First of all, it's a Christian holiday, and it seems to evoke just about everybody around it. I hate having to spend money to get people things I don't even know they would want. Yeah you can say "well it's being paid off by the things you are receiving." no, not true at all. i could have saved my money that i spent on gifts for other people, and bought myself what i really wanted. seriously, from now on, xmas should be a holiday where you go and buy yourself something you want with your own money, excluding kids. this way, everyone gets what they actually want, and they don't waste their money on other crap that people probably don't even like. And it's so time consuming, every one drives fucking crazy, and customers are fighting each other and literally killing each other for the lowest price on goods (black Friday). Not to mention that Xmas drives everybody broke as hell, since even if you're not a Christian, and even if you don't celebrate Xmas, you still have to go out and buy fucking "gifts" for people. The whole family, Friends, gf, gf's parents, boss, co workers, neighbors etc. Why? Because everyone expects you to. Its fucking christmas. And you don't want to have that look on your face when someone gives you a gift and you don't have one to give back. I don't mean to sound pessimistic, but nearly everyone I've had this conversation with agrees that Xmas is a pain in the ass. See, birthdays make sense at least, you get one person one gift you think they are going to like, and you get set back a couple of bucks. But Christmas? Sshhhhiiieeettt, better jump in front of a crazy UPS truck driver hurrying to deliver gift packages, this way your excuse for everyone when they come "where the fuck is my present"ing you is "sorry, got hit by a crazy ups truck, was in the hospital. Thanks for your gift though. That was very kind of you. Mama brought it to me while I was in the hospital"