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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 07/18/10

Sunday, July 18, 2010

CHRISTMAS PHOBIAS

   I know it may be a little early but I also love Christmas.  I have been writing alot of articles about Halloween time.  So here are some phobias that people may have during Christmas time.  Many people dread the Christmas season for many reasons.  Although the season is stressful, most people don't have actual phobias connected with the holidays.  But Christmas is stressful to many.  And it seems to aggravate a lot of phobias.
  • Ochlophobia or Agoraphobia-(Fear of crowds) It also includes fear of lines, traffic jams and even social events.  Many people suffer from just the fear of not pleasing others during this season and end up overwhelming themselves with too much responsibility.
  • Katagelophobia-(Fear of ridicule or embarrassment) this might include not giving the right gift, being around family and their comments, Christmas party pranks, etc.
  • Mythophobia-(Fear of making a false statement) slipping and telling a secret you shouldn't, or what someone got someone, etc.
  • Pogonophobia-(Fear of beards) sounds crazy but some people fear Santa's beard.  And suddenly men with beards are abundant during Christmas.
  • Pediophobia-(Fear of children) It seems odd, but some people fear kids.
  • Ecclestaphobia-(Fear of churches)
  • Pediophobia-(Fear of dolls) more toy are on display and these people find it stressful.  A normal grocery store suddenly might have dolls to sell where they normally did not.
  • Dronophobia-Fear of driving on expressways) with traffic a mess during the holidays, those who hate freeways usually avoid them.  More traffic means greater chances you off-streets are not available due to accidents or being jammed up.
  • Doraphobia-(Fear of fur)
  • Cherophobia-(Fear of fun) believe it or not, some people fear smiling and having a holly jolly good time.
  • Clinophobia-(Fear of going to bed) for some it's being afraid of the dark.  For others it's a gear of missing out on what's going on.  For others they are afraid they'll never wake up if they go to bed.
  • Phonophobia-(Fear of loud talking or noises) some people actually panic over holiday music pumped over the speakers at malls, stores, etc.  And, others simply can not tolerate loudness in any way.
  • Decidophobia-(Fear of unable to make decisions) Christmas time is full of decisions and for those that have a hard thime with them, or are afraid of making the wrong one, this is a bit of an overload for them.
  • Xenophobia-(Fear of strangers) this of course would not apply to going to malls, church, etc. because these people simply would not go there. But Christmas is a time when you never know WHO might pop in?  For those who fear strangers, this can suddenly be devestation.
  • Haphenphobia-(Fear of being touched or having to touch others) a surprise kiss under a mistletoe or a holiday good cheer hug for these people is like a sudden slap and totally throws them off-balance.
  • Hodophobia-(Fear of traveling) this is a bit different than agoraphobia because these people are not afraid to leave home, they just have a fear of HOW they leave the house.  With some, as long as they walk it's fine.  But public transportation, flying, etc. is a major problem.  For others, traveling is all based on how far they determine in their minds a travel is.  For some travel isn't travel if it's in the same town.  For others it's only if they leave the state.  And yet for others travel is simply NOT being in you home.

HALLOWEEN AROUND THE WORLD PART II

  1. Japan-the Japanese celebrate the "Obon Festival" (also known as "Matsuri" or "Urabon") which is similar to our Halloween in that it is dedicated to the spriits of ancestors.  Special foods are made and bright red lanterns are hung.  The lanterns are lit and then set afloat on the different waterways.  During the "Obon Festival", a fires is lit every night in order to show the ancestors where their families might be found.  "Obon" is one of the main occasions during the Japanese year when the dead are believed to return to their birthplaces.  Memorial stones are cleaned and dances performed.  The festival takes place during July or August.
  2. Korea-their festival is know as "Cusok."  It's at this time that families thank their ancestor for the fruits of their labor.  Families pay respect to these ancestors by visiting their tombs and making offerings of rice and fruits.  It takes place in August.
  3. Mexico, Latin America and Spain-Halloween is know as "El Dia de los Muertos."  It is a joyous and happy holiday, it is a time to remember friends and family who have died.  Commemorated on November 2 (All Souls' Day), the three day celebration actually begins on the evening of October 31.  It is to honor the dead who are believed to return to their homes on Halloween, many families construct an altar in their home and decorated it with candy, flowers, photos, fresh water and favorite foods and drinks of the deceased.  A basin and towel are left out in order that the spirit can wash before indulging in the feast.  Candles and incense are burned to help the departed find their way home.  Families also clean up the gravesites of their deceased family members.  The grave is then adorned with flowers, wreaths or streamers.  Many times, a live person is placed inside a coffin, which is then paraded through the streets while people toss fruit, flowers and candies into it.  On November 2, relatives gather at the gravesite to picnic and reminisce.  During some of these gathering people may even partake in drinking tequila and mariachi bands will play.  American Halloween is gradually taking over this celebration. 
  4. Sweden-"Alla Helgon Dag" is celebrated from October 31st to November 6th.  "Alla Helgons Dag" has an eve which is either celebrated or becomes a shortened working day.  The Friday prior to All Saint's Day is a short day for colleges and school-age children are given a day of vacation.