Have Yourself A Manic Little Christmas

Anyone else feeling the holiday hassle yet?
Just me?
Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Christmas. I mean, you could argue that I love the holidays even more than Clark Griswold.
I stood in line at the post office yesterday for 30 minutes, while the one person working was in no real hurry and that really chapped my ass and put me in the opposite of a holiday mood.
It didn’t even matter that Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You was playing, because all I want for Christmas is another person manning the counter.
I’m also hating that my usually quiet Target has been invaded by, what has to be, Closet People, because where else have they been all year?
Amazon Prime, people. You won’t ever have to leave your house again.
Another thing, the boyfriend and I are going to a fancy shmancy Christmas party at the Governor’s Mansion. Said boyfriend has expressly told me leggings are not a clothing option.
So, I have to wear, like, a real formal dress.
I have one from years ago, but I’ve been putting off trying it on, because I don’t even want to know how much fatter I’ve gotten.
Speaking of being fat, do you know how fucking hard it is to eat well when cookies are practically raining from the fucking sky and you can get egg nog-everything?
Not only are the crowds annoying and the over-abundance of treats gut-expanding, the pressures to have the absolute best holiday yet is EXHAUSTING.
Not only do I overbook myself with social engagements, I seem to always feel the need to add just one more fun craft project/event to the long list of holiday must-dos.
When will I ever learn that the best experiences happen when I have zero expectations and almost next to no plan?
Never. Never is when I’ll learn.
So, what are you stressing about this holiday season? How do you combat the manic-like need to do all the Christmas things?

Oh, the stress.

65 thoughts on “Have Yourself A Manic Little Christmas”

  1. I’ve never been a fan of Christmas – I pretty much hate all of the holiday season, my birthday included – but this year I saved myself the hassle and stress of Christmas by replacing it with the hassle and stress of applying for a new visa! Ha!
    More seriously…. I feel the festive mood is a bit ‘forced’ this year… I don’t think anyone should feel they *have* to be in a festive mood, it just puts more stress than necessary on an already stressful period. I wish we could all just relax and stop pressuring ourselves to cook the best dinner, find the best presents, put up the prettiest tree, have the best outfit, etc. It should be a season to chill and enjoy good times with friends and family, NOT to bankrupt yourself trying to get the most insta-worthy holiday!
    Anyway… Rant over! πŸ˜‰
    I hope you have a lovely holiday season. xx

      1. I’m glad I’m not the only one! Aww, well… With a birthday a few days after Christmas and few days before the New Year, I never really got to celebrate as a kid. My mom always organised a party a few weeks later, but as an adult I just stop celebrating. Monsieur and I usually travel on my birthday (NYC is 2015, Berlin last year, London this year) so it’s a new fun tradition!

  2. This year I do not have any holiday stress. Zero! How did I manage this you ask? Well, I sold ALL of my belongings, gave the rest away that I couldn’t sell. (No, I did not join a cult). Then, I moved to a different country! So, no one has any expectations of me since I do not have a dime! We spent last weekend strolling through the beautiful Christmas markets, drinking Gluhwein and not a care in the world.

  3. I’m loving the fact there are other Christmas haters commenting here! I like the time off work and the excuse to eat a shit ton of food, but I hate the hectic mess of it all. Plus, my husband and I are the ones who travel to see family. It’s annoying but I’d rather do it that way than have them in my house, staying for far too many days than I can handle. We MAY put the tree.up this year after a six year hiatus…but I’m not banking on it ha ha!

  4. I hear you!!!
    I LOVE Christmas, I just hate all the Christmas shit that goes with it! any suggestions what to get my Dad/ Boyfriend/Brother-in-laws/Secret Santa? My brain has melted into a mush of mulled wine…

  5. Alcohol helps. So do Tarantino flicks.
    I tend to eat badly this time of year as a matter of course. It’s almost like, when the calendar hits late November, my body is like “Partay tiimmee!”. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe my body is a temple. It’s just that, the temple is located in Camden.
    And the cookies, my God! They are everywhere. And egg nog? I would drink it from the tap if there was a place that offered up such a thing. I have to google that now . . I might end up buying the joint if I find a place.

  6. If ya wanna buy a formal gown, try JC Penney …. otherwise, Rent the Runway is the bomb-diggity.
    As far as the stress of the holidays, I’ve given up a lot of the “should” … I don’t send paper Christmas cards & haven’t for over 10 years … I don’t do cookies anymore, as my girls are 20-somethings that live 300 miles from me … and I gave up having a real tree for a 4 foot fake one. I don’t do egg-nog (blech) so martinis are the poison o’ the season.

    1. I think it’s great to cut out some stuff, because it’s just all way too much! I haven’t seen some of my friends who have kids, because I swear every other night it’s another tree lighting or something of the like. Arg.
      I will absolutely check out Rent the Runway. If my dress doesn’t fit, that might be my only option!

      1. I’d hurry though …. they are getting few and far between (I checked for myself yesterday) … but I believe they have an actual brick and mortar place in NYC if you live there. and I can send you a referral code !!

  7. I L-O-V-E Christmas but hate the obligations of Christmas. A few years ago I cut them all out. I only buy gifts for like 4 people (my parents and my bestest…now the list has extended to my nanny family too). I usually send out Christmas cards but even this year that isn’t going to happen. I’m just over the extra of everything about the season. It’s too much stress and pressure.

    1. That’s such a great idea! I do love giving gifts and sending cards, though. One of my favorite part of the season is that we do a secret Santa exchange at work. It’s done the whole week leading up to break and it’s the BEST! BUT, when I stress about the fun aspects of why I love Christmas it ruins it for me. It’s a Catch 22.

      1. Hehe!!! I love sending and getting cards too!! But this year I’m taking a break from it. Next year there will be lots of glittery filled envelopes heading out πŸ˜‚ secret santa is awesome!!

  8. I just do a ton of planning- I typically know at least a month ahead when I will need to have a gift or need baking ready! I also tend to have a few extra batches of cookies on hand and a few small gift cards in the case of emergencies. I love the holidays, so I’m willing to give a bit more leeway πŸ™‚ (I also remember working are Christmas in the bookstore and being the only person on cash, thus receiving all three stinkeye, so I tend to be overly nice. Whether or not it’s at all helpful for me is another matter :s)

    1. Planning is essential!!! I’ve got my stuff mapped out pretty well, but when I’ve suddenly spent $300 on gifts already and I’m not close to being done, my eye starts twitching πŸ˜†πŸ˜©

  9. Oh, I definitely feel this! I absolutely love Christmas and all and it makes me really happy, but I too also get annoyed with the people out and about. Why are you out here? I want to scream. The driving also gets infinitely worse too.
    I love the treats but too much sugar makes me bloated and then I get sick. I don’t want to be sick on Christmas, because Christmas is awesome.
    It’s weird how something I love so much can have these little irritants that can ruin a good time. We really got to learn how to kick back and take “holiday fun” a little less seriously. I mean it is supposed to be fun so we shouldn’t feel stressed or forced. I am learning how to look at Christmas in a smaller way, it’s definitely a process and I hope you’ll get there too. After all Christmas is supposed to be about joy.

  10. I agree, the post office is such a nightmare sometimes! I personally don’t have anything have anything to stress over, December is like any other month to me to be honest πŸ˜…

  11. I’m a humbug. I don’t decorate for Christmas. I do very little shopping – mostly online. My family has moved to all points of the US, so there’s no huge get-together, and we all stopped exchanging gifts through the mail because…yea…that post office thing πŸ˜€
    And the SO’s sister and mother switch off on the Christmas feast every year, so I don’t even have to cook!
    I built chainmaille doodads for the SO’s side of the family, browsed Etsy & Amazon for the kids & my squeeze, and spend more time than normal with my headphones on so I don’t have to be accosted with all the seasonal music.
    I DO have to find a low-carb eggnog recipe, though.

  12. Holidays are STRESSFUL. I have to get everything done in the first week of December because I get so busy at work I won’t have time. I get the tree up and all my shopping done on thanksgiving evening, slowly wrap gifts on my days off, force my family to watch ALL the Christmas movies with me and listen to ALL the Christmas music. I have to pack a whole month of jolly-ness into a week.

  13. This post made me laugh out loud, and I was in desperate need of a laugh, so thank you!!! Usually, I love Christmas, but it has snuck up on me this year, so I am pretending that it is not really happening. Denial is a beautiful thing!

  14. I combat the holiday stress by putting on at LEAST half a stone over the holidays. Then I’m even more stressed come the new year. Winner πŸ‘πŸ» Oh and I’m glad to hear that US post offices function in much the same way as they do in the U.K.

  15. I have this cool (or terrible depending on how you look at it) thing happen to me. I moved to China last year. Christmas is not a concern here unless we want to make it one. There are zero expectations for Christmas because it is basically non-existent. People here have heard of Christmas, but don’t really understand it. And for the few who claim they celebrate it, it is a very tiny tiny thing.
    Christmas pressure is a thing of the past for me.

  16. As usual, you crack me up! I applaud your choice of meme. It is perfection for this post. Also, I am of the view that postal workers across the globe have signed a pact (in their blood) that commands them to move no faster than molasses.

  17. I love Christmas, but I have never been particularly good at getting sorted for it!
    BUT this year, because I’m in the wrong country, I bought everything super early and made Christmas cards early so that I could post everything before December. Then I got sick and had to stay in bed with a fever all week. Now I am not sure if everything will arrive on time, despite my best efforts. Bleugh. πŸ™
    We didn’t get a tree yet either yet. Fail.
    I did make you a christmas cupcake card. But managing to post it is a different matter entirely.

    1. I’M SO EXCITED!! A CUPCAKE CARD!! Phew, now that the awkward excited screaming is over, I can be a regular human and say I’m sorry your plans were waylaid by getting sick! That’s always a bummer. I’m sure no one will judge you at all, as you’re the sweetest person ever to make cards!

        1. Usually I am, too!! This year, all my mailing is done already! It’s truly a Christmas miracle πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
          Try to relax and just enjoy the season! I hope you can get your tree up with minimal worry and stress β€οΈπŸŽ„

  18. It’s bittersweet to live in an irreligious country that doesn’t really celebrate Christmas, although they acknowledge it in the retail world. Fortunately, Monday happens to be my day off, because my boss is piling on extra work during the next 3 weeks, and I will be a working dog. Cherish your annoying social events! I hated them when I had the option.

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