Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bah Humbug!

I'm not really a scrooge. But I'll admit there are some things that annoy me about the holiday season. Figured this was a good chance to vent, so in no particular order ...

On the TWELVTH (omgosh how do you spell 12th???) LOL!

Try this again ... *ahem* Please sing this to the tune of 12 Days of Christmas:

On the 12th day of Christmas I almost punched a wall. There was:
12 hundred tree needles on the floor,
11 strands of tangled twinkle lights,
10 thousand hungry children around the world,
9 soldiers who won't get to see their families,
8 hours of baking cookies,
7 days of undecorating,
6 red traffic lights in a row,
*5 brand new credit card bills*
4 more expensive toys to buy,
3 assumptions that I'm Catholic,
2 rude shoppers behind me,
and 1 more humid day in Florida when it's supposed to be cold.

I took a Facebook poll to see what the most popular answer was. Pretty much anything that has to do with crowds, greed, or rude people topped the poll.

Now, because I hate to leave things on a negative note, here are just a few things I love about the holidays:

* festive lights everywhere
* excitement in children's eyes
* smell of spruce, cinnimon, turkey roasting, cookies baking
* snowy scenes
* Rockefeller Center
* eggnog while wrapping presents on Christmas eve
* giving to others
* time off work and school to be together

For more on the Bah humbug blahgfest, hop over to Patrick Dilloway (otherwise known as the Grumpy Bulldog) blog and read all the entries. Never too late to jump on board either.

Tell me, what do you dislike about the holidays?  


welcome to my world of poetry said...

Loved your post,
What I dislike about the holiday is not having my husband around.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

PK, that was great! The red traffic lights is so accurate. Add six miles of backed-up traffic.

J.C. Martin said...

Great list! It is me or do rude shoppers hibernate all year round, only to appear round X'mas time?

Rusty Webb said...

Hey! I like that you also mentioned some things you liked. Kind of balances out all that negative. Good going there.

The Blogger Formerly Known As said...

For me it’s the madness of shoppers. Stores will be open almost throughout the holidays, but everyone’s panic buying like there’s no tomorrow. Roll on normality.

Grumpy Bulldog, Secret Agent said...

Some good ideas there. Thanks for participating!

Old Kitty said...

I cannot bear rude shoppers! No reason for losing manners when things are intense while shopping!

Love this blogfest - yay for bah-humbugness!!


Take care

fOIS In The City said...

I left a message for Patrick to come to your comments. I hope you both enjoy my tongue-in-cheek.

Bah Humbug:

I'll pretend I am writing a book about living a second life ... to teach a lesson to the tween-teen young adults of an over-indulged-fashion-obsessed generation so they might learn the true meaning of life and not the latest electronic gadget blinding them to what's real beyond the iPad-gaming-wide screen-high definition images of twenty-first century madness. Booksellers would call it a paranormal romance-horror-sci-fi-high impact thriller that features two annoyingly charming kids you want to strangle and their rotten dog Spot.

It would be set in the vast blackness of space where I would gleefully drop them into a viral cortex of a parallel universe and leave them at the mercy of:

Twelve drooling demons, eleven horny vampires, ten less than virginal maids in waiting, nine frog princes croaking, eight witches chanting, seven fallen angels, six broken promises ... five rings of fire .... four birds of prey, three ugly trolls, two lame warriors and a partridge in a bare tree!

And a very-unmerry-Christmas to all the grinches out there :)

Jay Noel said...

Brilliant! I actually sang your post to the tune of 12 Days of Christmas.

But the 8 hrs. of baking...I am often the direct beneficiary of such activities!

And I would love to see Rockefeller Center on Christmas. Never been during the holidays.

Michael Offutt, Supra-Genius said...

I love how you set this to music so that I could kind of sing along in my head.

I think that Rockefeller Center would be really pretty.

DL Hammons said...

Oh...I would absolutely despise being in Florida for Christmas with those warm temperatures. December has to be cold...downright frigid if need be...and especially on Christmas.

Great lists...both positive and negative!

See you tomorrow! :)

Angela Scott said...

The crowds just about do me in. Every year I threaten to pick an aisle with no one in it and get all my presents there. I don't care if it's the light bulb aisle. I will do it. I swear.

Christine Rains said...

Great post! I seem to be hitting all the red lights lately too. I'm a lover of the snow and lights as well. So pretty.

David P. King said...

Awesome post! I didn't think about listing what I like about Christmas. Hmm. Maybe I should make an addendum. :)

Julie said...

Clever post! I think I related most to the red traffic lights and, worst of all, the tangled strands of lights. Ugh!! Those two things alone can give me a nervous breakdown. ;)

Carol Riggs said...

You Scrooge! LOL I see you got your bah humbuggy blogpost written. And how nice to balance it out with good stuff. It's definitely a mixed bag, eh? ;o)

Anonymous said...

Haha, those pesky red lights like to stay red longer during the holidays, don't they? ;)

Cindy said...

I like how you included the positive things and the song. That was great.

julie fedderson said...

Loved the song. #5 will be ringing in my head as I finish shopping this weekend.

Catherine Stine said...

How all of the service folks you need to tip suck your wallet dry. Crowds. Bell-ringers. the angst over whether or not to send cards.

But to end on my own positive note, I like that little sparkly wreath on your blog.

Heather said...

I'm also a participant and did my entry to the 12 days of just seemed to go together, right? However, I REALLY like a few of your items of dislike and wish I'd thought of them. Kudos, you made me laugh! Consider me a new reader!

Briane P said...

Want to trade places with me for Christmas? My dream is that on Christmas Day, we open the presents out on a deck that overlooks the water, and I'm wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

It's 22 degrees today in Wisconsin. That's the HIGH for the day.

Great list, though!

Carla White said...

Twelfth ;)

I agree with the crowds, which is why I aim to get all of my Christmas shopping done before December starts. Also dislike rude people, totally defeats the purpose of the season.

I do agree with your positive list, though, but I would move the 8 hours of baking to the positive list... but I do love to bake. :) Happy holidays PK!

Donna Yates said...

I really dislike the crowds and the way people drive. I love all the colored lights and festive colors. Nice blog post.

Anonymous said...

HA! Loved your song:) Ok, I'm gonna sound like the Grinch that Stole Christmas but I hate . . . Santa. I felt pressured to tell my kids about him & never really liked it. He only fills the stockings in our house so that way we're not stuck w/ our kids asking for big gifts from Santa when we can't afford it . . . which worked fine until my kids started comparing notes with their friends last year & realized so & so got a Kinect from Santa, ect . . . Grrr! One tradition I love is reading the Christmas story from Luke 2 over cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. My girls have long insisted putting a candle in one and singing Happy Birthday to Jesus:)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

PK .. great Bah Humbug .. some people just don't get it do they .. and I agree with all your twelfths .. thankfully I don't have to do most of them ... but people can be the 'pits' .. some are just brilliant.

Cheers and have a great Christmas and New Year .. Hilary

William Kendall said...

Some days we need to be a little "bah humbug!"

Admittedly, I'm not fond of being oversaturated with Christmas music for two or three months every time I walk through a mall.

Melissa Bradley said...

Okay, so I have been MIA and am horribly late, but this post is terrific. I find I have some of the same gripes you do...tree needles, credit card bills and you got me with the soldiers who won't get to see their families.

I can't stand all the canned Christmas music that starts blaring from Thanksgiving until the day after Christmas. Nor so I like all the sappy holiday movies. But, I love the lights, the way people get a bit nicer and going to Midnight Mass.