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

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379 110
Lines for Everything

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314 133
Not Getting Days Off of Work

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306 158
People Who Think There's a War on Christmas

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333 183
Holiday Music on Repeat

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282 148
Awkward Conversations with Relatives You Never See

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283 155
Gaining Weight

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255 149
Working in Retail

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303 213
Taking Down the Christmas Tree

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232 144
Untangling Christmas Lights

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125 60
sebastian-michaelis added Bad Road Conditions

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84 24
Inger Lund Carter added Idiots on New Years Eve

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233 180
It's Cold Out

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184 129
So Many People Traveling

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102 74
sebastian-michaelis added Not Enough Days of of School/work

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196 182
Salvation Army Bell Ringers

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173 168
Your Friends All Live in Different Cities

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53 39
RobLein added Last-minute Shopping

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82 75
sebastian-michaelis added It Snows Everyday of the Week That Isn't Christmas

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172 186
Egg Nog Is Disgusting

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161 182
Only Holiday Movies on TV

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39 27
madamsundin added Stores Being Out of Your Favorite Foods/items

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134 154
Getting Random Braggy Christmas Cards

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40 51
Johnny Kook added Oblivious Christians Co-opting Pagan Traditions

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139 167
You Never Get What You Want

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117 141
Trying to Return Gifts

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28 26
Patrick Elliott added The Elf on the Shelf

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110 138
Gingerbread Houses Taste Like Cardboard

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101 142
Running in to People from Your High School

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109 158
Small Town Life Is Just as Boring as You Remember

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104 138
Terrible Office Christmas Parties

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112 165
Trying to Explain Why You're Not in a Relationship

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95 147
Sibling Rivalry Is Back in Full Effect

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92 149
Tacky Sweaters

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79 136
The Hangovers

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8 25
Patrick Elliott added Deadbeat Sibling Taking All the Leftovers

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15 38
madamsundin added Running Into Exes

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71 138
judy-l-lyons added Christmas Cards

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31 66
sebastian-michaelis added Having a Pet Get Into the Candy

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89 164
Dealing with Your Racist Grandparents

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68 145
Trying to Find a New Year's Eve Date

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57 171
Having a Curfew Again