Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I Hate Christmas

I decided not to post anything about the holidays before the holidays because I didn't want to further bum anyone out who was already kinda bummed out.

I hate Christmas.

Well, maybe I don't hate it, I just don't care for it.  Christmas is just....meh.  Why?

I have no children.  This is stating the obvious.  Christmas is such a child centric holiday and I just feel left out most of the time.  I also have no nieces or nephews to dote on (although I'm still unsure if I will be able to muster the grace to dote on nieces or nephews when that time comes)

I don't get any presents.  My family has evolved from presents to trading names to trading gift cards to nothing.   We decided that spending time together was more important than gifts.  The only problem is that we forgot that we really don't enjoy each other's company that much.

I hate the coworker-gift-dance-of-awkwardness.  It's obvious to me that some folks enjoy buying gifts for their coworkers.  I'm just not into it.  If you get me a gift, then I have to run out and get you a gift.  I hate it when someone gives me a gift and I haven't gotten them anything.  Gift giving at the office is like orgasms.  It's best when it happens simultaneously.

I think that the best I can say about the holidays is that they are over and I survived.  I hope you did too!


Mo said...

I hear you. Here's to surviving with as much of our sanity intact as possible.


areyoukiddingme said...

Glad that's over! Now on to the more enjoyable adult holiday of New Year's Eve!

Diana said...

I have kids and I still hate Christmas. Everyone said I'd start to like it when I had kids and it hasn't happened. So much unnecessary STUFF, so much wasted money... and I find it so annoying to have to return holiday greetings. Ugh. And I didn't get any gifts either... .

Hillary said...

Amen. Christmas without children sucks. But, to be honest, Christmas with a gaggle of sugar-hyped, exhausted, screaming children (none of whom are yours but are your nieces/nephews so you have to love them) isn't any better.

Christmas with my family is always more drama and tension than anything else. Here's to 362 long days until the next time we have to suffer through it!

A Shadow of My Former Self said...

"Giving at the office is like orgasms. It's best when it happens simultaneously."

Brilliant statement!

All the rest...yes, understand completely.

MyTwoLines said...

I'm sorry it was so unenjoyable. Hopefully New Years is more your speed. If not then at least it's 11.5 months til it comes around again!

nurslouisa said...

Christmas......I really like the tree and cookies. That's about it. Hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you and please update us on your puppies.

Amber said...

Love your discussion of gifts. Personally, I could care less if I get anything. At this point, we buy what we want when we want it. I especially hate getting gifts that we won't use or don't like from family - ask me for a list of ideas and pick something off of it.

Anonymous said...

I shouldn't laugh but couldn't help it when you said "we don't like spending time together" That made me smile.

Glad you survived the sanely as possible.

the misfit said...

It's funny, but the "I don't get any presents" rankles with me far more than you'd think it would. I got two presents this year from family that involved people spending FAR more than they ought to have, and I am horrified and I feel guilty (and even my husband spent way too much and I feel bad about that). So I definitely know that I don't want to be spoiled, and not everyone in my family has the time or resources to get something for everyone...just the thought would be nice, you know? A CARD. A piece of chocolate. A Christmas ornament. Something. Because I buy presents for SO MANY people and I don't get to see them opened and there's never much under my tree and we look like a fake family and it makes me sad.

gailcanoe said...

I loved your analogy: "Gift giving at the office is like orgasms. It's best when it happens simultaneously."

I laughed so hard, I nearly peed myself!

Only 360 more days until the next holiday. I hope it will be better for you (and a lot of us).

I'm here from Mel's weekly round-up

Anonymous said...

just catching up. glad you survived. and i totally agree about the gifts. i think that people should just get together and eat. and drink, of course!!

Me said...

I totally hate Christmas too. Worst holiday for me by far! On to a good 2012... Cheers!

TheHouse said...

I know you posted this a couple of months ago, but I have difficulty with Christmas, too...or really, just the month of December in general:

Aisha said...

It's been a long time since this post. I hope you are well.

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