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What I truly hate about the holiday season. Answered

It's when the new shows start telling me how much to tip everyone. The serious "advice" from these people ranges anywhere for a day's pay to a month's salary for everyone from the garbage man (there are four on the trucks in my neighborhood, does each receive $100?) to each person where I get my haircut, not just the barber, EVERYONE. The suggested tips run up into the thousands of dollars. Hey Christmas, go to hell! And let's not forget the office gift exchange, we are strongly encouraged to participate, since they can't make it mandatory, to bring a new $10 gift. Last year I hand made something and caught a firestorm of crap for it. This year, being my last, I bought a $10 gift and gave it to Toys for Tots. Materialistic, self centered BS that's the holiday spirit.

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Skyfinity
Skyfinity

13 years ago

Your am mean one, Mr Grinch. You really are a heel! You're as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel, Mr GRRRRINCH! Your a bad banana with a ... greasy black peel! So Bah! Humbug!

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Doctor What
Doctor What

13 years ago

Being an Athiest isn't fun during the holidays. My aunt has this thing, where she prays for like an hour, and it is awkward. She cries about 15 seconds into it. Sometimes before. Winter solstice is on the 21st!!

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Brennn10
Brennn10

13 years ago

Convert to Judaism, not only do you not have to tip, you get to eat latkes!

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 13 years ago

I already eat latkes, Bob Evan's serves the best hash browns. 0-X I need a religion that doesn't require "faith". maybe Buddhism, what's Buddha's attitude towards hunting?

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 13 years ago

I am not a religious person what so ever. Never attended a church/synagogue/temple service in my life. I choose not to be caught up in the religious aspect of life.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

Regarding tipping - the only people I tip at Christmas are the bin-men, and not in cash. I leave an eight-pack of beer in a carrier bag behind the garden wall, and tie a piece of string to the bin-handle and the carrier-bag - they move the bin and hear the distinctive clink of bottles. On the rare occasions I've had workmen in (builders, removal men) I've tipped with beer as well. (If a working man gets tipped with cash, he runs the risk of his wife getting her hands on it, but if he gets given booze he gets to drink it with his mates.)

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

13 years ago

I competely agree. I don't even celebrate it. The holidays are about getting together and seeing friends and family, not "aww I wanted an Ipod not a damn 360 - I hate you" and all that selfish bs it has become. Its become a time to open our wallets to greedy multibillion dollar companies and to china. Handmade gifts sould be appreciated, not criticized! And tips -absolute BS! Maybe 100 dollars to all the kids as gifts, but to your barber and you "sanitation engineer" (ooh, I have to be "politically correct"). And toys for tots is great, but why not help them get a decent meal or a new jacket or something like that. Build a man a fire he's warm for a few hours, set a man on fire he's warm for the rest of his life!

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 13 years ago

I remember seeing a video of some person on TV or our Comcast homepage and she got a car for her birthday and was very angry because she wanted a different one or something else.

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

13 years ago

Ugh and the music...

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

13 years ago

. Don't be a hater, player. :) Just refuse to play the game. In my family, if you're over 8-9 yo, don't expect much in the way of presents for Christmas. If you're not family, the best you can hope for is a card or a phone call.

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gmoon
gmoon

13 years ago

Nothing warms the soul like a good holiday rant...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

13 years ago

I have experience with growing up receiving the things I needed and occasionally the things I liked, whenever. Having to wait until year-end, going through the facade of being "good" for a few weeks so you "deserve" a present; nah, that is not for me. I either "Keep the spirit all year long" or people can just hate me for not being hypocritical. :-)