Thursday, December 15, 2005

I'm starting to shop today. Right after this rant.

Okay, so, today's what, the 15th?

I am a Christmas fanatic. I live for this season. I LOVE this time of year, the anticipatory days, the buildup, the whole atmosphere of the world. Well, of the fun world, anyway; the grinches and grumps of the world don't count. I believe in the TRUE meaning of Christmas, but if you don't, that's your business. I do think even non-believers could get into the SEASON, if not the REASON, and have a lot of fun with it, and most of them do and are glad of it. But every party needs a pooper, that's why we invited you. . . . . so sit in the corner and complain and try to ruin it for the majority of the nation, go ahead, whine away, oh boo hoo your rights are being trampled because other people (who constitute a majority, by the way) are all happy and singing. . . oh, grow up and look around, you loser!!! Most of us are happier than usual, and thinking of others and trying to make our personal spaces a little prettier, and thinking generous thoughts for a change, and trying to help others in the coldest time of the year, and you're picketing stores and writing editorials demanding your scroogeish rights and doing your best to put a damper on it all.

Shame on you.

And, shame again. Lighten up. Embrace the emotional impact, if you don't have it in you to embrace any other aspect of it. It's a religious thing, yes. But it's also a cultural thing, and a seasonal thing, and an emotional thing, and a love thing, and a caring thing, and a sharing thing, and it makes people happy when they participate, and if you choose not to participate in any part of it, at least shut up about it so you don't drag others down with you. You have your rights? Yes, you do. And so do the rest of us, and that's something you don't seem to wish to acknowledge in any way because you're too busy trying to get an entire culture to shut down and do things your way. It's not going to happen, Scrooge. If you don't like it, move away.

Yes. Move away. You know, to some OTHER country where you're allowed to worship, behave, believe, eat, drink, etc, exactly as you please. . . . . oops. Um, wait a second. IS there another country where you're allowed to do those things? Besides this one that you spend all your time putting down?

I don't THINK so.

Therefore, if you intend to stay here, please understand something: you have your rights, and so does everyone else. You choose to be joyless at this time of year, others choose to be joyful. Neither of us is going to change. There are more of us than of you. Stay in your dark cheerless house if you don't want to see happy sharing singing people.

Sit there in your dark hole and practice saying things like "Bah, humbug," and "My RIGHTS are being obstructed!!!! Oh WAHHHHH" Stuff like that. Be sure your windows are open so the neighbors can hear you. Put a sign on your door, too, to warn people away lest a neighbor bring you a cake or a box of cookies - more signs that your rights are being disrespected.

What's the matter, you can't enjoy someone else's holiday? Okay, then you should be the one who volunteers to work the Christmas shifts for people. It doesn't mean anything to you, right? You'll get more money, and that's important to you, right? Then why aren't you first in line for that? It would be a wonderful gift for a father or mother who would love to be home with their kids for Christmas. . . .but then, you don't give gifts, do you, so that's out. And asking you to work when others don't would be yet another manisfestation of your rights being trampled.

Honestly. I hope you are in therapy.

But I digress. It's the 15th of December, and I haven't done any shopping yet. So I'm leaving for school early, and stopping by a few stores. My kids are going to have some kind of Christmas this year, and I don't care if Hub and I don't eat for a month afterwards. We don't need to be eating, anyway, gad.

So, to the majority of the world, a very Merry Christmas. To the rest of you, carry on, and be careful lest you accidently eat a cookie or hear a song or see some twinkling lights; it might scar you for life.

You know, I really believe that a person who chooses to live in a certain place, should bend over backwards to learn the language, the customs, and adapt to the culture. Otherwise, go back. Plus, it is not the responsibility, nor should it be, of the nation to accommodate the language, customs, and culture from whence you came. If you wanted to keep that wholly unto itself, why did you come to another place and expect to be catered to? If I moved to another country, I would certainly not expect, let alone demand or require, anyone or anything to cater to me; it would be my responsibility to adapt myself. I would adhere to my old ways at home, and do my best to fit in with the new culture's ways everywhere else. Why should they change for me? I'm the outsider! What's up with people believing they can move to a country and not change their ways at all?
Posted by Mamacita (The REAL one) @ 1:22 PM | |


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