And that's perfectly fine of course. 'Everyone to their own' etc.
Are you 'religious' OOI? (Genuine / serious question).
What, you only eat Turkey at that time of the year?
If I'm ever somewhere where they are on offer I rarely pick mine up. The hats are too small, the crackers rarely 'crack', the toys are usually a waste of our resources and the 'jokes' are (as they are designed to be) sadly corny and often 'childish'.
Nothing wrong with that ... at any time of the year?
But not at any other time of the year? ;-(
We wouldn't be able to find them if we did that.
I'm not sure 'conifer' is a very good firewood (it spits and burns too quickly) and I'd prefer all these millions of trees carried on growing rather than found all over the neighbourhood 12 days later. ;-(
Nothing wrong with that. ;-)
So, OOI, do you really only do the things you mention at that time of the year? If 'yes', it is you (well, not you particularly etc) who I think are missing out. ;-)
If I see something that I know someone I am friends with / close to would like / need and I can afford it I get it and give it to them at that time, not just because of some questionable festive / celebration period. I'm guessing (hoping) you do the same (as well)?
If I fancy a turkey roast and it happens to be the 25th of November (or any other day of the year) then I do so. ;-)
If I fancy sitting round a fire and having a drink or singsong then that's what I will do (assuming others want to do the same of course ... I won't light a fire just for myself) ;-)
Re Xmyth ... I (we) really get frustrated that we can't just go and get our weekly shop without it taking much much longer while we queue behind people with trolleys stacked to the brim with enough food to last for 3 weeks (when the shops are open most of the same period) and especially when they run out of the basics (that they never do any other time of the year). Luckily we don't have to suffer the traffic (for the food shopping at least) as we walk to our local shops. ;-)
I also feel sorry for the shops ... who in the most part would rather have their workload spread out evenly throughout the year, not bunched into a few 'special occasions'.
So, like many we actually try to avoid the whole thing as much as possible (short of going away / abroad etc).
Cheers, T i m