That Was the Worst Christmas Ever! (Day Six)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:23 AM

Here's a Christmas song of a very different sort. It was my introduction to Sufjan Stevens last year when iTunes offered it as a free single of the week. I'm still not entirely sure what to make of it, other than that Stevens's melody and haunting vocals make it worth hearing. With that in mind, what was the worst Christmas you ever had?

Going outside
Shoveling snow in the driveway, driveway
Taking our shoes
Riding a sled down the hillside, hillside
Can you say what you want?
Can you say what you want to be?
Can you be what you want?
Can you be what you want?

Our father yells
Throwing gifts in the wood stove, wood stove
My sister runs away
Taking her books to the schoolyard, schoolyard
In time the snow will rise
In time the snow will rise
In time the Lord will rise
In time the Lord will rise

Silent night
Holy night
Silent night
Nothing feels right

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Re: That Was the Worst Christmas Ever! (Day Six)
It's hard for me to tag a personal "worst Christmas ever." I've suffered plenty which could have been infinitely better, but one or more persons so utterly focussed on themselves made everyone else suffer. These people are at their worst when the holidays roll around. None of them are in my immediate family.
Posted by Ed Hurst - Dec 31, 2007 | 1:44 PM

Re: That Was the Worst Christmas Ever! (Day Six)
I spent a long time in corporate America, mostly on the top end, and now I am in a blue collar environment. Sure, people are people, but destructive personalities have been rare for most of my life. Pranks, practical jokes, personal violence and even sabotage abound this time of the year. I go to "Defcon 3" and expect troublemakers. I carry all my food in my pack, and show up a few minutes early, just to check for the occasional popped circuit breaker, or unplugged connector. I can usually scan everything and see if anything is wrong. We have these week-long recertification classes every two years, and they often become "eating fests" with lunch at popular restaurants - Claim Jumper, Chili's, etc. But the lunches can become violent, with shoving matches, etc. As a newbie, I often can get stuck in a December class, so the trick is to "get sick" and make up the class. And that usually bumps you to a different two-year cycle. "Jerk-avoidance" in a blue-colalr job is pretty much a science, something you do all the time, but especially in December.
Posted by Mike O - Dec 31, 2007 | 4:23 PM

Re: That Was the Worst Christmas Ever! (Day Six)
Yes, Mike, I've experienced that, too. However, I was referring to relatives at extended family gatherings. Most of the trouble was picking a fight over nothing, coming in all moody, or not quite sober, etc. When I feel really bad for any reason, I instinctively avoid human company. No one should have to put with my crappy attitude. These relatives predictably demand everyone enjoy their bad attitude.
Posted by Ed Hurst - Jan 01, 2008 | 12:59 AM

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