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20 Nov 2012 10:42 AM   |   3952 clicks   |   Telegraph
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ManateeGag    [TotalFark]  
No, you heathen!

20 Nov 2012 09:57 AM
kronicfeld    [TotalFark]  
When do we get to read Amos Andy's counterpoint?

20 Nov 2012 10:04 AM
naughtyrev    [TotalFark]  
Absolutely not. I just got done going through Amazon's Blu-Ray sales buying gifts for myself from Santa.

20 Nov 2012 10:06 AM
Marcus Aurelius    [TotalFark]  
I banned Christmas presents some time ago. Didn't everyone get the memo?

20 Nov 2012 10:25 AM
ManateeGag    [TotalFark]  

Marcus Aurelius: I banned Christmas presents some time ago. Didn't everyone get the memo?


yes, we just ignored it.

20 Nov 2012 10:26 AM
Cythraul     
For economic and practical reasons, my family has stopped exchanging gifts. We still give gifts to the kids, but that's about it. We're all adults now and there's just not the same amount of excitement on Christmas as there used to be when we were young. It's very difficult to shop for most of my family members, and we're all fine with just spending time together on Christmas and Christmas Eve rather than giving gifts.

Unlike the jackass author of this article, however, we're not suggesting that all other Christmas celebrators do the same thing.

20 Nov 2012 10:27 AM
Marcus Aurelius    [TotalFark]  

ManateeGag: Marcus Aurelius: I banned Christmas presents some time ago. Didn't everyone get the memo?

yes, we just ignored it.


Bah. Humbug.

20 Nov 2012 10:31 AM
AverageAmericanGuy    [TotalFark]  
You know what's wrong? Hanukkah presents. How many farking dreidels does someone need?

20 Nov 2012 10:44 AM
d23    [TotalFark]  
Any headline that is a question can be answered "No".

20 Nov 2012 10:44 AM
Englebert Slaptyback     

Is it time to ban Christmas presents?


As long as there

is Christmas presence

There will be

Christmas presents.


Burma Shave

20 Nov 2012 10:44 AM
Earpj     
My husband and I stopped buying gifts for each other a long time ago. We're both adults and can buy what we want.
We give gifts to the kids (which is a lot harder for teenagers and adult kids, than it is for little ones)but that's it.

Everyone else gets a card.

20 Nov 2012 10:46 AM
Summer Glau's Love Slave     
I'm OK with this.

20 Nov 2012 10:46 AM
Epicedion    [TotalFark]  
This is why Thanksgiving is the best holiday, and Christmas is the worst.

Thanksgiving: cook, eat, nap, watch tv.

Christmas: cook, eat, nap, watch tv, fret about gifts for months in advance, feign gratitude, bad music, gaudy decorations.

20 Nov 2012 10:47 AM
machoprogrammer     

Summer Glau's Love Slave: I'm OK with this.


This


Epicedion: This is why Thanksgiving is the best holiday, and Christmas is the worst.

Thanksgiving: cook, eat, nap, watch tv.

Christmas: cook, eat, nap, watch tv, fret about gifts for months in advance, feign gratitude, bad music, gaudy decorations.


And this

20 Nov 2012 10:49 AM
A Terrible Human     
The stores where I live had Christmas shiat out before Halloween. It'd be nice to have Christmas confined to December instead of stores deciding the middle of October is just the time to start selling ugly decorations.

20 Nov 2012 10:50 AM
Happy Hours     
It's time to ban stupid articles from British tabloids.

Christmas gifts are more or less voluntary. Well, they're entirely voluntary even if we sometimes feel obligated to give them. Kids love presents - or at least I did when I as a kid and let's face it - kids deserve toys and crap like that and if you're not giving those kids toys throughout the entire year, then maybe Christmas would be a good opportunity to give them that toy.

The kid's birthday might be another opportunity, but xmas and bday? 2 days out of the year to buy kids presents? Seems reasonable to me. Older folks? Well, my parents are just happy to get a phone call on their birthday - doesn't even cost me anything unlike in the olden days when a long distance phone call cost a brick of gold.

Maybe we should ban gifts in bars though. I've had too many arguments with people about who is going to take care of the bill. This should be a good thing, right? One person says they've got the bill. Hooray! But then everyone else doesn't want to seem cheap so they say, no, you've gotta let me pay for the beer. And then it just degenerates into a nasty fight and somehow the bill gets paid - the "winner" pays the tab and everyone else chips in for the tip and everyone leaves happy.

And we all drive home with a 0.05 BAC which is against the law (but just barely) and really pisses some of you farkers off that I would dare drive with a BAC at the legal limit, but fark you, I don't care.

20 Nov 2012 10:51 AM
nytmare     
The answer is always c) No.

20 Nov 2012 10:52 AM
FizixJunkee     
We just returned to the US from the UK. Christmas is already in full force over there. Trees in every store, Christmas lights on every High Street. People have been buying Christmas presents for a while now, and will continue to do so through next month. It's absolutely insane. Like, it's way worse over there than in the US (in my very humble opinion).

At least here in the US we tend to save most of the Christmas mumbo-jumbo until after Thanksgiving. The British don't have Thanksgiving to serve as a natural starting point for the Christmas season, so they start shopping very early on...

20 Nov 2012 10:52 AM
Egoy3k     

Epicedion: This is why Thanksgiving is the best holiday, and Christmas is the worst.

Thanksgiving: cook, eat, nap, watch tv.

Christmas: cook, eat, nap, watch tv, fret about gifts for months in advance, feign gratitude, bad music, gaudy decorations.


Yeah but Halloween would be the best holiday if it were an actual holiday.

Halloween: decorate, dress up, scare kids, eat left over candy, fark.

20 Nov 2012 10:52 AM
oldfarthenry    [TotalFark]  
No sir - I do not hum to your bug!
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20 Nov 2012 10:52 AM
iheartscotch     
You don't have to buy gifts; it's a farking expression of love and affection. At the very least; it's an attempt to get into another person's pants.

/ ban Xmas gifts? Fark you !

20 Nov 2012 10:52 AM
JackieRabbit     
My wife and I get each other a little something. She feels obligated to get her parents and brothers something too. My family and I banned the exchange of gifts among adults years ago. Now that the nieces and nephews are grown, Christmas never cost us more than a couple hundred bucks. All of our shopping is done on-line. I've only been to a mall twice in 10 years. I never have a stressful holiday season. But I think banning presents should be a personal decision. A lot of people derive a lot of pleasure from this activity.

20 Nov 2012 10:53 AM
Theaetetus     
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"I am the Ghost of Christmas Present!"
"You're the spirit of that XBox I got that died a week later?"

20 Nov 2012 10:55 AM
Pick     
YES, I believe it is time. Most of the time the presents are unwanted, such as gaudy sweaters, socks in odd colors, or cakes made of indestructible or undigestible ingredients. Christmas stockings on the mantle are stuffed with the carbon based solid fuel used to power electric generating facilities. Men buy their woman folk clothes that are two sizes too small, as not to offend them, and they must be returned to the store that they came from after the holidays. Children want iPods, but are instead given MP3 players powered by alternative operating systems. Men want tools and guns, but are instead given cooking tools for use at the outdoor grill with aprons that they are too embarrassed to wear in front of their friends.

It is, indeed, time to end this careless charade for all man kind.

20 Nov 2012 10:56 AM
Mr. Coffee Nerves    [TotalFark]  
Sure, as long as you don't mind ending up in an Arkansas landfill after you "committed suicide" with 48 different bullet wounds from poorly-manufactured Chinese cartridges.

20 Nov 2012 10:57 AM
Happy Hours     
Might be a good place to leave this: Link

I'll probably listen to it umpteen more times before next year.

20 Nov 2012 10:57 AM
BarkingUnicorn     
This is just another teabagger plot to crater the economy.

Yes, I know it's in a UK tabloid; cunning, aren't they?

20 Nov 2012 11:03 AM
Zeppo Nightshade     
Ain't nobody got money fo dat

20 Nov 2012 11:06 AM
God Is My Co-Pirate     
Presents for kids and close family are fine.

It's the whether-or-not presents for co-workers, teachers, neighbors, sort-of friends, etc, that suck because they're a) expensive b) hard to buy for, and c) the gifting rules aren't clear.

20 Nov 2012 11:06 AM
mod3072     
Martin Lewis: It's time to ban Christmas presents

No, it's time for self-important dickbags to stop trying to ban behaviors they don't agree with. Don't like Christmas presents? Don't buy any. Nobody is putting a gun to your head.

20 Nov 2012 11:08 AM
Epicedion    [TotalFark]  

mod3072: Martin Lewis: It's time to ban Christmas presents

No, it's time for self-important dickbags to stop trying to ban behaviors they don't agree with. Don't like Christmas presents? Don't buy any. Nobody is putting a gun to your head.


Someone didn't read the article...

20 Nov 2012 11:12 AM
Day_Old_Dutchie     
Christmas is not a retail festival, mangers aren't sponsored by Argos (yet). Let me set out my stall.

20 Nov 2012 11:12 AM
dj_bigbird    [TotalFark]  
What about presents for Saturnalia?

20 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
machoprogrammer     

Day_Old_Dutchie: Christmas is not a retail festival, mangers aren't sponsored by Argos (yet). Let me set out my stall.


No, Christmas is pretty much all retail now.

20 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
JackieRabbit     

A Terrible Human: The stores where I live had Christmas shiat out before Halloween. It'd be nice to have Christmas confined to December instead of stores deciding the middle of October is just the time to start selling ugly decorations.


They do this very early these days because so many people want to get their shopping done before the holiday rush. All those decorations are really nothing more than a psychological ploy. When shoppers go into stores that are decorated and have carols playing, they tend to spend more on impulse buying. People who do their Christmas shopping in off months (say summer) spend far less than those who shop in the season.

20 Nov 2012 11:24 AM
Carn     

dj_bigbird: What about presents for Saturnalia?


Still ok, assuming you keep it to booze, food, drugs, and condoms. And maybe butt plugs or anal beads, but that's totally your call.

20 Nov 2012 11:25 AM
BretMavrik     

Pick: YES, I believe it is time. Most of the time the presents are unwanted, such as gaudy sweaters, socks in odd colors, or cakes made of indestructible or undigestible ingredients. Christmas stockings on the mantle are stuffed with the carbon based solid fuel used to power electric generating facilities. Men buy their woman folk clothes that are two sizes too small, as not to offend them, and they must be returned to the store that they came from after the holidays. Children want iPods, but are instead given MP3 players powered by alternative operating systems. Men want tools and guns, but are instead given cooking tools for use at the outdoor grill with aprons that they are too embarrassed to wear in front of their friends.

It is, indeed, time to end this careless charade for all man kind.


This might interest you.

20 Nov 2012 11:26 AM
mod3072     

Epicedion: mod3072: Martin Lewis: It's time to ban Christmas presents

No, it's time for self-important dickbags to stop trying to ban behaviors they don't agree with. Don't like Christmas presents? Don't buy any. Nobody is putting a gun to your head.

Someone didn't read the article...


Guilty. This is Fark, we don't need no steenking articles!

20 Nov 2012 11:31 AM
shortymac     
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU, bullshiat! Christmas is the best holiday EVER!

I know it's "cool" now to not care or celebrate Christmas, but I love it. It's about love, hope, kindness, good food, good friends, and reflection over the past year.

I grew up poor, but my Parents skrimped and saved all year to give us a good Christmas every year.

Parents these days I noticed just buy their kids anything they want whenever they ask for it, there's no waiting for birthdays or holidays anymore and I think that makes them spoiled and takes away from the specialness of holidays. It's not a fault of Christmas, it's the fault of our society that sees love as money.

20 Nov 2012 11:34 AM
FloydA     
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What a Martin Lewis Christmas might look like

20 Nov 2012 11:36 AM
A Terrible Human     
Nope New Years Eve is the best holiday. No having to give out candy or presents,getting black out drunk without anyone caring,that rush to the a county that isn't dry to buy liquor before the stores close and watching friends pass out before the ball drops. That's a good holiday.

20 Nov 2012 11:39 AM
God Is My Co-Pirate     

shortymac: FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU, bullshiat! Christmas is the best holiday EVER!

I know it's "cool" now to not care or celebrate Christmas, but I love it. It's about love, hope, kindness, good food, good friends, and reflection over the past year.


And sherry for breakfast.

Seriously, I love Christmas.

20 Nov 2012 11:40 AM
shortymac     

God Is My Co-Pirate: shortymac: FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU, bullshiat! Christmas is the best holiday EVER!

I know it's "cool" now to not care or celebrate Christmas, but I love it. It's about love, hope, kindness, good food, good friends, and reflection over the past year.

And sherry for breakfast.

Seriously, I love Christmas.


In my Hubby's family it's Caeser's and Irish Coffee for breakfast. :) First year as a married couple so I'm not going back home for xmas which is a little sad.

20 Nov 2012 11:45 AM
Betep     
Hang "Secret Santa" at work.
20 - 30 years ago it was easy. Booze / cigars.

/Keep your Italian Garden gift card
//I won't use it

20 Nov 2012 11:54 AM
machoprogrammer     

shortymac: FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU, bullshiat! Christmas is the best holiday EVER!

I know it's "cool" now to not care or celebrate Christmas, but I love it. It's about love, hope, kindness, good food, good friends, and reflection over the past year.

I grew up poor, but my Parents skrimped and saved all year to give us a good Christmas every year.

Parents these days I noticed just buy their kids anything they want whenever they ask for it, there's no waiting for birthdays or holidays anymore and I think that makes them spoiled and takes away from the specialness of holidays. It's not a fault of Christmas, it's the fault of our society that sees love as money.


Christmas is great. It's the commercialization that is crappy. We blow money on gifts that we will use once, wasting god knows how much money and natural resources to acquire.

20 Nov 2012 11:55 AM
tiamet4     
I love giving and getting presents, but I find it helpful not to play the game of "x got me Y, so I have to get them something of equal monetary value" or "I have to get an individual present for each person".

This year I'm flying my brother (who's in grad school) home for the holidays as a present for my whole family. It's about what I would have spent on the 4 of them but they'll enjoy it a lot more than gift cards or ties.

I also like making things (usually cookies but this year I'm thinking salty caramels), giving coupons for my time or planning activities (last year I took my parents to a museum they'd been saying they wanted to visit for a while but never made time for and we all had a great day).

For people I don't care enough about to spend time with or on, gift cards are usually fine. Luckily my co-workers are not the snooty sort so we're usually just happy to be boozing it up together at the Christmas party no matter what we give each other .

Usually my major holiday stress is the cooking, but I get to nibble on cookie dough during and have good food after so it's not terrible. It probably helps that I don't have kids

20 Nov 2012 11:58 AM
JackieRabbit     

shortymac: God Is My Co-Pirate: shortymac: FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU, bullshiat! Christmas is the best holiday EVER!

I know it's "cool" now to not care or celebrate Christmas, but I love it. It's about love, hope, kindness, good food, good friends, and reflection over the past year.

And sherry for breakfast.

Seriously, I love Christmas.

In my Hubby's family it's Caeser's and Irish Coffee for breakfast. :) First year as a married couple so I'm not going back home for xmas which is a little sad.


Don't be sad. You and your husband make you own, new Christmas traditions. It's actually a lot of fun. You're newlywed, so try Naked Christmas!

20 Nov 2012 12:04 PM
The My Little Pony Killer     
It's about the ever-growing creep of gifts to extended family, colleagues, children's teachers and more.

Why ban that? If people have the means and the desire to buy gifts for all those people in their lives, then why not?

That said, the only person outside my family who is getting a gift from me this year is my best friend, because we've done gift exchanges for one another the entire time we've been friends.

20 Nov 2012 12:15 PM
TheOriginalEd     
I and the brother in law came to a familial agreement the adults get gifts for the kids. no one else needs more junk. but thats just what it is. an agreement between adults. calling for a ban is childish.

20 Nov 2012 12:26 PM
shortymac     

JackieRabbit: shortymac: God Is My Co-Pirate: shortymac: FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU, bullshiat! Christmas is the best holiday EVER!

I know it's "cool" now to not care or celebrate Christmas, but I love it. It's about love, hope, kindness, good food, good friends, and reflection over the past year.

And sherry for breakfast.

Seriously, I love Christmas.

In my Hubby's family it's Caeser's and Irish Coffee for breakfast. :) First year as a married couple so I'm not going back home for xmas which is a little sad.

Don't be sad. You and your husband make you own, new Christmas traditions. It's actually a lot of fun. You're newlywed, so try Naked Christmas!


The only problem is my Hubby doesn't like Christmas, all he sees it as work. :( We respect each other's differences but sadly I feel like I'm the only one in my group of friends who LOVES Christmas, it's hard to share the enthusiasm.

What is it with 20-somethings not liking Christmas? I feel like we're throwing away traditions anymore due to malaise, laziness, commercialization, and lack of face-to-face connectivity.

20 Nov 2012 12:40 PM
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