Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Word from the Grinch

I have a confession: I'm a total grinch.

I hate Christmas. I hate the music. I hate the lights. I hate the trees. I hate the decorations.

I don't know when I developed the hatred for Christmas, but I do have a theory for why: the stress. I hate that a time that is supposed to be happy has turned into being all about stress.

And the music...ohhhhh the music. I hate little jingling bells. I hate really high pitched chipmunk voices singing in unison. And most of all, I hate songs about kissing Santa Claus. In general, I'm not a fan of the elderly kissing at all.

The lights... annoying. One of them goes out and it's all over. Blinking lights, flashing lights, singing lights, colorful lights...ANNOYING! It all just seems kind of tacky to me. Check out this house that was in our neighborhood in the Bronx.

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COME ON!! This is out of control. They play music too. People used to pass by the house and throw money over the fence to help them pay their electric bills. This is the height of Christmas annoying.

And finally, the idea of black Friday. I think this ecard says it all:

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I hate shopping with other people and I hate shopping when there are crowds. So basically, I hate shopping from Black Friday until after New Years. I also hate feeling guilty that I might buy myself something (come on, there are some great deals out there!) because I should be buying things for everyone I ever met. And it's all Christmas's fault.

If there were a fast forward button in life I would push it until I got to December 25 because I happen to love my family's new tradition of eating crepes (our version of crepes is really thick fried dough) on Christmas and then being lazy all day.

I'm also really on board with the week I get off between Christmas and New Years, so that can stay.

The 25th also signals the end of annoyingness related to chipmunk voices and fat elderly men kissing people's mothers. And that's something I can look forward to.


11 comments:

Lacey in the City said...

Awww I can understand how it can be annoying. I do enjoy the season, but being single during the season - that can be a bit annoying. Everyone doing cutesy Christmasy pictures with their significant other and me hanging out at home solo watching hulu and staring at my singular stocking on the mantle :)

lydia said...

The thing u forgot about the fast forward is what the true meaning of Christmas is.......now I know I taught you that!
Feliz Navidad! You know navidad, nacimiento, the birth.....oh yeah that. Not the shopping, the singing, the stress....
Feel the love.

Katie Price said...

Yay for working in the school system! I cannot wait for the extravagant week off between Christmas and New Years :)

TheTinyHeart said...

I agree that the holidays can be super stressful. I think I'm going to ask my hubby if we can forgo the gifts this year so that's one less thing to worry about. My office is actually open on Christmas so maybe I'll just go to work and not have to deal with it :)

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
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Sandra said...

I agree this time of year can be stressful. Actually most holidays are stressful. Several years ago I spent Christmas and New Years in Mexico with family. It was completely different than here. Less stressful and there wasn't a focus on gifts.

Oh hello, Love said...

I have no idea how we were raised by the same parents. I LOVE CHRISTMAS! The music! The lights! The (sometimes faux) christmas cheer! The movies! The shopping! The presents you buy me!

Also, wait til you see my living room decorated for christmas! Mum will hate it!

Can't wait to come home and spread christmas cheer!

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

I totally understand your dislike for this time of year...but I don't think I can go as far as you and say this is not a happy time for me or that I "hate" it.

I dislike how commercialized the holiday and this time of year has become. I really dislike that the one holiday that allowed families to come together and share a happy meal together has become fraught with material consumption (to the point where people line up in front of stores instead of enjoying the holiday). And I dislike that children mostly say what they want first instead of understanding the meaning of what the spirit of the holidays is meant to be.

But, having said all that, I love being with my family that has shown me what unconditional love means and that at the end of it all, it allows people to make an effort to get together.

So...call me idealistic I suppose...but there's something to be said about that. Even if all the annoyances can get in the way.

Kudos to you for being able to voice your opinions! =)

xo,
nancy

Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet said...

lol I know where this is! And by the way, I nominated you for the Liebster award :) Check it out here: http://nutritiouslysweet.com/2012/12/06/nomination-liebster-award/

Beth Rowland said...

Yes! I'm so glad I'm not the only one. Nothing says happy holidays like beating up ppl over a parking spot or trying to out gift someone else

Erica said...

You grinch you!! ;)

LOL!

I have to agree with some points. I hate the commercialism. I hate jingling bells (drive me nuts actually), and there definitely is stress involved, but I do love the traditions. I think you can celebrate Christmas in your own way and find a way to like the holiday. I make a lot of gifts rather than buying them and focus on spending time with family in simple ways rather than getting involved in all the hype.

Renee said...

I was such a Grinch this year. It really didn't even feel like Christmas to me. And I hate feeling like I have to give someone a gift just because that's what is expected.