Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /homepages/11/d132647312/htdocs/Amfone/mkportal/include/SMF/smf_out.php on line 47
Why Guys Hate Christmas




 
The AM Forum
July 11, 2020, 09:54:36 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
 
   Home   Help Calendar Links Staff List Gallery Login Register  
Pages: 1 [2] 3   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Why Guys Hate Christmas  (Read 20130 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
KA2QFX
Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 239

Mark


« Reply #25 on: December 10, 2011, 11:25:52 AM »

I don't hate Christmas, but it's disruption to life's routines are unwelcome to say the least.  We have managed to avoid 99% of all the social anomalies described above. (I've decided I don't like the general population much these days). We shop early, bake or build most of our gifts and visit only those we like.  Most of all we make it about the kids. 

BUT...

"Feliz Navidad" is an example of everything that's wrong with multiculturalism!!


Merry Christmas Everyone.

Mark

Logged
Steve - K4HX
Guest
« Reply #26 on: December 10, 2011, 01:53:13 PM »

.


* eyeout.jpg (60.66 KB, 500x500 - viewed 306 times.)
Logged
k4kyv
Contributing Member
Don
Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 10062



« Reply #27 on: December 11, 2011, 12:50:36 AM »

As far as the music - I like REAL Christmas music (although you rarely hear it out and about).  

A good example of that is A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the Christmas Eve service held in King's College Chapel. The Festival was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. It was first broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast to millions of people around the world.

I used to sometimes catch it on the BBC via short wave, but now it is broadcast annually in good quality over our local NPR station. It can also be found via streaming audio on the internet.

I enjoy that genre of music, and I can also take a limited dose of the old time traditional carols and hymns.  But I utterly despise the pseudo-Xma$ carol$ my ears get bombarded with for at least two months every season.  You can't escape it; it is everywhere, on the radio (commercial stations), all the stores, even in the supermarket: Rudolph the Red No$ed Reindeer, $anta Clau$ is Coming to Town, Jingle Bell$, ad nauseum. 

I used to wonder why they played Xmas music on the radio non-stop right up through the 25th, and then all of a sudden it instantly disappeared, often before the day ended. When I got my first job at a small town AM daytimer, I quickly found out.  The personnel at the stations endure playing and listening to it throughout ever-lengthening "season" until the Great Consumer Binge is finally over. By then the DJs and announcers are so saturated with it that they don't waste a second before going back to regular programming, to their great relief, the moment management gives the okay.

This reminds me of a joke. Back in Soviet days, a Russian named Rudolph had an argument with his wife over the weather.  She said it was snowing, but Rudolph insisted it was only raining. The argument became heated, until he finally put his foot down and ended the conversation: "Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear."
Logged

Don, K4KYV                                       AMI#5
Licensed since 1959 and not happy to be back on AM...    Never got off AM in the first place.

- - -
This message was typed using the DVORAK keyboard layout.
http://www.mwbrooks.com/dvorak
ka1bwo
Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 111


« Reply #28 on: December 11, 2011, 09:04:28 AM »

One thing good about moving west is that I haven't heard  the Dominic the Italian Donkey song  ,,,,,,,, it must be special for the Northeast



 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQrdxtWgHbE 

  
Logged
W8ACR
Contributing
Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 685


254W


« Reply #29 on: December 11, 2011, 09:23:16 AM »

It is sad what Christmas has become. Cry

Here is what I like about Christmas.

1. Children coming home (No spouses yet)

2. Reading the Christmas story from the book of Luke on Christmas morning.

3. Singing in our commumity Christmas cantata. Singing the bass part of the Hallelujah chorus is a pure joy.

4. Food

5. Real Christmas music that touches your soul in a way that words cannot describe. To wit:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj9-2RgM6p4&feature=related

Enjoy. Merry Christmas
Ron Skipper W8ACR
Logged

The purity that men love is like the mists which envelop the earth, and not like the azure ether beyond.
kb3qay
Guest
« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2011, 10:11:23 AM »

My favorite part about Christmas is all the great food! Every year - I pull down the box of Chrome Plated dinner plates from the attic and the XYL makes her special Hollandase Sauce to compliment the goodies served proudly on my custom made just shined Chrome Plates. The warm holiday lighting adds just the right touch as it's caught by the brilliant surface of the holiday dinnerware, and when guests compliment how nice the holiday table looks, I just sing to them........."Well, there's no Plates like Chrome for the Hollandase" - I'm here all week! Tell your friends - Try the Roast Beef!!!    (Sorry, - I could'nt resist)
Logged
K1JJ
Contributing
Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 8293


"Let's go sailing, Tommy!" - Yaz


« Reply #31 on: December 11, 2011, 12:09:48 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8GkgYsb8cg

This has been one of my favorites for Xmas.  "Christmas Time Is Here"  -  Played and improvised smooth as silk by Jon England.

T
Logged

Use an "AM Courtesy Filter" to limit transmit audio bandwidth  +-4.5 KHz, +-6.0 KHz or +-8.0 KHz when needed. 

There's nothing like an old dog... or a puppy, or a dog in his prime!  Help a good dog - give him a "Forever Home!"
W7TFO
WTF-OVER in 7 land Dennis
Contributing
Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 2267


IN A TRIODE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREEN


WWW
« Reply #32 on: December 11, 2011, 12:23:30 PM »

I play in our community band, and in a brass quintet.  We do holiday programs to SRO crowds.

Nobody complains! Cheesy

73DG
Logged

Just pacing the Farady cage...
K6JEK
Contributing
Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 1146


RF in the shack


« Reply #33 on: December 11, 2011, 12:38:23 PM »

I'm jealous of you singers. I can't carry a tune in a bucket. The Hallelujah chorus of the Messiah has to be one of the most thrilling pieces of music ever written and O Magnum Mysterium canit aetherea, magnificus.

There is so much wonderful music to play and hear around Christmas yet we're bombarded with dreck. Once was enough for Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.
Logged
W7TFO
WTF-OVER in 7 land Dennis
Contributing
Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 2267


IN A TRIODE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREEN


WWW
« Reply #34 on: December 11, 2011, 12:50:12 PM »

That is indeed on our band playlist this season.

A link to our group of happy miscreants...

www.afcband.org

Our quintet (volunteer) plays out of the Salvation Army book, classic tunes that go down well.

73DG
Logged

Just pacing the Farady cage...
vincent
Guest
« Reply #35 on: December 11, 2011, 12:53:41 PM »

"I'll Be Home For Christmas"
by Gennaro Luigi Vitaliano (aka JERRY VALE)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9nN9NewP8Q

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU!
Logged
Steve - K4HX
Guest
« Reply #36 on: December 11, 2011, 01:50:50 PM »

http://amwindow.org/misc/mp3/JamesBrownSantaClausGoStraightToTheGhetto.mp3
Logged
K5UJ
Contributing
Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 2845



WWW
« Reply #37 on: December 11, 2011, 02:31:30 PM »

Are you kiddin me.  there's only one Christmas song that rules:  the Singin' DOGS version of Jingle Bells!

Christmas ain't complete without it, & even better than Mannheim Steamroller. 
Logged

"Not taking crap or giving it is a pretty good lifestyle."--Frank
DMOD
AC0OB - A Place where Thermionic Emitters Rule!
Contributing
Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 1502


« Reply #38 on: December 11, 2011, 04:13:22 PM »

Quote
For number 10, add the blogs, chain e-mails, letters to the editor and newspaper opinion pages that proliferate this time of year, complaining about the "War on Christmas" waged by those subversive communist hippie infidels destroying America by wishing their fellow citizens "Happy Holiday" or "Season's Greetings" instead of "Happy Christmas".



Kid comes in from outside:
"MOM!!.. I got the part of 'Nondescript Person Number Three' in the school generic inoffensive holiday season extravaganza."

Mallard, Sunday.
Logged

Charlie Eppes: Dad would be so happy if we married a doctor.
Don Eppes: Yeah, well, Dad would be happy if I married someone with a pulse.NUMB3RS   Smiley
w2ibc
Guest
« Reply #39 on: December 11, 2011, 06:03:14 PM »

I dont do holidays. to annoying and commercialised.

holidays are so bad even days to remember those fallen in wars or those who have served in war are commercialised with sale sale sale buy buy buy..

I quit doing all holidays about 15 years ago.
Logged
Sam KS2AM
Contributing
Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 638



WWW
« Reply #40 on: December 11, 2011, 06:14:24 PM »

"Christmas Blues" as delivered by Dean Martin with Sammy Cahn on piano:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0Zx8c55f7Y

"Christmas in Jail",  1956 b-side for The Youngsters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM38kN4AOys

"Blue Christmas" , Robert Gordon with Chris Spedding at the LoneStar Roadhouse, NYC in 1992  ... I may have been there  Cheesy : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T7kMElFc-M

"Zat you Santa Claus?", Buster Poindexter from "MTV Christmas 1987" before that network replaced music with garbage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEP2IrByImw

Logged

--- Post No Bills ---
KB2WIG
Contributing
Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 4355



« Reply #41 on: December 11, 2011, 06:17:02 PM »

"the Singin' DOGS version of Jingle Bells:

wa3pun's dogs did it.


klc


and for extra credit "who has the pissed on kw1??"
Logged

What? Me worry?
kd7qdu
Guest
« Reply #42 on: December 11, 2011, 07:12:20 PM »

one of my favorites porky pig singing Blue Christmas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUELu8o5KJg
Logged
k4kyv
Contributing Member
Don
Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 10062



« Reply #43 on: December 11, 2011, 10:25:20 PM »

Are you kiddin me.  there's only one Christmas song that rules:  the Singin' DOGS version of Jingle Bells!

Christmas ain't complete without it, & even better than Mannheim Steamroller. 

There is another hilarious one.  Don't remember the name but one of the lines in the song features a guy trying to get his Xmas lights going.  Each stanza has him yelling, a little more frustrated than in the previous one because no matter what does he can't get them right.

Hallowe'en is now become one of the primary occasions for commercial hype. I think I read somewhere it drives sales second only to Christmas and is just barely ahead of Back-to-School.

What I used to enjoy most of all about Xmas was the two weeks off.  Now that the kids are grown up and out of the house and I am retired, it is an occasion for a family get-together.  We exchange a few gifts and have a nice dinner, but we don't go on any kind of spending binge. 

My wife really gets into it and goes all out for putting up decorations, but I couldn't care less about that.  I just tell her to have fun and make sure she doesn't drive any nails into the exterior walls I have worked so hard to restore. This year we agreed not to buy each other any gifts since we just spent a lot of money for some badly needed household items we had put off buying for a long time.
Logged

Don, K4KYV                                       AMI#5
Licensed since 1959 and not happy to be back on AM...    Never got off AM in the first place.

- - -
This message was typed using the DVORAK keyboard layout.
http://www.mwbrooks.com/dvorak
Todd, KA1KAQ
Administrator
Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 4274


AMbassador


« Reply #44 on: December 12, 2011, 12:52:37 AM »

Pretty much the same thing here, Don. A good dinner and time together is a gift in today's world. We have much of what we want and without some sort of list, trying to find something for a woman isn't terribly easy. The last time I asked her what she wanted, her answer was 'a baby'. Told her I'd check the garage again, but was pretty sure I didn't have any of those kicking around and I didn't think they sold Cabbage Patch Kids anymore. She wasn't amused. 

I used to get pretty bah-humbug-ish over Christmas due to the commercialization. But it's only as bad as you let it become. Women are emotional creatures compared to men being more logical/practical. That's no doubt why the warm-fuzzy side of the Christmas season appeals to them while we tend to see nothing but hustle and bustle. Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday for many years, not much to commercialize there. A good AM event that weekend while the women are out enjoying Black Friday and weekend shopping would be the icing on the cake.

That song you're trying to think of with the guy going nuts over the lights is a version of the Twelve Days of Christmas IIRC. By the end he wants to burn his house down or something along those lines.
Logged

known as The Voice of Vermont in a previous life
The Slab Bacon
Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 3934



« Reply #45 on: December 12, 2011, 08:49:20 AM »

http://www.amwindow.org/misc/av/TomVuXmasSong.mp3


 Grin  Grin  Grin  Grin

Logged

"No is not an answer and failure is not an option!"
K5UJ
Contributing
Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 2845



WWW
« Reply #46 on: December 12, 2011, 09:39:11 AM »

We were never extremely materialistic with Christmas except a few years maybe when my brother, sister and I were kids.  As adults gift giving slowed down in the '70s and pretty much ended in the 80s.  Our "gifts" became  travel and time spent with each other.   I'm on another planet when it comes to what people buy.   So much of it is crap that will wind up in a drawer or pushed into a car back seat in a few months.  What are the toys for kids?  There are no toys, only modules that allow for playing a game with a Zbox or something.   

Back when I worked at a university I got a week or two leave for the holiday and had a lot of fun and a quiet restful break with my parents.  that changed in the '90s when their health began to fail.   First dad who developed dementia.  Eventually the holidays were a time of medical crisis and stress.  There could be  no music or decorations because they'd freak him out.  He reached the point where he didn't know what was going on.  Dad died in 2002 then there were a few years when mom adjusted to being alone.  then she started developing problems related to small strokes.    Some of the worst two weeks of my life were around Christmas in 2007 when we all concluded she had to leave her home and move to assisted living.  Of course she didn't want to move (who does?).  In the middle of this I got the flu and was dealing with movers and renting an apartment for mom.     We bent over backwards to make the new place as much like home as possible.   She hated it.  This is when you think you know your parents and find out there's a lot you never realized, like how much they really love their children and how much they sacrificed. 

There are millions of people going through things like this every year.    Here is a lesson:   There are only two places an elderly person wants to be:  his home and/or a location near his children.   Nothing else will do.  We wound up moving mom to Illinois where I could see her twice a day.  She died in 2008 just before Halloween.  God through his grace guided us through all this but there were 15 years or so of holidays so loaded with stress, drama and crisis I still associate with Christmas, that I hate the holidays and am always glad when they are over.

I light up an electric candle stand I stick at my front door.  That's my "decorating" which takes all of five minutes to set up.   A few weeks after Christmas I take it down glad that the annual lunacy is over and everything can return to normal.
Logged

"Not taking crap or giving it is a pretty good lifestyle."--Frank
K6JEK
Contributing
Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 1146


RF in the shack


« Reply #47 on: December 12, 2011, 11:17:50 AM »

...
 there were 15 years or so of holidays so loaded with stress, drama and crisis I still associate with Christmas, that I hate the holidays and am always glad when they are over.

Those were some very tough times you lived through.  Maybe you could do something to snap the association. My neighbors having had a rough holiday last year, saved up and caught a deal to get the heck out of Dodge this Christmas. On Christmas day they fly to the Caribbean. That sure has given them something to think about besides their problems.
Logged
W2INR
Radio Syracuse
Founding
Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 1169


World Wide Radio


WWW
« Reply #48 on: December 12, 2011, 11:41:48 AM »



I always had a tough time with Christmas and the holidays - but now that I know how to break up a dog fight  - - - 
Logged

G - The INR

https://www.facebook.com/w2inr/
Amateur Weather Station KNYSYRAC64
Creator - owner - AMfone.net - 2001 - 2010
Founding Member - NEAR-Fest
SWLR-RNŲ54
W1ATR
Resident HVAC junkie
Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 1132


« Reply #49 on: December 12, 2011, 12:03:21 PM »



I always had a tough time with Christmas and the holidays - but now that I know how to break up a dog fight  - - -  

Gary. You have to nip the bad behavior in the bud. Watch for signs from body language, like tensing up and staring at each other. Females are more prone to go at it than males are, so it's best to try and keep them away from each other.  Keep a spray bottle full of water near ya and when they start to act up, squirt 'em in the face. It'll distract them and they'll forget what they were going to fight over.



We are talking about family, right???

j
Logged

Don't start nuthin, there won't be nuthin.

Jared W1ATR


Click for radio pix
Pages: 1 [2] 3   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

AMfone - Dedicated to Amplitude Modulation on the Amateur Radio Bands
 AMfone © 2001-2015
Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines
Page created in 0.067 seconds with 18 queries.