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I Dread the Holidays

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 103 People

    Want To Skip It All This Year

    I don't want to be pessimistic towards the holiday season this year, but I'd prefer to just go on as usual and just not participate in everything that goes along with it. I absolutely love gift giving and seeing friends and family, but that just rarely happens anymore. It keeps...
    455cargirl 455cargirl 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 17, 2013

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    I really hate spending the holidays alone.

    I'm ready for it to be over with already! Get back to the normal life, where being alone isn't something depressing. Tears are my gift this year.
    DeeplyLoves DeeplyLoves 36-40, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I'm anxious and in need of some advice.

    I have a holiday booked in October with my boyfriend, his mum, dad, brother and his girlfriend. I would love to go on this holiday just not with these people I don't get along with his brothers girlfriend she's never made an effort with me and looks down on me which due to me...
    BMS1295 BMS1295 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 15

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    This will be the most difficult holiday season

    I have ever experienced. My divorce will be final two days prior to Thanksgiving and two days after my birthday. For Christmas, my STBX will be travelling to Windsor without me for a Canadian Christmas with her family. My plans for this entire season will be Thanksgiving...
    overtherainbow47 overtherainbow47 41-45, M 7 Responses Nov 18

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    Er.. Well....

    It's not actually the holidays I dread- it's the way some people behave during them that irks me.
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F Oct 17, 2010

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    It´s That Time Of The Year Again........

    Well, actually this year it has started even earlier. I saw Christmas merchandise in September and by mid-October Christmas was in full bloom in all the stores and shopping centers. People feel compelled to buy, buy, buy, even if they get trampled at the door on Black Friday...
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 8 Responses Nov 29, 2010

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    Holiday Hate

    I used to love the holidays. The smell of turkey on Thanksgiving, waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve, watching colorful fireworks on the fourth of July, and basically almost every holiday my family celebrated I enjoyed. However, when I was around eleven years old, I...
    ARandomKid ARandomKid 16-17, F Sep 7, 2009

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    I Don't Dread Them.

    I don't dread them, a part of me, the childlike, ignorant, innocent part of me deep in there still looks forward to them, and expects it to be happy. It's not, they depress me. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter even, I secretly expect it to be better than last year, and...
    Angelwings7 Angelwings7 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 10, 2011

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    Alone This Year

    I used to love the holidays. I don't know what happened. As the years progressed, I grew less and less enthusiastic about this time of year. Please, don't get me wrong. I love this time of year for other reasons and holidays in general aren't so bad. It's a nice time to celebrate...
    philosophicmyth philosophicmyth 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 16, 2010

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    dreadlock holiday
    sharpTresHombre sharpTresHombre 41-45, M Dec 18, 2010

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    My mother died in Jan of 2013.

    My father is dating a woman that hates me. I cooked for 2 days to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. He didn't even wait for me to finish eating before he got up and left. He had yet to return home. She has her own family that she could spend time with, why is she stealing my father...
    mcrn96 mcrn96 41-45, F Nov 28

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    I Can't Face It This Year

    I had to make the dreaded weekly trip to WalMart yesterday,...I despise that place, yet I shop there because in my town there really is no where else. Anyway, I was shocked that it is already decked out in Christmas trees, poinsettias and Christmas songs blaring from the speakers...
    autimom autimom 31-35, F Nov 10, 2008

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    This Year I Do

    Its been such a rough year for us and financially we are way behind. My wife has started a new job and she doesnt get holidays off (I do however). We always have to divide the holiday up among our families and we have little time for ourselves.....but this year with her working...
    IndyJoe IndyJoe 41-45, M 3 Responses Nov 11, 2008

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    This Year

    Oh God it is going to be so horrible! I will be all alone. I can't bear to think of it.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 8, 2009

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    I Dread the Holidays, But I'm Not Really Sure Why.

    I must admit, I have wonderful memories of holidays as a child.  I come from a fairly small, but close knit family.  My parents are still alive and still very much in love - they have been married for 52 years.  My 2 sisters, my brother and I are all in good...
    deliqueen deliqueen 41-45, F 4 Responses Nov 17, 2008

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    I hate being all alone on the holidays because it is depressing. One or two here and there would be okay but because of situations in my family I am usually all alone eating deli turkey sandwiches on most holidays.
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 1 Response May 12, 2011

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    Not Ready To Move On...yet.

    I've written here before about my current battle with depression. It took me many, many years to finally realize that I am living with this affliction. My world had to very nearly end before I was forced to face the truth & to finally find the strength to ask for help. My...
    MisterC MisterC 46-50, M 4 Responses Dec 20, 2009

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    Cliche

    Firstly, I hate the commercialism The christmas displays this year won hands out on getting into the windows before the Halloween displays.  The advertisments on television are advancing how you can buy christmas out of the back of a truck this year...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 10, 2008

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    Just Not Feeling It..

    the past few seasons have not really been that super. I just can't get my enthusiasm up anymore. I realize more and  more that during and after the season i get hit with a mega-wave of depression. It happens EVERY year. I  only consciously realized it last year. Of...
    Tacit Tacit 22-25, F Nov 21, 2008

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    I Hate 'em

    Most holidays are about families and loving, right? I hate that since it seems like each holiday, you are expecting to spend a lot of money, or buy gifts. I come from a distant family and I really have no money. When Christmas comes around, my mother yells at me for not having a...
    AlbinoLapineRedQueen AlbinoLapineRedQueen 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 30, 2012

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    Dreading the Upcoming Months...

    I always enjoy this time of year due to the picturesque landscape associated with Fall, sleeping on flannel sheets, taking the dog on walks, and enjoying the smells and sounds of the holidays.  That is until it gets close to Christmas and Thanksgiving. I have the family...
    Bogey6294 Bogey6294 36-40 1 Response Oct 30, 2008

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    Our anniversary was October 11th.

    She went to our cottage in Canada and I stayed home alone. My birthday is today. She is in Canada with family for a wedding shower and I am moving my things to my storage unit. She did surprise the heck out of me by getting me a birthday card and a Cabela's gift card, so...
    overtherainbow47 overtherainbow47 41-45, M 1 Response Nov 23

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    I'm so not looking forward to Christmas this

    year...it was hard enough when we lost dad to heart attack in 2011, but losing mom this past January has made the upcoming holidays provide me with so much angst. I find myself running away most weekends hoping to forget the season altogether. This is so not fair to my two...
    Fornicaria Fornicaria 41-45, F 1 Response Dec 2

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    MY WAY

    I really hate the commercial craziness of the holidays. I find it ridiculous how people ruin the occasion by turning it into a shopping match forgetting the true meaning of the festivities. I hate how rude people are at the stores, the supermarket, the roads, because they are...
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 18, 2010

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    Related Experiences

    I moved to Texas 12 years ago, and rarely have I spent the holidays alone. I have traveled to see family or been with friends but I still feel alone or like I am crashing someone...
    ballen0420 ballen0420 36-40, M Dec 7

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    Hey older people of EP, my grandma is 77 still pretty healthy. (I mean still living well for a 77yr old). BUT she gets absolutely mental around the holidays and I can't stand it...
    birdoparadise birdoparadise 22-25 Dec 8

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    Hey guys So today was my last day of school for the year. So I have a six and a half week break after this. Lemme just say that I hate holidays. HATE them. I always feel more sad...
    Greenvines123 Greenvines123 13-15, F 2 days ago

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    Am I the only one who is alone on the holidays? Family lives in another state, I see them 1x a year. someone just called me a Debbie downer. I was upset by how could anyone survive...
    TearsWW TearsWW 31-35, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I just used the twist and rip method on that piece of hair. How long will it take to actually look like a dreadlock?
    Juuuuuulia Juuuuuulia 18-21, F Nov 18

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    I've had "locs" ( I hate when people call them dreads) since I was 2 years old. I've always loved them but now I'm thinking about combing them out!!!
    Thickandlovely15 Thickandlovely15 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 3

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    sexy *************. I got dreads too guys
    BootyHadMeLikeDamn BootyHadMeLikeDamn 13-15, F Dec 10

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    Like seriously. Who do I have to spend them with anymore? Like my family disowned me. Like for no reason too. Like my dad left when I was young because my mom and dad split and my...
    suckmyfrick420 suckmyfrick420 18-21, F Nov 18

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    Here we go another round of depression... Ugh why do holidays have to be so depressing
    JustMeWuuuut JustMeWuuuut 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 26

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    It is that time of year again in the US, where everyone puts on their 'gift of giving' hats for another month or so. I DO feel that it is not such a bad thing to be reminded of...
    TtotheD TtotheD 56-60, M 1 Response Nov 27

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    I hate being single around the holidays ugh
    adeechloe adeechloe 13-15, F Nov 27

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    So I'm spending today mostly alone, since my family doesn't like me very much and my bestie has her own family she gets to spend it with. It's okay, really. I mean, at least no...
    luna1912 luna1912 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 27

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    I honestly don't like holidays anymore it's just a day that I get verbally attacked by my family. Today I feel like **** and wish it would end because no matter what I WILL NEVER...
    sorenelrain sorenelrain 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 27

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    Happy Thanks Giving, Enjoy the holidays'
    RAnonymous7 RAnonymous7 18-21, F Nov 27

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    Thats right, i did nothing for thanksgiving, went out browsed the town to see what i wanted for christmas. and now christmas is rolling around. i look at the tree that my brother...
    HakuZail HakuZail 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 2

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    This past Thanksgiving was one I am ready to forget! Between falling on my right shoulder and right wrist, hitting black ice crashing the car ( 5 hours later) only to come home...
    rosesheart rosesheart 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 3

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    It my favorite time of year. I'm happy wherever I am if its during the holidays. Even this holiday, I wish I was somewhere else. But I'm just happy it's Christmas time. ^_^
    pinkypie5 pinkypie5 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 7

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    I feel like always baking during the holidays! I love making cookies, cakes, fudge, and much! Maybe it's the holiday spirit in me but I love the feeling. Escepcially listening to...
    vallerinaballerina vallerinaballerina 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    Saw this and it made me lol especially with Thanksgiving tomorrow !
    BlueEyes31 BlueEyes31 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 26

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    This will be my third Thanksgiving alone not much to be thankful for
    throwawaychild throwawaychild 46-50, M 2 Responses Nov 26

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    Especially the future. My grandfather passed away today, and it made me think about my parents. I don't wanna lose them :(
    MusicJunkie6794 MusicJunkie6794 18-21, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Every one seems to forget me around this time of year. Either that i am the last person to think of on everyones mind. I'm tired of trying. I guess no one really likes me. People...
    Chibichaos Chibichaos 26-30, F Nov 23

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    Yesterday my love and I went out and gathered Cedar and Pine and Holly. I have made my own garland and secured it to my wrap-around porch. It is a sight to behold and didn't cost...
    MorningBreeze MorningBreeze 56-60, F 10 Responses Nov 24

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    Just because I can't afford Thanksgiving dinner and removed myself from this year's family dinner because octant afford to contribute, my mother has canceled all future dinners...
    JJjenniejones JJjenniejones 41-45, F 2 Responses Nov 24

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