• 2 years 1 month ago
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    Is it just me or does it seem like Christmas and other holidays aren't as famous as they used to be? Let me rephrase that, its not just me, I still LOVE! Christmas so its not just that I grew up, stupid answer. I remember when I was growing up, right up until my late teens there use to be Christmas parties, Christmas parades, Christmas theme stores, everything in the whole town no matter which town you went to would be decked out like crazy with CHRISTMAS!!! Even on tv you might see the odd Christmas parade or special but not like back in the day when it was on literally every channel! Every show had a xmas episode and every tv station had a parade or xmas daddies or something! Malls had not just Santa's but games for kids. every single house pretty near was decorated like crazy and Where I grew up there was this old guy who use to have a huge yard and he decked it out with lights giant xmas decorations and blow up things, games, paths, a big duck pond and fontain where you could feed them, santa's and other people in suits walking around the paths he made and in the middle of it all was a bomb fire where everyone would sing Christmas Carols and Santa gave us small toys or candy canes! We would go outside for crap sakes! remember that .....OUT...SIIIDE?? and skate, play hockey, build snowmen, sled, throw snow at each other run around in blizzards then go in and drink hot cyder or chocolate and watch christmas specials. Eventually that old guy decided not to open his yard anymore because the only people going from the park were kids that would vandalize his property....this is actually a clip of when it was still open

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUnWdYQNdgc

    My question is, I know its still Christmas but am I the only one who feels like people aren't that into anymore?

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      • 2 years 1 month ago
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      I can understand the feeling. Christmas felt like a magical time when I was a kid, but it doesn't seem as wonderful as it used to be. Sure, there are still the nice looking holiday displays in stores and at homes that I pass by, but it isn't the same like it used to be.

      I actually miss the Christmases that were compared to today's 'politically correct' era.
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        • 2 years 1 month ago
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        remember when christmas was about giving almost everyone in your family presents, and not the "secret santa" deal?

        'course a lot of kids these days want nothing but video games, so that's probably why it came around...
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          • 2 years 1 month ago
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          People don't seem to be into the decorating and spirit of it that much, but they still spend the same!
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            • 2 years 1 month ago
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            I hope that will change this year. Christmas is supposed to be a fun holiday!
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            One is evil and the other one is good. Which wolf will win? The one you feed the most.

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              • 2 years 1 month ago
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              For me, christmas is still a really big deal, I always make sure my nieces and my dad get presents. The issue I have is that they keep advertising christmas earlier and earlier each year. I really love christmas, but I find that if I get into the spirit too early, I'll want christmas done and over with by the time it finally comes.
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                • 2 years 1 month ago
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                Sadly, I think it's because of increased divorce rates and overall less time spent with the family.
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                  • 2 years 1 month ago
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                  My passion for Christmas isn't particularly dead but it has dulled over the years. It seems for it me it was even the evil, soulless advertisers lost their last shred of a soul. Instead of the heartwarming "'Tis the season for sharing." Or "Happy Holidays!" even it seems more like it's force feeding the product more than the holiday when it used to be the other way around. Example
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                    Yeah I agree, the commercials now are relentless. Even with the bad economy companies are pushing layaway more than ever.
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                      • 2 years 1 month ago
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                      Well, in one sense, you're correct. Christmas isn't as popular because not everyone celebrates it. Public Christmas displays are not usually allowed anymore, even though they estimate that 80% of people who don't identify as Christians celebrate it.

                      I think another factor, aside from growing older, is that people don't have as much money as they used to when we were kids. That means less decorations (that is the biggest decision behind our lackluster halls every year- some years we can't afford a tree) and less money spent on gifts. Toys have been replaced with gadgets.

                      But I disagree that this lessens the holiday. I feel like people are getting back to the true spirit of that time of year. And all the stores are trying to get that frenzy back because it helps their bottom line. We will see who wins.
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                        • 2 years 19 days ago
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                        Yeah it used to feel magical.. but it lost that feelign as i got older :(
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                          • 2 years 18 days ago
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                          I've noticed this myself as I got older Christmas lost more of it's charm and magic. However I've learned over the years that Christmas is getting more and more Materialistic then what it was in the 90's. Yea we wanted toys but at the same time I think most to all of us by now know what the real value of the holiday really is. But at the same time we see alot of kids become greedy and not appreciate what they got or already have. Even as they get older I've noticed this. Though this is just from what I've seen.

                          Though it has lost it's magic how ever with age I think we have found out the real meaning of the Holiday other then gifts.
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                            • 2 years 18 days ago
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                            I might be in the minority, but I honestly and truely, other than people saying "Happy Holidays" in observance of ALL holidays, and a few more PC rules about decorations, do not think much has changed. I think the major factor is most of you are older. I don't know about you, but at 32 Christmas is more about my son these days. I'm not getting a butt load of presents or a filled to the brim stocking like I did as a kid. I don't live in the same area or even state or even close to the same state, so things are not done the same. As an adult it's more about buying the presents than getting them. Your the one who has to set up the frustrating lights, not your mom or dad. I really think it's just that we're older. That's all.
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                              • 2 years 18 days ago
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                              Alyssa Branen wrote:
                              I might be in the minority, but I honestly and truely, other than people saying "Happy Holidays" in observance of ALL holidays, and a few more PC rules about decorations, do not think much has changed. I think the major factor is most of you are older. I don't know about you, but at 32 Christmas is more about my son these days. I'm not getting a butt load of presents or a filled to the brim stocking like I did as a kid. I don't live in the same area or even state or even close to the same state, so things are not done the same. As an adult it's more about buying the presents than getting them. Your the one who has to set up the frustrating lights, not your mom or dad. I really think it's just that we're older. That's all.


                              I completely agree. Though to be honest the Political Correctness rules around this time of year can be and usually are annoying.
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                                • 2 years 18 days ago
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                                I do agree, while I totally understand the wanting to include all holidays, sometimes they go overboard.

                                I think we're just all getting a bit jaded because we're older. We're growing up or are grown up. It's not as magical anymore because no one is making that magic for us. We're the ones that have to go out and pick a tree, decorate it, shop for presents, wrap them, drive to visit relatives, do the cooking, pay the bills from Christmas shopping, etc. All the stuff our parents used to do and all we had to do was sit back and enjoy the pretty lights and wait for Santa.
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                                  • 2 years 18 days ago
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                                  Alyssa Branen wrote:
                                  I do agree, while I totally understand the wanting to include all holidays, sometimes they go overboard.

                                  I think we're just all getting a bit jaded because we're older. We're growing up or are grown up. It's not as magical anymore because no one is making that magic for us. We're the ones that have to go out and pick a tree, decorate it, shop for presents, wrap them, drive to visit relatives, do the cooking, pay the bills from Christmas shopping, etc. All the stuff our parents used to do and all we had to do was sit back and enjoy the pretty lights and wait for Santa.


                                  Yea. Though as we lost the magic of christmas. At the same time I think kids don't usually see or understand the true value of the holiday even if at that time it was just santa or lights. As I said in my first post that the holiday got alot more materialistic then it was when we were kids.
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                                    Christmas has become a holiday of consumerism; It's all about money and less about the holiday. Also people have changed a lot. today's kids are greedy, lazy, assholes. All they want is the latest ipod or xbox game. Parents are going out buying all these expensive gifts. that is their priority for Christmas. Sure presents are awesome but that's not what its about. And stores begin prepping for Christmas earlier every year, I work part time in a department/grocery store in the housewares section so i do all the seasonal stuff. I had to start putting the Christmas stuff out in October! Last year, it was mid November... they started playing Christmas music before veterans day. We start getting in the spirit too early and by the time it really matters, we are getting sick of it. that is why i dont even think about xmas until december at least.
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                                      • 2 years 15 days ago
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                                      Sorry guys, but I have to ask..you guys DID grow up in the 80s and 90s, right? Christmas has been materalistic for as long as I can remember and I grew up in 1980. It was always always big about Santa, and the great toys and new game systems of the 80s and 90s, and there have always been spoiled kids. Sure, when Black Friday came about it made it even worse, but let's not kid ourselves..it's been very materialistic for many many many years now. I remember seeing Christmas stuff out very very early way back then as well( not to mention back to school sale stuff before school even got OUT for the summer ) Nothing has changed as far as commercialism. It's always been like this. The products are more expensive now, but the big name items always have been. Nintendos, Super Nintendos, Segas, Barbie Dreamhouse, Power Wheels. People have been greedy about Christmas forever. *ahem* Cabbage Patch doll stampedes, etc..
                                      The Ipod touches of today are the nintendos of yesterday. Back then a 10 year old might get a nintendo for Christmas. These days they might get an ipod touch. It's just a different set of toys, that's all.

                                      People have and always will be this way, but you can choose not to be this way I guess is the point.
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                                        • 2 years 15 days ago
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                                        Christmas changed for me slightly when I got older. I think the biggest problem stems from stores force feeding it on the public by putting out their Christmas themed products 1-2 months in advance. When you get older you find find it harder and harder to think of things to ask for from your parents (If you're not a spoiled individual anyways). I got my share of action figures and board games, which became video games, which became gift cards and DVDs.

                                        I haven't been in the mood to watch holiday movies as much as I have in the past (I still love them, don't get me wrong). It could be because once you watch them so many times you remember every scene and it gets tiresome. I also get tired of hearing Christmas music starting as early as November 1st. I have nothing against it, but why do we need to stretch it out so long?

                                        Okay, that's enough ranting from me for now.

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                                          • 2 years 14 days ago
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                                          Thatdudeinthehoodie wrote:
                                          I've noticed this myself as I got older Christmas lost more of it's charm and magic. However I've learned over the years that Christmas is getting more and more Materialistic then what it was in the 90's. Yea we wanted toys but at the same time I think most to all of us by now know what the real value of the holiday really is. But at the same time we see alot of kids become greedy and not appreciate what they got or already have. Even as they get older I've noticed this. Though this is just from what I've seen.

                                          No I wasn't talking about it losing the magic and charm to me myself, I still love Christmas as much as I ever did and it makes me feel like a big kid. I'm talking about how the people who DO celebrate it, don't as much anymore, the world has stopped all the Christmas pagendry. People are no longer fun their too uptight about everything.

                                          Though it has lost it's magic how ever with age I think we have found out the real meaning of the Holiday other then gifts.
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