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Between Christmas and New Year's, I'll take ...

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Christmas by a mile
  7601 votes / 24%
Christmas by an inch
  1016 votes / 3%
New Year's by a mile
  2414 votes / 7%
New Year's by an inch
  610 votes / 1%
Who cares? Bah, humbug!
  6331 votes / 20%
Doesn't apply; I use metric.
  12722 votes / 41%
30694 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • What? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by thePsychologist (1062886) on Sunday December 19, 2010 @10:47AM (#34607392) Journal

    Am I the only one who has no idea what this poll is about?

    • Re:What? (Score:5, Informative)

      by migla (1099771) on Sunday December 19, 2010 @11:08AM (#34607584)

      I believe they're asking if you like christmas or new year more and if so, how much more.

    • I'm not entirely sure whether it means keeping christmas away from you (by a mile), or "going the extra mile" for christmas.
    • Re:What? (Score:5, Informative)

      by Kjella (173770) on Sunday December 19, 2010 @12:06PM (#34608056) Homepage

      by a mile also by miles
      if someone or something wins or is the best by a mile, they win easily or are much better than everyone or everything else Of all the strawberry ice-creams we've tasted, this is the best by miles. Everyone expected him to win the championship by a mile.

      a very small amount of anything; narrow margin: to win by an inch; to avert disaster by an inch.

      So in an English-to-English translation the options are:
      1. Christmas is much better than New Year's
      2. Christmas is slightly better than New Year's
      3. New Year's is much better than Christmas
      4. New Year's is slightly better than Christmas
      5. I don't care about either of them
      6. I'm too ignorant and lazy to work it out, so I'll just bash the US unit system instead

      • Re:What? (Score:4, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 19, 2010 @01:10PM (#34608568)

        Perhaps a better translation for 6 might be:

        6. I think this poll is even lamer than the usual /. fare, so I'll just bash the US for still using a unit system everyone else abandoned decades ago (or never used at all).

        • by MikeFM (12491)

          Real men measure by their own personal unit system. I don't use inches or miles but I do have a foot, a hand, a finger, and an arm.

      • As a non-resident of the US, I must choose number 6.

        This is not due to a lack of research ability, nor is it due to a lack of understanding of the "US unit system."

        Rather, I must choose number 6 as it is my decidedly un-American duty to God, Queen and Country that I find some way to ridicule the US at every opportunity.

      • by Nemyst (1383049)
        I won't be happy until all length measurements are expressed in gigabeard-seconds.
      • > 6. I'm too ignorant and lazy to work it out, so I'll just bash the US unit system instead

        Technically (pedantically, of course :)) this is not "the US unit system". The system the US uses is the "Imperial System" and is actually a British unit system. Just because the US still use it doesn't make it "theirs" (just as if the Indians were still using it doesn't make it the "Indian unit system" since it is still the "Imperial" system). With the Imperial system the Brits have moved (oh, the fines doled ou
        • by Raumkraut (518382)

          Actually, the "Imperial System" was properly standardised only after the US had already adopted "English" measurements, which is why some US measurements are different from their Imperial equivalents.

      • by squidfood (149212)

        6. I'm too ignorant and lazy to work it out, so I'll just bash the US unit system instead

        Actually, this is clearly for those who prefer the French Revolutionary Calendar. Happy Frimaire!!

    • It's your worst nightmare: the question is what are you doing between Christmas and New Year, and every option is Cowboy Neal.

      - RG>

    • Am I the only one who has no idea what this poll is about?

      Nope. Missing option: "What the Hell you about, anyways?"

  • Better food and free stuff, plus I don't drink.
    • by PopeRatzo (965947) * on Sunday December 19, 2010 @06:11PM (#34610790) Homepage Journal

      plus I don't drink

      New Years is amateur night. I hate going out on New Year's Eve and far prefer the quiet streets and hushed sense of peace that seems to descend on Christmas Eve. After about 4pm, my busy city becomes a small town, and walking my dog as darkness descends Christmas Eve is one of my favorite things.

      Having children also makes a big difference. For a few hours, the focus is off of work and progress and (at least in my house) consumerism. We eat and drink and relax and watch old movies. It's my favorite holiday, if only because of the Vince Guaraldi music.

      • by Buggz (1187173)
        Indeed New Years is amateur night, so it's exclusively celebrated with friends at a private party. The new years eve party - though cherished - is "just" another party (except for the good food) where we make one of the toasts outside. So I chose christmas. The warm quietness among family is a nice change from the rest of the year.

        I reckon having children will change up both holidays.
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by hoboroadie (1726896)

        "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is on heavy rotation here all year around. Smooth stuff.

  • New Years (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Rijnzael (1294596) on Sunday December 19, 2010 @10:55AM (#34607484)
    Christmas for me is a formality, where I have to be at a certain place at a certain time with certain people so as to make my family happy.

    New Years on the other hand has fewer constraints. Depending on what I feel like doing that year, I can stay in and surf the web in a drunken haze or go out with friends and work on my hangover for next morning.
  • A 4 year old, a 1 year old, and I'm nearly 40. Could give a crap about New Year's anymore. It's just a day off of work. At least Christmas means time with friends and family that come home for the holidays.
    • I'm with you...3 kids, wife, other family, friends, not to mention coworkers taking whole weeks off work. Christmas is great.

      Even in college I was never a fan of New Year's. I never saw the point of ending the year in a haze and starting a new one sick in bed.
    • by ATestR (1060586)

      Ditto. A 20 year old is still around the house a lot, along with the 13 year old. I'm 50+, so the allure of Happy New Year lost its shine at least a decade ago.

      The extra day off is nice... Not that I mind going to work. I managed to land a gig only 4 1/2 miles from home, and the "work" is a nice change from the honey do list.

    • by MikeFM (12491)

      Have to agree with the kids angle. Besides drinking sucks anyway. Not sure I know the meaning of a day off.

  • How about a holiday?
  • What? No Festivus? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by hogleg (1147911) on Sunday December 19, 2010 @11:25AM (#34607698)
    Why isn't Festivus on this list?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 19, 2010 @11:39AM (#34607798)

    Christmas is a pain in the ass!

    When I go out to buy something that I really need for day to day living, I have to deal with Christmas shoppers. I try like hell to stay out of retail stores at this time of year.

    People are in a rush and they're rude and obnoxious.

    Here's an interesting tidbit ....

    My wife's family are all well to do - a couple of self made millionaires - and Christmas means just some token gifts and nice dinners here and there.

    My family - mostly blue collar and lower rung white collar workers - a shit load of gifts and the subsequent high credit card bills in January. More is better and the children are spoiled - when they see a toy, they expect to get it.

    I find it to be an interesting comparison. I wonder if it holds true across the population: rich don't spend a lot of money on stuff as opposed to the lower socio-economic rungs.

    So, maybe the way to act rich is to save your money and stop blowing it.

    • by gamerSRC (1663813) on Sunday December 19, 2010 @11:54AM (#34607936)
      I'm guessing that your wife's family are a sub-set of the rich population, in that they are SELF MADE millionaires as opposed to kids that have always been living rich off of Daddy's money. And they probably got that way by being frugal with their spending. So the conclusion I would draw from your example is that the "the way to BECOME rich is to save your money and stop blowing it."
      • ... when you've got a lot of money, you just buy whatever you want all year long. Then there's no point in getting a lot of Christmas presents, because you already "have everything".
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by blair1q (305137)

        There's no such thing as a "self-made" millionaire. That money came from a lot of other people who worked hard to get their money and then paid more than the thing they were buying was worth. And between them and the buyer are likely a whole bunch of people who worked hard and were paid much less than the real value of their effort. And they used a logistical infrastructure constructed by other people who may or may not even be alive any more. And holding it all together is a transportation and communic

    • by dr-suess-fan (210327) on Monday December 20, 2010 @10:46AM (#34615786)

      I've noticed this phenomenon as well.

      It appears to me that many families strapped for cash wear wealth on their sleeve, Cars, Christmas and all. Always trying to show off.

      Meanwhile, we sometimes see wealthy folks driving cars long past their prime.

  • so Christmas is a holiday for me, NYD is just a busy work day. I suppose I do get paid rather well for it though.
  • by SgtXaos (157101) on Sunday December 19, 2010 @11:58AM (#34607978) Journal

    Between Christmas and New Years I'll take: ...a week off from work!

  • But I'm getting married New Years Eve in Vegas, so it's an up over Christmas in Alaska

  • subject says it all
  • by srussia (884021) on Sunday December 19, 2010 @01:53PM (#34608854)
    CowboyNeal beats both by an inch, as both Christmas and New Year's are asexual.
  • by thomasdz (178114) on Sunday December 19, 2010 @03:51PM (#34609706)

    We get December 25th and January 7th! Twice the fun and for the January celebration, you get to take advantage of all the boxing day (Dec. 26) sales! Yay to being Ukranian-Canadian!
    Thomas Dzubin

  • Christmas means family. New years means friends. That makes the winner pretty obvious

    (it's new years)

  • Can't I like both, but like them equally? (5) seems to imply that I don't care about either.

    Anyway, as a metric using non-American it is my duty to vote for (6). I'm going to feel that little bit better today knowing that I support my country.

  • When I read that I automatically think of the time period between Christmas and New Year that many people have off work.

    With that in mind when I read the poll options I got very confused.
  • by android.dreamer (1948792) on Sunday December 19, 2010 @11:32PM (#34612786)
    What if you are Jewish? Do I just look forward to the Chinese food?
    • What if you are Jewish? Do I just look forward to the Chinese food?

      You really should wait for Chinese New Year for that. The food is far better. I'm not Jewish but I try to avoid eating shellfish anyway. Their only defence against you is poison. I prefer to leave them alone.

  • and some bowl game tickets, if I can get 'em.

  • ...a few days off

  • Would be nothing without both of them! Inseparable!

  • Kwanza (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Renderer of Evil (604742) on Monday December 20, 2010 @08:59AM (#34614876) Homepage

    I'm dreaming of a white Kwanzaa

  • bah, humbug! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Ephemeriis (315124) on Monday December 20, 2010 @11:06AM (#34616018)

    I like time off. I like spending time with my family. I like blinking lights and festive decorations. I like eggnog and fruitcake and booze. I like giving gifts. I like receiving gifts.

    But I hate Christmas.

    I'm so tired of the endless consumerism... The big machine starts going before Halloween is even done - decorations in the stores, sales, advertising. Only X days left 'til Christmas! Buy while you can! Shop here, save money, give more Christmas!

    Then you've got the fundamentalist Christians out on parade... Yelling at anyone who's a little too inclusive. Happy Holidays?! How dare you! This holiday is exclusively for Christians, nobody else is allowed to be happy during this time of year! It's a war on Christmas! They're trying to take Christ out of Christmas!

    And all the "charities"... Folks incessantly ringing bells, or running ads, or sending out mailings... Yes, I know, people are in need. They're in need year-round. I've given to an assortment of charities throughout the year. No, I don't have any change to drop in your bucket, stop glaring at me.

    So I grit my teeth every time a Christmas-themed commercial comes on. I avoid the mall like the plague. I cringe inwardly every time I have to go to the store for anything.

    And then I have a few days off with my family. And that's really nice. And it almost makes all the rest of the crap worth-while. Almost.

  • by alphax45 (675119) <kyle.alfred@gmail. c o m> on Monday December 20, 2010 @12:00PM (#34616920)
    The week off :)
    • by hesiod (111176)

      I was just about to post this very thing, and happened to look up as the post "preview" loaded... So I had about a half-hour to waste waiting.

  • by GrahamCox (741991) on Tuesday December 21, 2010 @04:41AM (#34626226) Homepage
    [x] I don't understand the question.

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. -- P. Erdos


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