Opinion: Christmas time is just overrated

EVERY year as December approaches, I begin to dread the season. 

Christmas is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but there are plenty of reasons why the festivities are just overrated:

1. Crazy shoppers

I can't stand the madness at the shops at Christmas.
I can't stand the madness at the shops at Christmas. Valerie Horton

The date hits December 1 and people lose their minds while shopping. 

Struggles with other shoppers over the last bargain.

Suddenly not remembering how to walk at a normal pace in a straight line.

Stopping suddenly in a busy path.

I dislike shopping at the best of times, force me to go while there are heaps of people doing the same is my version of hell.

And don't even get me started on trying to find a park.

2. Bad drivers

 

Why can no one remember the road rules at Christmas?
Why can no one remember the road rules at Christmas? Valerie Horton

 

Like the shops, December 1 means drivers forget how to do exactly that.

In the past few weeks the common indiscretions I have seen are not using an indicator - EVER, driving 20km below the speed limit, failing to give way at a roundabout.

Sure these are common throughout the year as well but the sheer volume of traffic as soon as school holidays starts amplifies the problem.

3. Carols

 

The saccharine sweet melodies of Christmas carols are like torture to me.
The saccharine sweet melodies of Christmas carols are like torture to me. Alistair Brightman

 

I don't do sweet.

To me torture is being forced to listen to those saccharine sweet melodies about warming by a fire and white Christmases. 

And the kicker - most carols aren't even good.

Why do we have to punish our eardrums just because of the date?

4. Christmas movies

 

It's Die Hard or nothing when it comes to Christmas movies.
It's Die Hard or nothing when it comes to Christmas movies. Contributed

 

 

I'm the person who lists Die Hard as their favourite Christmas movie.

I'm not a fan of the genre.

To me, it feels like filmmakers decide that because it's a Christmas movie they don't have to try hard to have a good acting, avoid cheesiness or even to have a plot.

5. Unfulfilled expectations

 

 

Perhaps the worst thing about Christmas is the weight of expectations.

Every year people expect it to be the happiest time of year, surrounded by family and loved ones.

The pressure people feel to put on a perfect day, give the perfect gift and have the perfect family is insurmountable - especially in the age of social media. 

But it doesn't have to be that way.

Who cares what others think of how you celebrate Christmas.

Kick back with a beer, hug a loved one or wear a silly hat.  Whatever.

This Christmas take some time to do something YOU want to do.



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