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1. Do you celebrate any holidays in December? If yes, which ones, and why? If no, why not?

That depends on your definition of the term "celebrate". I "do" xmas. I am tentatively exploring celebrating solstice.

2. How does the celebration of Christmas affect you (e.g., I like it, because it's my holiday; It doesn't affect me one way or the other; I hate it, because it symbolizes the socio-political dominance of Christianity, etc.)? Or, if Christmas is not the dominant December holiday where you live, how does the celebration of the dominant holiday affect you?

It irritates me, and reminds me of things I dislike. Xmas has always been the thing that takes what should be a good thing (a break in the middle of my favourite season), and made it into an exercise in endurance - removed from all the people I want to spend time with, panic, stress and boredom.

3. What do you feel Christmas is or has become (e.g. a secular holiday, a religious holiday, a celebration of consumption, etc.)?

For me, xmas is stress and obligation combined with boredom and discomfort. In general, it's a cultural exercise in excess, and

4. Will you be giving any holiday gifts this year? If yes, to whom? In total, did you spend more or less this year than last year?

Yes. To my immediate family, my grandmothers, and my brother's fiance. Spent more this year - I got most people gift cards, and ended up deciding I could spend more than I would have were I buying objects.

5. If you could change one thing about how your December holiday(s) is(are) celebrated, what would it be? Or, if you don't celebrate any, if you could change one thing about how the dominant holiday is celebrated, what would it be?

No more gifts or compulsary family gatherings. I'd honestly rather just have a holiday where one spends time with friends instead.

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