Sunday, December 07, 2008

Every year Molly grows to hate the customary procedure of Christmas more and more. It hardly qualifies as a holiday. Great grievous amounts of time are taken up in visits to such things as stores I would never visit during the regular course of the year. I try and control my emetic reflexes. Not that I don't enjoy decorating the yard (the misery of the temperatures outside excluded) or the tree. Still, Halloween is much more fun. I'd much rather give something small to a hundred strangers than enter into the competition for gift giving amongst people I know. The former has no emotional connotation and is the far better for it. I'm tempted to "give" everybody I know a donation to charity in their name and be done with the nonsense. In any case I'm not the only person who feels this way. Here's the announcement of the Christmas Resistance Movement.

The Christmas Resistance Movement:
You know holiday shopping is offensive and wasteful. You know Christmas "wish lists" and "gift exchanges" degrade the concept of giving. You know Christmas marketing is a scam, benefiting manufacturers, stores, and huge corporations, while driving individuals into debt. You know this annual consumer frenzy wreaks havoc on the environment, filling landfills with useless packaging and discarded gifts.
Yet, every year, you cave in and go shopping.
The relentless onslaught of advertising exerts constant pressure. So do the unified bleatings of herds of shoppers, who call you "Scrooge" if you fail to enthusiastically join their ritual orgy of consumption. Friends and family needle you with gift requests, store windows beckon with shiny colorful packages, the same "classic" holiday jingles are piped constantly through every speaker in town.
How can you resist?
Join the Christmas Resistance Movement!
The growing CHRISTMAS RESISTANCE MOVEMENT is joined in solidarity against the Shopping Season. For every 100 automatons who call you "Scrooge," there's a sparkly-eyed CHRISTMAS RESISTOR who supports YOU in NOT BUYING INTO THE HOLIDAY HYSTERIA.
Together, we boycott Christmas Shopping, Christmas decorations, Christmas cards, and every variety of Christmas Crap. We refuse to support the Holiday Industry. We show our love for friends and family by giving our time and care, not by purchasing consumer goods. We maintain the integrity of giving by giving spontaneously and from our hearts, rather than during a specified season.
You are not alone.
Together, we can RESIST CHRISTMAS!

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