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The Eleventh Poll of Christmas: The Christmas Blahs 
12th-Dec-2010 12:09 pm
Homer Xmas


Poll #1656137 Christmas Blahs

Do you get depressed at Christmas time?

Yes (actual clinical depression)
5(7.7%)
Yes (not clincal depression, but I feel sad this time of year)
8(12.3%)
Sometimes, I do this year
12(18.5%)
Sometimes, but not this year
7(10.8%)
Hardly ever
13(20.0%)
No, never, I love this time of year!
13(20.0%)
Something else (what?)
7(10.8%)

What are your stresses at this time of year? (Select as many as apply)

Money
38(13.4%)
My relationship
13(4.6%)
My kids
5(1.8%)
My family (other than kids)
27(9.5%)
Friends
12(4.2%)
Work
19(6.7%)
Lack of work
12(4.2%)
School
14(4.9%)
Christmas Shopping
24(8.5%)
Company/visitors
9(3.2%)
Travel
6(2.1%)
My health
17(6.0%)
Alcohol or drugs
1(0.4%)
Not being able to be someplace I'd like for Christmas
11(3.9%)
My weight/food
27(9.5%)
Social anxiety
20(7.1%)
Loneliness
19(6.7%)
Something else (what)
5(1.8%)
Nothing stresses me at this time of year
4(1.4%)

What supports do you rely on to help you meet your stresses at this time of year? (Select as many as apply)

My spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend/significant other
23(12.3%)
My family
24(12.8%)
Friends
25(13.4%)
My best friend
14(7.5%)
Co-workers
3(1.6%)
My faith
9(4.8%)
A therapist or counsellor
5(2.7%)
A support group (e.g. AA, NA, Weight Watchers)
1(0.5%)
My church or a clergyman
2(1.1%)
My pet(s)
23(12.3%)
The internet
33(17.6%)
Alcohol or drugs
10(5.3%)
Doing charity work
4(2.1%)
Someone else (who?)
1(0.5%)
Something else (what?)
6(3.2%)
I have no stress, so this doesn't apply to me
4(2.1%)

When I find myself feeling sad at Christmas time, a good way to make myself feel better is to ______________

Sorry that I've brought you down with this poll, so on a lighter note, which is your favourite reindeer?

Dasher
2(3.3%)
Dancer
0(0.0%)
Prancer
3(4.9%)
Vixen
6(9.8%)
Comet
4(6.6%)
Cuper
0(0.0%)
Donder
3(4.9%)
Blitzen
2(3.3%)
Wolf Blitzer
6(9.8%)
Rudolf
10(16.4%)
Olive, the other reindeer
11(18.0%)
Some other reindeer (which one?)
1(1.6%)
Bah, humbug!
13(21.3%)

Finally, scroll down to the Christmas Card pictures below and tell me which ones you find funny:

Santa needs to Wii (#1)
21(16.8%)
The Obamanable Snowman (#2)
15(12.0%)
Three Wise Women (#3)
31(24.8%)
Santa is Quick (#4)
12(9.6%)
Santa's Sponge Bath (#5)
8(6.4%)
Santa does hip hop (#6)
19(15.2%)
Johnny gets excited (#7)
8(6.4%)
I like them all!
3(2.4%)
Bah humbug, none of them are funny!
8(6.4%)


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Comments 
12th-Dec-2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
Can I get about three ticky boxes for my health?


The three wiser women bugs me. Not so far as offends, but it irks me that the most popular comic is the one using an outdated and sexually unambiguous stereotype.
12th-Dec-2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
Comic 3 is doing what now? *genuinely struggling to find things wrong with it*
12th-Dec-2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
Me too. I love that one, and I am a woman. Outdated and sexually unambiguous stereotype? WTF? The women are practical. What baby need frankincense and myrrh?
13th-Dec-2010 04:01 am (UTC)
The stereotype is in that the women know what to do for the baby while the men are completely oblivious.
13th-Dec-2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Yes. I didn't like that either.
13th-Dec-2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Neither did I. I actually just went to a workshop about gender in the media... how topical.

(I know the card was meant to be lighthearted and all, but I'm sort of sensitive about these things).
12th-Dec-2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
If I didn't have the internet, I wouldn't have enough distraction from worry *embraces the computer* XD :)
12th-Dec-2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
I'm chronically depressed all year.
13th-Dec-2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
Not depressed but usually exhausted.
The years we went to the Caribbean were great but I was still exhausted getting everything done plus getting us ready to go. I was just exhausted sooner.

My favorite Christmas cartoon:

A distance shot of the stable and over it a balloon "I really wanted a girl"
13th-Dec-2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
Depression: I don't usually get depressed around Christmas, but I do suffer from clinical depression a lot of the time (year round). It's been especially bad for the last couple of years because of health concerns and, more recently, some family stuff. Christmas does not help, really, but some of the fun of preparation and all of that is a bit cheering or at least keeps me busy.

Also, I turn 50 this week. My husband splurged and bought me a new HD TV for my home office, so I'm rather excited about that.

I don't really have any support system at all. I've kind of withdrawn from all my friends (including my online friends) and somewhat from my family.

I don't have a favorite reindeer. We just watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the other night. I hadn't seen it in years, so I was surprised at how full of fail it was. heh

I liked the first two Christmas cards--especially the Obama one. That one is very cute.

I really did not like the three wise women one, and I just didn't think the other ones were funny. Not in a bad way--just didn't tickle my funny bone. Like...why would Santa want a sponge bath? And why from an elf? Why would the elf agree to such a thing? I just don't get it. hehe

Edited at 2010-12-13 02:25 pm (UTC)
13th-Dec-2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
I get depressed during the christmas season just because it's winter. Taking away my long, warm summer days and replacing them with winter's relentless, bitter grasp does not make me a happy camper!

Aside, Ken, these polls are AWESOME! <3
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13th-Dec-2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Aw crap! I so wish LiveGerbil would let people edit polls because no matter how many times I look them over, there's always at least one mistake :(
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