I’m not a fan of the holidays. There, I said the quiet part out loud.
I would love nothing better than to just travel on Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. But alas, as COVID drags on, and I still have to work, and the weather is terrible in the Pacific Northwest, I’ll be teeing up for another one. Whee. Once I retire, I swear, I’ll be hitting the road for the holidays!
I can’t really explain why I don’t enjoy them. It’s just so much pressure. Decorating. Baking. Shopping. Wrapping. Standing in line at the post office (ugh that one is overwhelming; thank God for Amazon). On top of the fact that it is one of the busiest times of the year for my work.
Shopping for a turkey or ham that is suitable for one or two people is an exercise in futility. In my ordinary life, anytime I make food I have to eat it for the next week, but what the heck am I going to do with a 10 pound turkey? My mom and I still have a bunch of ham in the freezer from Thanksgiving. Maybe we’ll just pull that out.
Then you see everybody forced into the holiday cheer, and stressed, and cranky and taking it out on you. I have a couple of exes that did that with a particular gusto. The days of walking on eggshells. Dealing with the drunken rants. Not to mention that having a partner at the holidays shouldn’t mean double the work for me.
One of my previous bosses enjoyed the holidays so much that she forced her management team into a performance of the Twelve Days of Christmas at the annual holiday breakfast. That was awful. She probably never had any inkling that some of her staff would have merrily lined up for a root canal to get out of that torture. Did I mention that there were hats required too? What makes people so clueless? Especially at a holiday party that has no booze?
I should have gotten an Oscar for my acting that morning.
So anyway, if you are like me and the holidays leave you feeling like you want to flee, and lay on a warm beach somewhere away from all the people, please know that I understand. You are not alone. Maybe we can share a room; bring lots of books.