List Rules Vote up and add all of the weird things you have to deal with when you go home for the holidays - can be good or bad, they should just be jarring things you aren't used to. Please only add universally relatable things!
As nice as it is to see your friends and family, going home for the holidays can be a strange affair. Especially if you grew up in a small town, returning after you've been living in the big city can give you an extreme case of culture shock. Everything closes early, there isn’t a diverse amount of food to eat, and the coffee’s terrible. Despite those truly horrible things, the worst parts of going home for the holidays are the moments when you realize that you're no longer in the halcyon days of your youth. Sure, nosey relatives are annoying, but the passage of time is the worst. Whether you’re already home for the holidays, you’re just now working up the energy to pack, or you've had enough of listening to your parents bicker for the holiday season, you can take solace in the fact that you’re not the only person who dreads going home for the holidays.
If you're going home for Christmas, remember to breathe, because you're only going to have to be around your family for a few weeks at the most (hopefully less), and then remind yourself that you won't have to go home again for at least another year. And maybe by then you'll have enough extra money saved up so you can get a hotel. When you make it home, hug your parents and then take note of all the exits, you never know when you’ll have to escape. Now that you’ve got a little alone time in your old bedroom, read on for the definitive list of what it’s like to go home for the holidays.
People Can't Stop Asking You Questions But seriously, what are you planning to do with the rest of your life?
All Your Friends Have Kids And they want to know when you're going to join the cult.
Running Into People You Went to High School with Who Never Moved And you're like, “Wow you stayed here and this your whole life? Wow."
You're Not Going to Have Any Alone Time Start preparing your excuses to slip away to the bathroom.
Everything Closes at 10 PM At what point does quaint become annoying?
The Town Seems So Small 20,000 people used to sound like so many people.
There's No One to Hang Out With Hope you brought a bunch of homework to bury your nose in.
The TV Channels Are All Different But it doesn't matter because the TV's only going to be tuned to Fox News.
You Start Hearing Regional Accents Again Who knew "y'all" would be such a nice thing to hear?
Gas Is Really Cheap I'll take all the gas please.
The Air Smells Significantly Cleaner Maybe it's the small town atmosphere, or it could be that there aren't a million cars driving at the same time.
The Local Radio Station Still Plays the Same Music It Did When You Left Garth Brooks, anyone?
There's No Traffic Guess there was no point in leave an hour and a half early for that trip to Walmart.
The “Class Clown” Now Works at Stop & Shop and You Have to Ask Him How He's Doing Obviously, he has his life totally figured out.
Your Parents Wake You Up Super Early Either they just want to spend time with you or it's an ancient form of torture.
Your Favorite Restaurant's Been Shut Down Since when were grease fires such a bad thing?
Seeing Your Old Teachers in the Grocery Store This is the most important game of hide and seek you'll ever play in your life.
Your Room Was Turned Into Storage They had to put all their VHS tapes somewhere!
Your High School Ex Is Engaged Um... congratulations?
You Don't Have a Car to Get Around There's nothing like asking your mom for a ride to make you feel like a child again.
Everyone Goes to Bed at 8:30 Unless you meet a real night owl who doesn't retire until around 9 pm.
Your SO Forgot to Tell You Five Other Extended Family Members Would Also Be There Hope you like waiting to go to the bathroom!
You Can't Find Good Coffee Anywhere Looks like the best part of waking up is going to be Folgers in your cup. =[
The Family Pet Is Dead That'll teach you to make a big life change.
Your Mom's Really Gotten Into Drinking Wine Maybe you shouldn't have bought her Sideways for her birthday.
You Can't Remember Where Anything Is in Town Luckily, the town is only 14 square miles.
Beer Is SOOOOO Cheap Do people in other cities know how cheap this stuff is?!
Your Bedroom Is Exactly the Way It Was When You Left for College Can you believe how many Smash Mouth posters you owned?
Your Parents Moved to a New House And for some reason they decided not to get one with a guest room.
The Junk Drawer No Longer Exists But where are you going to put all that extra string?
You'll Have to Proofread a Will It's the harsh truth of growing older that everything dies. Remember to be nice so you can get the good China.
No One Has Any Kale Don't these rubes know what a healthy colon looks like?
Your Mom's Gotten Really Into Tai Chi And she's going to tell you all about it.