I had a friend have an unfortunate accident this week. So basically were not able to celebrate christmas. However on a typical year I'm not able to get home. So I feel like celebrating christmas is kind of a lost cause for me. Granted I'm not anti holidays, thanksgiving, and easter, along with several birthdays are huge deals for me. I just feel that the holiday is at an inconvient time of year(stormy, expensive to fly, commercialism rammed down our throats). There's also an aspect of it being a put down to people that are alone or separated from there families. Again I don't hate christmas, I've had mostly pleasant experiences, it's just simply a matter of not wanting to cheapen the memories I do have with less pleasant ones, or ones where the holiday can be truly embraced. So does anyone else do something similar, or atleast celebrates christmas outside of the standard window. Dec 23-27.