Culture The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season  

Whitney S Moore
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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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458 134
Going Broke Buying Gifts

2
411 120
Lines for Everything

3
336 148
Not Getting Days Off of Work

4
319 155
Awkward Conversations with Relatives You Never See

5
373 195
Holiday Music on Repeat

6
336 171
People Who Think There's a War on Christmas

7
309 167
Gaining Weight

8
278 159
Working in Retail

9
146 68
sebastian-michaelis added Bad Road Conditions

10
110 32
Inger Lund Carter added Idiots on New Years Eve

11
325 225
Taking Down the Christmas Tree

12
249 156
Untangling Christmas Lights

13
255 194
It's Cold Out

14
200 140
So Many People Traveling

15
117 87
sebastian-michaelis added Not Enough Days of of School/work

16
77 42
RobLein added Last-minute Shopping

17
188 180
Your Friends All Live in Different Cities

18
100 83
sebastian-michaelis added It Snows Everyday of the Week That Isn't Christmas

19
209 203
Salvation Army Bell Ringers

20
55 37
madamsundin added Stores Being Out of Your Favorite Foods/items

21
54 36
Patrick Elliott added

22
181 197
Only Holiday Movies on TV

23
188 203
Egg Nog Is Disgusting

24
152 166
Getting Random Braggy Christmas Cards

25
60 64
Johnny Kook added Oblivious Christians Co-opting Pagan Traditions

26
153 182
You Never Get What You Want

27
125 156
Trying to Return Gifts

28
121 166
Small Town Life Is Just as Boring as You Remember

29
118 150
Gingerbread Houses Taste Like Cardboard

30
109 153
Running in to People from Your High School

31
114 148
Terrible Office Christmas Parties

32
121 176
Trying to Explain Why You're Not in a Relationship

33
105 156
Sibling Rivalry Is Back in Full Effect

34
4 3
ScarTron added Every Theatre Company in Town is Doing "A Christmas Carol"

35
19 33
Patrick Elliott added Deadbeat Sibling Taking All the Leftovers

36
102 158
Tacky Sweaters

37
26 47
madamsundin added Running Into Exes

38
88 146
The Hangovers

39
81 148
judy-l-lyons added

40
38 74
sebastian-michaelis added Having a Pet Get Into the Candy

41
97 176
Dealing with Your Racist Grandparents

42
74 157
Trying to Find a New Year's Eve Date

43
61 183
Having a Curfew Again