9 Holiday Pet Peeves That Drive Us All Crazy

9 Holiday Pet Peeves That Drive Us All Crazy

The holidays are already hectic, but these only make it worse.

The Christmas season brings along the thousands of replays of Christmas classics and yards of lights strung across neighborhoods that seem to radiate the joy and spirit of the holiday. Families come together, share presents and exchange wishes for the new year — however, for some, the holidays also bring along the beginning of many pet peeves. For me, the holidays not only mark the end of the year but times of chaos both in school and out of school: packing for finals, rushing to complete last minute 2017 new year resolutions and hunting down last minute gifts. As only some issues that the holidays bring around, here are my top five pet peeves on how the Christmas season rings my bells.

1. Goodbye autumn.

The weather turns from a perfectly brisk cool to Antarctica within a matter of days. Which day you don't need a jacket to when you need seven parkas is a constant guessing game and one I'm not fond of playing, especially when I choose the parka.

2. Going on vacation? Sorry.

With families and friends pouring in by the masses from the airport, going anywhere within and around your hometown becomes reduced to zero, unless you enjoy your 10 minute drive to be increased to an hour.

3. Breaks? Never met 'em.

It's both the end of the year and end of the semester, meaning finals week and gallons of coffee for high schoolers and students alike. As they say, "Sleep is for the weak," but once the holidays come around, we are all feeble.

4. Christmas. Shopping.

Stories blare their discounts over radios, TVs and billboards, drawing in hundreds of Christmas shoppers on a quest to buy gifts for their friends and love ones. Though it's already hard to buy great gifts for your family or forced "Secret Santas," getting through the ocean of shoppers, coupon rejections and football field long shopping lines becomes another struggle.

5. Christmas Carols

The grocery store, church, the mall, the radio, on TV, every movie, every restaurant — I'm certain there's no escape to "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer."

6. Awkward family gatherings

The lie we have all told: "Yes! I totally remember you!"

7. Forced Gift Sharing

If being dragged into the Christmas spirit wasn't enough, being dragged into "Secret Santa" and "White Elephant" becomes a worst nightmare as not only do you have to question what to buy for your family, but strangers as well — as if gift giving wasn't hard enough.

8. Decorating The Tree

The yearly fight: who gets to decorate the tree? Which colors do we choose to decorate it? Which type of tree to buy? Big? Tall? Fern? With snow? Without? Lights or no lights? Colored lights or clear lights? Star or a different topper? Who gets to put the star on?

9. The Eternal Hiatus

All of our favorite TV shows pause for an entire month over the holiday break, leaving thousands of viewers left in anticipation for what happens next in the drama. (AKA me, currently dying from "Supernatural's" season 13 cliffhanger.)

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15 Fourth Of July Fun Facts And Trivia

The United States of America: Land of the free, home of the brave.

Fourth of July is a holiday I look forward to every year! Full of outside, summer fun, barbecued foods, and firework displays. Behind all of that, however, is history! In celebration of our nation's Independence Day, here are 15 fun facts and pieces of trivia:

1. John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress to formally sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

2. The Fourth of July was not declared a federal holiday until 1938.

3. The first White House Fourth of July party was held in 1804.

4. Around 150 million hot dogs are consumed on Fourth of July (wonder if this statistic includes the hot dogs consumed during the annual Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest?)

5. Back in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, 2.5 million new people lived in the U.S. Now 240 years later, 311 million people live.

6. The now American-celebrated song, Yankee Doodle, was originally written by officers of the British army to make fun of backwoods Americans.

7. Three United States presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.

8. July 4th is also celebrated in the Philippines, because in 1946, the country was recognized as an independent nation.

9. In one year, $600 million is spent on fireworks alone in the U.S.

10. Most of the signers of the Declaration did not formally sign until August 2, 1776.

11. Though it is no treasure map as predicted by Nicholas Cage in "Treasure Hunt 2", the message "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776" is written upside down on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

12. More than 14,000 firework displays are put on across the country on Fourth of July!

13. Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the world's oldest Independence Day celebration. It dates back to 1785!

14. In 1781, the great state of Massachusetts became the first one to declare Independence Day a holiday

15. Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Display is the largest in the United States

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)


I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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