Saturday, December 17, 2011

LIM: That Christmas Spirit

So I'm sitting in the hairdresser, having a hair wash, and being tortured by a Christmas CD featuring a children's choir.  Luckily the hair dryers were going full blast so the sound was muffled.

As I was paying up, I said politely, "So are you going home to Ipoh for your Christmas holidays?" because I was intending to wish my mate a Merry Christmas.  

She looked blank and then said, "Oh no!  I'm a freethinker (atheist)!" adding conscientiously, "But I celebrate Chinese New Year."

"I thought with the Christmas music and all that you might celebrate...." I excused myself.

"We are all freethinkers," my mate said waving at her colleagues.  "That music is for clients like you."

"I'm a freethinker too, and I love Chinese New Year," I told her. "But I can't stand children's choirs."

"Me neither," she whispered.

"Hey, I'm a freethinker too!" said the man who was having his hair cut. "And I don't like this music either!"

"Me too!" said the lady next to him.

It dawned on us that none of the 7 people in the shop celebrate Christmas, and that all of us were enduring the music.

"Can we listen to the radio?" the lady customer asked plaintively.

I hope that wherever you're living that everyone is as thoughtful about the importance of various holidays to other communities.  And I really hope that you're not tortured by children's choirs!
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31 comments:

Simba said...

Even if one celebrates Christmas and is a Christian, some of the music can become overdone!

Random Felines said...

we have a local radio station that starts with the christmas music the day of thanksgiving....I celebrate, but give me a break....

Brian said...

We love Christmas music...any old time!

Mr Puddy said...

Would you like to hear my version ? ...tee...heh...heh
xoxo

Splendid Little Stars said...

Some Christmas music is lovely; some is unendurable.

Katnip Lounge said...

I would like Christmas music SO much more if it wasn't so pervasive and invasive from Thanksgiving on...the whole commercialization bums me out.

GrammyMouseTails said...

free thinkers?? that is a new term for me. I like the spirit of all holidays & grew up celebrating Christmas. But enjoy it most when with family to watch the little ones. I do not wish to be tortured by screechy kids singing tho.. Hahha. Hope your days are merry & fun no matter if you celebrate or not :)

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

I have never heard of "free thinkers" in reference to religion either...but..have to tell you. I am Jewish and I ADORE Christmas music, all kinds. I always turn on the Christmas Music radio channel in my car when I drive :)

Jews don't have ANY music that good! :)

Fuzzy Tales said...

Well, even though I was raised in the Anglican church, I had a "crisis of faith" when I was 18 and left. I am not Christian, or anything. (In fact, I really don't know many people who claim to be Christian who actually practice the teachings in the new testament, but that's my own rant.)

I consider myself Pagan, I suppose. Or a mix between Pagan and Buddhist and Zen beliefs.

But I LOVE choral music, LOVE Christmas music and LOVE choirs--children's or adults or a beautiful mix. :-)

Max the Quilt Cat said...

I do love the Christmas music.... But I know it can get to be too much sometimes.

have a great day.

pawhugs, Max

Declan said...

I thought Mum was just a miserable git, but it turns out she's a freethinker. Hehe! Deccy x

Old Kitty said...

Charlie is the freethinker in the family! LOL!

Happy holidays! take care
x

Cory said...

We are free thinkers too...we listen to classical and new age Christmas music, but the other stuff makes us crazy....mom would much rather listen to me sing a sock song.

Whisppy said...

We love Christmas songs!

Tamago said...

Ha ha ha, it's funny no one there did not like that music :-) One of my local radio station plays only Christmas music after Thanksgiving until Christmas is over...I can't listen to this station during this period. It's too much!

Admiral Hestorb said...

Simba said it on the mark.

Thank you for coming to see me and for coming to FB. I appreciated that and more..send you loves and huggies!

Mom Carole

Ginger said...

Greetings handsome boys.....it's a darling picture of you guys. We have a radio station near here that begins Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving, and we love it. But...we do not like children's choirs, either.

The Cat From Hell said...

That is funny! mommy is a pagan so we has a Yule tree (mostly for the grand Kids). And Christmas music is banned ion our house.
Kisses
nellie

Hilary said...

I have been scarred for life with christmas music... When I was younger I waited tables and every day and night for two months all they played was christmas songs. It literally drove me insane!

GRAÇA said...

I wish you a Merry Christmas and the new year become even more friends, are always in my heart
Turrinhas fond's friend
Kika
Beijinho of mami

The Chair Speaks said...

In this multi-racial country of ours, we celebrate all festivals! :)
We hate fire fire crackers though.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

"MY friends? I thought they were YOUR friends!" LOL

Carol said...

I don't mind the music, I find that most folks are so pleasant when it's holiday time.

=^..^= said...

Mommy's an athiest, but she enjoys Christmas and gets involved in all the festivities. For her, it's more a family thing than a religious affair.

And Mommy's weird bec she plays Christmas songs at odd times of the year bec they relax her.

~Slash & Bronzy

Cezar and Léia said...

We love Christmas songs!
purrs to you all
Luna - WE LOVE LUNA

Barbara said...

LOL! I like 'good' Christmas music, I get sick of hearing the bad stuff every time I go into a shop. Most hated? Kim Wilde and Mel Smith singing 'Rockin' around the Christmas Tree', it makes me feel homicidal!!

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Mom is the odd one out, she loves all the goofy Christmas music! xx

Sharon Wagner said...

I'm a Christmas celebrator. But I can totally understand the annoyance with gaudy Christmas decor and music. Sometimes it puts you in a good spirit. But when you hear sickly sweet songs over and over it can be annoying!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Christmas music is lovely at Christmas but sometimes now the build up starts about August!
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Meowers from Missouri said...

well said, well spoken!! mommer wuz brot up christian but now can at most describe herself as a "seeker". much of what turned her off initially was the onus placed on people to blindly accept dogma, and later, the blatant commercialization. she still enjoys a few carols, but cringed through choral concerts even when it was our bean brofur singing!!

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

I can't stand children's festive choirs, although I love most festive music. I'd like to shoot the idiots who composed "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", though. You have to be really depraved and mentally subnormal to enjoy rubbish like that.