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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #960 on: December 09, 2013, 04:01:31 PM »
Living on base is different than living in an regular neighborhood. There is a "we're all in this together" mentality. Word had somehow gotten around about mom's illness and dad's sweet but fumbling attempts at cooking...next thing you know the other mom's in the neighborhood show up, each bearing yummy food to share with us! These ladies made sure that we had a great meal and helped dad out so much. It's a really sweet memory for us-true community and neighborliness at its best.
We military families have to stick together and take care of our own, because more often than not, there is no blood family available.  I can't count the number of stray airmen who joined us at our holiday celebrations over the years.  The potluck Christmas of 1979 stands out too.  DH's section had to work a full day shift Xmas Day, so we all celebrated together on their next break day.  Ever make Chicken Kiev for 25 people?   ;D

I'm picturing a single giant chicken kiev.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #961 on: December 09, 2013, 05:51:04 PM »
My hill to die on from this point on is going to be self-pity.  I was on the phone an hour ago with someone who has no Christmas plans because "I have no family here, no friends, and nobody loves me! [fill in the rest]."  The next time I talk to her it's going to be "What are you going to do about this?"

I bet there are several charities in her area that would love to have her help dishing out dinner to the less fortunate!

Actually, a lot of charities are overrun by people who just want to help on Christmas Day - it isn't always practical since there needs to be at least basic training, which for one day a year, isn't worth it.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #962 on: December 09, 2013, 07:41:07 PM »
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I don't eat turkey or sweet potatoes or green bean casserole or cranberry sauce...

~gasps in faux horror~  So... it was just another Thursday night dinner?   ;)

Well, another Thursday night dinner with eight pies for fourteen people. So no complaints at all, really. :)

Did you count the cakes, pies, brownies, Rice Crispie treats, and cookies?  At Grandma's house - the dessert table was an overcrowded card table - the plates & forks had to be put on the main table, as well as a few desserts left in the kitchen "for later" (the cookie plates were refilled as they ran low). 

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I listen to Christmas music for about a week (or less) by choice (fast food & retail jobs when younger) - I can handle a few carols on the radio while driving around to do the shopping - but then I change stations when I've hit my limit. 

It will keep me awake when driving to visit relatives or friends over the break...military family - some years we went "back home" and other years we "stayed home" - depended on what WE felt like doing that year...
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #963 on: December 09, 2013, 09:05:23 PM »
I'm very picky about which specific versions of Christmas songs I like. There are a few songs I kind of refuse to listen to under all circumstances, and a few others that I can only take in limited doses (even when sung by someone I otherwise like).

O Holy Night kills me every year. Especially since the Josh Groban version, which I find to be truly one of the worst renditions of that song, is extremely popular on the Christmas radio station here. That and what can only be called jazz muzak.

I am also fundamentally opposed to having the Hallelujah Chorus played at Christmas. I may have posted about this on this thread before (since this thread is old and this is one of my recurring pet peeves), but seriously. There's a perfectly lovely chorus that is actually about Christmas ("For unto us a child is born"). But I guess if they really want to talk about Jesus dying and being resurrected as a way of celebrating his birth, whatever.


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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #964 on: December 09, 2013, 09:44:28 PM »
This is not holiday music per se, but I was in starbucks at the mall and right after a perfectly innocuous x-mas song went off, the most diety-awful version of Sweet Child O Mine came on.  It was like a folk-emo-bluegrass version with wispy drawn out vocals and extended slow riffs of instrumentals.

It was so bad that the cashier, who was also the manager, excused himself and ran to turn it off. 

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #965 on: December 09, 2013, 10:11:08 PM »
If anyone tries to persuade me or my guests about the merits of a certain government program, she or he will find herself or himself looking up my driveway in short order.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #966 on: December 09, 2013, 10:56:04 PM »
In Japan there seem to be only three or four Christmas songs that are allowed to be played in all the nation  :P :P :P

Everywhere you go you will, without fail hear, multiple times a day-

Wham!'s 'Last Christmas'
Paul McCartney's 'Wonderful Christmas Time'
Tatsuro Yamashita's 'Christmas Eve'
John Lennon's 'Happy X'mas  (War is Over)'

Wham! is the worst, in a day out you can easily hear it 30 times a day. Stop it! ARRRGGGHH!  ;D

Edited to fix a brain glitch.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #967 on: December 10, 2013, 01:23:13 AM »
In Japan there seem to be only three or four Christmas songs that are allowed to be played in all the nation  :P :P :P

Everywhere you go you will, without fail hear, multiple times a day-

Wham!'s 'Last Christmas'
Paul McCartney's 'Wonderful Christmas Time'
Tatsuro Yamashita's 'Christmas Eve'
John Lennon's 'Happy X'mas  (War is Over)'

Wham! is the worst, in a day out you can easily hear it 30 times a day. Stop it! ARRRGGGHH!  ;D

Edited to fix a brain glitch.

'Last Christmas' was kind-of the first pop song I knew as a child, so I like hearing it for nostalgia reasons. But 30 times a day would definitely be scream-inducing.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #968 on: December 10, 2013, 06:00:18 AM »
In Japan there seem to be only three or four Christmas songs that are allowed to be played in all the nation  :P :P :P

Everywhere you go you will, without fail hear, multiple times a day-

Wham!'s 'Last Christmas'
Paul McCartney's 'Wonderful Christmas Time'
Tatsuro Yamashita's 'Christmas Eve'
John Lennon's 'Happy X'mas  (War is Over)'

Wham! is the worst, in a day out you can easily hear it 30 times a day. Stop it! ARRRGGGHH!  ;D

I honestly think that is my own personal version of Hell right there.

I'm glad to hear other people have been burnt out on Christmas music due to previous jobs. My family/friends really just don't get it. Every time I've said I no longer like the bulk of Christmas music, they look at me like I've stated I prefer filet mignon flavored with souls of puppies and the tears of children.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #969 on: December 10, 2013, 09:44:15 AM »
I can't say it's a hill to die on, mostly because my mother and I have no choice in the matter, but my dad's A Very Metal Christmas cd needs to die.

As I told my mother last week, they took the longest, slowest, most boring Christmas songs and made them longer, slower and even more boring. It is a miracle of evil. >:(
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #970 on: December 10, 2013, 10:12:37 AM »
Worse than Christmas music has to be the store muzak.  You know the stuff.  Horrible, aspartame-sweet, vomit-inducing pan-piped nightmares..  They take an annoying Christmas song that is annoying, but tolerable, in its usual state.  Then they basically shove it through a music mangle and destroy it. It comes out the other end sounding even worse than (is it possible??) "My Heart Will Go On".
 
And they play this stuff in every shop, every shopping centre and even outside at the Christmas Market in Nottingham on a Saturday.  I am never setting foot out my house on a Saturday before Christmas.  Not ever again.

So yeah, muzak. Go die. Or I will.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #971 on: December 10, 2013, 10:19:07 AM »
See, I don't really have a problem with Christmas music piped into the malls, etc.  BUT NOT THE DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN!  No wonder retail workers go mental this time of year.

If they started the first Sunday in Advent, or after US Thanksgiving, with playing a sound track with the odd Christmas song woven into regular music, then slowly increased the number of Christmas songs the closer it got to Christmas, it wouldn't be so bad.  This is what my local radio station does.  Then Christmas Eve/Christmas Day, it is all Christmas songs.

I, too, avoid the malls as much as I possibly can in November/December.  As much for the crowds as for the canned music, though.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #972 on: December 10, 2013, 10:28:45 AM »
I, too, avoid the malls as much as I possibly can in November/December.  As much for the crowds as for the canned music, though.

The day before Thanksgiving this year, BF realized he didn't have what he needed to make his dish. I just about throttled him, because I had said that I was wanting a few things from the grocery store, he expected me to go with him. The few things I wanted? I had planned on getting on Saturday, it was honey or sugar and some instant oatmeal to take in to work with me.

I usually avoid the mall from mid November until my sister's birthday in early January. Much safer and smarter that way. No holiday music or holiday crowds, no tired children being dragged around by their parents.

The holiday music was worse when I was at the outdoor store. It was all country pop holiday covers. I don't like country pop. I don't like a lot of country. I don't like much holiday music. And I had no control over the volume. At least at the grooming salon we could turn the music off. Managers didn't like it because we'd miss pages over the intercom, but honestly with all the dogs, unless the music was blaring, we wouldn't hear them anyway, and we could always use the excuse of "Well, the music was upsetting the dogs." Blessed relief, at least some of the time.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #973 on: December 10, 2013, 10:36:23 AM »
My hill this year is staying home. I'm not up to a big celebration so I'm creating a home spa day. If we get two days off (don't know yet) then it will be 2 days of spa. Either way, I want to make it easy on myself. I miss mom and doing Christmassy stuff hurts too much.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #974 on: December 10, 2013, 10:38:02 AM »
In Japan there seem to be only three or four Christmas songs that are allowed to be played in all the nation  :P :P :P

Everywhere you go you will, without fail hear, multiple times a day-

Wham!'s 'Last Christmas'
Paul McCartney's 'Wonderful Christmas Time'
Tatsuro Yamashita's 'Christmas Eve'
John Lennon's 'Happy X'mas  (War is Over)'

Wham! is the worst, in a day out you can easily hear it 30 times a day. Stop it! ARRRGGGHH!  ;D

I honestly think that is my own personal version of Hell right there.

I'm glad to hear other people have been burnt out on Christmas music due to previous jobs. My family/friends really just don't get it. Every time I've said I no longer like the bulk of Christmas music, they look at me like I've stated I prefer filet mignon flavored with souls of puppies and the tears of children.

But the tears bring out such lovely flavor!

But aside from that--yeah, a few stints in retail and Christmas music loses its appeal rapidly.  I can tolerate it the week of Christmas and that's about it.  The rest of the time, the only holiday songs I'm listening to are most decidedly not work-safe.