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Offline thalbergmad

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Christmas is crap
« on: December 23, 2013, 04:47:35 PM »
What an absolute waste of time Christmas is. It should be cancelled thus saving millions of people from credit card debt that they cannot pay back.

To hell with it. I would rather be at work.

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Re: Christmas is crap
«Reply #1 on: December 23, 2013, 05:08:47 PM »
What an absolute waste of time Christmas is
Scrooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooge!

What's such a "waste of time" about it? For one thing, all depends upon how each individual uses the time and, for another, Christmas Day is no longer than any other.

It should be cancelled thus saving millions of people from credit card debt that they cannot pay back.
If it were to be cancelled, people would still spend money that they don't have. Christmas doesn't have to involve overspending in any case. Some people get heavily into credit card debt paying for overpriced season tickets for travel by train to work; one can hardly blame Christmas for that!

To hell with it. I would rather be at work.
Well, no one here's stopping you going into work over Christmas - and some people here might be working over the Christmas period anyway.

Merry Christmas to you - and a happy 2014!

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Re: Christmas is crap
«Reply #2 on: December 23, 2013, 05:13:44 PM »
I personally don't like how material Christmas has become. To me, Christmas always stood, for me at least, what it originally stood for: Celebrating the birth of Christ. A time where the world can stop for a moment and everything can descend into halcyon bliss.
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Re: Christmas is crap
«Reply #3 on: December 23, 2013, 05:20:34 PM »
I personally don't like how material Christmas has become. To me, Christmas always stood, for me at least, what it originally stood for: Celebrating the birth of Christ. A time where the world can stop for a moment and everything can descend into halcyon bliss.
None of the rampant commercialism that has gathered around Christmas need make any difference to that for those who want to celebrate it for what it's supposed to be.

As to your sign-off - "piano and intercourse have something in common: I would need a significant amount of alcohol to enjoy either of them" - you don't get the best out of either when you're inebriated!

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Re: Christmas is crap
«Reply #4 on: December 23, 2013, 05:33:09 PM »
None of the rampant commercialism that has gathered around Christmas need make any difference to that for those who want to celebrate it for what it's supposed to be.

As to your sign-off - "piano and intercourse have something in common: I would need a significant amount of alcohol to enjoy either of them" - you don't get the best out of either when you're inebriated!

Best,

Alistair

True. Still, the level of commercialism is a bit extreme. But at least it's not like Black Friday, where people kill each other over stuff.

As for the latter statement, you're certainly right with piano (Although it would lead it something fairly interesting coming from the piano). The latter part, not so much, as that would imply there's even something good in it in the first place.
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Re: Christmas is crap
«Reply #5 on: December 23, 2013, 06:21:04 PM »

To hell with it. I would rather be at work.


For me the extra days off work is the only thing I like about X-mas...Otherwise I do not bother myself with it at all. I simply ignore all the fuzz and stupidity and just spend the days as I would any other weekend :)

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Re: Christmas is crap
«Reply #6 on: December 23, 2013, 08:32:55 PM »
None of the rampant commercialism that has gathered around Christmas need make any difference to that for those who want to celebrate it for what it's supposed to be.

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Alistair

Amen.  Although it can be distracting...

Merry Christmas!
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Re: Christmas is crap
«Reply #7 on: December 23, 2013, 08:52:06 PM »
If Christmas has become abhorrent, and admittedly it has for far too many people, it is because we have collectively allowed it to happen. I would far rather be without the crass commercialism, the absurd neurosis, the drunkenness, the obligation to spend, the increase in domestic violence and crime. However, it is also a reminder of what we could be the year round should we choose to reject all that nonsense, embrace the spirit of Scrooge with Tiny Tim on his shoulders, and actually try to do something about some of the terrible things which go on.

This is a very difficult thing to do in the large, but surprisingly easy at the individual level once the choice is made.  
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Re: Christmas is crap
«Reply #8 on: December 23, 2013, 09:31:46 PM »
True. Still, the level of commercialism is a bit extreme. But at least it's not like Black Friday, where people kill each other over stuff.

As for the latter statement, you're certainly right with piano (Although it would lead it something fairly interesting coming from the piano). The latter part, not so much, as that would imply there's even something good in it in the first place.
All that I can say from my own bitter experience is that, with the best will in the world and more, I cannot play the piano even decently irrespective of the level of my sobriety or otherwise at the time of trying and, I hope, there's the (or at least a) material difference...

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Re: Christmas is crap
«Reply #9 on: December 24, 2013, 02:37:48 AM »
Christmas is bad?!

Where the heck were you when Thanksgiving came around?!

Thanksgiving is the worst of them all!

Back in the day, the pilgrims were chillin with the Indians, and they were like, 'yo let's eat together homie!  Let's call it... Thanksgiving!!!', And the pilgrims were like, 'alright, rad', and you know what happened?  

They ate together!!!

And you know what happened after that?!

The Pilgrims fucked them over!!!  They were like, 'nah man, *** you!!!  We're taking all of your land!  ALL OF IT!!!  Give me that sh*t you stupid punk!  And on top of that, we're gonna kill you all!!!  Hell yeah!!!  Let's ethnic cleanse this sh*t for real!!!  And noooo don't think we're gonna stop with that!  To put the icing on the cake, we're gonna name you after ourselves!  Yeah...  We'll call you...  Native Americans...'  

They stole all of their land, killed a couple million people, and as if it wasn't enough, they decided to name them after themselves...  That's horrible!



But the first thanksgiving wasn't actually declared until Abe Lincoln came along 200 years later!  So I guess you can really celebrate thanksgiving without worrying about anything...

SIKE!!!

You thought I let you guys go didn't you?!  Nuh uh man, I'm not done yet!  People lie about how thankful they are for everything when mere hours later, they're out on Black Friday fighting for the last PS4 at Best Buy, or the last pair of the new Jordans in their shoe size at footlocker!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH I AM SOO MAD!!!

I HATE EVERYONE!!!!!
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Re: Christmas is crap
«Reply #10 on: December 24, 2013, 02:34:06 PM »
All that I can say from my own bitter experience is that, with the best will in the world and more, I cannot play the piano even decently irrespective of the level of my sobriety or otherwise at the time of trying and, I hope, there's the (or at least a) material difference...

Best,

Alistair

I can relate to you on that. Every time I play the piano, I am reminded of the fact that composing and playing are entirely different things.

Honestly, though, for that purpose, I'm thankful I have a keyboard instead of a regular piano. I do fine with celesta, organ, and harpsichord, but pianos do not seem to like me.
Per novitatem, artium est renascatur.

Finished with making music for quite a long time.