This is the first year where I've really felt like boycotting the whole thing. Dcs will be with their dad for much of it. My family have been pretty unpleasant this year and I just don't want to see them. The thought of work Christmas parties fills me with dread. I've had a shit year and nothing to celebrate, besides 3 amazing kids. I'm sick of going to things on my own - standing around making small talk with people who either bore me to tears or don't give a fuck about me. And alcohol isnt exactly going to help! Just...bah humbug!
I'm not even religious, I don't believe God gives a rats are, if he\she exists at all. Yeah, Jesus said some OK things, but then so did Karl Marx and we don't celebrate his birthday. And its not as though anyone actually puts any of those nice ideas into practise The world is a cold, indifferent, selfish place and perhaps we should just be honest with ourselves about that, rather than all this forced tinsel, trees, money and presents and trying to pretend everything's OK when it clearly isnt. People are dying in the cold and no one really cares.
Have you thought about volunteering over the Christmas holidays at a homeless shelter or elderly people's home? I think that can be much more rewarding than stuffing your face and spending money you do not have on things you do not need.
I don't think I could really afford to go anywhere. My boiler seems to be breaking down with perfect timing so any 'spare' cash would probably go on that. I'll have my young dcs with me for Xmas day and the second week of the holidays. It's just the first week I need to fill.