Everyone on the planet knows, that there are people who are not fond of Christmas.
I happen to be one of those people who wants nothing to do with Christmas.
Because I think that it is a huge pile of rubbish — one that is higher than the Empire State Building.
Without further ado, here are my five reasons for not being jolly around this time of year.
1.) Christmas Is A Fairytale
I will admit, that Christmas is a wonderful period for most children and grown adults due to the fact that it helps them to get into a joyous state of mind.
However, Christmas is heavily wrapped up in lies; the biggest one of all being that Jesus Christ was born on Christmas Day.
The truth is that no one really knows the actual day that Jesus Christ was born.
Some scholars have speculated that he was born earlier in the year (Somewhere around Spring).
Some of the staunch Christians are probably thinking, “How in God’s name could Renard make a blasphemous statement like that?”
Hey, I was never one to blindly believe everything that I was told.
Erin Laviola’s article, Was Jesus Really Born On Christmas?, helps to shed some light on this mystery.
And, do not get me started on Santa Claus.
How is it that a fat man can freely go up and down a chimney without ever getting stuck or without ever getting an ounce of black-coloured soot on his red suit?
Now, that is what I call, “A well-put-together children’s story!”
To gain a much better understanding of this Santa Claus character, I highly recommend that you peruse Zoe Mintz’s article, Santa Claus’s Pagan Origins: 5 Influences Behind Father Christmas.
2.) Christmas Contributes To Overworking
There are many people who work numerous hours at their place of employment; for example, those store clerks and restaurant employees who proverbially bend over backwards in order to please their customers (The only positive thing about this is that they are paid to carry out those tasks).
After a hard day’s work, some of those people go out of their way to thoroughly clean and decorate their homes.
And, why is it that they put themselves through that ordeal?
They do it because they want their homes to be in pristine condition for the Christmas Season.
I would like to remind you, that overworking yourself has negative consequences; such as:
- Putting yourself at risk of developing diabetes.
- Developing an abnormal heart rhythm.
- Setting yourself up for heart disease and stroke.
- Developing psychiatric disorders.
Do keep in mind, that a moderate amount of work is good for you and that too much work can send you to an early grave.
So, please do not burn your figurative candle at both ends!
3.) Christmas Has Become Commercialized
Yes, my friend, Christmas has become commercialized; some examples of that being so are advertisements that pertain to:
- Buying electronics to make people happy for Christmas.
- Purchasing jewellery with the intention of presenting it as a Christmas gift for that special someone.
- Acquiring more elaborate Christmas decorations.
- Purchasing a new set of furniture at a reasonable price with the intention of making one’s home look lovely for the Christmas Season.
Jason Armstrong’s article, Have We Commercialized Christmas A Little Too Much?, goes into details on the commercialization of Christmas.
Christmas has lost its traditional meaning.
4.) I Am Forced To Socialize At Christmastime
For the record, there is nothing at all wrong with socializing with others.
The problem is forcing yourself to socialize with people during Christmastime.
We were all taught from an early age that it is polite to socialize with our friends, family, relatives and associates during the Christmas holidays.
So, as a result of this so-called age-old tradition, we end up finding ourselves socializing with everyone (Including those people whom we do not wish to socialize with).
If a person wants to spend their time alone for the Christmas Season, they should be allowed to do so and not force themselves into pretending to be friendly with those people that they have no real intentions of socializing with.
Sorry, I am not a politician.
I hate indulging myself in meaningless conversation (And, I am sure that there are people who feel the same as I do).
5.) The Time Of The Season For Receiving The Worst Gifts Ever
From an honest perspective, we do not always get the types of gifts that we desire (Which is okay in the sense because it is the thought that counts).
Some people received an ugly-looking sweater from their mother-in-law and they wear it (in spite of not liking it) to impress their mother-in-law whenever she drops by their home for the Christmas Season.
In my case, I end up getting bottles of cologne — cologne with fragrances that I do not like (It is as though someone received them as gifts many Christmases ago and they passed them on to me because they did not like the way in which they smelled).
Yes, people do those sorts of things (Once they do not give it as a gift to the person who bought it as a gift for them, they can get away with recycling their Christmas gifts).
By the way, if you are intrigued by the topic of horrible Christmas gifts, you should check out Caitlin Cochrane’s article, People Name the Worst Christmas Gifts They’ve Ever Received.
Christmas is certainly not my favourite time of the year (As a matter of fact, whenever it comes around, I keep my fingers crossed with the hopes of the Christmas Season passing fleetingly).
For me, enduring the goings-on of Christmas is a harsh form of punishment — one that I would never wish on my worst enemy.
The Christmas tradition is certainly one that I can gladly do without.
Now, I am in no way discouraging anyone from enjoying their Christmas (If Christmas is their sort of thing, they might as well enjoy it).
However, it is quite clear that Christmas is not for everyone.