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I hear this "Christmas" thing is all the rage nowadays
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It's time for the annual reminder of my stance on Christmas.

I do not celebrate Christmas. Nor do I celebrate Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Yule, Saturnalia, Yalda, Korochun, Winterval or any other such seasonal observances. I do not belong to any of the religions or groups which celebrate these things, and I find the secular versions to be undesirable for several different reasons.

Please under no circumstances attempt to get me to feel "Christmas Cheer" or any similar concept. There is very little that I find more depressing, stressful and generally unpleasant than enforced cheer. Out of respect for others who do wish to engage in such things, I generaly try to keep myself to myself in such situations so as not to spoil the mood for them. Please also respect me by allowing me to keep to myself. If you wish to socialise with me over the Christmas period, please accept that I may well be miserable, and will certainly be unenthused by anything holiday related. And anyone who does in any way indicate that I shouldn't be glum due to the season will almost certainly be met with extreme sarcasm.

You should also all be aware that I do not send cards, do not give gifts, and do not offer seasonally appropriate greetings. As such, failure to receive any of these from me in no way implies any sort of slight against you. Nobody else is getting them from me either. I also strongly encourage people not to give any of these things to me. I neither desire nor exect them, and they're generally speaking probably a waste of your time and money. However, once again, I respect people's differences, and understand that some of my friends derive pleasure from giving such things. As such, I endeavour to accept any such things I receive in the spirit with which they are given. Please try to respect my differences as well.

Thank you. That is all.

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I know you probably meant well by this, but I've really not been at my best recently, and this is always a trying time of year for me, so it's not the sort of thing where I'm amenable to being joked about with. So if you could try to lay off the smart-arsedness a little, it'd be much appreciated.

This all makes sense, and is stated quite clearly.

Anyone who tries to tell you that your moods are inappropriate--and inappropriate for reasons that have nothing to do with you--deserves sarcasm at best.

I don't get as miserable at this time of year as you seem to, but this has a fair amount to do with years of practice at avoiding most stores and most broadcasting during December.

*expresses similar sentiments*

Dammit, and I just mailed out the season's greetings card to you this morning. Take no offense, please! You posted the link to your addy, and silly me, I took that as an invitation to mail you a card.

Don't worry about it. I probably ought to have mentioned this earlier, and I really do appreciate the sentiment behind such things.

Non-seasonal greetings

I quite sincerely wish that the next 5 weeks will be peaceful and productive for you (regardless of all the nonsense [nearly] everyone else is up to), and that some bits of random, non-enforced cheer will happen to enliven your life.

As someone who celebrates the winter solstice according to my own traditions, but gets thoroughly sick of the over-culture Xmas/generic- winter-holidays stuff, I endorse redbird's advice.

As you know, I'm no fan of Christmas / generic 'seasonal' obnoxiousness either. I may be celebrating agnostica in the relative safety of people geeky enough to think that it's actually a rather cool idea, but that's (to me) a somewhat different kettle of worms.

As ever, people will fail to appreciate, and get offended by lack of frivolous spending and sarcastic retorts. I consider this an occupational hazard that the majority of the population just can't grok, not unlike hayfever.

Sadly ESA don't have anything spectacular to spend the 25th waiting for this year, so I suspect it will be spent in bed with the phone switched off.

On the bright side, Christmas has made me appreciate mythtv on a whole new level. I haven't seen a single turkey or had my ears bombarded by jingly bells yet. Well, except at supermarkets, but so far Waitrose has remained blissfully christmas-music-free, even if this sanity comes at a hefty premium.

This looks familiar ;-)

I mostly concur BTW, but I tend to turn it around and declare it's always been a secular festival of drunkenness and I'd like it back. Got to get drunk once a year, it's the only way to deal with the relatives...

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