people freak out and say that everyone should say, "Merry Christmas", like they own the months of December and January or something. :eyeroll:

Anyway, I hope you find something cute to work for maternity clothes! It makes me giggle that the only stuff you guys have is WORSE than our 80s stuff. Yikes...

Morgan said...

Haha! I literally laughed out loud when you said that about China maternity clothes!
I pretty much feel the same way about Christmas as you, but I do love the family time and food! The Christmas music has seriously got to go though..I'm not a "sing X-mas carrols" kind of girl LOL!

Elana Kahn said...

Hey, I saw your post on my blog, and I'm so happy you found me!!! I remember you from the WebMD boards when you were TTC #1. Holy cow, what a blast from the past!!! :-)

jenn said...

My mom is one of those that sings along to every christmas carol in the stores- especially the religious/hymn ones... oh- and she sings the harmony (even when there isn't one). So that part of christmas really grates on me- especially being agnostic!

But the family & certain traditions areso important to me! If we were doing presents I would also drool over that camera- I would love a new one in the worst way! Other than that I would want our slate tiles for the kitchen floor... that's pretty much it!

Good luck with the maternity clothes... sounds awful!