What does Christmas mean to you ?

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In an age of fast paced life & our demands being required left, right and centre, people usually associate Christmas with the time available to reflect upon the year and be with family, friends and loved ones.

Except that isn't always the case, it can also be one of the loneliest times of the year for some, what does it signify to you, what are your memories or feelings of the season, how you celebrate it, or not, if that's the case.

What does Christmas mean to you ?
 
It's like a continuation of Thanksgiving. You get together with the people you love and like.....you eat good, you laugh a lot, you remember the people who are no longer there....but this time you give some people gifts.
 
Friends, family, and happiness. A time to escape from the harsh realities of the world and be a kid again.
 
Marzipan and ignoring my brother.
 
It doesn't have religious meaning for me but it's still a favorite holiday. I love my memories of Christmas and I like the sentiment behind it.
 
It means I have to put on my black cloak and join my two friends in scaring rich old misers.
 
i could go without it
 
Visiting with my in-laws -- such wonderful people, I am so blessed -- good food and scratch tickets. Being grateful. :)
 
A Big Dinner

Whilst Christmas is meant to be in remembrance of Christ (for some part) it no longer holds that meaning for the masses, instead it's an excuse for people to over-shop, overspend, and overeat. Spending time with Friends & Family is great (and will be done) but ultimately those that wish to do that can do it throughout the year, and shouldn't need an occasion to spend time together.

I'll enjoy the week off work and the extra amounts of food, and spend time with friends and family, but otherwise, it'll be just another day for me.
 
i work 7 days a week, and Christmas is one of 3 days we are not open. the gift i try to give myself each year is just sleeping and lounging the day away but people dont seem to like this lol
 
For me it's mostly coming together with all of the family. On Sunday I will visit my eldery (79 yo) parents for a "Night before Christmas" evening, in which my mom (with dads assistance as much as he's proficient to, lol) will serve a smaller pre-taste of some of the typical Christmas dinner stuff that are traditional in my country.

On Monday (yeah, Christmas Eve), we'll all gather at my brothers house and celebrate Christmas Eve all together. Slightly sadly these times though, there's rarely any children on board (if not my sister in law's brother come along with his kids, but I'm not sure about that this year). I always think IMHO that in order of a true Christmas spirit there should be kids around at Christmas Eve. But you can't manipulate time, life situations and other stuff. I know though that we'll have a great Christmas Eve together anyhow.

On another note, it's always funny how I find myself spending tons of money around Christmas. I always have a quite reasonable budget that usually is somewhere correct in the end regarding all the Christmas gifts. But still money goes away on various stuff anyway around these times, lol. Thank Zod there will be a small salary coming in just after the Christmas Holiday.

Like many others, I have a somewhat love-hate relationship to Christmas. The extreme commercialism is something that's been disturbing me since the 80s. On the other hand the family traditions with various members and constellations during all these decades is something I've always highly enjoyed. And always look forward too.
 
I dont have a lot of family that I'm close to so Christmas is sometimes just an off day with an awkward dinner I'm asked to attend. Having a girlfriend this year and last has made it more fun and exciting so I'm thankful for that. Having a week off from work this year is a nice perk too, I get a chance to see some of the family that I am close to but who live further away.
 
Baby Jesus, baby shower!

Also: the time of the year when I get to spend a lot of money in presents for my parents... I love to really indulge them!
 
Celebrating the birth of Jesus, spending time with family, gift sharing.
 
To me it accentuates all the areas in my life that are awful the other periods of time around the year just that much more.
 
A Big Dinner

Whilst Christmas is meant to be in remembrance of Christ (for some part) it no longer holds that meaning for the masses, instead it's an excuse for people to over-shop, overspend, and overeat. Spending time with Friends & Family is great (and will be done) but ultimately those that wish to do that can do it throughout the year, and shouldn't need an occasion to spend time together.

I'll enjoy the week off work and the extra amounts of food, and spend time with friends and family, but otherwise, it'll be just another day for me.
Re the friends and family thing, the main reason it works out well for me is that it’s the only time when most of my friends and family are likely to be off work at the same time as me.
 
When I was a kid, Christmas means that my parents who are working overseas are going to come home to celebrate the holidays with us.

Nowadays, it means I will be able to get double pay because we don't have a Christmas break.
 
Some things I can't and are just there 24-7 / 365, the things I can, I'm working on.
You get those nachos and popcorn for me... The least I can do for you is getting rid of anything that's bothering you. I can make it look like an accident, you know...
 
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to all Hypesters!
 
When I was a kid, Christmas means that my parents who are working overseas are going to come home to celebrate the holidays with us.

Nowadays, it means I will be able to get double pay because we don't have a Christmas break.
Nice. :up:
 

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