The puritans banned it. I'm not a big advocate of banning anything but maybe this was a good idea.
As a kid I liked it a lot. It was an excuse to ask for things. The whole thing turned me into a greedy little bitch. I went to catholic school and there were some rich kids in the class. I always felt in competition with them for the coolest stuff. Then you would gather with your friends and tell them what you got. If it was a slow Christmas then you felt embarrassed. Thankfully many of my Christmas wishes came through. If not by my parents then my older bro and sis. Looking back I wonder who the hell was I to be that demanding.
This was and is the culture though. It's probably worse now. One of thousands of reasons I will not have kids.
Then there is the music. Most of it gets old fast. It instantly depresses me. It immediately brings regretful feelings.
<<<Christmas mass was always fun to serve as there was lots of incense and pageantry.>>>
Thankfully my family has done away with most of the shit and stress surrounding the holiday. I guess that's natural as heads get older. Nowadays we eat together and get a cabin at a ski resort. It's very laid back. Simple approach.
As much as I don't care for this holiday and the present thingy I will list some memorable gifts that I have received:
1) Authentic Seattle Seahawks Jersey with my last name on the back (1985)
2) Donkey Kong for Atari (early 80's)
3) Fisher Price Tape recorder - which I broke playing Lionel Ritchie's - Can't Slow Down(early 80's)
4) Tabletop hockey game with levers controlling/spinning players (88 I think)
5) Miniature pool table (1989)
Feel free to reply and post memorable gifts.