What I hate:
- Christmas trees beside Halloween candy at Sam’s Club in mid-October;
- “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” blasting at volume 20 in every store I enter;
- Fruitcake. (How can two things as delightful as liquor and cake go so horribly wrong when combined?);
- Family guilt for not participating in the festivities;
- Salvation Army guilt for not having any low bills to put in the bucket and refusing to part with a twenty;
- Thermostats set to 80 degrees;
- The debate about whether or not to say Merry Christmas. Just say it already; no one really cares. (File under: too much time on your hands);
- Crazy neighbors complaining about the mailman putting mail in the wrong box. (File under: First world problems);
- Glitter. Everywhere.;
- Office Parties – holiday and otherwise.
What I love:
Don’t get me wrong; I embrace the Christian desire to celebrate the birth of their Lord. I enjoy a holiday and the reason for the season (read: time off from work). I love to have a visit and a nice big meal, hence my designation of Thanksgiving as the best holiday ever. What I do not enjoy is full-grown adults buying gifts for other full-grown adults as a requirement for Christmas. In addition, I find no joy in searching for ‘’the perfect gift for the man/woman who has everything.” Why the hell are we giving more crap to people who have everything? (File under: RPP—Rich People Problems). And why the hell do I have to pretend to be happy to get crap I don’t want in order to meet someone else’s requirement of what Christmas should be?
I’m definitely over-thinking this; I should have a cookie. Merry Christmas, Everyone!