Why I Can’t Wait For The Holidays To End

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Why I Can’t Wait For The Holidays To End

I’ve never been much of what you might call a “holiday person”. I grew up feeling more uncomfortable and awkward at my family’s gatherings than anything. They were always more of an obligation than something that I actually enjoyed. There’s not much I hate more than feeling obliged to do something that I don’t want to do.

I’m much older now and some things have changed. I still avoid my distant relatives, but I get to spend time with my brother’s family instead, and I do love seeing my little niece and nephew. I appreciate my immediate family members more as I get older, but I have a difficult time specifically with Christmas. It’s simply very tough to keep from stressing out when I’m broke and can’t afford the gifts I would like to buy. I try to keep it small and thoughtful, but I feel inadequate anyway.

I hate the entire materialistic emphasis of the holiday and I wish that we could all forsake the gift-giving side of it.

I think that everyone would be a lot happier if we could all focus instead on family and letting the time we spend together be our holiday gift to each other. Years from now, I highly doubt we’ll remember the crap we bought for one another, but I bet that we’ll remember the moments we shared.

I don’t mind the holiday season quite as much as I once did, but I’m still relieved every year when it ends. It throws life into a bit of chaos and interrupts all my routines. I have more free time but I can’t seem to get anything done. I never feel like working around the holidays.

Honestly, I can’t wait for January to roll around so I can focus and get back to business. Enough of spending money I don’t have and taking time off to go places that I can’t afford. It all causes more stress than it’s worth, in my opinion. I’d rather take a random week off in the spring or summer and spend time with family when we can actually get out and enjoy ourselves.

Call me a grinch if you like – it’s just the way I am.

The holidays aren’t my thing, and I don’t especially understand those people who get way into them. I won’t judge if I don’t get judged in return! I’d rather be out in nature avoiding society until the whole holiday season is over. Maybe someday I’ll feel differently … but I doubt it!

Amy Horton
I am a writer, free spirit, and fairly functional human living in Los Angeles. I tell it like I see it and I don't hold back. I hope to connect with my readers through our common experiences and touch some hearts and souls!
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