Let's review my holiday responsibilities:
I'm supposed to cook for 12 people next week when I don't like to cook, decorate, bake festive cookies, come up with 30 advent gifts that are cheap but not made with lead paint, buy and wrap presents for these people, act excited when I receive a tin of stale popcorn as a gift, finish 40 hours of cpe in the next 2 weeks for work, make cards and photo calendars, hide a tattletale elf around the house every night for 30 days, create a memorable holiday moment with thousands of other angst-ridden people, make 2 hams for Christmas when I hate ham, go to holiday parties with coworkers and pretend we like each other...oh, and prance around the house in a sexy Santa suit with jingle bells on my ass.
Yes, I could say no to many of these things, but then it wouldn't feel like Christmas.
o.k. I read this again & it sounds awful, especially when many people have no one to cook for or money to buy food. This is about our & others expectations of the holidays - it's too much. I will try to simplify, but I know I won't.