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Christmas music – Bah, humbug

5 Dec

It has started.
It doesn’t arrive gradually like the tide that will engulf a region.
It arrives with the suddenness and fury of a nuclear blast.
One can’t escape it.
I was at the local grocery store a few days ago and the music was set to 11. I’ve never noticed if this particular grocer had music regularly but this was in your face. When I commented on the music to the girl at the checkout she rolled her eyes and made a painful face. The music was on for just one day at the time and she has had enough.
I am not against Christmas.
I am not against Christmas music.
But this incessant – “ding, dong, merrily along,” can drive one around the bend.
Are there no labour laws to protect the checkout persons – or all people working in retail, from this horror?
There is nice Christmas music out there but what one generally hears is this syrupy bouncy dreck that focuses on everything but the birth of Jesus Christ… Ain’t He the meaning of Christmas
I’ve had enough of this stuff already.
Play the good Carols or nothing.
Silence is better.

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Hollow-ween

31 Oct

This column took me a long time to put together.
Not because it is a long and complex story.
But because I could not find a word.
I was, and am, looking for a word to express my feelings for Halloween.
Bah-Humbug is used for Christmas.
I need one for Halloween.

Bah humbug

15 Dec

As I progress in years, I take less and less delight with this “holiday season.” There are real stresses that this regime of joyfulness imparts.
I have just seen a report that states the incidents of domestic abuse rise dramatically during this Yule time. Joy to the world indeed.
The Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses recently stated that there is a 30 per cent rise in calls to the organizations seeking aid during the Christmas/New Year holidays.
I guess getting things perfect is stressful.You can see the stress in the stores and on the street and especially in the parking lots of our big box stores. I sometimes get the urge to belt out “Ho, Ho, Merrily we go…” when I see a particularly stressed individual. But that would be cruel. And dangerous – to that person’s health and perhaps mine.
I am not worried that I might be turning into a bit of a scrooge.
As a Ukrainian, I celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar. The gifts are given on St. Nicholas day – December 19 and Christmas Eve is January 5 – No gifts, just lots of good healthy meatless food.
This really helps avoid the stress that you see on the streets these days.