thought provoking 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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442 131
Going Broke Buying Gifts

2
400 116
Lines for Everything

3
325 144
Not Getting Days Off of Work

4
360 189
Holiday Music on Repeat

5
304 152
Awkward Conversations with Relatives You Never See

6
321 169
People Who Think There's a War on Christmas

7
298 163
Gaining Weight

8
267 157
Working in Retail

9
138 64
sebastian-michaelis added Bad Road Conditions

10
318 220
Taking Down the Christmas Tree

11
243 150
Untangling Christmas Lights

12
100 28
Inger Lund Carter added Idiots on New Years Eve

13
251 186
It's Cold Out

14
193 134
So Many People Traveling

Things Your Mother Told You... That She Was Right About

15
111 81
sebastian-michaelis added Not Enough Days of of School/work

16
202 192
Salvation Army Bell Ringers

17
180 173
Your Friends All Live in Different Cities

18
65 41
RobLein added Last-minute Shopping

19
93 78
sebastian-michaelis added It Snows Everyday of the Week That Isn't Christmas

20
47 32
madamsundin added Stores Being Out of Your Favorite Foods/items

21
181 196
Egg Nog Is Disgusting

The Most Annoying Cartoon Characters of All Time

22
171 190
Only Holiday Movies on TV

23
43 32
Patrick Elliott added The Elf on the Shelf

24
143 161
Getting Random Braggy Christmas Cards

25
51 59
Johnny Kook added Oblivious Christians Co-opting Pagan Traditions

26
145 177
You Never Get What You Want

27
120 150
Trying to Return Gifts

28
115 144
Gingerbread Houses Taste Like Cardboard

The Best Things About Fall

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114 161
Small Town Life Is Just as Boring as You Remember

30
104 149
Running in to People from Your High School

31
109 144
Terrible Office Christmas Parties

32
114 172
Trying to Explain Why You're Not in a Relationship

33
97 153
Sibling Rivalry Is Back in Full Effect

34
96 155
Tacky Sweaters

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82 143
The Hangovers

36
10 31
Patrick Elliott added Deadbeat Sibling Taking All the Leftovers

37
73 145
judy-l-lyons added Christmas Cards

38
17 45
madamsundin added Running Into Exes

39
91 172
Dealing with Your Racist Grandparents

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32 72
sebastian-michaelis added Having a Pet Get Into the Candy

41
68 153
Trying to Find a New Year's Eve Date

42
57 179
Having a Curfew Again