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Tadeusz598 in Florianópolis is doing 26 things including…

Campaign Against Christmas

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Tadeusz598 has written 14 entries about this goal

Facebook group
This seems to be the most popular of the groups on Facebook

song- a parody of Tom Waits and Pete Murphy

Support group for those intending to avoid the Hell of Christmas

Here's a nice article

I especially liked this paragraph:

Humbug of Forced Happiness:

Christmas is marketed as a season for happiness, joy, and warm, snuggly feelings. It’s unAmerican not to be happy and joyful this time of year, so the ads, songs, and cards keep reminding of us of how we are expected to feel — but not everyone can or does feel happy at this time. Pressure to be happy can cause serious depression, and what about all the fires and accidents this time of year brings? I’d like to send a warm, snuggly Humbug to those who push happiness like a drug.

Let's say "NO" to Christmas.

Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death

NEw York Times

Published: November 28, 2008
The throng of Wal-Mart shoppers had been building all night, filling sidewalks and stretching across a vast parking lot at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, N.Y. At 3:30 a.m., the Nassau County police had to be called in for crowd control, and an officer with a bullhorn pleaded for order.

Tension grew as the 5 a.m. opening neared. Someone taped up a crude poster: “Blitz Line Starts Here.”

By 4:55, with no police officers in sight, the crowd of more than 2,000 had become a rabble, and could be held back no longer. Fists banged and shoulders pressed on the sliding-glass double doors, which bowed in with the weight of the assault. Six to 10 workers inside tried to push back, but it was hopeless.

Suddenly, witnesses and the police said, the doors shattered, and the shrieking mob surged through in a blind rush for holiday bargains. One worker, Jdimytai Damour, 34, was thrown back onto the black linoleum tiles and trampled in the stampede that streamed over and around him. Others who had stood alongside Mr. Damour trying to hold the doors were also hurled back and run over, witnesses said.

Some workers who saw what was happening fought their way through the surge to get to Mr. Damour, but he had been fatally injured, the police said. Emergency workers tried to revive Mr. Damour, a temporary worker hired for the holiday season, at the scene, but he was pronounced dead an hour later at Franklin Hospital Medical Center in Valley Stream.

Four other people, including a 28-year-old woman who was described as eight months pregnant, were treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

Detective Lt. Michael Fleming, who is in charge of the investigation for the Nassau police, said the store lacked adequate security. He called the scene “utter chaos” and said the “crowd was out of control.” As for those who had run over the victim, criminal charges were possible, the lieutenant said. “I’ve heard other people call this an accident, but it is not,” he said. “Certainly it was a foreseeable act.”

Some shoppers who had seen the stampede said they were shocked. One of them, Kimberly Cribbs of Queens, said the crowd had acted like “savages.” Shoppers behaved badly even as the store was being cleared, she recalled.

“When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling, ‘I’ve been on line since yesterday morning,’ ” Ms. Cribbs told The Associated Press. “They kept shopping.”

Wal-Mart security officials and the police cleared the store, swept up the shattered glass and locked the doors until 1 p.m., when it reopened to a steady stream of calmer shoppers who passed through the missing doors and battered door jambs, apparently unaware that anything had happened.

Ugly shopping scenes, a few involving injuries, have become commonplace during the bargain-hunting ritual known as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. The nation’s largest retail group, the National Retail Federation, said it had never heard of a worker being killed on Black Friday.

Wal-Mart declined to provide details of the stampede, but said in a statement that it had tried to prepare by adding staff members. Still, it was unclear how many security workers it had at the Valley Stream store for the opening on Friday. The Green Acres Mall provides its own security to supplement the staffs of some large stores, but it did not appear that Wal-Mart was one of them.

Chirstmas kills...Shopping stampede kills sales assistant in Wal-Mart, Valley Stream New York

This news story from New York illustrates better than anything I can say the awfulness of modern Christmas

This shows why Christmas should be abandoned.

Chirstmas kills...Shopping stampede kills sales assistant in Wal-Mart, Valley Stream New York

This news story from New York illustrates better than anything I can say the awfulness of modern Christmas

This shows why Christmas should be abandoned.

Christmas is coming!

I wonder how many people out there are seeing the arrival of Christmas decorations and promotions in the shops and feeling a terrible dread?


A lady describes what she has bought.

Christmas sucks

There`s a lot of excellent, honest and funny stuff on Youtube about this.

If only everyone were honest about how crap Christmas is! Anyone who hates it is made to feel like a pariah -“Bah Humbug”, etc.

But, of course, you`re not.

Hating this tacky festival is just a natural response to something that`s expensive, boring, and forces you to spend time wth people you`d often rather avoid.

Speak the truth.

Just say, “actually I dont really like Christmas. I prefer to save up my money for the summer vacation. Thanks for the thought, though.”

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