The Complexities of Life

Survival Tips for Holiday Season Haters


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The holiday season is upon us and with that brings an overabundance of cheer. You walk into a store and you’re bombarded with jingle bells and the same holiday songs on repeat. New holiday albums come out every year, yet somehow I hear the same handful of songs.

It’s torture.

Oh and don’t get me started on the shoppers themselves. I don’t know if they’re under pressure, but they tend to become so obsessed with sales that they forget manners and common sense. Assuming they had manners and common sense to begin with. Call me a grinch, I can handle it.

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Headphones/earphones are essential when I go out in public. I don’t really want to interact too much with people. Now, imagine not wanting to interact with people AND it’s the holiday season. I promise you, drowning out the jingle bells and holiday classics will keep you sane.

Watch movies that mock the holidays.

Think along the lines of Bad Santa and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Shop Online (if possible)

During the holiday season, shopping online is a fantastic option for avoiding the chaos in the aisles. It’s much easier to shop online when stores provide an option to pick up your order in store.

Photos/Videos of Elf on the Shelf being inappropriate.

I love Elf on the Shelf. It’s a cute concept for the little ones. But who says children have to have all the fun? The funniest thing I found last year were photos and videos of Elf on the Shelf being inappropriate. Last year I wrote about my fondness for The Nightmare on Elf Street. Another favorite is Buzzfeed’s 22 Naughty Things the Elf on a Shelf is Doing While You’re Not At Home.

Remember it’s almost over.

The holiday season is about two months long (if you don’t count New Year’s) but it’s a lot jammed into those 60 days. Be strong, it’ll be over soon.

These tips have served me well and I hope you they serve you well too. Tell me, what tools do you use to survive the holidays?


Updated November 12, 2019


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