How to escape Xmas
Christmas is coming and I bet a lot of you reading this are dreading it. I am sure many of you would love to find a way of escaping Christmas altogether and I am going to suggest a few ways it can actually be achieved.
Yes, there are some people who have managed to opt out of all the madness of this time of the year. No more hurried and stressful Christmas shopping for them, no more hastily scribbled Xmas cards, no more giving and receiving of unwanted gifts.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to remove Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day from your seasonal calendar? It can be done!
How to avoid Christmas - ways to escape the Xmas madness
Christmas is coming and is traditionally a holiday and time of happiness and celebration but many people today hate it. They find Christmas too commercial and stressful.
How to escape Xmas
Christmas is against your religion
One way is to become a Jehovah's Witness. This fundamentalist Christian sect don't believe in Christmas at all and don't celebrate it. In their way of looking at life, the universe and everything, it would actually be a bad thing to do to celebrate a festival that has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus according to their beliefs.
Jehovah's Witnesses adhere strictly to every sentence and word in their versions of the Holy Bible. If it isn't in there then it is not something we need to know about and certainly not something to get involved in when it comes to our spiritual lives and duties. In fact it might well be sinful behaviour and more pleasing to Satan than to Jehovah God.
The Jehovah's Witnesses believe that everything in the Bible is the truth and is the word of God. Nowhere does it command that we should celebrate Xmas or state that Jesus was born on 25 December. It has all been made up and tagged onto the pagan Winter Solstice festival.
Of course there was a very good reason for people to celebrate the Winter Solstice because they knew that the shortest day and the longest hours of darkness had been reached, and now the Sun would be returning. The days would be getting longer again, spring would be on its way. Yes, indeed, a good cause for celebrations! Celebrating the birth each day of the Sun and not that of the Son of God.
Of course if you follow my suggestion and become a Jehovah's Witness there will be no more Christmases for you. But then you could simply tell everyone you know that you are afraid Christmas is against your religion, and it would be true.
Your friends and relations may not like it at first but they´ll get used to it and in the years ahead you will no longer need to bother about it. You will have to follow your new religion but think of how relived you will feel that never again will you face the pre-Christmas stresses and strains. And think of how much you will save too!
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If you don't fancy becoming a Jehovah's Witness bypass religion altogether. Become an atheist! Just have a word with all your family and friends and tell them how it is. Just come clean about how you really feel.
Explain that because you don't have any religious beliefs making you think that Christmas is a holy night or anything like that. Tell them that every year you see Christmas as just becoming more of a time when as many manufacturers, shops and services can try and sell you a lot more than at any other time of the year. And what's worse they will try and make you feel guilty if you don't do your Christmas shopping and your share of the giving of Christmas presents.
Say that with the ongoing economic crisis that none of us can afford buying stuff we don't need. Explain that after considering these points that you have reached a firm decision and that that decision means no more Christmas for you.
Some people will be shocked but let them get over their initial problem. Remember it is their problem and not yours! Next year they will know what to expect from you and what not to expect! You will be free of Christmas. Think what a great relief that will be!
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Yes, in the story he gets visited by ghosts that convince him that he was wrong but I say that he wasn't wrong. Ebenezer Scrooge had the right attitude after all. If you want to escape Christmas simply adopt a "Bah! Humbug!" attitude to it all. Then make a stance, tell the world how you are not going to celebrate it any more! Celebrate being free of Christmas! Do the Scrooge!
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