Let me preface this post with this: as much as I despise the winter, Christmas time is my FAVORITE EVER. I love giving gifts, the decorations, cookies, the chaos – I LOVE IT SO MUCH. But the holiday season isn’t all fun and candy canes. There are some things about the holidays that I pray will end every single day; shit that doesn’t happen any other time of year that brings me to a deep, dark place. I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way either.
Things that just absolutely suck about the holiday season:
- Wrapping gifts
Hear me out – the actual process of wrapping presents is the WORST. Barely anything I buy fits in a perfect little box, AND IF IT DOES – the wrapping paper is cut up in the worst way at that point. And unless you have one of those fancy tape dispensers, you’re basically going to end up with scotch tape all over you and presents that looked like your dog wrapped them. Gift bags are the lazy person’s way out, and I take that route EVERY YEAR.
I could be extra sensitive to this because I work in Times Square, aka the center of hell, but like. WHERE DID ALL THESE PEOPLE COME FROM?! Do they hibernate and just come out during the busiest time of the year to wreak havoc on already heavily popular areas? All of this also applies to the mall btw. Any. Mall. Ever. I go to the mall every weekend and its never even close to this apocalyptic hellscape it is during December. Online shopping is a thing, people. If you don’t understand basic principles such as walking, please take advantage.
- Tourists. Everywhere.
Listen, I understand what city I live in, and yes, it is the greatest city in the world. But can we all act like we have seen a tall building before? And not stand in the middle of the sidewalk? And know what you want at Starbucks after waiting on a 10 minute line? AMAZING. I’m not asking too much here.
- So. Much. Family. Time.
Listen, if your family is like mine, Christmas is basically a month long activity. Like, non stop. I’m not sure if its an Italian American thing or what, but from Thanksgiving – December 25th, I see my extended family CONSTANTLY. While I love them dearly, it is exhausting at times. I know I sound like a scrooge here, but make sure you are practicing self care to reduce family drama.
- Mall Santa is creepy
Along the same lines as the Easter bunny, this is just uncomfortable. We force the kids to sit on a stranger’s lap and wonder why they cry. Its literally the opposite of what stranger danger is. I say keep Santa a mystery, and absolutely keep him from smelling like cigs and whiskey. Nix the mall Santa and subsequently traumatizing your child and subjecting holiday shoppers to their shrill screams. Although, keep up the coordinating outfits for holiday pictures because that shit is cute as hell.
Ok that’s actually all I got. What irks you about the holiday season? Sound off in the comments!