There, I said it. I don’t like Christmas – the best I can do is tolerate it. There are various reasons I don’t like it, which I’ll get into.
There’s nothing wrong with being excited about Christmas and looking forward to it all year. I’m just telling you what my experience is. Go enjoy the day if you love it.
When I was younger
I loved Christmas when I was little. The whole idea of watching Christmas movies, eating pudding, and getting gifts were very exciting.
Let’s be honest, Christmas is for the kids, so that’s the way it should have been for me.
I think it changed when I was in high school.
Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere is a lot different from Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere.
December is one of the hottest months of the year, and I hate the heat (I’m not keen on the cold either if I’m honest). It’s hot, I’m sweaty, and because of that, I’m moody.
Also, we don’t have an air conditioner in our home so I have to try to sleep in the heat. I usually have to take sleeping pills just to get a good night’s rest.
In the last couple of years, we’ve also had terrible droughts during the summers, which made the whole situation a lot worse.
When Christmas hits, the year is almost over and I always get post-adrenaline blues because of it.
It’s worse this year because I couldn’t do everything that I wanted to because of COVID-19, but at least I’m still alive.
Also, that week following Christmas always feels weird. It’s like you don’t know who you are or what you should do during the days between Christmas and New Year’s.
Capitalism at its worst
This is the thing I hate the most about Christmas. There’s this huge consumer culture regarding Christmas, and it’s sick.
All the shops are full during this time, so it’s impossible to make a quick visit to the grocery store without being trampled on.
The holidays are so hyped up that people feel pressured to buy things they don’t need to impress family members they want to punch in the throat, anyway. I wish we could all enjoy it on our own terms.
When we were younger, we didn’t have much, but my parents tried. I had a toxic friend who would get all this stuff and brag about it, knowing that my family couldn’t afford any of that stuff.
Christmas shouldn’t be a financial burden – but that’s just me.
I love spending time with my family and my boyfriend and his family, but that’s priceless. We don’t need all this stuff.
What I want for Christmas
I don’t want presents, nor chocolate. I just want some family time, a nap, and COVID-19 out of my life.
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