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  • Lets summarize:

    1) Fights to visit distant relatives.
    2) Fights over money and how and on who it is spent.

    And, from the article,  a main concern for reason #1 is the cost of visiting relatives and friends. So really the cause of Christmas fights is.....Money.
  • Steve Zodiac:
    And, from the article,  a main concern for reason #1 is the cost of visiting relatives and friends. So really the cause of Christmas fights is.....Money.

    Money is the reason for the season.
  • I thought people fighting over money spending habits was a year round event. Why blame the season for something you never got right in the first place.
  • Since my wife and I don't do any of those things, we don't ever fight.
  • I have often found the poor and less financially fortunate to be more appreciative of Xmas, while the wealthier tend to get more stressed. I think it is because giving things that really mean something and having them be really appreciated by the recipient provides more benefit to the giver than having the value of those things in the first place. On the other hand, people who get gifts for those who already have too much stuff will have a harder time finding a gift that actually has any serious value to the recipient, and the price of such gifts is generally greater, meaning there is a greater possibility that the benefit of the possession of the value given will be greater than the benefit of the act of giving.

    /sociology of Xmas is fun
  • Steve Zodiac: Lets summarize:

    1) Fights to visit distant relatives.
    2) Fights over money and how and on who it is spent.

    And, from the article,  a main concern for reason #1 is the cost of visiting relatives and friends. So really the cause of Christmas fights is.....Money.


    I would have said the problem is Christmas.
  • I guess if you get drunk off of Baileys then fighting over whether or not mince is a meat or not is as good as it gets.
  • Must be a Northeastern Yankee tradition ...
  • I shoulda known - it'a all about women biatchin' - and startin' their shiat over nuthin'.
  • We all fight over if we should kick Drunken Uncle Gary out for Eye-Farking his underage nieces all day.

    /got nothin"
    //Its not even noon and I am three sheets to the wind.
  • WHO DRANK THE LAST OF THE FLAVORED ALCOHOL MILK STUFF THAT COSTS $30 A BOTTLE FOR SOME REASON? Now we'll never know which of us three guys this hot blonde whore is going to bang.
  • Money was the cause our family fought this year. It all boils down the sense of entitlement the rest of my family has towards our money. I got my neice a car and my sister in law (her biatch mother) was upset I didn't get her selfish ass anything. Every year I have to hear the same griping about how we hire a large group of homeless people to wrap all of my kids' presents. They say it would be better to use the 2 weeks of bums' pay to buy their family something instead.
    I look at it like it's spending money on bums either way. One's appreciative, one's not. Id rather pay the one that is.
  • Ain't that the truth.
    /should have seen the Thanksgiving fight I had with my religious right-wing tea bagger sister-in-law
  • Stone Meadow: Since my wife and I don't do any of those things, we don't ever fight.


    Since I don't have a wife, I don't fight with myself.

    /Unless I'm reenacting that one scene from Liar-Liar.
  • the bailey's usually started the fights when i was growing p
  • Great Justice: I have often found the poor and less financially fortunate to be more appreciative of Xmas, while the wealthier tend to get more stressed. I think it is because giving things that really mean something and having them be really appreciated by the recipient provides more benefit to the giver than having the value of those things in the first place. On the other hand, people who get gifts for those who already have too much stuff will have a harder time finding a gift that actually has any serious value to the recipient, and the price of such gifts is generally greater, meaning there is a greater possibility that the benefit of the possession of the value given will be greater than the benefit of the act of giving.

    /sociology of Xmas is fun


    new favorite!
  • Woot_Gawd:
    //Its not even noon and I am three sheets to the wind.


    fair winds and following seas
  • moothemagiccow: the bailey's usually started the fights when i was growing p


    Liquor doesn't start fights, people start fights.

    So to avoid fight, we must liquor everyone up. Even the kids. No, especially the kids.
  • Stayed home from the hypocrite In laws and step kids this year. In bed with chocolate and cheech and Chong on Comedy Central. Got the step kids a ps3 and a d90...told em they ain't gettin them till they clean their room. They don't seem to care so they ain't gettin em. Bah humbug.
  • I'm old and own a company. I like to start family Christmas discussions this way: "Which charity should get everything?"
  • Wife and I had an agreement. Fifty dollar limit on our gift to each other. We both went over the limit but we both knew we weren't obliged to do so. I outspent her by a wide margin, but I also lead with a bottle of Baileys (coincidentally) and it softened the blow considerably.

    /merry farking xmas everyone!
  • Great Justice: I have often found the poor and less financially fortunate to be more appreciative of Xmas, while the wealthier tend to get more stressed. I think it is because giving things that really mean something and having them be really appreciated by the recipient provides more benefit to the giver than having the value of those things in the first place. On the other hand, people who get gifts for those who already have too much stuff will have a harder time finding a gift that actually has any serious value to the recipient, and the price of such gifts is generally greater, meaning there is a greater possibility that the benefit of the possession of the value given will be greater than the benefit of the act of giving.

    /sociology of Xmas is fun


    I agree (sorta).  At least from personal experience.  Money has been very tight the last few years, and our families (both ~900 miles away) totally understand that we're not travelling up there for Christmas.  Now, I've never wanted to, and the times I did its always very stressful (family is a collection of drama queens).

    Also, the wife and I no longer get each other gifts.  We just found it silly.  We would just get each other practical stuff we happened to need around December of any given year.  Had Christmas not existed, we'd have bought this stuff anyway.

    All in all, I just like the fact that I can now relax for a few days.  Late December is 100x less stressful nowadays.
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