_Grumpy Bulldog is hosting the BAH HUMBUG blogfest where we list 12 things about this merry holiday season that annoys us. Boy, do I have a few. (Note: I do love Christmas. I do. But there are some aspects of the holiday that drive me bonkers. So let's dive in).
Reason #12: Family Christmas letters. I'd get those in a card from a few relatives or friends and feel like crap. My family did NOTHING cool this year. We are boring. Thanks for telling me how awesome your family is and how non-awesome mine is. AND, I don't care about your dog's surgery or how Uncle Fred had a prostate exam. I don't need to know these things. OH, and these type of letters shouldn't be more than a page long at most. So stop it with the multi-page letter. I won't read it.
Reason #11: To go along with that, Christmas cards. I LOVE receiving them. It makes me feel special. But I HATE having to write out Christmas cards and mail them. It's gotten to the point in which my dear husband is the one to pick up the cards and envelopes and stamps. If his side of the family wants a card, he has to do this task himself. My poor family, on the other hand, may get a card every other year or so. It depends on my mood. I hate having to search for addresses and licking envelops is gross.
Reason #10: I hate strings of Christmas lights. I mean I love the cheery glow and ambiance feel they provide. But I hate it when you get all the lights up on the tree, get the sucker decorated and beautiful, and then two days later a whole string of lights go out. Poop. This year, I left the dead string on the tree. I didn't care. So we have one section of tree that is not lit up. I wasn't about to yank all the ornaments and ribbons off the tree to redecorate. Nope.
Reason #9: Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This movie scared me as a child. I still don't like it. Weird animation and the abominable snowman made me hate this weird movie. I don't watch it anymore. I refuse.
Reason #8: I don't like this movie either. Same reason as #9.
Reason #7: I went into Target this year on Halloween day to pick up something for my son's costume that he was missing. It wasn't even noon yet and the staff had cleared off most of the Halloween shelves and was putting up Christmas decorations. Christmas music was playing over the speakers. Christmas comes to early.
Reason #6: I don't like cold weather. I really don't like snow--shoveling it or driving in it. Bluck. Snow. I have a super steep driveway (I know, my own fault) and if even a smidge of snow falls, I can't drive up or down it without shoveling and throwing down salt. It's death defying as well.
Reason #5: The bell ringers. They are at every store I go to. They look at me like a loser for not dropping money in their bucket. I can't put money in that bucket every time I go to the store. That adds up. So I don't make eye contact.
Reason #4: Christmas caroling. I don't like walking around the neighborhood, in the cold, singing. This is not fun for me. Yet, someone always wants to do it and thinks it would cheer up the widows. It would cheer them up. I know. But I'd rather take them a plate of cookies.
Reason #3: Buyers remorse. Why, oh why, did I buy the set of drums for my 3 yr old? Why did I think that was a good idea? Shoot me now.
Reason #2: Crappy gifts. I tend to get them. I've even been known to give a few (unintentional--I think I'm awesome). See my blog post where I received my worst Christmas gift ever from MY SECRET LOVER no less.
Reason #1: Spending money I do not have to buy things no one really needs anyway. Then spending the NEW YEAR paying off my credit cards. Such joy!
What drives you nuts about the holidays?