Post # 1
Do you know any Scrooges?
I’ve been encountering them more and more often it seems!
I love Christmas! I love the decorations, the winter air, the cheer, the warmth of family and friends, giving gifts, receiving gifts (duh), volunteering, sweaters, hot cocoa, the food, the smell of wrapping paper- I love everything about Christmas!
A friend and her bf came to visit FI and I a few weekends ago. My friend’s BF said his family would put up their tree on Christmas Eve and his dad would make them take it down immediately after opening gifts Christmas day because he was such a Scrooge! This makes me so sad!
I understand the many reasons to be a Scrooge around Christmas, but they always bring me down. How do you deal with Scrooges around the holidays?
Post # 3
@MichiganGirl24: I ignore them.
Just as I have a right to enjoy Christmas, they have a right not to. Often there is something in their past that has caused them to feel this way.
The holiday season is a tough time for many people. Be just as kind to the scrooges as you are to everyone else. It’s really all we can do. We are not going to change their attitude.
Post # 4
I try not to give their ‘bah humbug’ much room to fester. I just let them say their thing and then focus on something else. I also don’t try to infuse any holiday cheer onto them…. when I stopped trying to change their attitude or trying to ‘help’ them see things MY way – it helped a great deal! 🙂
Post # 5
@MichiganGirl24: I love Christmas time, but I really hate that it starts so early these days. I like to enjoy fall, feel the weather get colder, and be closer to the end of the quarter (I’m in grad school) before the holiday season starts. And most of all, I want to give attnetion to Thanksgiving first! Poor turkey gets totally overshadowed! (in the US). For me, the day after Thanksgiving is kind of like the “start” to the holidays….and it makes it way more special for me! I don’t get tired of the decorations or music, and it’s way more exciting knowing that it really is right around the corner….not two months away. So maybe I’m a little scrooge-ish in that respect….
Re: putting up the tree and taking it down within 36 hours- that’s just lame. And for heaven’s sake, why on earth would you go to that much trouble to just take it down a day later?!?! Putting up the tree is a lot of work! I like to enjoy all the effort I put into ornaments and such…
Post # 7
Ugh, we have a bunch of scrooges in my office. We’re divided on a few floors, and one of the floors decided to have an exclusive Thanksgiving party today. If you didn’t bring food, you weren’t allowed to participate. The rest of us got together and had an awesome, inclusive party.
Post # 8
I’m not trying to change their attitude. I understand why people don’t like the holidays. My mom died a few years ago right before Thanksgiving, so I get it.
But I feel like Scrooges think it is acceptable to be openly negative about Christmas but not acceptable for me to be openly positive about Christmas. Just because you don’t like Christmas, don’t rain on my parade!
Post # 9
@MichiganGirl24: “But I feel like Scrooges think it is acceptable to be openly negative about Christmas but not acceptable for me to be openly positive about Christmas.”
be as positive as you want, but please keep it in your own bubble! lol just because you love Christmas doesn’t mean you have to shove it in my face. Christmas is a huge ANNOYANCE- the salvation army and those annoying bells at the front of every store, sooo many people shopping inside the stores, traffic sucks, nothing but frustrating Christmas movies on tv to watch AHHHHHHHHH!!!
Post # 10
@secretwife: Oh I definitely don’t shove it in anyones faces. I feel bad even mentioning Christmas to a certain coworker. Everytime I do, she gives me this disgusted look and shakes her head. Like geez man sorry for breathing!
ETA: The traffic definitely bites!
Post # 11
I definitely have an office Christmas Scrooge. She got divorced over a decade ago and still pines for the big family holidays she used to have with him. The thing is, her entire family is local and she’s so negative and smarmy, she complains about spending any sort of time with her own parents or siblings. She’s constantly complaining about how not everyone has a happy holiday season, so I tone down the decorations to a tiny Christmas tree on my desk and a few items in the reception area (we’re an academic campus). If anything, tiptoeing around her makes us all look like Scrooges to our students. 🙁
Post # 12
Hi. If I could make myself green and furry I’d absolutely be the Grinch hiding in a cave.
I absolutely despise Christmas. I have varying reasons why, but I dislike the holiday, the music and the merryment (See? I am the Grinch.) It’s as bad to where I don’t shop in stores where Christmas music is playing because it makes my internal organs want to wither and die. Like my heart, three sizes too small!
However, the Trans Siberian Orchestra is bitchin.
I don’t care if you love Christmas, just don’t care that I don‘t. That’s all I expect from people! I’m not going to walk around growling and hissing at happy people, I just want to be away from Christmas and wait for New Years. I won’t rain on your parade if you won’t christmas light up my cave. I’m also one of those people that opt to say “Happy Holidays” over “Merry Christmas”, so I’ve got that going for me too. Bah humbug.
Post # 13
@Hyperventilate: You sound like the perfect Grinch if there is such a thing!
Post # 14
@MichiganGirl24: i’m with you! love this season the most!
Post # 15
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: 🙁 that stinks!
I won’t be decorating my office or anything, so my coworker won’t have that to be grumpy about lol
Post # 16
@MichiganGirl24: Yeah… I’m the office Martha Stewart and I do it for the students who are all pretty much away from home (medical school). It’s a fine line between making things festive and professional and not salting her wounds.