The Corny Christmas Stuff: A Defense

As we typically do, the family put up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, busted out the decorations, and started the Yuletide season off as soon as possible.

It’s funny, because I used to hate Christmas.

To a lot of people, Christmas is a time of stress and dread. While the Christmas suicide spike is a myth, many just hate, among other things, the spectacle, the commercialization, seeing family, and the unbearable sweetness of it all. 

While I share their dislike of the commercialization–I’m a Christian, after all, with everything that entails about the birth of Christ–the older I get, the more I start to absolutely love the corny, cheesy Christmas stuff. 

Maybe it’s because I’m a father to a young child. Maybe it’s because I just had a bittersweet Thanksgiving. Or maybe it’s because the world is so insane, the country so torn up, I’m finding solace in things that convey warmth, family, stability, and normalcy

Also, there’s the fact that maybe, just maybe, our forefathers had things right. All of that Norman Rockwell stuff just might have been a pretty good way to be. 

Listen: The modern world is awesome. All issues with modernity as a philosophy aside, this is really the best time to be alive

But some things have been denigrated by our so-called superiors, including the importance of the nuclear family. Not to knock other people and their individual situations, but stable families are good for society and shouldn’t be singled-out for mockery and destruction (unless you’re a Marxist, then that’s kind of what you do.).

Anyway, if you’re one of those people who hate Christmas, try giving it another shot, all religious beliefs aside. Don’t get so caught up in getting the “perfect” gifts for people. Price isn’t the issue. Thinking about the other person is. 

And all of that peace and love stuff…if you’re a pacifist or a “good liberal” or a “Christian conservative” or whatever, why mock the sentiment of the season dedicated to peace and love?

So fire up the hot chocolate, watch It’s A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol and A Christmas Story and Scrooged and even Die Hard for God’s sake for the thousandth time, and just a relax

Online shenanigans aside, it’s good to take a few weeks out of the year to bask in the cheesy goodness of Christmas. And maybe just pretending you like it will rub off on you. 

As someone who used to hate Christmas for what it has become (Black Friday violence, anyone?), let me tell you this can work. Rediscovering your inner child isn’t always a bad thing. 

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6 thoughts on “The Corny Christmas Stuff: A Defense

  1. troubledtide says:

    I’m feeling the same way this holiday season! I’m actually enjoying the christmas music and schlock.

    Re marxists, my 11 year came up to me the other day and told me she’s a socialist!

    Turns out she thought “socialist” meant someone who is cheerful and friendly (in the vein of… socializing). I said honey, you’re no socialist. lol.

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    1. The Daytime Renegade says:

      Ahaha that’s a great story about your daughter! I can’t get enough of kids and their thought processes. Cracks me up.

      The Christmas schlock is such a refreshing change of pace from the doom, gloom, and cynicism of much of American life lately. I don’t roll my eyes when my wife turns on the Hallmark movie channel anymore!

      Thank you for the comment!


      1. Erik says:

        I “learned” about the holiday suicide thing from that movie.

        It’s definitely got some scary bits for kids. It was just right for me when I saw it.

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      2. The Daytime Renegade says:

        Haha damn you’re right! I forgot about that.

        And that morbid story about the girl’s dad who pretended to be Santa but got stuck in the chimney and died…damn!


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