Why Holidays Are Low Key The Worst

Why Holidays Are Low Key The Worst

Tell me you don't just feel disappointed and drained at the end of a holiday


Not going to lie: I really don't like holidays. Now, the holiday season? Love it. Holiday movies? Love them. Holiday decorations or costumes or food? Big fan of all of that.

What I don't love is the actual day of any given holiday. You may be asking yourself, "But how? Why?"

If you have never woken up on a holiday, bursting at the seams with excitement, only to find yourself at the end of the day feeling drained and disappointed, then you probably have not yet come to the realization that a holiday is just another day.

Holidays have meaning because we ascribe meaning to them. There is nothing inherently different about any specific day in December, yet Christmas is a day that we place great expectations and value on.

Why? For Catholics to celebrate the birth of Jesus? He wasn't even born in the winter. To celebrate our families and loved ones? We can do that any day of the year. To celebrate wintertime? In that case, have the holiday on December 21st, the Winter Solstice.

My point is that the actual day on which any holiday falls is arbitrary, even if the date is one which is specified and unchanging. If we were to decide, suddenly, that Christmas was on December 10th, then December 25th would cease to exist in a space of relevance of significance, and would once more be regarded as just another day.

However, because we place these meanings on holidays, we have certain ideas of what they should be like and expectations of what will happen. In truth, the holidays will not be as special or as important as you are imagining them to be unless you make them that way.

Holidays are fun as children because other people maintain the illusion of the holiday for you. They dress up as Santa Claus, they give Easter baskets and hide Easter eggs, they give out candy on Halloween and create haunted houses.

As we get older, we maintain an assumption that a holiday will be special, or somehow distinct from our everyday life, but we don't account for the fact that with age comes both reality and responsibility. Now there are tasks to be done - cooking, cleaning, hosting, buying gifts - that disrupt the magic of the day.

Holidays, as an adult, are only as special as you make them. That's why so many people find themselves disappointed during the holidays; they are going into the day with expectations of it being inherently special, so they don't put energy into creating something special.

I don't like holidays because I hold on to the expectations of them that I grew up with. If we try to focus on enjoying the day for what it is, on making the most of the moments we have, maybe the holidays won't feel like such a letdown. Maybe they'll become a little bit more magical again.

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.

High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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I Expected It To Have It All Together By 22 And I'm Still Far From That

What we expected and what reality actually is, are two completely different things...


Oh our 20s, how we expected them to be so different. We expected to graduate college at 22, have a career by 23, be engaged by 24, married with a house by 25, kids by 26-28, vacationing with the family by 30, and retired by 60. We expected college to be parties and cute boys/girls. Instead, we got late nights of studying and crying after a job that barely pays for our car, food, dorm, and textbooks. We get no social life and if we do our grades suffer for it.

Our 20s were expected to be all fun but all we got were struggles and stress. I mean I don't know about you but I expected, to have it all together and I'm nearly 23 and far from it. I had all the scholarships and great grades, and I still don't have any type of degree.

Reality hits after 18. Most of us don't have the help of mom and dad anymore. We have to find our way and make a path for ourselves. Sometimes our dreams and goals have to be put on hold for that. The 20s isn't fun. It's about discovering who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Some of us serve our country, some become incarcerated, some of us parents, some teachers, others cops, others travel or study abroad, some dead, some ill, other managers, others homeless, some still living home, and some even addicts.

The weird thing about your 20s is everyone is doing something different, but yet everyone is confused and comparing themselves to others. People feel if they're not doing what others are doing, in their age group then they have failed themselves. What people forget is that with life comes obstacles and sacrifice and everyone's life and situations are different. You are where you need to be right now, for you, and I think that's something to remember in your 20s.


Another thing about your 20's is you're free to think for yourself now. No more having to follow a religion you dislike or hold back from things you love. The world is literally yours to discover and learn from. Possibilities are endless! I think your 20's are the years you create yourself to the best version of you and build the foundation for your future. Just remember, we all build at our own pace.


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