culture The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season  

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List Rules These are things that are related to the holiday season in general - including gift-giving, shopping, traveling, and going home to visit family. Vote up the things that ruin your life.

Those who don't like the holiday season are usually dismissed immediately as being total Grinches, but did you know that there are actually a lot of things about Christmas that really suck? Sure, the halls are decked with boughs of holly, but what if you're allergic to holly and end up spending your time sneezing (not kissing) under the mistletoe? What if the whole concept of Santa seeing you when you're sleeping and knowing when you're awake creeps you the hell out? And while no one is arguing that getting presents isn't the greatest thing ever, there are some things about the holidays that we could all do without.
 
What are the worst parts of holidays? How about dealing with your racist grandparents or gaining major pounds from gross eggnog? Or having to listen to holiday music every second of every day? If you're feeling like a little bit of a humbug this holiday season, take a look at this list and know you're not alone. There are plenty of reasons why Christmas sucks. If you have a burning complaint that you don't see on the list, be sure to add to it so we can all rejoice in the anti-Christmas spirit together! Vote for the thing you hate the most, so we can all appreciate that we don't have to deal with this crap after January 1st.
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Going Broke Buying Gifts is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Going Broke Buying Gifts

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Lines for Everything is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Lines for Everything

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Not Getting Days Off of Work is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Not Getting Days Off of Work

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People Who Think There's a War... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
People Who Think There's a War on Christmas

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Awkward Conversations with Rel... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Awkward Conversations with Relatives You Never See

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Holiday Music on Repeat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Holiday Music on Repeat

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Gaining Weight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Gaining Weight

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Working in Retail is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Working in Retail

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Untangling Christmas Lights is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Untangling Christmas Lights

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Taking Down the Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Taking Down the Christmas Tree

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Bad Road Conditions is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
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So Many People Traveling is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
So Many People Traveling

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It's Cold Out is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
It's Cold Out

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Idiots on New Years Eve is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Inger Lund Carter added Idiots on New Years Eve

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Salvation Army Bell Ringers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Salvation Army Bell Ringers

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Not Enough Days of of School/w... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
sebastian-michaelis added Not Enough Days of of School/work

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Your Friends All Live in Diffe... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Your Friends All Live in Different Cities

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It Snows Everyday of the Week ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
sebastian-michaelis added It Snows Everyday of the Week That Isn't Christmas

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Only Holiday Movies on TV is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Only Holiday Movies on TV

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Egg Nog Is Disgusting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Egg Nog Is Disgusting

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Last-minute Shopping is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
RobLein added Last-minute Shopping

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Stores Being Out of Your Favor... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
madamsundin added Stores Being Out of Your Favorite Foods/items

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Getting Random Braggy Christma... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Getting Random Braggy Christmas Cards

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Trying to Return Gifts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Trying to Return Gifts

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Oblivious Christians Co-opting... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Johnny Kook added Oblivious Christians Co-opting Pagan Traditions

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You Never Get What You Want is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
You Never Get What You Want

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Gingerbread Houses Taste Like ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Gingerbread Houses Taste Like Cardboard

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Running in to People from Your... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Running in to People from Your High School

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Small Town Life Is Just as Bor... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Small Town Life Is Just as Boring as You Remember

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The Elf on the Shelf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
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Terrible Office Christmas Part... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Terrible Office Christmas Parties

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Trying to Explain Why You're N... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Trying to Explain Why You're Not in a Relationship

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Sibling Rivalry Is Back in Ful... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Sibling Rivalry Is Back in Full Effect

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Tacky Sweaters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Tacky Sweaters

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The Hangovers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
The Hangovers

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Deadbeat Sibling Taking All th... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Patrick Elliott added Deadbeat Sibling Taking All the Leftovers

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Running Into Exes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
madamsundin added Running Into Exes

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Christmas Cards is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
judy-l-lyons added Christmas Cards

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Having a Pet Get Into the Cand... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
sebastian-michaelis added Having a Pet Get Into the Candy

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Dealing with Your Racist Grand... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Dealing with Your Racist Grandparents

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Trying to Find a New Year's Ev... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Trying to Find a New Year's Eve Date

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Having a Curfew Again is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season
Having a Curfew Again