How I hate this time of year in my current circumstances. I am, however, reminded...
...Xmyth is not a time for the broke 
...or the unemployed
...or the lonely
...or the old who are reminded of their deceased partner
...or those who struggle because bad events happened around this time of year, and it's all just a reminder, but you're supposed to be "mindlessly happy" at this time. So will always be conflicted at best.
(which is a good part of the UK right now)
Even though I'm pretty agin religion, at least the religious message in which you find "season of goodwill to all men" overtly aims to point out that you're meant to be nice to people, and it's meant to be about the giving, and sparing a thought (You know, just a damn thought) or a little time for those for whom the random number generator of life just gave a "rolled 2" to.
The intense orgy of retail experience ... MOAR STUFF NAO! Well frankly, it turns my stomach - which is pretty impressive considering I view myself as selfish at heart! Then the news adds to the Christmas cheer with Fatal stabbing on Oxford Street
. You have to wonder, given that was probably the busiest spot in the country today, how someone was able to be stabbed to death, at lunchtime. 
Still, the army wives had by far the best selling single (now there's a meaningless stat to collect these days - a No 1 record doesn't really exist any more), from their worthy effort to do something for the SSAFA and British Legion. What do we find? One of the wives (the soloist) who has a mum with brain damage having nearly died in a car accident very recently, is trolled and abused on the interwebz... For the heinous crime of "having tattoos". If ever a troll needed to be on the receiving end of their own methods (turned up to 11 of course)...
We made a mistake as we took on atheism I feel - for all the control and faults of organised religion, even ignoring the whole "god myth thing" - one thing religion did somehow manage to give is a framework of morals - Catholic scandals notwithstanding. In becoming a mainly atheist country, we've apparently also become amoral. If ever we threw out the baby with the bathwater... The shallow, it seems, knows no bounds.
Newsflash: These kids will be running the country in 15 years - be very afraid.
Someone has managed to restore a goodly chunk of my faith in humanity today. fenjer
, take a bow for actually surprising me quite considerably also! Appreciate it, and love you lots hon. :)
Still, I mustn't let too much of my faith in humanity come back... Having spent a Christmas day pleasingly free of any spam at all (I forget how long since I can say that - perhaps a decade), at precisely 1 minute past midnight (GMT) into Boxing Day I got my first "SALE!!!!!" notification.  Throughout the course of today I've had emails from every email list I've ever been near, let alone signed up to. 
 Especially whilst their teens are meme'd posting to Twitter "No iphone, 8 months to get it. I really hate my dad fucking Cu**" and "i didn't get an iphone fuck christmas I'm seriously so pissed"
 Follow up stories appear to indicate he died from a disagreement over a pair trainers or iThing.
 Also wonders what all the tens of thousands of shoppers were doing to help or prevent whilst this kid was dying. People rarely get stabbed without some lead up.
 I realise for some Xmas is about the day, but for the rest, why not simply move the day of present giving back a week and mark it at New Year? This whole performing seal act of buy a ton of stuff for a given day, then find, 8 hours later it's now 20% cheaper seems, um, short sighted at best. Have the food at Xmyth, and the presents at New Year. The only ones who miss out in that transaction are those who think we don't buy enough stuff.
 Still the populace at large proves to be good little sheepsies by trotting off to the sales en masse today.