10 Reasons I Hate Christmas. Love, The Grinch.

Via Saraswati J.
on Dec 23, 2009
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by Sarah Miller

Picture 3*Warning*: If you are offended easily, don’t read this….

One doesn’t have to look far to see the atrocious side-effects of the Christmas season on the environment and on the psyche.

As a non-Christian and non- religious (but extremely spiritual) Being, I take offense to much of these customs that are seemingly forced upon us during this time of year.

Oh I can hear the backlash of comments to come!! I’m speaking blasphemy. Blah Blah…But here are my top ten reasons that I choose to be Grinchy at this time of year.

1) It all starts waaay too early: Shortly after they get done with Halloween, the Christmas crap starts showing up in stores- well over two months before the event. The DAY after Thanksgiving (don’t get me started!) people are out putting up the tacky “yard ornaments.” December technically starts on November 25th in America.

2) The yard stuff is tacky: I don’t mind making the long, cold winter months a bit more cheery with some lights and nog. Whatever. But when your lights/Santa/ candy canes/Mickey Mouse etc., are life size, they infringe on my personal space and vision. Furthermore, when your yard looks like Las Vegas, you’ve gone too far. When you don’t know how to artfully arrange items, or determine what is clearly distasteful, or what has nothing to do with Christmas in the first place, you have no business putting anything in your front yard. Period. (Example: dalmatians, lollipops, Mickey Mouse, blow up Santas, deer etc.)

3) Lights, electricity, fossil fuels: Have we thought about the environmental implications of the excessive use of electricity for all these lights, blow up machines and spotlights?! How many watts are being used when a yard is so bright it competes with the full moon itself? Then, on top of this, people DRIVE around in their cars to look at the Christmas lights. Talk about over-consumption and a waste of fossil fuel.

4) The “Christmas tree”: I don’t even have to say it, it’s so obvious. A living tree has been killed. For what? For less than thirty days of enjoyment. For putting gifts under (I’ll get to that in a second). To say that you “did a tree this year.” To hang chintzy ornaments on. It’s disgusting. Kill nature. Then decorate it. Then throw it away. Oh so American! I am obviously not pro-killing trees for decoration. Tree farms? Still a bad idea. Then there are the fake trees. Made of plastic and entirely non-biodegradable. Need I say more?

There’s also the reality that the “Christmas tree” is associated historically with paganism and several other traditions but gained popularity in the U.S. and UK during Queen Victoria’s reign mid 18th century. As it turns out, it is a fairly new holiday association.

5) Gifts?: What kind of gifts are these anyway? Gifts you need? Or gifts you want? Gifts your kids are whining about? Basically it’s more crap. It’s a holiday designed for retailers and makes people feel the need to buy, buy, buy. Long after the holidays are over, your finances have gone to sh*t. You are giving gifts just to give gifts because that’s what people do at Christmas; give gifts. Who needs gifts? Who needs anything? Right. No one.

6) Put the Christ back in Christmas: Let’s first point out that Christ wasn’t a Christian- he was Jew. Secondly, I’m all for celebrating Christs’ day of birth except for one small thing: he wasn’t actually born in December. In fact, he was born sometime closer to spring. The Christians actually disguised their celebrations under the auspices of Solstice (a considerably “Pagan” holiday by some standards) in order to avoid persecution.

Perhaps this holiday should be restored to its more truthful origins? Or is this the epitome of what the holiday itself has become?

7) Separation of church and state: So according to our government, we all must be Christians who celebrate such things as Christmas. Otherwise all government offices wouldn’t be closed and all working folks wouldn’t get days off from their employers- by law. I could have sworn that our Constitution states a separation of church and state? Hmmm. So let me get this straight, a country built on the very backs of immigration, that boasts its very founding on freedom of religion and the ending of an oppressive regime, is now telling me what holiday to celebrate and my government sees no conflict with this- even though the Constitution clearly states otherwise? Wow, we are so hoodwinked! Clearly, I’m not getting days off from work for Diwali or Ramadan. No. Only Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas…….

8) Santa Claus: We all know there was a St. Nick who lived once. Around the world there are depictions of a jovial Being and his generosity. I love it. I really do. There are pagan ties (Odin to the Germans) that have made Santa taboo for certain Christian celebrations. I like the guy. But……my point is, he doesn’t actually belong with Christmas at all. Call me a Puritan, but he’s not Christmas. And besides, you’re lyin’ to the kids and that ain’t cool.

9) “Merry Christmas!”: How many times do I have to hear “Merry Christmas!” in my lifetime? How many times will I have to respond with “happy holidays” before people realize that not everyone is celebrating their holiday with them? Isn’t it a bit egotistical to assume that everyone else is ALSO celebrating Christmas? I find it super rude. Especially for those who are celebrating Hanukkah and Kwanzaa at this time of year. And funny no one wishes me a happy Raam Navami…..

To put it into perspective, American Muslims don’t go around wishing EVERYONE “happy Ramadan” every year. Why? Because they know that not everyone in America is celebrating Ramadan with them. So why do Christians, or those celebrating Christmas, assume that everyone else is playing along with them? Weird.

10) Bottomline: I think this Christmas thing is WAY out of control. If you want to celebrate your holiday, go for it! I support you in that effort and honor your desire for celebration in the name of your personal beliefs. But please, please, don’t turn this into an everyone holiday. And to those who are just giving stupid gifts and cutting trees and putting up horrid light displays with Mickey and lollipops and dalmatians, you need to find some meaning in it all. You’re celebrating Christ after all. Aren’t you?

With love,

The Grinch.


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Comments

141 Responses to “10 Reasons I Hate Christmas. Love, The Grinch.”

  1. J-dog says:

    I find everything about christmas wonderful. Its more than just tradition, its a tool used to create family memories. sitting around the tree with the fireplace going. and the songs that come with christmas not the new meaningless ones mind you I'm talking about the old styled ones like "we three kings", "silent night" and ones like that. What I hate is the commercialism which has nothing to do with christmas itself.

    I understand everyone has an opinion but opinions are like armpits everyone has two and they usually stink.

  2. Thanks for the good writeup. It actually was once a entertainment account it. Look complex to more brought agreeable from you! However, how could we be in contact?

  3. Louise says:

    Okay, so Christmas is unavoidable and annoying from November until January.

    Say you go out for a coffee. You only like black coffee, but there is cream and sugar on every table, including yours. Do you have to put them in your coffee just because they are there? Would you complain to the waitress for wasting less than a square foot of the table that you would not have used anyway for the cream and sugar even though there is no way she could have known you do not like them? No, that would be ridiculous.

    Likewise, there is no reason to give in to anything that bothers you about Christmas just because it is there. Just leave it on the table for the next person to enjoy (or not) and go about the rest of your life as you please.

  4. rosalee says:

    I enjoyed this article. There were some interesting points. As a law geek, I just thought I would point out that the US constitution does not guarantee "separation of church and state."

    The constitution says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …."

    The phrase "separation of church and state" is from a letter published by Thomas Jefferson in 1802. The courts sometimes interpret this to mean that church and state should be separate, and sometimes they interpret it differently, but it's not actually written in the constitution.

    That said, I would probably rather celebrate Solstice than Christmas, and with windmills as lawn ornaments instead of Christmas lights.

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  8. Guest says:

    FUCK CHRISTMAS!

  9. William says:

    Hey…here's a "Kill Santa" game if you're bored on Christmas and just generally hate the whole thing. http://www.365flashgame.com/flash/kill-santa-flas

  10. Mavis Chang says:

    I do LOVE the point of views in this essay. Although Christmas is not a historical custom in Taiwan, people who live here celebrate this holiday without any motivation due to it's a trend that most people do in this month; December. I also strongly agree that Christmas is a holiday designed for the businessmen and retailers, they make people feel need to buy then these people earn bundle of money from the cash cow; customers. Lastly, I would like to get the Chinese New Cards from my friends rather than a Christmas card.

  11. Tereza says:

    wow, being so wantonly negative must really improve your quality of living…
    It's possible to have a pleasant, small-scale christmas about food, fellowship, family and suchlike. Of course America overdoes it, but America overdoes many things. You can either create a pleasant existence for yourself and try to positively contribute to the world around you, or you can rant pointlessly on the internet.

  12. LasaraAllen says:

    Actually, you can request a religious holiday off.
    http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/emp

  13. LasaraAllen says:

    Interesting that the article quoted no one with kids.

  14. Aella says:

    I like your article, I dissagree with most of it to some extent or another, but its a good read, I kinda found it funny, because I hear so many people say the same stuff you have listed. For the second last reason you had; if you don’t wanna hear merry xmas, I say to all my friends to have a happy yule as that’s what I celebrate for religious reasons, while celebrating xmas as just a family get together. Though people do tell me I’m crazy when I wish them happy holidays I celebrate and they don’t.I totally agree that we should be able to have official days off for other religions too since it is kinda worrysome for some ppl to have to explain to their very angrily Christian employer that they need the day off for their religious holiday.

  15. angel says:

    lmao agree with ALL!!! thanks for joining the army of ecogrinches! my family will never understand my wishes to be excluded and never respect my requests for zero gifts. bla.

  16. Guest says:

    Two more words: esusJay eptWay

  17. Guest says:

    You harshed my buzz

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  21. Thank you for this kind of a good blog. Where else could 1 get these kinds of facts written in these kinds of an incite full way? I have a presentation that I am just now working on, and I have been trying to find these kinds of information.

  22. 79spitfire says:

    Thanks for reminding me of all the senseless trivial reasons to be a grinch. It helps me focus on exactly why the Whos were singing anyway in Whoville.

  23. elephantjournal says:

    Via FB:

    Shannon: Beautiful piece.

    Natalie J But if we took away the "Christian" holidays we get off work, what assumed time would there be when everyone you love is off work, and together? Tricky.

    Cathy C I LOVE THIS!!! I have one to add…wrapping paper and bags!!! what an eco disaster…what a total waste!!

  24. cj says:

    Tolerance needs to be learned. If someone wishes me a Happy Hanakah, or Merry Christmas, whatever… I take it that good wishes are meany. I don’t judge its this or that. It is meant in good spirit not an offence.

  25. frost says:

    I hate Christmas as much as the next person with half a brain. However the seperation of church and state thing is just hog wash! I still don’t know how that phrase rose to such popularity! With a little reading, and I don’t mean reading what the liberal media shoves down your throat, but reading the documents and letter of our fore fathers its VERY obvious that the point they were trying to make was that our country and government would both be built around and have deep ties to God and Christianity, the government would/could never FORCE someone to practice a certain religion or practice in a certian way. At no juncture do they make any indication that religion is to be completely removed from government. If you don’t want to pray in school don’t. Just sit quietly while those who chose to practice their religion do. Don’t want to say “under God” in the pledge, don’t. Just let those who do chose to carry on. This country and government were intended to be deeply rooted in religion, it however is never allowed to FORCE anyone to be religious. At the same time those who do not wish to be religious should also never be allowed to take away the rights of those who wish to practice.

  26. ≧◉◡◉≦ says:

    I am 11. And muslim. I completely agree with you. Ithink celebrating CATURDAY would bring me more joy.

  27. shooz says:

    First of all it starts in October, the stores all have the decor out, second-the jewelry stores have ridiculous ads showing non-realistic scenarios to sell jewelry, as do the car companies ie: Lexus-like go buy your significant other a Lexus for the holidays-puullleeessse. IT is really supposed to be for Children not spoiled adults. I have yet to see a happy, cheery person shopping, prices are higher then marked down to normal prices and call it a sale. Every tv & radio station has unrelenting Christmas music 24/7 starting on Thanksgiving. TV commercials to wind up the kids to start annoying you that they want this and that. They never show what Christmas is supposed to be about-it has been overly commercialized, putting most people in debt for the next 6 months and then it starts all over again. You have to tear your house apart to accommodate the decorations, the huge dinner table and the tree. Then clean it all up and put it in storage for next years hoopla mess. The waste of food is over the top. Then there is the returns time. Hence why suicide rates are up for this time of year. I myself have to take calming supplements this time of year.
    Can't stand the holiday for all reasons above mentioned.

  28. pnutgalry says:

    that's funny. Funny thing about the internet, people tend to take you seriously when you're kidding around

  29. Robyn O. says:

    I agree…..not to mention the family who treat you badly at Christmastime. What a crock.

  30. swati jr* says:

    Thanks for reposting this Elephant! This was four years ago. Yep. Still a "grinch". 😉

  31. I hate Christmas for the same reasons. However, I must point out Queen Victoria was born in 1819, well into the 19th century and did not rule until 1837-1901…IN THE MID 19th CENTURY! Unfortunately, getting the century wrong for such an important monarch undermines your credibility and I'm an American who is not an expert on British history.

  32. David says:

    The author explicitly states that the Constitution requires a separation of church and state, but Tim is being deceptive when he points out it doesn't? Certainly the value existed at the time, as did many other values, as did state churches…or so Google tells me.

  33. Doodlebop says:

    I don't know if anyone has said this yet but I for one don't mind what holiday anyone celebrates this time of year and am happy to respond with a happy holidays merry Christmas, joyous kwanzaa, happy Hanukkah and also don't mind if I have a similar response if i celebrate Hanukkah and wish someone a happy Hanukkah and they don't celebrate it I hope they'll respond with a happy Hanukkah anyway or just reply with a smile and a happy, merry, joyous whatever they celebrate it bugs me that so many people are jumping on this offended band wagon….

  34. Mark Pugner says:

    No backlash here! Even though this post is from 2009, it is still very relevant today. Another thing to add to the list is the 'irregular hours' of most businesses. Even non-believers expect the time off from work…cause everyone else isn't working. It just irks me to no end how people complain about how busy they are 'during the holidays'. Since I gave it up years ago, my life around that time of the year is less stressful. I'm usually spending Christmas on some warm Florida beach with no other plans for the day. Thank goodness restaurants are at least still open.

  35. Amanda says:

    Oh my gods. I could not agree with you more. And thank you for pointing out that the tree is pagan in origin. I am pagan and I don't get my holidays off either. Yule, Samhain, Eostre, nnnope. None of it. I too say happy holidays because I have friends of more than one religion. Just last night I had to defend the right to say happy holidays in a car full of CHRISTmasers. IT"S MERRY CHRISTMAS. I didn't get into the whole, born with the lambs thing or the pagan roots of the holiday…..*sigh* There is no war on christmas, merely a brand new fight for equality. You are right, not everyone is christian, and I will continue to say happy holidays because I believe in respecting all peoples. Not just some. Happy holly days to everyone!

  36. amanda says:

    *ahem*….I don't think the natives celebrated christmas……Just saying.

  37. Kdee says:

    Hate it. All of it. Especially the fucking music. Except for “oh holy night”. Even i can’t hate that one. Anyway, cheers. It will be over soon!

  38. Lucy says:

    I hate Christmas because it’s a reminder of what I don’t have – not what I do have. I don’t have the ability to spend it with my family, no one gets me any gifts yet I shell out every year a lot of money to get everyone else nice things, yeah I know it’s about giving blah blah blah. It just always seems like my Christmas is sad and sub-par to everyone else’s. Every year. That’s why I hate it, I wish we could just not celebrate it so that it doesn’t draw attention to how much better others have it. Cause I’d prefer to not make comparisons but it’s hard at this time of year

  39. BlondieLovesBaking says:

    You sound like you are a lot of fun! The people down here below your pedestal celebrate (or don't celebrate) and that's completely okay. Did you ever think people have lots of decorations because it brings joy to children, or joy to themselves? I don't think it's a crime that for 1 month, or maybe longer, out of the year people have a little joy and try sharing it with others. You can nitpick apart every single holiday this way. For fucks sake, go get some crystals and realign your chakras and shit, or go buy some Midol!

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