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Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animals!

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2017/12/03/merry-christmas-ya-filthy-animals/Christmas, to some, can seem like murder…so I wrote, “How To Get Away With Christmas”    https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/11/22/how-to-get-away-with-christmas/ and thought, it’s just as relevant as then, maybe more so…why not share it again (with some updates). Personally, I don’t recommend murder or trying to get away with murder, it might be a hit show (does Shonda Rhimes have any other kind? https://yadadarcyyada.com/2013/10/19/greys-anatomy/), but in reality, it’s probably just as dramatic but a lot messier and just an awful thing to do, at any time of the year. I triple dog dare you to read this and to not kill anyone (ever). I’m writing a new post (this has all happened before and it will all happen again https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/11/30/hello-its-me/), but life jumped in and stomped on my fingers, laptop, neighbourhood (not necessarily in that order), and to be perfectly honest, I’ve also been distracted by cheesy Christmas movies – I keep trying to get away, but they keep pulling me back in. No, I won’t apologize, if loving cheesy Christmas movies is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. Enjoy!

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Christmas is a time of cheer…right?

Yet during the
holiday season
we’re bombarded
with images of
“social wealth”.

Social Wealth everywhere – everything from:
Family dinners, dinner parties, Christmas parties, drinks with friends, hugging, skating in pairs, walking together looking at lights, horse-drawn carriage or sleigh rides (with a cozy plaid blanket and hot cider/hot chocolate), Secret Santa and gift exchanges, spontaneous snowballs fights, snuggling in front of a roaring fire, shopping montages, eating roasted chestnuts, and of course, the classic, people running into the arms of loved ones at airports…

But what if those things aren’t in your life?
Social media holiday barrage: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TV, movies, Google+, MySpace (kidding, just wanted to see if you were paying attention) – all bursting with shiny images of happy people enjoying the holidays together. Plus Christmas FOMO (Fear of Missing Out, Christmas-style) and anticipointment (trademark?). It can be overwhelming yet it’s only a day, like any other.

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So if you find yourself less-than-surrounded by family and friends during the holidays, try to:

1. Marathon your way through the season, which apparently now begins in July with brief visits from other holidays. Don’t limit yourself to Christmassy stuff…be glad you’re not invited to a Game of Thrones Christmas party (really); see who survived (Christmas) on The Walking Dead; try to figure out what they’re cooking on Breaking Bad; or catch up with Mrs. Brown’s Boys (Dear Santa, I can explain…). Soon it will be January (sorry, I skipped ahead, was I wrong in assuming you don’t have anyone for New Year’s Eve either?)…then you’ll have a few brief weeks to recover before the Valentine’s Day trauma begins.

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2. Gently ‘add’ yourself to someone else’s Christmas, or add someone to yours.

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3. Find dating sites/apps and go on a holiday dating spree! Eggnog your way through stories about his/her ex, mom, ex’s mom, work, football, baseball, hockey, fashion, cars…Who knows, maybe you’ll find a Christmas miracle?

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4. Adjust your expectations. Social media is one long high school reunion. Everyone is wearing their best outfit, just lost weight, and sharing only highlights of their life. Blah blah wow, grow up.

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5. Read, write, blog, sing, bake, work, clean, declutter, exercise, sleep, go to a movie…flashback to the 70s – dance, wear turtlenecks, bellbottoms, ponchos, and go see Star Wars (or not). It’s all good.

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6. Have a Single Christmas Party (not for singles, just you, be your own party!).

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7. Ignore the season, the gaudy decorations, the commercialism, multiple Santas in multiple malls (unless you work there, try to stay out of the malls altogether), and create a Michael-Bublé-Bing-Crosby-Burl-Ives-free #safespace (you’ll thank me later).

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8. Start a new tradition with yourself or others, hopefully one that doesn’t involve eating your feelings (and don’t forget, make them legal traditions).

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9. Help others this season – the best way to keep your mind off your problems is to help others with their problems.

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10. Under no circumstances drink too heavily – that could lead to calling, texting, or emailing an ex; or watching other people having family time, especially through their windows. Though oddly specific, it’s good advice.

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It’s not about what you have, what you get, or even who you’re with…this season is about anything being possible.

Want to know how to get away with Christmas? Simple, enjoy the season, but also enjoy each and every day of your life  – not the way everyone tells you is enjoyable, but the way you enjoy it (except murder, don’t do that, or lying, cheating, raping, sexual harassing, bullying…know what, just try to do good stuff).

I triple dog dare you. And Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals…

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via How To Get Away With Christmas

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92 thoughts on “Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animals!

  1. You have struck a nerve here! So exactly right. How you’ve managed to put it all in one post is amazing. You’re so right about carrying on enjoying every ordinary day, and working around the Christmas hoopla. I watched one of those sappy movies just last night and couldn’t stomach watching it to the end. So I switched channels and ended up watching another movie. You guessed it, yet another sappy Christmas movie. But it was a break from the usual slashers/bombs/car chase/crime shows, and a good chance to do some Sudoku while “watching” the show.
    At least now I’m smiling because I’m not alone out there in the fake Christmas hype. I’m reminded to enjoy the things that matter about the Christmas season.

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    1. You’re so right, enjoy the every day, the same things matter each and every day that matter at Christmas, just with less glitter and hype. Yes, some of the cheesy movies get too cheesy, even for me (and that’s saying something!), but it is a nice break. You can do Sudoku, cool, I think I’m too center-brained (is that a thing?!?) to do those, I’ve tried, but it’s very sad. 😉
      You’re not alone, many of us know what matters and many more have just forgotten (and I hope they remember soon). 🙂
      Hope the week ahead treats you kindly and big bloggy hugs xoxox

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  2. It’s kind of impossible to ignore all the trappings of the season. Best to just learn to roll with the waves and try not to get washed out into the sea of mass consumerism! This too shall pass, as they say.

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  3. I love those sappy Christmas movies, but I admit there are a couple I can’t get through. I was forced to start new traditions with myself, and then that changed. I find it all works best when I do as you suggested–enjoy the season and be thankful and happy to wake up each morning.

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    1. Very true, Mary, enjoy each day, they all have their ups and downs, but they continue and we need to enjoy them, with what works for us (legally, of course). 😉 Hope this week treats you kindly. 🙂

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  4. I love Christmas. I’m awful at buying presents early and am v disorganised but we always get there in the end. I love xmas eve, the day itself and all the days after but I do try to turn off social media.

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  5. Well worth an update, Donna. Your good energy shines like the brightest Christmas star. (But honestly, I will be gladder than ever when it’s over this year.) Off to share your brilliance with the world, because the world needs you so very much. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you kindly, dear Teagan. I have a complicated relationship with holidays, especially ones like Christmas, I love them, but I dislike the hype and commercialism, it’s only one day, I think people would do better to make every day a little better.
      Thanks for sharing, dear friend, I hope the week ahead goes well, at least the parts not involving the 4-letter word, gasp, work!
      Mega we’ll shine on hugs xoxox

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  6. I watched 4 Christmas movies today though I must be honest and say I was checking my eyelids from the inside most of the time. I can’t understand why you’d revert to being such a tease at this time of year by telling me to create a new Tradition and then run through a list of things it can’t be and specify it must be legal. You’re not keeping that cruel streak of yours under check again Donna.
    I’m wishing you and your readers a Fantastic time this year and I’m hoping in particular that you get every wish come true.
    xxx Ginormous Xmassy Hugs xxx

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    1. lol Got to keep an eye on those eyelids, dear David, you never know what they’ll get up to otherwise. 😉
      Sorry, but those are just suggestions of what to do and what to not do and what to hopefully never ever do, I can’t enforce them. 😉
      Thank you for the kind Christmas sentiments, dear friend, and the same to you and yours; all I want for Christmas is some hope for the world, as I do everyday.
      Massive Peace On Earth and Good Will toward humans, non-humans, and heck, even politicians (whatever they are) hugs xoxox

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  7. Another fun “un-holiday” post. I’ve had some rough ones. I used to wish I could just be on a tropical beach where they don’t celebrate. Now, social media makes it so hard to avoid. I like your suggestions. And thanks for making Daryl Dixon one of the reindeer.

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    1. People jump on the Christmas train without always thinking of those who don’t have a ticket, for one reason or another (or another) and I agree, social media makes it even more difficult.
      He’d also look good with a big red bow, I’m guessing. 😉
      Hope this week treats you kindly. 🙂

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  8. Very good advice. Already tired of watching commercials of perfect families giving each other luxury cars with big red bows. The people we are told to be like don’t exist – so it’s best to do as you say and enjoy our own selves each and every day and just be nice.

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    1. Awww, thanks, that’s an awesome gift for me too, thanks for making me smile. Hope this season treats you kindly, can’t wait for the holiday stories from Niagara Falls. 😉

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  9. I love the way you write your blog. What else is there to say? Oh yes, you always have at least one meme that makes me LOL: this time it was the dog and the cat feasting on Santa’s treats. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and may all Presidents everywhere be Justin Trudeau. Which reminds me: heads up Canada; Russian trolls and fake conservative media outlets are smearing Justin Trudeau.

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    1. I know and I can so picture that happening. 🙂
      I know, our far right crazies just keep pushing and pushing, I want to hold out hope, but it has all happened before, but I do hope it won’t all happen again…if we could just make people understand so much on the internet isn’t true, verify first before running around with your head on fire. Sigh.

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    1. Thank you so much, Rob, for the reblog and your unwavering kindness and support, it’s appreciated more than you can possibly imagine.
      I’m off to share, thank you again and again. 🙂
      Hope this week is being good to you so far. 🙂

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      1. I love that, Rob and thank goodness I wasn’t drinking liquid of some sort when I read it because, you know, that would have been messy and uncomfortable (I laughed that hard). You know my weakness for gifs, laughter, and The Beastie Boys and combined them, what an awesome Christmas gif-t!!! 🤣🤣🤣

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging this post, Jonathan, I quite appreciate your kindness and spreading the #bloglove
      Hope this day, this week, this month and the Christmas season treat you very very well. 🙂

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  10. In amongst your wickedly funny humor are a lot of wonderful nuggets of advice!
    I agree the commercialism is getting to…well, commercial!
    I don’t have TV because the area where I live, you can’t even get the major channels without cable and I refuse to pay $100 for cable highway robbery, I say, highway robbery!!! I repeat, lest someone forget!).But, I do miss the cheesy Christmas movies!!
    Donna, I appreciate the reminder to enjoy each and every day of your life the way you enjoy it!
    Have a Merry Christmas, enjoying it YOUR way, not anyone else’s or what anyone else thinks you should.
    Another great post, BTW!
    Blessings, my friend!

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    1. Awww, thanks, RobbyFaye, you’re really too kind (please please continue!). 😉
      It is getting a tad over the top, takes away from the magic, the carefree feeling that should reign, not just at Christmas, but every day.
      Cable and internet prices are insane, highway robbery is a great description. The good news, if you’ve seen one cheesy Christmas movies you’ve sorta seen them all; I’m starting to feel a little like an overstuffed cheese-filled pizza crust with these movies right now – they start them too early.
      Thank you for your lovely words and the delightful visit and I hope you have a Merry Christmas as well, your way!
      Thank you again and blessings. 🙂 xo

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    1. Thank you kindly for the delightful reblog, Roger, I appreciate it so much more than words can say. 😊
      Hope this week treats you well. 😊
      Merry Christmas and to a delight-filled 2018!!! 🎄🎄🎄

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