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Yesterday, I received my first Christmas card of the year. It was from some random person I'd ordered something from on ebay, and came in the same parcel as said item (3 pairs of white cotton knickers, for the record). I figure that this means it's time for me to do the annual reminder on how I feel about Christmas.

First and foremost, I don't celebrate Christmas. It's not my religion. I also don't celebrate Yule or Channukah, or any other observances around the same time of year. None of them are my religion either. I also don't celebrate any sort of secular holiday at the time of year because I find it crass, commercial and manipulative.

That said, I have no desire to stop anyone else from celebrating as they see fit. For those of you who do celebrate and enjoy any midwinter festivities, I hope that this year is a good one for you.

However, please do not, under any circumstances, try to pressure me into celebrating. One especial thing to note is that if I am miserable, for whatever reason, do not in any way imply that I ought to "cheer up; it's Christmas!" or anything similar. Doing so will almost certainly result in a particularly cranky me.

If you want to send me a card or a present or such like, then feel free to do so, but under no circumstances should anyone feel they have an obligation to do so. I will not be sending any cards or presents, and will not be in the least upset if I do not receive any. However, I do know that some people enjoy sending out cards, and since I like receiving mail it would be petty of me to make an exception for Christmas. I also know that there are some people who send out cards because they feel that they "ought" to. If you're one of those people, let me take a tiny bit of stress away from you and ask that you remove me from your card list. If you still want to send me a card, people on my friends list can get my address from my contact details entry; people not on my friends list are welcome to ask for it.

If you feel like getting me a gift of any sort, then the same deal applies. In terms of material things, I can't think of anything I particularly want.I'm not materialistic, and I have sufficient money to be able to cover what desires I do have. If you happen to see something you think I'd like and you want to buy it for me, then feel free, but for the love of sheep, please don't put yourself out to go searching for something for me.

I do have one non-material thing that I would like, but since I was going to ask about that anyway regardless of the season, it warrants a separate post, to be made when correctly shaped tuits arrive.

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Rather presumptuous of them to send a Christmas card. I hope it at least wasn't one of those disgustingly religious ones reminding you to remember what the season is all about.

Mercifully, no. It was just a red background with a few white reindeer silhouettes on it, which I think is to remind us that the season is really all about exploitation of the Saami. I contemplated lleaving negative feedback based on the presumptuousness, but figured that I couldn't be arsed.

"Quick shipping, great item, but presumes I worship her god. F--"

Makes sense to me :) I feel almost the same. With slightly more secular celebratoryness, though more from the past than the present. And I get quite irrationally pouty if I get nothing while everyone else is getting cards and presents and big fun gatherings all over. If I don't make the effort to send cards and find gifts (I hate obligation and having to force myself to think of something to get for the people who expect something, for all occasions), then I certainly have no right to expect different treatment. It's not a good time of year for my family anymore, since my grandad's death on Christmas morning 7 years ago, and my mum doesn't bother hiding her cynicism about it and depression around us anymore, so I will quite probably be somewhat miserable due to Christmas itself.

Since I had no intention of sending stuff anyway, and am not the type to try and cheer people up using platitudes and holidays as a reason to be cheerful, this post doesn't actually affect me at all. But I comment with a vague "me too" anyway.

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