Everyone has to do it because everyone does it.

I can’t be the only person who is so, totally, OVER this whole “Christmas holiday season” business. Or, insert your winter holiday of choice. If I could opt out of celebrating Christmas without being made to feel like a terrible person, I would do so.

It’s like this holiday “brings people together” by forcing us to bond over having stressed ourselves out.


7 thoughts on “Everyone has to do it because everyone does it.

  1. I’m with you, sister. I’m opting out this year. They’re making me feel like a terrible person, but for this year at least, I’d rather feel like a terrible person than simply feel terrible. I plan to spend the 24th to the 27th curled up on the couch with some good books, my dogs and cats, Netflix, and some wine. Here’s hoping you can find some “you-time” over the holidays.

    • That’s another thing! I haven’t had time off for the holiday in so many years. I get a 3-day weekend for Christmas and another for New Year’s, and that’s only because each holiday happens to fall on a Friday. If I could associate the holiday with time off work, like I got time off school back in the day, maybe I’d feel better about having to wrap all these gifts.

      • Don’t you get two stats for Christmas Day and Boxing Day? I get a four-day weekend (here in Canada). I don’t take extra time off because everyone else does, and so work is nice and quiet. I get a lot done and there are less irritating people around!

  2. I have a family Christmas get together planned, but as usual, my Dad is super-excited about all of us going to see a movie. This year, we’re all heading out to see The Force Awakens. It warms my otherwise cold heart that my dad is such a fanboy for Star Wars.

    But since I’m a borderline introvert (I say I am, all my friends say I’m not but they’re dumb) I get that forced social interaction is not cool. Wishing you a peaceful end of the year doing whatever you like.

    Looking forward to reading your Game of Thrones stuff in 2016!

    • It’s not the interaction that bugs me; it’s the consumption. If we could just have the family gathering without the gift exchange, that would be fine. When I really want something, I generally get it for myself.

  3. It’s tough, I know especially when my Christain mother asked why I’m not coming for Christmas. I don’t fault you a bit because I know they are many atheists who participate in Christmas because they don’t want to deal with the family drama.

    • I think my angle is not that the religious aspect bugs me, it’s that I don’t like shopping or wrapping gifts and I’m tired of these Christmas songs—including the secular ones—they play at the shopping mall. Maybe I’d be more enthusiastic about the consumption aspect if I were invested in the religious aspect? Maybe? Mostly I just had to spend way too long standing in line to spend way too much on one item that I’m not entirely convinced will even be put to use.

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