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I decorate my dwelling for the winter holidays ...

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Not at all - Bah Humbug
  5934 votes / 37%
Very slightly (a trinket or two)
  2413 votes / 15%
Moderately (a tree or the local equivalent)
  5261 votes / 33%
Extensively (causing a slight power droop)
  746 votes / 4%
A bit overboard (Grizwold style)
150 votes / 0%
I am Alek Komarnitsky.
138 votes / 0%
Do new electronics count?
  1237 votes / 7%
15879 total votes.
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I decorate my dwelling for the winter holidays ...

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  • by GiantRobotMonster (1159813) on Saturday December 21, 2013 @10:35AM (#45753729)

    And when it *is* winter, there isn't a holiday.

    • by tylikcat (1578365)

      I'm sure if you pull out a standard text on world religions you can find something to fit the bill.

    • by Trepidity (597)

      You could always show your love of the USA by staging a local celebration of the 4th of July...

      • by mjwx (966435)

        You could always show your love of the USA by staging a local celebration of the 4th of July...

        Yes but in Australia we're still enjoying the Queens Birthday (first Monday in June, except if you live in WA where it's in October and the June holiday is replaced by Western Australia Day) which isn't actually the Queen's birthday rather just an arbitrarily chosen day for a public holiday.

    • by fuego451 (958976)
      Your Summer solstice was just yesterday and you didn't party?
    • Too bad for you. We have plenty of holly days (and parties) in June and July here at Brazil :)

      Maybe you just need to start the tradition.

  • by Cypher04 (807337) on Saturday December 21, 2013 @10:36AM (#45753737) Homepage
    My NAS and switch has pretty blinking lights. They bring joy with every packet.
    • I encased my router inside a cardboard box to prevent the "christmas" going on when I'm trying to sleep...
    • And you don't even need to unwrap it. Of course only as long as you do not encapsulate, that is.

    • by Thanshin (1188877)

      *sing to "Little Drummer Boy" tune*

      NAS and switch have pretty blinking lights.
      They bring joy with every packet that arrives.
      I change the pass every two weeks as advised.
      They let me see all the porn there ever was.
      Rom pa pom pass
      Rom pa pom pass

  • Hanukkah Menorah (Score:5, Informative)

    by DERoss (1919496) on Saturday December 21, 2013 @11:10AM (#45753967)

    I put an electric Hanukkah menorah in a front window. It is now put away, however, because Hanukkah ended over two weeks ago.

  • Why is not celebrating any of the religious days in this period considered bug humbug? Do you decorate your dwelling for Muslim holidays? (Of which the Christian Christmas, and the Gregorian New Year are neither.)

    Where I live, not only isn't there winter (or summer for that matter), there are a variety of religions, they all (or at least most of them) get official holidays. I'm irreligious myself, so I'll be doing nothing special this Christmas. But why does "bah humbug" apply? Because people are pushing th

    • Re:"Bah humbug"? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by tylikcat (1578365) on Saturday December 21, 2013 @01:30PM (#45754911)

      I guess is all depends on interpretation. I put "moderately"... I live in a zendo, and change the decorations on the altar as the seasons change. So, no more in the winter than any other time.* The closest thing we have to a winter holiday is Bodhi day, the celebration of Buddha's enlightenment, on which day many of us still on pillows and stare at the wall... a little more than usual. And that was weeks ago. (Well, in our tradition. Like we really know the actual day.)

      * Well, okay, often sometime in late January it becomes all asian lilies and oranges because I just can't take the winter any more.

    • by mschuyler (197441)

      Look at my sig.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by artor3 (1344997)

      This is an American website. The majority of users are Americans. As a result, it will sometimes contain cultural references that are irrelevant to you. When that happens, just click somewhere else. Don't go out of your way to get all huffy that some people might talk about something that doesn't concern you.

      • Look, I don't have any problem with the poll. Just the implication that by not decorating my dwelling, I'm saying "bah humbug". Which, frankly, isn't the case. I'm just not celebrating anything. I'm not objecting to you, or anyone else, doing what they will (with certain obvious caveats).

        Also, this website maybe "American", but I don't the majority of the members and visitors are American.

        • Also, this website maybe "American", but I don't the majority of the members and visitors are American.

          But I think the majority of the members do often words out when typing comments. It's a weird thing about typing that happens to me quite often.

    • Yule (Score:4, Informative)

      by globaljustin (574257) <justinglobal AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday December 21, 2013 @08:26PM (#45757367) Homepage Journal

      dude, chill out...

      Christmas is a modern adaptation of a pagan holiday, Yule. [wikipedia.org]

      It was a pagan holiday celebrating the solstice (Dec. 21st) and was changed to reflect the Catholic Monarchy's human population control plan.

      Also, even if the above is true, you're still wrong to be insulted by "Bah Humbug"

      It's a joke...it's not an endictment of anyone who doesn't celebrate Christmas as an evil atheist. It's a little bit of fun.

      Get over yourself. No one cares that you're "irreligious" just as no one cares about what I think either....you're being over sensitive because it makes you feel important.

      It's a secular holiday in origin and now, by any measure, Christmas is again a secular holiday where our culture celebrates ***consumerism***

      • It's not a secular holiday. That's just something that non religious Christians tell themselves since they celebrate it that way.

        • by SoupGuru (723634)

          Christmas trees, candy canes, snowmen, Rudolf, elves, Grinch, 1-horse open sleighs, presents, stockings, Christmas lights displays, eggnog.... not really religious stuff there and none of it biblical.

          Santa.... eh, might be based on something religious but certainly not a religious icon today.

          No, most of Christmas has nothing to do with religion. It's a bunch of winter solstice celebrations crammed together into one big holiday.

        • by mjwx (966435)

          It's not a secular holiday. That's just something that non religious Christians tell themselves since they celebrate it that way.

          No it's secular. Non Christians (people who actively practice other religions like Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam) still celebrate it where its a part of the culture where they live. Same with non-religious and Atheists. I get paid days off because some dude was allegedly born on this day to a woman who claims she got pregnant without ever having sex (Joseph must have been whipped bad to swallow that). I dont believe any of that tripe, but I'll still take the day off if it's all the same.

          But really Christm

        • Well, to be fair, Christmas does have a significant secular element to it in our (U.S.) culture, and to some extent, there's nothing wrong with that. It's true that the majority of Americans are Christian, at least nominally, but there's a reason that you constantly hear things like "Keep Christ In Christmas". The consumerism part of the holiday is particularly bad and I think few of us fail to succumb to that, whether we are deeply religious or not. My wife and I decided to tone down the gift-giving thi

      • I don't care if Christmas is the freaking birth of the FSM, or the discovery of a teapot in orbit around the sun. I'm also not decorating anything for the New Year.

        I.e. you're reading too much into my post.

        You can do what you want with your own dwelling, but I shall be doing nothing. And I don't see what bah humbug has to do with that.

        • by sjames (1099)

          That is the very definition of bah humbug!

          Bah = an expression of disdain. Humbug = nonsense, tom-foolery, fraud, etc.

          • Except that I'm not expressing as disdain for anything, and I'm not saying that decorating your dwelling for "winter holidays" is nonsense or anything else. I'm just saying that: A. I'm not doing anything. B. the poll is flawed because it makes too many assumptions about the audience (e.g. that there will be winter, and that there will be holidays in the winter).

            But anyway...

    • Why is not celebrating any of the religious days in this period considered bug humbug?

      Even if you are not at all religious you can celebrate the solstice which is the astronomical event that is actually the reason that many the religious holidays coincide at this time of year. So the only reason not to refuse to celebrate with everyone else is because you are being extremely grumpy in which case "Bah, humbug" seems highly appropriate.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Why is not celebrating any of the religious days in this period considered bug humbug? Do you decorate your dwelling for Muslim holidays? (Of which the Christian Christmas, and the Gregorian New Year are neither.)

      Where I live, not only isn't there winter (or summer for that matter), there are a variety of religions, they all (or at least most of them) get official holidays. I'm irreligious myself, so I'll be doing nothing special this Christmas. But why does "bah humbug" apply? Because people are pushing their religion and/or point of view on others.

      The poll could easily have said simply "not at all".

      Because Bah humbug specifically relates to not celebrating Christmas... read some Charles Dickens :)

    • I am not religious (except for the Flying Spaghetti monster and GLR, but they are real so that is different :P). Christmas is still fun to me, as we have a good diner with the family, a lot of laughs and a few drinks. It's always a good time, although I don't care if it is Christmas, Hanukkah or the day the aliens created us in a volcano. It's simply a good excuse to get together and have fun. People expect families to get together for Christmas so you can easily fend other things off then.
    • by trongey (21550)

      Why is not celebrating any of the religious days in this period considered bug humbug? Do you decorate your dwelling for Muslim holidays? (Of which the Christian Christmas, and the Gregorian New Year are neither.)

      Where I live, not only isn't there winter (or summer for that matter), there are a variety of religions, they all (or at least most of them) get official holidays. I'm irreligious myself, so I'll be doing nothing special this Christmas. But why does "bah humbug" apply? Because people are pushing their religion and/or point of view on others.

      The poll could easily have said simply "not at all".

      Thank you for providing such a carefully crafted example of a bah humbug attitude.

    • Why is it that people who post from these exceptional and/or exotic areas that have unusual qualities and/or properties never bother to tell us where it is? Is that part of the 'hook' for us to be in awe of them or something?

      • Well, in my case it's because I don't want to make it too easy to tie this account to my real life self. But, it's obvious that I'm somewhere in the tropics. You can read some other posts to discover that the chocolate made here is crap. And, ah, I can't remember if I complained about the political system or not.
        Yeah. I'm not advertising this place, I'm just using it as an example. So you don't need to know exactly where it is.

  • by NixieBunny (859050) on Saturday December 21, 2013 @01:07PM (#45754751) Homepage
    We didn't even have to *get* anything - the pole, the base and the topper were already in the living room! Thanks, robotics club.
    The pole is an old shade structure pole that we had in the living room for testing our FRC robot's hanging mechanism, the base is a barbell weight from our trebuchet, which was used to weigh down some Vex field elements when practicing for Toss Up, and the topper is a ceramic Hello Kitty statue.
  • For years I've been pushing LED lights, and even had a few puny strands of them. This year, was gifted a few cheap strands (but better than I had before, by a long shot!) of multi-colored bulbs (some green, some yellow, some red -- not color *changing*), which I've now supplemented with a few water-resistant reels of 300 RGB LEDs that feature lots of remote-controllable choices for pattern, brightness, color, and speed. Now my porch is sufficiently cheerful / obnoxious!

    I like these enough that I am just goi

    • Use them as regular lights. White for regular days, specific colours/patterns for holidays.

      • by timothy (36799) Works for Slashdot

        Yes -- that's what I'll probably do, actually. When people come to visit, I can set them to blink, and tell them to look for the blinking lights, too ...

        I also think they're somewhat of a burglar deterrent, because they brighten the whole area of the door.

    • by nullchar (446050)

      What controller do you use to run them?

  • I never took the lights down from last year.
  • Alek Komarnitsky (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Algae_94 (2017070) on Saturday December 21, 2013 @04:22PM (#45756093) Journal
    I just want to thank /. for making me wonder enough who this guy is to find his page [komar.org]. It's like I'm back in the 90's.
    • Well whoever loves as many flashing lights as possible is going to love animated gifs... and probably not have a good sense for design.
      • by dkf (304284)

        Well whoever loves as many flashing lights as possible is going to love animated gifs... and probably not have a good sense for design.

        All I'll say is that it appears to be a perfect match for the... jaw-dropping kitschocalypse that is Christmas round his yard.

    • Now there is a Slashdot story [slashdot.org] on the front page about this year's displat by Alek, with a video interview.

    • by mjwx (966435)

      I just want to thank /. for making me wonder enough who this guy is to find his page [komar.org]. It's like I'm back in the 90's.

      Mien Gott in Himmel.

      I thought the Marquee tag died a well deserved death years ago.

  • One item (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jtownatpunk.net (245670) on Saturday December 21, 2013 @06:50PM (#45756905)

    I have a Charlie Brown tree from Urban Outfitters that a friend gave to me years ago. It gets set up with a blue baby blanket a few days after Thanksgiving.

  • To let me know when the burglars are coming and going.

    Happy Hogwatch!

  • that's all i see it as and nothing more. this time of year in north american reminds me of how much i hate society and how vane and disgusting you all are

    • If you choose to see the negative in everything, negative you will become. Christmas for me is about taking time out with family and having a good time. I'm sure thats what it is for the loads of non-christians I work with that also celebrate it. If you dont like the commercialist aspect, (as I don't) there are a number of options to do the giving thing, ie. gift spend limits, secret santa etc. Just get drunk and have a good time man. Chill, be happy :)
      • by maliqua (1316471)

        i like your creative solution to solve problems with alcohol.

        bah fucking humbug. its a disgusting time of year i don't see everything in a negatively light, just i see this as humanity at its absolute lowest and it makes me sick.

        • by sjames (1099)

          It is true that there are many who wallow in all the wrong things. There's no need to join them in that or to let them spoil a more sensible celebration. Give baked goods, have small get-togethers with like minded celebrants. Make up a big bowl of smoking bishop and do the Moosmas chant with some friends (Owa Tamu Siam) until you achieve enlightenment. Then drink.

    • by FatLittleMonkey (1341387) on Sunday December 22, 2013 @06:23AM (#45759079)

      Moderation in all things. Including moderation itself.

      Periodic consumer excess is perfectly in keeping with the European origins of the winter solstice celebration. (The austere religious crap that people try to foist on it, not so much.) Likewise the "fast" when the bills come in.

      • by Alioth (221270)

        This is the problem I find with Christmas, total lack of moderation. The problem is that all the shops go full-on Christmas mode some time in September, so by the time it's over we've had an entire third of a year of Christmas - it's too much. By the time December 25th rolls around I'm bored to death with it because of the constant pounding of the Christmas sales drum for three months.

        If Christmas was traditionally celebrated by nothing more than a meal and booze and a Dr.Who special on TV it would be a lot

    • There's no doubt that it has been turned into the "buy, buy, buy" season. But there's nothing saying you can't use it as an excuse to hang out with family & friends without spending yourself into 3-5 months of debt instead. I know our family keeps the spending to a minimum these days, $50 dollar gifts for a single person we pick out of a hat & that "white elephant" thing at my grandparents (re-gift of old junk). Might as well hijack the holiday, the same way the Christians hijacked it from the pa

  • by bobthesungeek76036 (2697689) on Saturday December 21, 2013 @11:28PM (#45758023)
    I didn't quite rival my friend Alek but I had quite a display. But a few years ago I fell off my house taking down my lights. Broken pelvis and dissintegrated rotator-cuff later I no longer do Christmas lights. I'm reliquenshed to yard decorations only.
    • I'm relegated [google.ca] to yard decorations only.

  • My work (5D Robotics) decided to celebrate Christmas by dressing up our lawyer as Santa and driving a row of robots down the street: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7kSbmdLkik [youtube.com] . Oh yeah, and there's an elf on a unicycle.
  • Did my own custom [Open Source Hardware/Software] controller/system: http://www.bradgoodman.com/dimwatt/ [bradgoodman.com]
  • Background.

    I'm an atheist, wife probably is (agnostic at best, nothing organized), religion isn't something we bother with or talk about. At the same time we don't care what anyone else thinks, as long as it doesn't get in our face too much. I don't care that the Pledge of Allegiance mentions a god or that our money references the same.

    For several years I volunteered at a church sponsored food bank, praying with people whose problems made me cry (hunger, violence/death, drugs/alcohol). For the very poor,

    • by miltonw (892065)
      Yes! When my kids were young, we always had fun and Santa was real. We were never religious but, like you, I don't object to religion. I feel sorry for deeply religious Christians having to cope with all the crass commercialization of "their" holy day - but that's another subject.

      Now that my kids are all grown, there really isn't any reason to continue that. I love the time and getting together, but the whole decoration and gift-giving is for children - to continue the "magic".

      I tell everyone, "If I
  • And by "I", I mean "my wife".. decorates the house very slightly.
  • Yeah, I'm pretty sure the 11' inflatable reindeer in my 20x30 front yard pushes me into the Grizwold category - and I say that beaming with pride.

  • You can see mine from the Moon.

  • If I were to actually decorate for the holidays, I'd want an ENIAC of a display. I'd want multi-colored vacuum tubes on the outside of the house making it appear like a psychedelic beehive that will cause an urban brown-out when I turn it on. Of course I'd turn it on during Xmas eve because I am a Grinch at heart.

  • I still have my Zombie Yoda and Darth Vaderstein out from Halloween. I positioned a big dreidel in Darth's hands to decorate for Chanukah with a USB powered menorah between Darth and Yoda. Of course, Chanukah's been over for almost three weeks now. Maybe I'll keep them out and just keep adding additional holiday elements to the display until it encompasses all holidays. (Or at least the ones I celebrate.)

  • I didn't decorate my dwelling at all because I knew I would be elsewhere for the holidays.

Can't open /usr/fortunes. Lid stuck on cookie jar.

 



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