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i feel it is inevitable, might as well get it out of the way: this is our all-purpose xmas thread. think of it as my gift to you.

lxy, Monday, 30 November 2009 05:40 (ten years ago) link

happy sandboxmas everybody

lxy, Monday, 30 November 2009 05:41 (ten years ago) link

i just heard a man whistling 'we three kings of orient are' while walking down the street.

lxy, Monday, 30 November 2009 05:41 (ten years ago) link

lingberry will be back this week, i'm kind of fearful of how much xmas music i will have to suffer.

lxy, Monday, 30 November 2009 05:42 (ten years ago) link

i like it and have already listened to a good deal since nov 1.

tehresa, Monday, 30 November 2009 05:45 (ten years ago) link

super into this one this year

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybCImnJbiME

tehresa, Monday, 30 November 2009 05:47 (ten years ago) link

once for an experiment in san francisco i softly sang 'just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling, too' near a man's ear who was in front of f. and i on an escalator and it bore fruit because within seconds he started whistling it. my aim was that he would be stuck with it all day like i already was.

estela, Monday, 30 November 2009 06:07 (ten years ago) link

i hope f. tsked you for that

lxy, Monday, 30 November 2009 06:36 (ten years ago) link

it was noisy, there were distractions, he never knew.

estela, Monday, 30 November 2009 06:46 (ten years ago) link

clever you

tehresa, Monday, 30 November 2009 06:48 (ten years ago) link

it's a wonder that he didn't also start whistling

lxy, Monday, 30 November 2009 19:59 (ten years ago) link

forward ever, backward never

jergins, Monday, 30 November 2009 22:09 (ten years ago) link

space needle is feeling the spirit!

http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs005.snc3/11239_185544541588_506836588_3124924_1766543_n.jpg

tehresa, Tuesday, 1 December 2009 02:30 (ten years ago) link

i love christmas lights.

tehresa, Tuesday, 1 December 2009 06:38 (ten years ago) link

Westlake center is has every tree done up, red and white alternating between the trees, like a giant 5th Ave candy cane.

jaq, Tuesday, 1 December 2009 14:35 (ten years ago) link

xmas is one of my favourite things ever. lights!! pine tree smell!! santa claus!! cheesy feel-good xmas movies!! i love all of it.

we, however, will not be partaking of the xmas tradition this year

smoove operator, Friday, 4 December 2009 03:41 (ten years ago) link

more spirit, pls, people!!!!

tehresa, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 06:15 (ten years ago) link

you aren't serious right

jergins, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 06:51 (ten years ago) link

i am so totally serious.
i don't give a crap about religion, but i sure love the coziness of christmas.

tehresa, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 06:57 (ten years ago) link

here's how i break it down. y/n?

have christmas spirit: tza, estela, jaq, max
i'm not sure: ruby, gershy
don't have christmas spirit: me, lxy, harbs

jergins, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 07:06 (ten years ago) link

haters gonna hate

O_o

tehresa, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 07:10 (ten years ago) link

more complicated than that

gershy used to and ruby sorta does but it's filtered by something, those are my guesses

jergins, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 07:14 (ten years ago) link

i mean i definitely got my christianity scars and all but i <3 family time and pretty smells and musics.

tehresa, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 07:16 (ten years ago) link

i am required by wife/kiddies to have xmas spirit
*takes another long sip from gin & tonic*

t. silaviver, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 10:35 (ten years ago) link

I just see xmas as a reason to throw parties and get/give presents. And to bake.

jaq, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 14:28 (ten years ago) link

ur right, i don't have it. i try not to think about it so holidays will go by faster. i try to like them but they upset me i dunno.

spite n ease (harbl), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 14:29 (ten years ago) link

but I do like the pretty lights on a wet night.

jaq, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 14:29 (ten years ago) link

havent been much in the xmas spirit this year tbh

max max max max, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 15:51 (ten years ago) link

maybe that will change

max max max max, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 15:52 (ten years ago) link

i'm having xmas today, and then i will be done. thank fuck.

lxy, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 17:31 (ten years ago) link

i love the lights.
i love giving things to people.
i don't care so much about getting, but i love when i come across something that i know would be perfect for person x.
i like to be thoughtful.
i like to dress up for parties.
i like to sing carols.
i like to bake with my mom.
and i like the music!!!

eastward leading in 5 days!

tehresa, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 20:50 (ten years ago) link

ari has two interviews this week if she gets a job, fingers crossed, i will be way more in the xmas way

max max max max, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 20:53 (ten years ago) link

good luck to ari!

tehresa, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 20:54 (ten years ago) link

i like the lights & trees
and i like buying stuff for my kids

i don't really enjoy most of the rest of it

t. silaviver, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 20:56 (ten years ago) link

enforced happiness stresses me out.
like when i used to not go home for thanksgiving because it was too far away and everyone would go AWWWWWWWWWWWWW THAT'S SO SAAAAAAAAAAAAD and i would get so frustrated at them because it didn't bother me at all not to go home and i wouldn't think twice about it if holiday idiots didn't point it out.

spite n ease (harbl), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 22:21 (ten years ago) link

i don't really find family missing me to be frustrating, tbh.
guilt is another thing, though.

tehresa, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 22:54 (ten years ago) link

oh, not my family. they don't miss me. just people around.

spite n ease (harbl), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 23:32 (ten years ago) link

ppl who act like you are also excited about this holiday and don't understand if you are indifferent so i usually just pretend to be happy about it and it makes me die inside a little

spite n ease (harbl), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 23:43 (ten years ago) link

haha u are great, and summing it up for me

i think if/when i have kids it will be fun to buy them gifts. i could see getting a little more spirited if little ones Around me were into it

jergins, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 23:48 (ten years ago) link

jerginson

t. silaviver, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 23:59 (ten years ago) link

i don't know what i would do if i had kids. i am always thinking when i grow up i want nothing to do with xmas, it's like you can't even do that though. there's no way to escape it. a lifetime of answering dumb questions. "what do you mean you don't celebrate it? are you a jehovah's witness?" but i would feel bad subjecting them to that too. and i know it's not a big deal but telling them about santa claus would make me feel really guilty. i couldn't do it convincingly.

spite n ease (harbl), Thursday, 17 December 2009 00:26 (ten years ago) link

i like giving gifts but you can do that whenever. and imo you should only do it because you want to, not out of obligation due to jesus's birthday.

spite n ease (harbl), Thursday, 17 December 2009 00:27 (ten years ago) link

i don't feel like it's enforced happiness, really. i like spending time with the people i love and don't get to see very much. and we fight sometimes, too! a stepford christmas would freak me out.

tehresa, Thursday, 17 December 2009 00:39 (ten years ago) link

that's why you like it because you don't feel the enforced happiness bc you are already happy about it! get it?

spite n ease (harbl), Thursday, 17 December 2009 01:05 (ten years ago) link

my parents always just left the jesus bits out of christmas

max max max max, Thursday, 17 December 2009 01:14 (ten years ago) link

and they never really did a good job pretending santa wasnt real

max max max max, Thursday, 17 December 2009 01:14 (ten years ago) link

so did we (leave jesus out mostly) but my point is if there's no jesus all that's left is presents and togetherness and why can't u do that some other time when it's not so insane. and not all at the same time. just when you want to.
i feel so misunderstood i think i'm gonna go drink a wine and go 2 bed

spite n ease (harbl), Thursday, 17 December 2009 01:20 (ten years ago) link

u can, tho, i mean, if u want

max max max max, Thursday, 17 December 2009 01:39 (ten years ago) link

no pressure

max max max max, Thursday, 17 December 2009 01:39 (ten years ago) link

i haven't spent xmas with my fam for about 10yrs! dont miss that part of it, tbh

smoove operator, Thursday, 17 December 2009 02:01 (ten years ago) link

i would just like to say i have been otm in this thread (except about max. good luck ari)

vance labar (jergins), Thursday, 17 December 2009 06:15 (ten years ago) link

i think you might have overstated my christmas enthusiasm, i am in fact not looking forward to it very much at all.

estela, Thursday, 17 December 2009 06:16 (ten years ago) link

wait til you get my gift!!

vance labar (jergins), Thursday, 17 December 2009 06:17 (ten years ago) link

that made me laugh in a fearful fashion.

estela, Thursday, 17 December 2009 06:18 (ten years ago) link

haha

i would just like to say that i have been occasionally otm in this thread

vance labar (jergins), Thursday, 17 December 2009 06:19 (ten years ago) link

further predictions
unreg: looooooves christmas
kid cruti: has mixed feelings abt christmas. very deep intense mixed feelings

vance labar (jergins), Thursday, 17 December 2009 06:20 (ten years ago) link

i think y'all are stressin too much!
also christmas is great bc it is a time of year when employers buy you drinks.

tehresa, Thursday, 17 December 2009 06:26 (ten years ago) link

that would be great if i wasn't an unemployed alcoholic!

estela, Thursday, 17 December 2009 06:31 (ten years ago) link

*sober*

estela, Thursday, 17 December 2009 06:34 (ten years ago) link

aw, they could buy you coffee!
being unemployed is sad. definitely missing the office holiday parties this year!

tehresa, Thursday, 17 December 2009 06:37 (ten years ago) link

i worked at a university and our parties sucked. damp sandwiches and people boasting about their dull pending publications. but i might go back one of these days. i left by choice, so i'm not strictly unemployed, i just wanted to do some other stuff for a while.

estela, Thursday, 17 December 2009 06:43 (ten years ago) link

even though i haven't drunk for a long time my boss mistakenly (and approvingly) accused me of pouring wine all over this annoying poet at a party a couple of years ago, so i must still emanate a kind of drinky unpredictability.

estela, Thursday, 17 December 2009 06:49 (ten years ago) link

BIG office holiday party tonight...

and i am working the evening shift :(

max max max max, Thursday, 17 December 2009 14:37 (ten years ago) link

in my new position i work pretty much alone, so no office parties for me :(

smoove operator, Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:40 (ten years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3a4aPvhdCo

tehresa, Sunday, 20 December 2009 22:54 (ten years ago) link

carolers in airport making me feel grinchy.
y'all are rubbing off on me!!

tehresa, Monday, 21 December 2009 15:30 (ten years ago) link

srsly tho who sings at 7am!?

tehresa, Monday, 21 December 2009 15:30 (ten years ago) link

sing before breakfast, you'll cry before supper ;_;

jaq, Monday, 21 December 2009 15:48 (ten years ago) link

i felt grinchy when i arrived at the train station 4 hours late and my brother still didn't pick me up for another 35 minutes and i had to listen to kenny g christmas songs and other atrocities

spite n ease (harbl), Monday, 21 December 2009 16:15 (ten years ago) link

omfg @ lady next to me singing along to sleigh ride. she better not keep this up!

tehresa, Monday, 21 December 2009 16:49 (ten years ago) link

she's pulling an estela

spite n ease (harbl), Monday, 21 December 2009 17:32 (ten years ago) link

if that's true she'll stop as soon as she hears you start because her work will be done.

estela, Monday, 21 December 2009 19:50 (ten years ago) link

Man Tasered after Christmas carols 'assault'
December 22, 2009 05:41am
A SYDNEY police officer has Tasered a man during a Christmas carols event after being punched in the face and surrounded by an angry crowd.
Patrolling officers were required to assist when a number of altercations broke out at a Carols by Candlelight function at Five Dock, attended by about 4000 people last night.
"About 10pm, further police were called to the venue due to the swelling crowd and reports that a teenage girl had been assaulted," police said.
It is believed the incident led to a number of men attending the venue, two of whom allegedly became aggressive toward others in the crowd and were approached by a sergeant, police say.
"One of them allegedly turned on the officer, punching him in the face," police said.
"The policeman, who at this stage was surrounded by the volatile crowd, Tasered the man, bringing him under control and diffusing the situation."
Police closed the carols event.
The stunned man, an 18-year-old from Five Dock, was arrested and later charged with assaulting police, resisting arrest and affray.
The man was granted bail and is due to face Burwood Local Court on January 14. The police officer was treated by paramedics at the scene for a cut above his eye.
Investigations into the matter are continuing.

estela, Monday, 21 December 2009 20:06 (ten years ago) link

i always enjoy stories that end with a cut above the eye.

estela, Monday, 21 December 2009 20:07 (ten years ago) link

Oh my, she was a nutter! Lady, do headphones say, 'please talk to me!'?! Is nothing sacred?

tehresa, Monday, 21 December 2009 22:35 (ten years ago) link

Vandals smash Myer Christmas window
December 22, 2009 - 10:05AM
Vandals have smashed one of Myer's beloved Christmas windows causing thousands of dollars of damage.
Police attending a nearby job heard the sound of the glass breaking in the Bourke Street mall store about 3am, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.
The officers ran to the scene but the vandals had fled, leaving behind the broken glass.
The smashed window is the last in the Christmas display which tells the tale of the popular children's story book character Olivia, a little pig, helping with Christmas preparations.
The window's glass was shattered but the nativity scene display behind the pane was not damaged.
Police estimated the damage was worth thousands of dollars.
Each year more than one million people visit the Myer Christmas windows which have been part of Melbourne's festivities for 54 years.

estela, Tuesday, 22 December 2009 00:27 (ten years ago) link

Dutch police shoot dead four escaped reindeer
December 23, 2009 - 8:02AM
Dutch police have shot dead four reindeer that escaped from a Christmas sleigh display, fearing they might run into traffic and cause accidents.
Police spokesman Dirk Neef in the northern Dutch province of Drenthe says animal experts attempted capturing the fourth reindeer on Tuesday by stunning it with tranquilizer darts but that proved impossible. Three of the animals were shot and killed hours after their escape on Saturday.
Owner Willem Poelman says he purchased the reindeer for a show at his small business, "Poelman Donkey Park" in the city of Marum, 130 kilometres north of Amsterdam.
But the animals broke loose within minutes of their delivery from a supplier in Latvia.

estela, Tuesday, 22 December 2009 21:15 (ten years ago) link

:(

jabba, Tuesday, 22 December 2009 23:17 (ten years ago) link

christmas. it always ends with tears.

lxy, Wednesday, 23 December 2009 18:04 (ten years ago) link

putting the cry in christ.

lxy, Wednesday, 23 December 2009 18:04 (ten years ago) link

I WANTED A BICYCLE

vance labar (jergins), Wednesday, 23 December 2009 22:30 (ten years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElPs9NLZoUY

estela, Wednesday, 23 December 2009 23:55 (ten years ago) link

^kind of lol but most stonyfaced

estela, Thursday, 24 December 2009 00:07 (ten years ago) link

-ly

estela, Thursday, 24 December 2009 00:07 (ten years ago) link

i love you

lxy, Thursday, 24 December 2009 04:05 (ten years ago) link

<3

estela, Thursday, 24 December 2009 20:28 (ten years ago) link

happy xm darling shemispheres

lxy, Thursday, 24 December 2009 20:42 (ten years ago) link

almost said "daring"

woulda been ok i think

lxy, Thursday, 24 December 2009 20:45 (ten years ago) link

merry christmas, sandbox!

tehresa, Friday, 25 December 2009 20:58 (ten years ago) link

got this for all of u
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UbkDzp5LuY

spite n ease (harbl), Saturday, 26 December 2009 00:50 (ten years ago) link


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