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  • Bah Humbug: I Hate Christmas. Here Are 10 Reasons Why

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    I’ma just come right out the gate and say it, I hate Christmas. Did you gasp? Most people gasp at the disbelief that there’s someone who openly admits their disdain for the holiday season. I can’t tell you why or when my hatred for Christmas started, but what I do know is, the closer November and December get the more aggravated I become as I consider them the worst months of the year.

    Why do I hate Christmas so much? Well, I’m so glad you asked.

    Christmas people

    You know who these people are. They’re the ones who start the Christmas countdown in June and go on incessantly about their love of the holiday season. And for this reason, I avoid these people like the fucking plague since I’m trying to enjoy summer, fall, daylight savings, Halloween and most importantly Thanksgiving.

    And what I wanna know is, you know Santa isn’t real so what the fuck are you so excited about?

    Black Friday

    There’s nothing more hypocritical than people giving thanks for the shit they have on Thursday and before the turkey digests, they’re at the mall Thursday night/Friday morning fighting someone over a fucking big-screen television. That’s not how any of this works but commercialism says otherwise and people fall for it every year.

    And answer me honestly, do you really need all that shit you elbowing people over?

    Christmas music

    I’m trying to figure out why people get all excited over holiday music. It’s literally the same 7 fucking songs sung in different tones. They all say the same shit – Santa on a sleigh, Jack Frost, and a mistletoe. The worst are the radio stations that play non-stop holiday music. Ughhh, all I want for Christmas is your regular musical rotation.

    I’m looking at you Lite FM.

    Christmas bells

    Nothing rolls my eyes harder than hearing holiday bells. They’re annoying and it seems like there’s a person on every corner ringing one.

    Christmas shopping

    I hate Christmas shopping for people, which is why I give out gift cards. I don’t know what you like and since I don’t here’s some cash, treat yoself. After all, it makes better sense for you to get your own gift rather than me give you some shit you can’t use, which you’ll probably end up regifting anyway. And let’s not talk about those who say, “money isn’t a gift.” Um, the fuck it ain’t?! But since you feel that way, I’ll keep my money in my pocket.

    Spending obscene amounts of money

    Speaking of gifts, why do people feel the need to spend ridiculous amounts of money on presents? Don’t get me wrong, pricey gifts here and there are great, especially if its something someone really wanted. But random expensive gifts for everyone? Every year? Nah son, chill. The expectation to get that $300 fantasy gift that person will use once over the $40 practical one they’ll use every day is real. There’s no reason why folks are po broke from buying gifts. I’m shopping what I can afford, and for immediate family only.

    Crowds and tourists

    People flock to NYC during the holiday season like they’ve never seen damn Christmas decorations before. It’s just a tree with lights and garland. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Relax. The influx of tourists also makes traveling around the city unbearable. Thankfully, I live in Brooklyn so it’s not so bad in certain spots. But I won’t go into Manhattan until after everyone’s said Happy New Year and goes home.

    Spending time with people you can’t stand

    Just because it’s Christmas that shouldn’t mean that I have to look at your mug across the dinner table. I mean, if I didn’t like you Jan 1st – Dec 24th why would I want to spend time with you on Dec 25th? The answer is, I’m not. Which is why I don’t spend holiday time with my in-laws, but that’s another conversation for a different post.

    The “war” on Christmas people

    These are the people who wait on bated breath each year to see what kind of cup Starbucks puts out so they can boycott it. Why? Cause it ain’t Christmassy enough. Ma’am, it’s a damn cup. Stop it. Get some help. No one has ever or will ever stop you from saying Merry Christmas. There is NO war on Christmas.

    Romantic Christmas movies 

    All of these movies are the same, a big city girl who feels incomplete moves to small-town no man’s land meets a lumberjack (who may or may not be a secret millionaire, they fight then fall in love and live happily ever after. Give me a damn break. It’s the same plot for every movie yet people watch full of excitement like they don’t know what’s gonna happen.

    But all of that aside, there is a silverling to the holiday season, and that’s, the END of the holiday season.

     

    Oh please, don’t act like you’re not the least bit excited when the holiday season ends. I know you are cause I hear quite a few of y’all talking about happy you are for it to be over. It’s okay to admit it. Cause the truth is, it IS the best time of the year. Besides all your guests going home and your kids preoccupied with the new toys they got you also get, next year’s holiday shit for 75% off, plus those beauty gift sets and clothing for at least 50% off. It’s a gotdamn free-for-all, and I live for it!

    How many of you hate Christmas? I know I can’t be the only one out here.
  • SURVIVING THE DREADED DAYLIGHT SAVINGS FALL BACK TIME CHANGE

    Well it’s official summer is over. I mean summer has technically been over, but nothing really confirms this dreaded realization than the fall back daylight savings time change. Instead of having warm daylight well beyond 7pm, now it’s going to be pitch black and cold before you can get home from work.

    So what can we do to keep feeling like our pre-fall back self?

    1. Go To Bed Early Saturday Night
    Even though the clock turning back will give you an extra hour, that does not mean that that your body will be able to do the same. Your internal clock is still set to the previous time. So while it may only be 2am (again) your body still thinks it’s 3am. Don’t kid yourself. You’re exhausted. Go to bed.

    *Reminder – Don’t forget to set your manual clocks back before you go to bed. You don’t want to wake up confused about what time it really is.

    2. Wake Up At A Decent Time On Sunday Morning
    Just because the clock turned back an hour that doesn’t mean that you should lay in the bed all day. While I am a staunch supporter of doing nothing as much as you possibly can I have to implore you not to  do that today. It will throw your body off more than it already is, and the result will leave you feeling sluggish when it’s time to get back to the grind on Monday.

    3. Eat & Drink
    Now usually when I say eat and drink I’m almost always talking about a burger and a cocktail. But this time I’m talking about a hearty healthy meal like oatmeal, fish and veggies with a bottle of water. The new time change will throw off your eating habits so you need to make sure you’re eating and staying hydrated throughout the day so you don’t feel even more run down than you already do.

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    4. Get Some Sun
    Now that you’re up and ate a decent meal its time to grab some sun. We won’t have that much of it now that the time has changed so we need to take advantage of it before the cold weather arrives. You don’t have to travel far. You can sit on your porch or go for a walk around the block.

    5. Go To  Bed Early Sunday Night
    As previously mentioned, going to bed early is in your favor until you become used to the time change. If you want to stay up late Saturday into Sunday fine (although I wouldn’t), but don’t risk doing the same the night before the start of a new work week. Don’t risk nodding off at your desk because your body feels like it was robbed of an hour.

    6. Come To The Understanding That Your Body Will Adjust (Until We Spring Forward)
    It is true, you will eventually get used to it. And by the time we’ve accepted our new cold and dark hours it will be spring and time to push the clock forward.  Yeah, you’ll lose an hour but at least it will be warmer and sunnier out. That is the only consolation prize I can offer you right now.

  • 52 WEEK GRATITUDE CHALLENGE LINK-UP
    WEEK 1 – JUN 8
    WHY START THIS CHALLENGE?

    I read a lot of websites as I like to follow what other people are doing in their lives. I’ve made some wonderful friendships this way. Well it was on my weekly blog browse, as I like to call it, that I found the ‘52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge‘, started by Chelsea from Play. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. The purpose of this challenge is to show gratitude towards the people and things in our lives.

    Showing gratitude for the people and things in our lives is so important, especially for me since I’m personally going through some things and I’ve started to think there is no hope. Which made finding this challenge nothing short of a miracle. On the face it seems simple enough but in actuality its very thought provoking as you just be show gratitude for what you have, you’ll also be showing appreciation for them as well. Its always easy to think we have it bad, while in the same thought forgetting there is someone out in the world who has it worse who would give anything to be where we are right now.

    So, each Monday for the next year I will document all of the things I’m grateful for according to the list of topics that Chelsea created. This week is simple, as it talks about why I started this challenge. But as the gratitude challenge weeks progress the topics will become deeper forcing me to tap into a part of myself that I keep very private. The idea of sharing that part of me is challenge within itself, but I am ready to do it, otherwise what would be the point of this blog? I haven’t shared too much up til this point, so now is a good as any to start digging and start sharing.

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    If you would like to join the challenge you can do so. Just pop over to Chelsea’s site to grab the badge and gets to talking about all of the people and things you’re grateful for. If you don’t have a blog, that’s okay you can share what you’re grateful for in the comment section.

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     (grab this badge here)

    For the week of June 15 I will talk about all the ways I am grateful for my husband and how I will show him my gratitude and appreciation for everything that he does for us as family.

    If you wrote a post and would like to add it to Chelsea’s ’52 Weeks Of Gratitude Challenge’ link-up submit your link here. A link with all the participating blogs will appear on the Play. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. website.