helen-louise (baratron) wrote,

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happy holidays... bah humbug

I'll join everyone else in saying that the "Happy Holidays" livejournal banner is just... ewww. It looks like it was put together by the people who do South Park - which I suppose could be a compliment in some contexts, but as something that's plastered all over the top of any page that doesn't have &style=mine on it... eeek.

"Happy Holidays" bothers me as a greeting anyway. It's so... non-specific. "I don't know anything about you to know which particular holiday you might be celebrating, but whatever - hope it's a good one!". I kinda feel that if you don't know someone well enough to know whether you should be offering greetings for Christmas, Hannukah, Solstice, or something else, you shouldn't be wishing them a happy one in the first place. Gah. Yes, I realise it arose as a thing for shop assistants to say to their customers without making an assumption about their culture or religion. That makes it even worse

Today I am feeling overwhelmed by Christmas. Apparently it's December 3rd already. While I have plenty of cards left over from last year and, at the very least, small presents for most of our friends (as I buy those when I see them), I don't currently have enough spare bandwidth to sort out presents for family or my own wishlist so people know what to get me. I'm feeling very "omg there's only 21 shopping days until Christmas!!", which isn't helped by the fact that a lot of things I want to get as presents need to be sent mail order from other countries. Eurgh. I would like to send Christmas cards to people who want them, but I'm not sure I'll get round to it this side of Christmas. Have optimistically screened all comments on this entry, just in case people want to leave me their postal addresses. Any comments that aren't addresses will get unscreened.

So tired and blah. Thank God we only have to endure another 18 days before Solstice. I need the days to start getting longer again.

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