Sunday, December 17, 2006

Xmas Party

Umm...yeah...

I have a couple of things on my mind today.

I've never said this before, but I really don't like christmas time. i don't like the commercialism, i don't like the pressure of feeling that i MUST buy presents for every person i've ever known, every kid of a person that i've ever known.

So i deceided a few years ago that I would stop.

Stop buying for no reason, stop torturing myself, stop stressing over the perfect gift and just try to enjoy the season.

People call me a scrooge.

The thing is, I love this time of year. I really enjoy getting together with family and friends and just having food and drinks and conversation and fellowship. It's wonderful, oftentimes I get to see people that i've haven't seen for the entire year.

I also really love the winters that we have here in Northern Canada...my dogs and I really get a lot of exercise trudging through the winter wonderland but, yeah that's not really about christmas, we get snow 9 months a year LOL.

So am I really a scrooge because I choose to relax and avoid the stress of Mall Mania? To enjoy the season quietly?

Don't get me wrong, I still buy things for Pamer's Wife. That is soemthing that I DO enjoy but wouldn't it be nice if we could all do the same? I have lost count of the amount of people who tell me they are sick of the crowds in the stores, the huge bills, the travelling. Most tell me they can't wait for it all to be over.

Anyway, i know many of you readers will think I am nuts, that I'm a crabby old Grinch. Oh well, I can understand.

The other thing that was on my mind was our annual xmas office party.
I think the boss means well but it always bugs me. Traditionally we all get together at a local steakhouse for a dinner and festive drink. Everyone gets dressed in their finest xmas clothing and we generally have a nice time...hey it's a free meal and free drinks I really can't complain.

But...

It's a dinner...

We sit a long dinner table so that it's impossible to socialize. You speak to the four or five people in your general vicinity and that's it. Kinda sucks.

Present...

The boss usually likes to pass out presents... this is the part that always annoys me. The boss treats employees and spouses the same. This means that if someone brings a date to the dinner, then they receive the same gift as a longtime employee. To me that means that I am no better than someone that has given nothing to the business. So all the hard work over the year means nothing at the end. Am I crazy?

It happens every year...last year I was given a 1/2 hour massage even though it is a well known fact that I hate massages, so, really I recieved nothing...

...just give us the money noramlly spent on this evening and we done with it.

Phew...

Sorry for the rant.

More fun stuff in the new year and hopefully I will be conrtributing as a writer to a few other blogs. Watch For It!!

Seriously though, I want to wish everyone a great holiday. I hope you enjoy it and are able to spend the days with loved ones.

6 Comments:

Blogger Tink said...

You're not a scrooge. You're a realist. Most of the time we RUIN the season by over-stressing it, which is against the point of the holiday. So enjoy it how you see fit. Why the hell not?

2:42 PM  
Blogger Pamer said...

I'm sure if I had children it would be different

But Wife and I and exactly like Todd and MArgo Chester from "Christmas Vacation"...you know, sipping Margurittas on Xmas Eve in our PJ's LOL

3:36 PM  
Blogger MJ said...

Contributor to other blogs? Tell me more!

9:14 AM  
Blogger D. Prince said...

Refreshing! That's what it is.

We have kids and my husband is more child than adult so it wouldn't fly in our home but I hear ya!

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Pamer said...

Thanks D Prince...i hope you and your gang have a great holiday too.


i forgot to mention...Bossman gave us 50 dollar gift cards to...wait for it....Linen N Things

It's nice to know after all the overtime, weekends, travel and broken backs....i am at least worth 50 bucks

9:47 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I have to agree with you. With all the hassle and so on it gets downright depressing sometimes. I love the true meaning of Christmas, but I don't mind seeing the rest of it go. Especially since they spring it on us earlier and earlier every year.

3:41 AM  

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