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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449 133
Going Broke Buying Gifts

2
406 118
Lines for Everything

3
328 147
Not Getting Days Off of Work

4
364 194
Holiday Music on Repeat

5
309 154
Awkward Conversations with Relatives You Never See

6
329 170
People Who Think There's a War on Christmas

7
302 165
Gaining Weight

8
270 159
Working in Retail

9
141 66
sebastian-michaelis added Bad Road Conditions

10
320 223
Taking Down the Christmas Tree

11
104 30
Inger Lund Carter added Idiots on New Years Eve

12
245 153
Untangling Christmas Lights

13
252 190
It's Cold Out

14
195 137
So Many People Traveling

15
114 83
sebastian-michaelis added Not Enough Days of of School/work

16
71 41
RobLein added Last-minute Shopping

17
183 177
Your Friends All Live in Different Cities

18
203 199
Salvation Army Bell Ringers

19
96 81
sebastian-michaelis added It Snows Everyday of the Week That Isn't Christmas

20
51 35
madamsundin added Stores Being Out of Your Favorite Foods/items

21
176 192
Only Holiday Movies on TV

22
184 200
Egg Nog Is Disgusting

23
48 35
Patrick Elliott added

24
147 164
Getting Random Braggy Christmas Cards

25
55 61
Johnny Kook added Oblivious Christians Co-opting Pagan Traditions

26
148 180
You Never Get What You Want

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122 153
Trying to Return Gifts

28
118 164
Small Town Life Is Just as Boring as You Remember

29
117 148
Gingerbread Houses Taste Like Cardboard

30
107 151
Running in to People from Your High School

31
111 146
Terrible Office Christmas Parties

32
116 175
Trying to Explain Why You're Not in a Relationship

33
102 154
Sibling Rivalry Is Back in Full Effect

34
99 157
Tacky Sweaters

35
0 2
ScarTron added Every Theatre Company in Town is Doing "A Christmas Carol"

36
85 144
The Hangovers

37
14 32
Patrick Elliott added Deadbeat Sibling Taking All the Leftovers

38
21 46
madamsundin added Running Into Exes

39
76 146
judy-l-lyons added

40
35 73
sebastian-michaelis added Having a Pet Get Into the Candy

41
93 174
Dealing with Your Racist Grandparents

42
70 155
Trying to Find a New Year's Eve Date

43
59 181
Having a Curfew Again