25
Dec
07

Merry Christmas!

Though it doesn’t really feel very “merry”, does it?

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I’ve noticed that my attitude towards this season of festivity has become radically different from what I used to experience. Though I can’t say the same for everyone, I can clearly sense the utter lack of merriment and gaiety in the atmosphere. Even in the municipality where I live, there is a distinct lack of Christmas parols, decorated lamp posts, and all sorts of other stuff. Some malls don’t even have much decoration, save for a couple of shops with random crap for sale. In any case, the Christmas spirit seems to be dying in most parts here.

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Perhaps commercialism is to blame for all this? Maybe the emphasis on buying crap to give people has taken priority over the people themselves? In this foolish man’s opinion, computers may have had a hand in the loss of Christmas joy.

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Why do I say this? Have I turned insane? Well, admittedly, computers (combined with the internet) have made the world much smaller; no need to send crappy handwritten letters which take weeks to months to deliver, now one can send dissertation-length discourses in a matter of seconds. Modern computing technology has created intercontinental social networks, creating networks that circle the globe. “But if they make the world so much smaller, how do they keep us apart from others?”, you ask? For the same reason that they keep us connected with other people, ones with similar interests and hobbies, it makes us more distant from our own family and friends who don’t see the point in buying plastic statues of half-naked women. We become jaded, after all the idiocy, the insults, and especially the immoral crap that one experiences every second or so on the internet (no thanks to 4chan), which in turn, affects us in many ways. In my case, I’ve become a whole lot less open with my parents and a whole lot more irritable too.

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Now I’m not really saying computers are bad. In fact, they’re one of the greatest inventions of modern man, and I love these things to death. What I am saying, through this poorly written, horribly cliche essay, if I may call it such, is that we need to step away from our computers for just a tad bit and spend time interacting with the people whose faces we really know, and not arguing with some random /b/tard on IRC. Computers are always going to be here, but our familes won’t. The internet is always on 24/7, but Christmas only comes once a year. Spend this time doing something more worthwhile with your loved ones.

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And remember, Merry Christmas!

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    16 Responses to “Merry Christmas!”


    1. December 25, 2007 at 12:19 am

      The sociologist in me would love to argue over some of your points, but now’s not the time, and I don’t fancy internet arguments. Suffice to say, though, I agree with your initial statement: that not much people are in the mood to celebrate the Yuletide season.

      There’s several factors to consider, and not just the ‘global village’ aspect, but I’m too busy celebrating the season as of the moment. I agree, though: it’s time to lighten up and enjoy the moment!

      Merry Christmas!

    2. December 25, 2007 at 2:03 am

      Haha yeah, whatever you’re doing this Christmas, stop and look around at the people you’re with, family and friends, and make sure to take it all in. Someday, you’ll be glad you did.

      Merry Christmas. 🙂

    3. December 25, 2007 at 5:12 am

      Christmas is indeed a time to spend time with the family or friends and a time to be away from the computer for once. Although for me, my whole family have their own things to do for Christmas and as do I. But of course we made up for it by spending time together earlier in the week.

      Merry Christmas!

    4. December 25, 2007 at 7:58 am

      Yes, it does all seem quite discouraging.

      On the other hand, our parish church was packed almost to the rafters during all nine pre-dawn Masses and during last night’s Christmas Mass. It’s nice to see that some traditions are still flourishing.

      I spent a good chunk of the long weekend cooped up in the library, watching anime and J-dorama on my PC (and doing some take-home overtime work, aargh) – but I made sure to join everyone else for mealtimes, masses and an extended-family get-together.

      Whatever you’re doing, I hope you’re having fun. God bless you and your family. Happy Christmas!

    5. 5 concretebadger
      December 25, 2007 at 8:51 am

      I don’t feel as festive as I used to but then, that’s what growing up does to you. I still see it as opportunity to spend time with family and friends during some time off work since I’m not particularly religious.

      Because of my ‘meh’ attitude to Christianity and religion in general, I see the festive season as a ‘goodwill to all men’ time which leads me to my main whinge here: Christmas is too damned commercial now. I don’t think it’s computers, it’s the antisocial people in front of them who have got it into their heads that this time of year is all about buying stuff. My whole family’s a bit broke this year so we’re not spending much on each other; we are however all going to spend time at home together and have a fun and relaxing day. As a matter of fact, I’m going to log off now and get a good night’s sleep in time to start preparing the turkey…

      So, forget the commercial crap and just have a happy Christmas! ^_^

    6. December 25, 2007 at 10:19 am

      My Christmas may be a less cheery due to the fact that my mom’s no longer with me now, but I try to stay positive and focus on the true essence of the season.

      I still have my relatives, my friends, and several acquaintances online and offline.

    7. December 25, 2007 at 5:32 pm

      say what u want but i gotta thnk u for giving me a very horny xmas. that hentai chick looks smokn hot!!! goddamn! 🙂

    8. December 25, 2007 at 5:38 pm

      In my case, christmas spirit has pummeled thanks to me growing up and the way I spent christmas when I was young.

      But that is another story, so Merry Christmas!!

    9. December 25, 2007 at 5:52 pm

      Hemisphere, one can’t expect much from a stupid high school student 😛
      Diego, strange though, as my local parish was only at half its capacity this morning.
      concretebadger, lucky you. You have turkey ;_;

      And to everyone, Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!

    10. December 26, 2007 at 2:50 am

      Merry ecchi? Happy hentai? Shame on you all. Pervs.

      You make baby Jesus cry on his birthday.

      Besides, anime encourages murder, does it not? Don’t you feel guilty about helping spread this menace? How many deaths is this very blog responsible for, just today, I wonder.

    11. 15 Hunter
      December 29, 2007 at 2:28 am

      yeee christmas iz over,anywayz happy holidayz (new years is yet 2 come) yea im new wutz the pic not safe for work? (im on my psp dun wanna change quality) wut is it?

    12. 16 daddygames
      January 27, 2008 at 9:06 am

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      buy from link above and get 20 % off at play-asia
      enjoy


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