Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Scmoliday/Why I Hate This Time of Year

BAH HUMBUG!!!!!
Every body is so full of good cheer.
WELLLL...... 
Cut it out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here are the 12 reasons I hate this time of year.....
  1. I'm Jewish, (I could probably just stop there.....) and most of my friends are CHRISTIANS!!!!!!! So they don't have any time for me up until after New Years.
  2. The Elf on the Shelf. (He creeps me out.)
  3. THERE ARE NO GOOD TV SHOWS UNTIL AFTER THE 25th.
  4.  Christmas decoration envy. (They be pretty, I want some, my parents would not approve.)  
  5. All the catalogs and newspaper inserts that just pollute, that stuff my mailbox.....Since I am a Scrooge, I don't buy nobody nothin'.
  6. Salvation Arm bells by the grocery store when I have a migraine (and at this time of year, I have a migraine.....)  
  7. Christmas cookies. STOP SHOVING FOOD AT ME!!!!! (I mean, have you taken a good look at me????? DOES IT LOOK LIKE I NEED MORE SUGAR AND BUTTER IN MY BODY?????
  8.  Holiday parties. Standing around, making small talk, trying not to eat all the fattening #$%. (My neighbors all congratulate me if I last longer than an hour.....
  9. Traffic, EVERYBODY IS OUT SHOPPING!!!!! SAVE YOUR MONEY AND STAY OUT OF MY WAY!!!!!
  10. Christmas music.....IT'S EVERYWHERE!!!!!! Silent Night is very pretty, the first 100 times, but after that......OY!
  11. Back to TV.....It's a Wonderful Life.....It's a Wonderful Life.....It's a Wonderful life.....No one has named their kid Clarence since that stoopid movie..... Between the Salvation Army ringing their bells, and angels getting their wings, there's no time for anyone to play with Betsy and her projects.
  12. AND LASTLY....It's boring for me. No friends to play with, nothing good to watch on TV, but the WORST is the blog linky parties. Almost every entry is about Christmas decorations. Where are the rooms????? Where are the furniture redos?????  

So, that's my Holiday Spirit, right there.....
And while I'm on a roll.....
I hate New Years too.....
Cut out the holiday crap, and go get me some Chalk Paint.

I'd wish you a happy holidays, but I don't want to be no hypocrite.....
So, for your present, I gave you a double negative, 'cuz that's my attitude right around this time of year....
Latah, Gatah

P.S.
I'm off to Florida!!!!!!!
                                                                      
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32 comments:

Sue@House Pretty said...

Well, I have to agree with you on one of those points. People SHOULD spend a lot less time in the stores and save their hard earned money! As for the Christmas part, well, I am a Christian, and I don't think all the overspending and going in debt to celebrate Jesus' birth was exactly the reason why Jesus was born, if ya' know what I'm sayin', lol!

Virginia said...

Enjoy the weather down there, grumpy girl. I just moved to New Hampshire from the Sarasota area. Too many snowbirds. :)

Cindy said...

Fa la la la la, la la la laaaaaaaaaaaa.... !!!!

Ok, that's supposed to be funny, don't kill me!

Cindy

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

if its any consulation I do have to say blogging has really messed up Christmas for me. I mean seriously- by the 10th of dec. I am already in " enough already~!" mode and sick of seeing it all lol.. omg did I admit that- yea, guess I did.
looking forward to taking it all down- packing it carefully- storing it for 11 months, so I can drag it back out and start this all over again.
now that I think about it- becoming Jewish could work for me and I could almost clean out the storage building and have more room to do projects that could be in my home all year round~! I'll give this some thought. Besides, Jesus could care less about all this decor and probably wishes all the money spent on it went to feed cloth and house the poor..
let us know you made it to Fla safe.

Amy Davis said...

Enjoy Florida. Even though I am a christian, I am pretty much sick of Christmas too.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to a new year of your wonderful projects -- and of course, your quirky 'tude. This past year, you've inspired me to get off my duff and DO SOMETHING instead of just reading about it.
All the best, ~Tracy

Anji Johnston said...

Totally with you there girl. Too much hoopla in my opinion. I'm on my own yet again this year - family all live in the U.K., husband in Iraq, so it's just me and the cat who wants to move next door anyway cuz they have the 'holiday spirit'. On the 25th I am going to reupholster that chair that has been staring at me for 2 years (I am going to read your tut on that subject, mistakes and all!) and eat chocolate all day. Florida is looking mighty fine though - you may even see me there!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

You totally cracked me up!!! I'm still laughing! I always liked C'mas and it's decor, but this year I had some family and blog issues and so I was not in the mood..than things got resolved for the better and so I started, very slowly and still not in the C'mas spirit..and yes, I get very stressed out with the gift situation and the daughters and grands, etc. This year it's not in my house, which I prefer! When I was in H. school in NYC, I used to be jelous of the Jewish girls caz they had this Hanukkah celeb I seem to love..until one of my friends invited one of the days and I took presents and had a ball..eating too!! Ok, I did a gorgeous Hanukkah tablescape with menorah and all..hope you visit, it's a couple of posts before this last one and I made it in your honor..blog friends and for my NYC friends.
FABBY

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh...have a terrific time down in Florida, you Jewish girl, you!!
FABBY

bmayer said...

Well keep your stinkin' crappy attitude outta my state! (Florida)... (Oh, I'm so sorry...that really is not like me to be so, un-welcoming, and cranky). I cant explain my lack of holiday spirit this year. I usually LOVE this time of year. I'm going to break out my T-shirt that says..."If it's snow bird season, why cant we shoot 'em"? Really, I'm usually a delightful person. You would like me.......Welcome back.

Lottie said...

Ha! Ha! Ha! What a wonderful post! This is the first time I've smiled all day and its 4:19 pm. I'm a Christian and I love Christmas, but I think I've spent too much time in blogland looking at decorations this year! Anyway, enjoy Florida! When my children were small we used to head to FL the day after Christmas for the beach. Wonderful memories!

Recycled Treasures said...

I love this post....and I understand everything you said as I am Muslim. Especially the last one. I really miss the furniture re-dos and am sick of looking at everyone's Christmas decorations!

Daffodil Hill said...

I am Christian and I do love Christmas, but your post sure did make me laugh.

Carol said...

Loved your comments, Betsy. I, too, am so tired of seeing all the over loaded mantles, tables, etc. on the blogs that started before Thanksgiving and are still going strong. I've been wondering, with all the decorations on the table, where do you put the food? I know I don't have to look at them but I keep hoping for some good everyday inspiration. I am of the KISS persuasion, KEEP IT SIMPLE SISTER.

fixitfaerie said...

Hey, I'm a Christian, but, I'll tell you......the older I get the more(no, I'm not as old as you, hahahaha) It has turned into a crazy time. I think I will name it Crazytime! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. You get together with friends and family (well mostly friends) and you don't have to buy @#$@ gifts. OH, I TOTALLY agree with you about all the blogs of Christmas decorations and such, I'm sick of them, show me some ASCP,& upholstery! Have a warm time in Florida. And post something not related to a holiday.

Anonymous said...

Hey what kind of a Jew are you? I grew up in NJ. Christmas is high season for the Jews to rake it in! What you're talking about is the hoopla to get people to spend more money....hence my first question. Anyway, I'm Catholic I love Christmas or at least what it's supposed to be. Of course I also attend a very old traditional church that never got into the awful dated hippie stuff. It's the one thing in my life that has stayed the same. Having said that, I hate that awful Christmas music they start playing before Thanksgiving!!! Some of it is down right depressing or just so cheesy. I particulary love the one about some kid buying shoes for his mother that's dying....that's a real pick me up. I also lived in Florida. I can't handle that too long either. The traffic, the bugs, the smell of mold. For me the worst is New Years Eve. Talk about depressing. Like we're all supposed to be at some over the top party all decked out. Please, I go to Little Italy buy great food to sit in front of the TV watching movies I get from the library. And that ball dropping, talk about boring. I've never made some corny New Year's resolution. I know that I couldn't keep that even if I remembered what I said I was going to do or quit.
Kathy

Scribbler said...

We are totally fed up with Christmas, not Jewish, pretty rapidly descending toward agnosticism. Along with the commercial aspect which is now completey out of control, the blogs have driven the last nail in the coffin of the whole thing. They all start the g.d. linkies soooo early for every single thing it makes you want to scream. So help me god, if I see another pile of burlap shit draped across every imaginable surface, I am going to go hide in a cave. We are having a destination Christmas this year, seeing only two family members who agreed to come for a couple of days because we are someplace exotic, and we have said NO PRESENTS! I spent about $100 at the cheap discounters to put a little sorely needed color in this condo. I have not baked any cookies, planned exhaustive and exhausting menus, and I might served margaritas and tacos for christmas dinner. So yeah, I hear you.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha Betsy- I love reading every blog entry, especially this one! Happy Chanukah from one Jewish sister to another! Enjoy!! Love ya

Cyndia said...

You are my shero! I am sick to death of Christmas too, especially in blog land. I mean, do bloggers not have anything else to write about? I don't read the Decber issues of magazines either. Enough!

mariondee-designs said...

I thought KISS was short for KEEP IT SIMPLE STuPID! Oh well, you learn something new every day. You're just hilarious...love this post!!!!! take care, Maryann

Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs said...

Well ummmm....I could be wrong, me being Christian and all, but don't the Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah at this time of year? :-)

Go get a menorah and some dreidels and have some decorating fun with them. I know there are varying styles of those.

I have to admit, many of your 12 hated things are despised by many!

You'll have to do a post saying "12 Reasons I Love Florida in the Winter months".

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

My first thought about your post was GEEZ...WHAT A BLOODY GROUCH! (*_*) Then I came back and read your list again and you've pretty much hit the nail on the head with alot of those points. The problem is that people have lost the meaning of Christmas. Does anyone even go to church anymore during this season? Not alot of people I know. Time to get back to basics and cut out all of the other CRAP! LOL!

Andi's English Attic said...

It always puzzles me when my Jewish neighbours express envy of my Christmas tree. I tell them it's Pagan not Christian (I celebrate Solstice) but it's still the one thing they won't allow themselves to have, even though a lot enjoy and indulge in Christmas.
I try and tone it down. The festival is way out of control now. I absolutely HATE the 'perfect present for him/her'. They've actually MADE a package just to sell you at Christmas. *SCREEAAM*. I try and buy pressies from charity shops so at least the money isn't going to the high street chains. I also ask that if people are buying me a pressie to give the money to charity instead. Some do, some don't.
I love the season though, and as long as I have family who will laugh and good food around me, I'm happy. xx

ScrappyMama said...

OMG!!!! This is hilarious!!!!!!! I'm not sayin' that I really agree with you, but it sure is good for a laugh...and, really, can you ever really laugh too much????!! I think not!

Diane said...

All I will say is that "yes" we all need fattening food this time of year - have to store up for the winter or a famine or something - hahahaha!!!

Ggomez said...

Omg! Your are my long lost sister! Adore you! I needed this! (I am not Jewish but have always wanted to be!)
Enjoy the sun!

Connie said...
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Connie said...

What we're all weary of is the commercialization of Christmas. It's as if we're on a merry-go-round of over spending, over decorating, over eating, etc. and don't know how to get off. The true reason for the season can be found in the book of Luke. Unto us a Savior is born and we all need Him.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hey, you think that's something? Try bagging and lighting two dozen luminaries with a lighter that inevitably goes out and then picking up soggy bags with sand the next morning because your sprinkler went off! Every. Single. Year. It's a neighborhood thing, and they didn't ask ME. Had they told me, I might not have bought this house.

Well, I can understand you feeling that way. But girl, I gotta say I love Christmas, and as a magpie, I have been a terribly busy elf, buying all sorts of things people didn't know they couldn't live without. Yep. Some Herend. Some Dollar Tree. Some Brooks Bros. and Lauren. Some etsy. Some eBay. Some Home Goods and foreign. (Had to make it rhyme!) Deny me my eggnog with "flavoring" as my husband's grandmother called whiskey, but I love Christmas music, I give money to the Salvation Army bell ringers (but the band that was in front of Hobby Lobby the other day was brassy and flat!), love the food (can't eat it), but understand how it would be boring for you to have to look at Christmas decorations on the blogs, etc.

Blog parties stress me out because everyone's houses are so perfect, and I'm struggling to get our little cottage retreat all ready when it is beyond a MESS. We're having Christmas there in St. Augustine the day after Christmas if that makes any sense. I have half the decorations up in rooms that were readied for a tropical storm that never came. Curtains down, etc. Someone dropped by the other day, and said, "Well, I give you an 'A' for effort." It's a good thing my computer is wonky because how would I blog that??? Oh, and the greenery we put up? Wilted. We hacked to death a palmetto for its fronds (think "The Giving Tree"), only to have the fronds curl up and look pitiful. But they are staying where they are!!!

My Jewish friends here have Hanukkah Bushes. Would that option work? Just think how cute that could be. You could do sheep on those because King David kept sheep when he was a boy, and there are ALL sorts of really wonderful sheep ornaments out there. Needle felt, antique ones, etc. Oh, and Noah and the Ark! And silver menorahs! Jonah and the whale for a nautical tree! You know you could out-decorate all us goya girls in a New York minute! But I won't press it if your parents say 'no'. I respect that.

On a separate note, it's warm. Be ready for it. One day it's shorts, and the next day it's sweats. Another day its socks with sandals at the beach.

XO,

Sheila

Anonymous said...

I'm protestant and totally agree with the schmoliday griping. Christmas has blown up just like the wedding industry into something almost unrecognizable & terribly irritating. I miss the quiet way we use to prepare, starting the Day After Thanksgiving when the colored lights would be turned on all over town, & only then would Xmas music start playing on the radio (and dear old Burl Ives had not yet recorded that hideous song of his, Have A Holly Jolly Christmas). I've tried to protect my sanity the last few years by avoiding stations that play Christmas music beginning Nov. 1st, and doing most of my shopping online to avoid the crazy warriors out there on the roads and in the mall parking lots. But it's almost here...the tree looks pretty (I must say ;>), there are no red and green decorations (they must be crystal and gold to go with our decor, I say!) and I listen to the classical station which is now playing lots of beautiful English boy choir Xmas music which is serene, soothing and definitely not cloying. So order up some Chinese food and open up a bottle of chilled pinot grigio down there in Florida and smile, knowing that you don't have to take down a tree and all the rest of the stuff. It's almost the new year! Annzee in Metro DC

Melodysan said...

Betsy, you have made me laugh out loud once again!!

Melodysan said...

Betsy, you have made me laugh out loud once again!!

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