Holiday Bliss

December 8, 2009 by admncc

I thought it would be fun to lighten things up a little bit today with a holiday post.  But of course we’ll still be complaining…

I just have one question for you today.  Is there anything you don’t like about the Christmas holiday season?

For instance, even though this is my favorite time of the year, there are still a few things that drive me crazy during the holidays.

  • The people who have tacky lighting displays up and those who keep their lights up through March of the next year.
  • Hearing the song “The Christmas Shoes” over and over on the radio.  It is not a Christmas carol and doesn’t do anything except depress people.  I mean, who wants to think about someone’s mother dying on Christmas?
  • Form letter Christmas cards.  There is one funny one that I look forward to every year.  But normally the rest are lame and not very well written.

The epitome of the holiday season this year for me – the jerk I ran into in the store the other day.  I was doing some shopping for a charity I’m helping out.  In this case, they gave me money to spend on toys for kids of certain ages.  I went to the store and filled up the cart with gifts.  As I’m walking around the store, this guy walks by and says, “Don’t you think you have enough for your kid?”  Although I could have gotten upset or told him to mind his own business, I simply said, “It’s all for charity, so don’t you feel like a jerk now.”  And then I walked away.

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  1. Gina says:

    ITA on “Christmas Shoes” song. That song makes me want to go home and burn the tree.

  2. carissajade says:

    AHHHH I hate that song soooo much!! I actually hate most Christmas songs.. but mostly because I am forced to listen to Christmas music all freaking day at work.

  3. I love your comeback although I am surprised that guy had the nerve to say something like that. If he would have thought one second, he could have found a plausible explanation rather than passing judgment and making a rude comment. You could have been buying for a large family or even a church. Sheesh!

    Most of the Christmas music I hear in the stores is just awful.

  4. the queen says:

    Well, thanks alot CC.. I had all my lights up,, then read this and had to go out in a blizzard and redo them.. THEY ARE NOW GREEN,, PINK.. AND PURPLE.. with some orange trimmings.. And.. I DON’T TAKE THEM DOWN UNTIL EASTER…

    The only thing I really hate about the holidays, is seeing Christmas decorations out before I buy my Halloween treats.. ticks me off a bit.

  5. Victoria says:

    Wow! I thought I’ve been complaining too much lately…nice to know there is someone out there who actually holds the title, “The Constant Complainer” Hilarious. If anyone ever bitches because I complain too much, I’m sending them ur way:) Merry Sitsmas-Christmas!

  6. Ron says:

    THANK YOU for mentioning the formed letter Christmas cards!!!

    They irritate more than having a straight pin being poked in my eyes.

    I use to have a friend who sent them for EVERY single holiday in the year. OMG…they were SO BORING. It felt like I was reading a History book – HA!

    That’s probably the only thing I don’t enjoy about the holiday season. Other than the fact that it comes and goes too fast. I love this time of the year – I just wish it lasted longer.

    Happy Holiday to you and your family CC!


  7. What a jerk that guy was! I’m glad you said that to him and I hope he felt like a jerk. Kudos for doing charity work! As to the post, what drives me batty is simply having to hear Christmas songs starting the day after Thanksgiving. Once December hits, I’m good. I appreciate the giving spirit, I just wish we could get people to realize we should be that giving, caring, and nice all year round 🙂

  8. Candice says:

    WOW, that guy total outdoes my travel douchebag. So glad you replied the way you did, though. And props on the charity giving.

  9. The Christmas Shoes song makes me want to hang myself from my tree!

    I have neighbors who have a front porch with two pillars. they take the lighted and decorated trees that decorate the outside during Christmas and push them behind the pillars for the rest of the year. They aren’t fooling anyone, the trees are still clearly visible. Oh, and the they lay down the lighted deer in the flower beds. Also, in plain view.

    That was the perfect come back for that guy. Geez, how does he know you don’t have 6 kids? What the hell does he care?!?

  10. Jane says:

    Jennifer, it sounds like we have similar neighbors. And I agree with Candice’s comment. I’m not sure I would have been as nice to that guy if he had said that to me.

  11. Zig says:

    It’s the most wondeful time of the year! I don’t like to many decorations up on my Christmas tree. I think less is more. My wife, however, likes a bulb on every branch… Needless to say, we don’t decorate the tree together.

    I don’t like to decorate the outside of my house. It looks tacky. My wife, however, likes to decorate the door and puts wreaths on the garage lights. Needless to say, we don’t decorate the outside of the house together.

    All I need to celebrate Christmas is a small tree and a few lights. This year we got a small tree with white lights. The tree is clutered with to many ornaments, but that is how my wife likes it. Christmas has become to dependent on big gifts that I never use and material possessions I don’t want. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

  12. Payson Web says:

    I really like Christmas but what bugs me about it most is that the kids want all this high tech expensive stuff now, iphones, laptops and the computer games, holy moly, the list goes on. How much should you spend on a 13, 14, or 15 year old?

  13. Dan says:

    Geez, let’s hope that Zig’s wife doesn’t read this blog. Zig, you’re turning into Scrooge.

  14. NeoConDon says:

    The Christmas Shoes song is just as stupid and not a Christmas song as that stupid John Lennon song – Happy Xmas. I turn the dial when I hear both…and they’re played often.

  15. You want to hear some really maudlin songs you have to go back to the 70s. Believe it or not, I just heard Red Sovine’s “Teddy Bear” on finetunes and was preparing to kill myself, 10-4 good buddy.

  16. TallElf says:

    As you can tell from my name, I love Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, and carry it through the year. I appreciate all that Christmas has to offer. The train under the tree that zapped my dog (kept him from drinking the water, but he runs like heck when I fire it up). The hustle and bustle of the people thinking of what gift will say I thought enough about you not to buy you a gift card this year… hope you like the sweater with the red dot. People on Wink 106 dissing Christmas Story saying that it is a waste of a movie. The same person saying that Christmas Vacation is a better movie… (BTW they were working on commandeering a movie theater to play Christmas Vacation for a 3 can / Item donation and a buck for the local food bank, so I applaud their efforts). People who think that putting reindeer antlers on their car is cute. People that think that Happy Holidays has the same meaning as Merry “CHRISTMAS” the X annoys the living hell out of me. I am not the most religious person in the world but do not make a mockery of the reason for the season by taking a “name” out of it. Also another thing that irritates me is the SalVal Bell ringing crew. I love the fact that this is their big push for the year, however I hate the fact that if I have given at 1 store that each time I walk past one, they give me the look as if I have done them wrong personally. One more thing that is not Christmas related but more weather related are the people who think that they have to drive 5 mph if there are 3 snowflakes falling that haven’t even hit the ground yet. I understand and respect safe driving but driving 5mph because you didn’t buy snow tires but are yacking on a cell phone smoking a cigarette (both frivolous expenses in my mind) in the slippery weather just burns me…

    Wow… as I look back and read my response, I realized that I must have had a bad day today but those are my thoughts…

  17. Zig says:

    Dan, my wife does read the blog… She knows my complaints. She knows them firsthand, because, in past years, (alright, every year since we have been married) I have taken a nap while she decorated the house for Christmas!

    Back to what really matters…Christmas and dumb observations about CHRISTMAS! I think its just funny for people to put reindeer ears sticking up from their front windows of their car, like those stupid college team flags. I laugh hysterically everytime I see it. It’s like they are driving a reindeer! Can’t get enough of that!

    I absolutly love walking past Salvation Army crews and not putting anything in the their jugs. Now, mind you, I do make one large Christmas donation per year to the Salvation Army and make frequent clothes donations throughout the year. I think it’s funny to walk past ringers getting paid nothing at all to stand there in the freezing cold and ring a little bell. They perform this community service out of the kindness of their hearts, and all while giving me the stink eye. I just smile and say MERRY CHRISTMAS! Can’t get enough of that!

    I actually do love Christmas and spoiling my wife and son at Christmas!

  18. MajorLeague09 says:

    I enjoy the classic christmas songs every year. But I can only listen to them so much. The thing I don’t like is all the artists that come out with a “new” christmas album every year. How many times can you redo jingle bells and santa claus is coming to town. About 2 years ago my husband and I were getting decorations for christmas and he picked up a christmas cd, a country cd….needless to say I am not a fan. I like country music and they did an ok job, but give me bing crosby singing white christmas and I’m a happy camper.
    As for the jerk that made that comment….I would have asked him why he made that comment. If he was lashing out cause maybe he can’t buy all the things he wants for his family this year. I would then proceed to let him know that this would be all for charity and if that is what he needs I would have given him the info for the charity so if he needs help this season to contact them. Why do people have to be such jerks? Do what the rest of us do, keep your comments to yourself then when you get home, post them on The Constant Complainer.

  19. David says:

    Anyone that does or has worked in retail will have major issues with the holidays. Not only do you have pallets of merchandise you have to deal with, you have the customers that always want what you don’t have. In retail you are also required to start putting Christmas out usually in the beginning of October. Nobody wants to see Christmas bulbs in October. In addition to that, you have the piped in non stop Christmas music playing. Before I began retail I liked listening to some Christmas music, but really, how many renditions of Rudolph can one person endure in an 8 hour day? The answer is two. Now that I’ve been out of retail for a good three years, I can actually enjoy some songs; in moderation.

    That brings me to afore mentioned Christmas shoe song… who sat around thinking that everyone was way too cheery and needed to be depressed on Christmas and wrote this abomination of a song? Nothing is more depressing than going from “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” song over to a “this little boy’s mom is dying” song. Besides, why buy her new shoes, that end of the casket is rarely opened, perhaps he should have bought her a Christmas hat instead.

  20. tallelf says:

    Or be like Zig and let everyone everywhere know that your south facing end on a north bound end shares no odoriferous emissions.

  21. Cleveland Blogger says:

    I’m sending Zig coal for Christmas.

  22. C. Princess says:

    Good for you for keeping your cool. Very nice reply too.

    I really dislike it when a total stranger comes up to me and says something that he/she believes is clever when really it isn’t.

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