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Christmas: Are they shoving it down our throats too early?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CaseytheMuppet, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    That line seems a bit odd, it's like it not snowing on Christmas is some unthinkable tragedy, almost like they're raising awareness so that they can get the weather to change. They do know it doesn't snow on Christmas in Australia or New Zealand either, right? I think most residents are used to it at this point.
  2. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Well it's just trying to remind people to keep their lives in perspective. We live in "a world of plenty" and it's a very easy to forget that there's "a world outside your window" that isn't so fortunate. Same with the snow line. We wish for a winter wonderland at Christmas, but in Africa the gift they wish for is their very lives.
  3. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    There's also the whole depiction of the continent of Africa as this barren wasteland where absolutely nothing can support life that rubs me the wrong way, too. "Clanging chimes of doom"? Give me a clanging break. :rolleyes:

    That's the very definition of glurge: something that's very sappy and uplifting for the sake of being inspirational, but hides a fair amount of unfortunate implications deep down.
  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Hey, I've never seen it snow on Christmas either, and I live in the northern hemisphere . . . and I guess that goes double for you being out in Texas. But yeah, I mean, I seem to recall Nicole Kidman talking about Christmases in Australia being spent out in the backyard swimming pool.

    Australia seems to get quite a bit of that as well, though then again, Wes Dening (an Australian TV personality) actually defends this by admitting, "there's really not much to do in Australia." Then again, I heartell that many Australians weren't too impressed with KANGAROO JACK depicting the continent as being barren and desolate and full of drunks.
  5. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Bet they apologized to The Simpsons for the way their country was depicted in that one episode ever since then. :D
  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    It's also a continent. ;)
  7. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Bradford Exchange - the same company that my TMS cuckoo clock came from last year.
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Apparently, a late-arrival came in the mail today: Soup Nazi. And, that supposedly completes the set.

    Gotta say though, out of all of them, Soup Nazi is the one that really looks the most like the real thing, lol.
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I don't think it's any surprise that the shoehorning of Christmas was a little more excessive this year than it has been in a while: it's almost as if retail and advertisers were subliminally wanting us to skip Halloween altogether and just go straight into Christmas, what with Christmas commercials and decorations being released all October long. It's bad enough that Thanksgiving is always overshadowed by Christmas, but really, Halloween was this year too: I'm kinda thinking that may have had something to do with the lack of Halloween spirit this year - the jumpstart on Christmas kind of ruined Halloween.

    Anyway, I keep having this lingering feeling in the back of my mind that this is going to be another lousy Christmas this year, I just sense it: the seasonal outlook forecast is saying that December will be below average this year, but everytime they forecase below average, they're always wrong, so I'm anticipating and dreading another one of those "Blowtorch Christmases" like we had in 2015, where it was warm and springlike all Christmas long. I just have the sickening feeling that's going to happen again.
  11. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    "Let's hang up some Thanksgiving decorations!"

    -said no department store ever.
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  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Thanksgiving really isn't much of a secular holiday anyway, so it's easy to see why retail really has nothing much to do with it. I mean, it's had to make money off a holiday that's supposed to be about being thankful for what you already have.
  13. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, until the following day everyone goes to stores and literally shove and push people out of the way, get into cat fights and have security called because they're so out of control. :rolleyes:

    Though I might participate this year if and ONLY if I have some money left over from RI comic Con.
  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'm also mad, because every year I tell my mom not to get me anything for Christmas, but she always does anyway, and frankly, it's getting really old: I'm way past the age of opening presents on Christmas morning, not to mention half the time she gets me things I already have anyway, or things I don't need and then end up taking space in my closet. Anyway, last year, she said she finally got the point, and promised me she wouldn't get me anything anymore (unless I specifically ask for something) . . . and as of this summer, she's already broken that promise, and apparently has been Christmas shopping for me again all along.
  15. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    It's amazing how Christmas changes as you get older. At this point, I just like spending time with friends and family.

    I'm waiting for the day I'll pretty much be dead asleep by 11 when New Year's comes around.
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  16. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Since I've been without TV for the entire month of October, I wouldn't know anything about the annual shoving of the Lois Lane of holidays down our throats. Yeah, you heard me, think about it because in almost every single holiday special one of the major plotpoints is how Christmas has to be saved for everyone to rejoice. Meh, personally I prefer the happiness that Halloween brings about and then when we get to December to continue with the spirit of Cryptmas. Yes, Cryptmas, the glorious result of what happened that fateful time that two holidays met by mistake.

    So as the well-known saying goes... Merry Cryptmas to all, and to all a good fright! :batty: :scary: :grr:
  17. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    There's so much stress and upset in the world right now, I have no problem with the holidays coming early. :)
  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I was ready and rearin' to get into Halloween this year, I was really in the mood for it this year for whatever reason, but . . . again, there just seemed to be a general lack of Halloween spirit this year, I really don't know why.
  19. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    Yeah...I'd say they're pushing it a bit too quickly . One of my friends Online said that they're playing Christmas music on a station near him! :rolleyes: Wait until the day after Thanksgiving for the love of :jim:. Also Hallmark Channel started their Christmas movies before Halloween (they were supposed to wait til after Halloween. )
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Speaking of Christmas music, I'm willing to bet that in following the new format of the last couple of years that Comcast/xfinity's Sounds of the Seasons Christmas music lineup will feature less from the likes of Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, and Dean Martin, and a whole lot from Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, Kelly Clarkson, and Bubbly Mikey Pizza Crust.

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