Bah! Humbug! is Perfectly Fine by da-AL

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It’s quite alright to say, “No!” to a holiday. It’s ok to write off an entire season. Sometimes holidays are worthy of looking forward to. Sometimes they’re not.

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It’s perfectly fine to ignore the myriad external messages elbowing each other to influence us. People, companies, cultures, they all would love for us to spend, do, and feel exactly as they think we should.

Never mind them. Really. Sometimes some holidays (and/or seasons) are best ignored.

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Do whatever works for you. Mark time, survive, thrive. Before you know it, it’ll be holiday-free January.

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Whatever any one of us does, we’re never alone. We’re all unique yet all human. Be good to each other. Take good care of yourself!

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What do you do when you want to ignore a holiday?

36 thoughts on “Bah! Humbug! is Perfectly Fine by da-AL

  1. This is an awesome post. A lot of holiday traditions I could do without but everyone around me is so engrossed in it!!!! My family and I have an understanding about holidays and spending so that takes a lot of the financial pressure away. Planning a nice stay-cation is one way to ignore it too. 🏕

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  2. Wow. I love this innovative perspective on ignoring certain holidays. After Thanksgiving until after the New Year, I try to avoid eating ALL the cookies, cakes and over-the-top foods…because once I start it’s hard to stop. I also try to avoid buying a million presents for everyone I’ve ever met. It becomes meaningless. Lastly, I never travel far on holiday weekends–the traffic makes me anxious. Instead, I just have quiet time with my husband and we spend time with others on less hectic weekends.

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  3. Good morning dear da-Al. Let’s separate the chaff from the grain. One thing is to avoid a forced family reunion with obnoxious friends and worse family members and the other thing is to ignore, if you are a believer like I proudly am, a celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. Yes, Christmas is not just a fat funny man that says ho-ho and brings presents but about the Coming of our Saviour. Merry Christmas to all of your readers.
    Un grosso baccione. Arrivederci!

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  4. I’d eat those cookies anyway! Half the time I don’t know what day it is, so it is easy to miss the “minor” holidays–New Years and Christmas not so easy. I shall wish you Happy Holidays–include what you like–today as I go out to improve the economy this weekend.

    Greg the Great Procrastinator and the gang at the Feline Cafe.

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  5. Burnt cookies are a big tradition around here! Also, latkes that don’t hold together and look more like hash browns, candle wax dripped all over the place, cookie crumbs ground into the carpet, wrapping paper that’s liked better than the gift (as true of some adults as some kids,) unsolicited phone callers rudely interrupting family time, and almost always, a major appliance that decides to go kaput. That’s how we make our own traditions and celebrate around here! LOL!

    Happy Holidays to you, dear friend.

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  6. Wise advice I already follow !! … Whenever possible I say “no” to summer holidays, I take days off at the end of September, the place I go to (mountain) is cooler and less crowded and more beautiful than in the summer days !!

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  7. I like this post 🙂 and I agree, sometimes it’s just whatever works for you. Sometimes (not always) some of us just want to get though the holidays or make the most of them only as best we can. Sometimes I go home, others I go somewhere new, alone and that’s okay too!

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