Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Bah Humbug Confessions

If you are easily offended when someone doesn't like what you like, I suggest you don't read this otherwise you might hate me....


I don't like home alone.


or that one popular christmas movie that KC made me watch last year.


I wasn't a fan of this one...


I don't like snow. I especially dislike it on christmas day.


I took my christmas tree down on christmas day for the last 3 years. Not night, christmas day.


I still haven't put my christmas tree up. The last 2 years, KC got fed up of waiting and did it himself.


I didn't know you had to fluff a christmas tree. We don't have a lot of ornaments. Nothing matches. It's not pinterest pretty.


I can't wait for the holiday season to be over so life can get back to normal. Our life doesn't even change that much, it's not like we have a lot of events to go to or anything.


The only place that sells crackers is TJ Maxx and they are too fancy. I want cheap crappy dollar store ones. It makes me irrationally mad that our countries have different traditions when I should be grateful I can get them at all.


These are crackers by the way:

Two people pull on a side and it POPS and then you get a tissue paper crown, a silly joke and a silly toy.

KC and I don't have any holiday traditions. My family at home didn't really have any either. Nothing we did every single year without fail. Our first christmas together, I told KC we should start a tradition of watching the same christmas movie every christmas eve! Want to know what he picked?


Yep.

I am the worst christmas present wrapper in the history of the world.


The thing is, I don't hate christmas. I quite like it. I love christmas morning. I love presents and family.


I know I chose this life and I don't hate it by any means, I'm not looking for sympathy or pity, but christmas changes as you get older, and it changes when you live on the other side of the world from your christmas world. You know? Anyway, it's not all because I'm an expat and miss my family, there are just some christmassy things I really don't like, regardless of what country I am in.


So yeah. I hate a lot of christmassy things, but I don't hate christmas. That's my confession.

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68 comments:

  1. It's hard being away from your family, especially during the holidays. I haven't spent a Christmas with my family in 6 years now and it definitely can put me in a sour mood so I understand how you feel! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. That's quite a list! Hang in there, it's almost over! As for me, well, the Christmasy thing I don't like is shopping. Yep, hate it. Hate going to stores, hate dealing with people, hate trying to figure out what to buy people... LOL! Hallelujah for online shopping, otherwise none of my peeps would get anything for Christmas!

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  3. I think it's awesome KC picked Bad Santa, that his hilarious!

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  4. Funny, I have a confessions post started for next week that is very similar! Great minds!!!! I don't like Christmas Story either. There. I said it. It is stupid. LOL. Chris's favorite Christmas movie is Bad Santa so we watch it every year too! That and Elf. So crackers aren't food then?

    If I didn't get to see my family on Christmas, I would imagine it wouldn't feel the same to me so I get that. Sending you Christmas hugs :)

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  5. I think it's understandable since you're not with your family--I'd probably feel pretty similarly to you if that was the case!

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  6. Bah humbug and I agree with you! I don't like Christmas movies... At all. The fact that they are a genre irks me. We just went and got a tree last night and it's full of dollar tree ornaments, but I love it :)

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  7. We have very few traditions ourselves. My parents had so many for me growing up that, as soon as I was out of that house, I didn't know what to do. And I can't go home every Christmas and have it be the same. It's different when you're grown up and supposed to have traditions of your own.

    We do have a collection of ornaments from all over the country, and we get a personalized one each year. And, uh, the dogs each have their own personalized ornament. $18 each on Etsy.

    My confession is that I LOVE colored lights. Everyone thinks they look tacky or something but I think they look homey. The more old-fashioned, the better.

    Oh, and I make Scott watch It's a Wonderful Life every year (which is a tradition my ex's family instilled in me lol). I still don't think he's made it all the way through.

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  8. You crack me up-haha. The good thing about Christmas is there are no set rules you have to do, I mean you literally can go all out or keep it as low key as you want. I personally don't like going super over the top on decorations because then it's depressing to take it down. Also, I'm not a fan of Christmas story either. Hang in there, you only have one more week :)

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  9. I totally don't like those movies either, I'll stick with Hallmark movies. My brother loves the Christmas Story and it is annoying, the 24 hour marathon, NO! I can't wait till my living room is back in order, it feels cluttered but I do love the twinkly lights and the cozy feeling it brings.

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  10. Some Christmas movies I just don't get. Christmas really is not the same when you are so far away from home I totally get it.

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  11. Ok, new tradition, you can come to Amsterdam with KC and we can drink hot cocoa, eat a lot of cookies and watch Bad Santa over & over again.

    If it makes you feel better, I also haven't put up a tree -- mainly because we haven't found one yet, and at this point I have zero care or energy to put into making it look all cute, hahaha.

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  12. This makes me love you even more - haha...
    I think we can all relate with you - even if we don't admit it :)
    I keep my tree up till New Years just because I work too dang hard to put it up so I'm making it stay up as long as it can. Truthfully - what happens is I take the ornaments down New Years... but the tree typically stays up till February because that's the hubs job to take it apart.
    ... I thought when you said crackers, you meant real crackers. Saltines :) I was confused :) Another Aussie lesson learned.

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  13. I hate malls from November to January. The traffic is horrible, the parking is horrible, the people are horrible, and everything is a mess. I'll take online shopping and hot cocoa at home thank you very much.

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  14. i get it girl! first of all i loathe snow - so glad we're on board with that haha. love crackers! they are so fun. who cares what traditions you have - it's all about you guys. and just own it :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  15. Hahaha, I don't even know where to start with this one! Hopefully you get to go back home for Christmas one year in the near future :)

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  16. This was awesome!!! You don't always have to be so full of Christmas Cheer & it's ok to be a Grinch. Everyone loves the Grinch ♥

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  17. I just bought christmas decorations last weekend. And all I got was a wreath. So at least you have a tree!

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  18. haha I'm totally opposite. Love Home Alone, putting up Christmas trees, and perfectly wrapping gifts!
    I'm surprised you're having such a hard time with the poppers though. (Or crackers, I guess.) I get them every year, I find them everywhere! My walgreens has them in stock already, ones you can fill yourself. They get the filled ones closer to NYE. Let me think about where I've seen them in KY and get back to you. I know I've seen Holly (cathairandglitterblog.com) with them before so I KNOW you can get them cheap in KY!

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  19. Oh Kristen you crack me. I totally get you. Being away from family does make the holidays difficult. It's ok to be a bit grinchie. Is that even a word? Probably not. I have been a total Grinch lately. In fact, I do not have one day off until Christmas Day. I'm working 11 days in a row and well, I'm just a grump! I hope one day you get to go back home for the holidays.

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  20. I don't think I've ever met another person who didn't enjoy A Christmas Story ever. I thought it was the dumbest movie. I think I even asked my bf at the time "When does this get better?"

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  21. This made me laugh. I'm am a fan of Home Alone and A Christmas Story but not that other movie. I don't even remember the name but I thought it was dumb. Oh and I haven't put up a tree this year yet either and I'm not going to because I'm too lazy.

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  22. Oh. My God. Bad Santa--literally that is the one Christmas movie my husband always suggests we watch when I say we should watch a Christmas move. Ew.

    Also, not a fan of A Christmas Story or Christmas Vacation. More Ew.

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  23. I'm on a similar wavelength. I hate when people think I'm grinchy because Christmas is not my favorite time of year.

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  24. I hate that crazed look people get in their eyes when they go to the mall around Christmas time. I literally run in there and run out because I can't stand the crowds. I also really wanted a fake tree but Alex forced a real tree upon me and I've been hating the mess that it makes. And we have a couple of separate Christmas things to go to on Christmas day and I'm not excited for it at all. I'm used to staying in all day without ever changing out of my pajamas. Grinches unite :)

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  25. Totally offended that you don't like Home Alone... or A Christmas Story... I don't really care about National Lampoon's but damn. The whole time I'm reading I was thinking 'Wow! Kristen hates Christmas....' However, I do love all things Christmas but this year... sooooo not into it.

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  26. So I'm not going to be able to find Christmas crackers down here!?!? You can always find cheap ones in Canada too. I really like the Christmas season, but I do get ready for things to go back to normal. It seems that life stops for like a month and I miss my routine. I always feel a little less motivated to get things done at the end of the year, so I look forward to a fresh start and getting shit done come January!

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  27. I like Christmas, but I don't go crazy over it. We have parents/family traditions, but Adam and I are working to create our own little family traditions. I figure I'll get more into the little things once we have kids, but for now I don't go much past a tree and presents.

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  28. Hahahaha we LOVE Bad Santa. I like Christmas and would probably name it my favorite holiday (because Im selfish and I like getting gifts and an excuse to buy myself gifts) but I don't take it seriously at all. We didn't wrap any presents this year, or put up the tree. And I'm looking forward to ordering Chinese food which was my husbands family tradition, and now ours lol.

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  29. Haha I am the complete opposite I LOVE Home Alone and have to watch it every Christmas! My tree has been up since December 1st because I just can't wait any longer than that! My boyfriend Carl isn't a fan of Christmas though, I pretty much have to force him to be festive haha.

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  30. I'm only offended that you don't like Home Alone because that just doesn't make sense!!! ;) I enjoy the holiday season a lot but often struggle this time of year with truly being ABLE to enjoy it. With my work schedule and stress I feel like I spend a lot more time at the office and not as much time with family/friends and doing festive things like I'd like. Definitely not the same as living halfway across the world from your fam- but I can see how that makes things a little different/tough.

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  31. Yeah I'm with you on most of these. Hate snow - everything grinds to a halt and I keep falling over. Also, I'm not keen on 99% of Christmas music, and I definitely can't stand it anytime before... Christmas day? Eve at a push. We have no decorations or tree, as we've just got back from hols and will be spending actual Christmas away so I don't see the point. I absolutely adore Christmas eve through to boxing day and the time with family is priceless, but the rest I could do without!

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  32. I love Christmas, but not all of it. I love taking vacation at this time of year and spending time with family. I don't like extended visits with extended family and overtired children who are oversugared, and I hate the malls at this time of year. But I LOVE Christmas music, lights, the tree, etc. etc. We have Christmas crackers just like the ones you described in Canada...are there actually none in the US?? I should mail some to you ;)
    I can totally understand where you are coming from in many ways though & we can still be friends :)

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  33. When I think of Christmas, I think of family and so it's definitely hard being away from them. I totally get it and will be missing my home this holidays and the 90 degree weather.

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  34. ha-ha I'm completely okay with all of your confessions and applaud you for your movie honesty. I'm partial to Elf and have to sit through the guy's "one popular Christmas movie" and pretend I like it. Cheers to January!

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  35. you dont like home alone?!?!?! wahhh
    ok. i'll forgive you. i LOVE christmas movies but i havent watched ANY bc i cant stop watching gilmore girls. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  36. I'm definitely the opposite but I can see where it all starts to be too much. When I was living abroad I had a really hard time with the holidays because I just wanted to be doing the traditional things I did back home and couldn't.

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  37. Bad Santa is actually the best movie ever! For a moment, I thought you lived in Cambodia or something but you moved from Australia to America? While the celebrations may be different here, at least the country celebrates Christmas. So it could be worse
    http://makingrestorations.blogspot.com

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  38. I can't really think of any Christmas thing I hate. There are things I love about it (exchanging gifts, food, family, Xmas eps of favorite shows), and things I'm ambivalent to, but nothing I hate.

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  39. I am so with you. Although I do like a Christmas Story the others are awful. I detest snow no matter when it is. I donated my tree to goodwill and still haven't bought a replacement. I am sure I won't now. My ex sister in law once made fun of my wrapping so bad. My feelings were really hurt so now I mostly use gift bags.

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  40. Meh ... I hate the crowds and the pushing/shoving and the gimme-gimme-gimme and the commercials (If you really love your wife, you'll get her this ginormous blood diamond that costs too much and is gaudy beyond words!). I do like it (love it actually) when it's just quiet, peaceful, snow on the ground is nice (sorry Aussie lady!) but I can just sit back and think about what the season really means. Besides, I can't stand Home Alone either. Elf and Love Actually are my current holiday favorites. Cheer up - only 9 more days! :)

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  41. ha, that's funny about all the movies. I love every movie you showed (besides the Grinch) but I think growing up watching them has a lot to do with it. My husband didn't watch most of them (he had more of a no television house) and he doesn't get the appeal. I happily watch them over and over each year though! And hey- Bad Santa is a great movie.

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  42. Do you have Michael's stores near you? I got crackers there a couple of years ago at Christmas for cheap with a coupon. Not sure if they have them this year or not.

    There are so many Christmas movies that Zack is shocked I haven't seen, and I don't care to. lol.

    I miss swimming in the pool in Christmas day.

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  43. HAHA what a funny and honest post. However...I really am offended that you don't like the 3 best Christmas movies of all time...bahaha.

    I honestly can't say there's anything I don't like about Christmas...but to each, their own! =]=]

    Staci
    www.missbloodymary.com

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  44. Haha, I don't like a lot of Christmas movies too, probably because I didn't watch them as a kid like a bunch of people here did. I'm the worst at wrapping gifts-Chris is super good though, so he does them all for us!

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  45. My tree is not pinteresty pretty either, and I don't want it to be. I like trees that are messy and nothing is forced to match. And, I don't want anyone looking at my tree and judging it either. It's mine. Do what you want with yours.

    So, expat stuff. I do have family traditions back home, and Neil's mum does have family traditions here. BUT I don't HAVE to do them. For instance, when I was still living in Texas, one Christmas I took off and went to Europe. Another Christmas, my Texas family had fajitas for Christmas dinner. But I do miss my family something awful at Christmas. Christmas Day is my dad's birthday; New Year's Day is my mom's. So, you know, I miss those too. Gawwwwwwwwd I hope no in-law reads this...but Neil's family has people that refuse to see and/or talk to each other, so juggling who we see when sucks. And, some stuff gets so stressful and full of anxiety, the fun is taken out of it. Neil and I agree to focus on Liam. He's 8. He still loves Santa and toys. They don't have any aspect of religion involved in their Christmas celebration. I did/do. I go to Christmas Eve service by myself. But, we make our own choices, and I'm still happy with my choice.

    Next year, I'm sending you crappy dollar store crackers!

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  46. It's totally ok to not like Christmas things. I'm a fan of most of them, but I could do without the snow. I always think I'm going to be good at wrapping presents and have a pinterest worthy gift after the fact and instead they look like your gif! I think if anything, not being obsessed with all the Christmas "stuff" probably means you know what it's really about, being with who you love!

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  47. This made me laugh. For the most part I'm the opposite although there are certain things I agree with. I also understand how hard it is to be away from your family & that holidays just make it that much worse.

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  48. Last weekend I told Eric's family that I don't like Christmas movies, and they looked at me like I'd suddenly sprouted a second head. I was honestly surprised that they were so shocked ... I mean, they know what kind of shit I like. Dark, disturbing, depressing ... None of that really screams Christmas. (I do like The Nightmare Before Christmas. Does that count?)

    I think I told you before that we don't decorate for Christmas. At all. Though, to be fair, we've been living in our apartment for almost 5 years now and we haven't really decorated in general. The only thing hanging on our walls is a flat screen. Haha.

    I'm also glad that someone else sucks at wrapping gifts. Eric has to wrap most of our gifts because, no joke, it looks like a 5 year old wrapped them if I do it. They're lumpy and awkward looking and I somehow always cut too much or too little paper. And honestly? I don't really care that much. The person still gets the same gift whether it looks pretty or not. Nothing with me is ever Pinterest perfect ... Except maybe my food. Sometimes. (Sometimes even that's a hot mess!)

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  49. I've never seen the first three movies you referenced. I actually got scolded last night for not having seen Home Alone. Oops.
    For what it's worth, I hate "themed" Christmas trees. Growing up we always had mismatched ornaments that we either made as kids in school or that were randomly gifted or bought on vacations. I like trees much better when they look like they fit in real peoples' homes.
    This year just look at pictures from Christmas last year and remember how awesome it was meeting me and seeing the Nutcracker and the tree and Wicked and all the fun stuff :)

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  50. bahaha oh you...really - home alone is a no?? ;)

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  51. Crackers are so fun! Target has some, too, but they aren't cheap :(

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  52. Hey atleast you're honest about what you like and don't like! I am the worst gift wrapper...I have exchanged a few gifts so far this year with some friends and I didn't even bother to wrap the gifts. I just handed them the boxes that they were shipped in!

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  53. I hate A Christmas Story too and Chris loves it! He has to watch it every year and I dread it! And I totally understand why you hate snow on Christmas because it's summer in Australia. Maybe y'all just need to move to Texas where it'll never snow on Christmas ;)
    And I'm the worst wrapper too, yet I'm the one that ends up wrapping everything because Chris is a procrastinator. Go figure!

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  54. I'm pretty terrible at wrapping as well...it's just hard to get it perfect, but I still try!!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  55. I will definitely co-sign you on the snow, after growing up with it and the chilling cold that comes with it for 26+ years I'm more than all set. But yay to Christmas morning <3

    Green Fashionista

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  56. I hate snow too, so I'm not very happy about the foot and a half of snow we got this week. Grrrrr. I also am not a huge fan of the second movie list above. It's my dad's favorite though so I've seen it too many times. (I do dig the leg lamp though and kind of want to get one to display in my window instead of a Christmas tree.) We do crackers every new years eve with my parents. I want to say they found them at Ikea?

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  57. "I don't like home alone." I WANT MY MOTHER FUCKING GIFT BACK NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT KIND OF MONSTER ARE YOU?!?!?! ;P
    I saw the crackers today at Target after you posted on Insta about them and I thought of you!

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  58. Awe, I can only imagine how hard it is being so far away from your family! Truth be told, I don't like Home Alone either, and I HATE wrapping with a passion. It's a thankless task that nobody appreciates, and everything ends up in the trash. I do love that you guys watch Bad Santa every year, though. Lol!

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  59. wrapping presents is my least fave thing to do. i'd rather iron clothes, and that is saying A LOT.

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  60. Awww! I must say that I love Christmas and Christmassy things :) especially the music and the lights... I don't have any traditions though. I'd probably get bored of doing the same things annually and sometimes there just isn't enough time. But I do what I can, and what i'm in the mood for! My goal this year is not to over do it... last year I was EXHAUSTED on Christmas day and totally hated that. So I'm trying to limit myself so that I can actually enjoy myself and not feel overly stretched between tons of commitments. Have a great holiday my dear!!

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  61. Awww! I must say that I love Christmas and Christmassy things :) especially the music and the lights... I don't have any traditions though. I'd probably get bored of doing the same things annually and sometimes there just isn't enough time. But I do what I can, and what i'm in the mood for! My goal this year is not to over do it... last year I was EXHAUSTED on Christmas day and totally hated that. So I'm trying to limit myself so that I can actually enjoy myself and not feel overly stretched between tons of commitments. Have a great holiday my dear!!

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  62. I love everything about Christmas (except for A Christmas Story), but I don't care that other people don't. I hate other holidays that people go bananas over (like Thanksgiving and NYE). Everyone has their own thing! Check grocery stores for crackers! In their lame holiday aisle you can usually get a box of them super cheap. Do you have Safeway/Alberstons?

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  63. I hate snow too! Ok maybe it's ok for like half a day and then I want it gone. I'm definitely a warm weather girl! And I'm the worst at wrapping presents - I have my Christmas-hating husband do it because he's actually really good at it :-p

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  64. i love christmas but unfortunately, i haven't even had time to enjoy the lead-up and excitement because FUCK WORK. wrapping presents is actually fun and i can wrap like a boss :D

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  65. I'm ready for December 26th to get here so I can take the tree down and have my living room look normal again. I'm not a fan of snow either. Don't care if I ever see it again.

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  66. Being far away from family is definitely tough during special times of the year! I know you aren't looking for pity, but I am sorry that you don't get the spend the holidays with them.

    Also, I pretty much love all Christmassy things and love to celebrate from the time Halloween ends until sometime near the end of January. ;) But with that said, I have more than one friend who isn't really into the whole Christmas thing. And that's okay. We can still be friends even if Christmas isn't your favorite ever. I mean, we have similar taste in books and we both love Harry Potter World... I mean.. hello, these are the important things in life. ;)

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  67. LOL. I totally get a lot of this. KC's family does crackers and we were going to take some to AZ with us to see my family because Olivia loves them. Not plane safe... lol. So we bought new ones there. World market has them too, and most of them have the dollar store stuff in them. But I don't think they are particularly inexpensive. Fun all the same. :) Since my family is away xmas is taking on a new thing for me too. I'm definitely ready for it to be over. Trying to make it more fun by doing things KC and I like to do together. Traditions or not. :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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