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The over-commercialization of the season annoys some Social Circlers. (PHOTO: )

Social Circle: What, if anything, annoys you about the holidays?

Welcome to a weekly segment called "Social Circle." It's a group effort between readers, social networkers and the editors. Every Monday, we ask a question via Facebook and Twitter and then post the responses from our Facebook "likers" and Twitter followers in this column. Well-known Milwaukee movers and shakers will contribute, too.

Love 'em or hate 'em, the holidays are here and every store and radio station is going to remind you of that. For some, it's a joyful time, but for others 'tis the season of stress and annoyance.

Where do you fit in on the spectrum of holiday cheer? Is there anything you find annoying this time of year? here's what the Social Circle had to say via Facebook and Twitter.

Jill Albers: "Mannheim Steamroller."


Christopher Braman: "Seeing people so consumed by trying to find the right gift or, for that matter, any gift and spending all their time shopping and none of their time enjoying time with those they are working sooooooo hard to please."

Brian Brehmer: "The fact that Christmas is set up in September already. The lack of feeling in the Christmas displays and programs. The loss of tradition that hasn't been commercialized."

Rosemary Brunetto: "Length and consumerism. Oh and throw Black Friday in, too."

Denise Cawley: "The Black Friday stuff. The idea that we should use our be thankful holiday to hurry up and buy more sh*t."

Reuven Cocos: "Rampant consumerism/insanity. Gluttonous consumption of complete crap food, empty souls trying to buy their ways into their loved ones' hearts. This season blows because everyone is super depressed when its over."

Beth De Bord: "My oldest son starts playing Christmas music in October. Worst part of the holidays."

Marin Webster Denning: "Thanksgiving. It's like Dec. 5."

Kay Erickson Ehlers: "I love the holidays, but I hate when they start before Thanksgiving, and I hate the focus on consumerism."

Abigail Lynn Fowler: "The themed sweaters."

Monica Freitag: "That it's so about getting slippers, sweaters, jewelry, electronics. Most people can't remember what they got last year from anyone anyway. Share your time and your love, that will be remembered. Give. Share. Appreciate."

Neal Frickson: "People don't know what lefse is."

Robin Graham: "I don't like that I am expected to participate in the same way as most people."

Tracy Hedman: "People that complain about stupid crap about the holidays."

Susan Higgins-Larkey: "Shameless materialism."

Mark Hill: "All of it."

Katharina Hren: "Ha ha ... Where do I start?"

Deone Jahnke: "That it is UNAVOIDABLE. Stores are crammed with sparkly red and gold and silver stuff and sound systems are playing Christmas carols. Bahhhh."

Tom Julio: "Holiday questions."

Tammy Kolbe: "How damn cold it's gotten outside."

Emily Krenzke: "Superficiality: Jesus wants you to buy stuff and then you'll be happy and have friends."

Kyla Lahaie: "People who complain about the holiday season."

Dave Mikolajek: "Christmas music being played before Thanksgiving."

Kim Mitschke: "I love everything about the holidays. The only thing that brings me down are people's grumpy 'bah humbug' attitudes. Bring on the holidays. I'm so excited!"

Milinda Lee Mueller: "The stores opening ON Thanksgiving."

Jeff Pawlinski: "Music!"

Ted Perry: "That I'm forced, at 48, to play an elf in my family's annual Christmas video. You'd think I could move up the ladder after all these years to at least Santa's helper."

Lindsay Puetz: "The religious basis involved. We should just have parties to have parties. Love, happiness and giving should not only occur on days allocated by religion."

Doug Russell: "The Christmas music on radio stations. Waaaay too much, waaaaay too early. If you want to to play Christmas music on the 24th and 25th - go for it. Any more is overkill."

Sonia Maria Simões: "Adults that make Christmas lists to give to people."

Trevor Smith: "How about fact that that people spend one month paying lip service to 'peace on earth,' 'goodwill towards others' and 'caring for the less privileged' and are magically able to convince themselves that the vapid, unjust and exploitative lives/lifestyles carried out over the past 11 months didn't happen. That and Christmas carols. I hate Christmas carols."

J.R. Stewart: "Thanksgiving and Christmas."

Ross Salchow: "I don't know which I hate more: Christmas decorations going up in October or people complaining about Christmas decorations going up in October."

Jeanette Sunrain: "Black Friday is the most annoying of all. I will never participate."

Ellen Takerian: "Nothing. I love it!"

Simon Teale: "The themed sweaters."

Lucky Tomaszek: "Christmas music before Thanksgiving. Hate that."

Jenny Valentine: "The pokey checkouts."

Maren Valentine: "Plastic toys. Excessive plastic toys. Excessive packaging on plastic toys. All the plastic garbage bags to catch the packaging on plastic toys."

Ruth Weill: "Lasts too long and because of that we are subjected to way too much 'holiday' music. Or the disgusting, overt consumerism."

Christopher Wilde: "Bell ringing outside of stores. Not fun for people with tinnitus."

Carrie Wisniewski: "No to sound cliche but the over-commercialization of it all. It used to be about love, happiness, hot cocoa and serenity and, for those who believe, Jesus. Now it's about buying, rushing and complaining. There's still hot cocoa, though."

Patty Zastrow-Jankowski: "Everything."


PoppyDowns | Nov. 20, 2012 at 12:16 p.m. (report)

It is called a holiday parade and the "holidays" as not to offend anyone who has beleifs other than yours. Believe it or not but many people think of Christmas as a holiday not the celebration of the birth of Christ, which is why America is great.

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littletinyfish | Nov. 19, 2012 at 9:41 a.m. (report)

It makes sense that there are so many people who hate the holidays, what with all the pressure to get it "right" and make it special and memorable, but I'm glad there are people like Takerian who can still find joy in them, regardless. Don't let the haters bring you down!

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ediemac01 | Nov. 18, 2012 at 4:56 p.m. (report)

Everything is right, Patty. It's been degraded to nothing more than media hype.

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hardgeminiguy | Nov. 18, 2012 at 1:31 p.m. (report)

Hate the badly overuse of the word "holiday" when the word Christmas should be used. What holiday--Memorial Day? Fourth of July? Memorial Day? Even downtown's parade is called the HOLIDAY parade! With many wearing Santa hats, bands in the parade playing Christmas music, and --oh, yes! Santa Clause himself in his sleigh! Please start calling it what it, actually, is--A CHRISTMAS PARADE! Shame on Johnson Controls for not insisting the parade be called a CHRISTMAS PARADE. Very much enjoy the radio Christmas music except not nearly enough variety or songs. Same versions of same songs over and over. Canned music must stop. Plus, not enough vocal versions. I have my 71/2 foot tree up and all other decorations.And wrapping Christmas gifts--yes, my shopping is finished! No Christmas music on radio yet--not good. Would have enjoyed Christmas music the 3 days i spent setting every thing up. Thank-you --Jerry

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