It seems to me at this time of year everyone has at least one pet peeve that vexes them. Perhaps you’ve noticed this, too.
Now that we’re officially smack dab into the season of
Forced Frivolity Rampant Consumerism The Holidays, I want to tell you what vexes me the most. You’ll be pleased to know that I’ve narrowed it down to 3 pet peeves, succinctly explained below.
See if they resonate with you, my little fruitcakes, then you may share yours in the comments below. To get you started, but please don’t feel limited by, at the bottom of this post I’ve created a list of possible peeves* that do not bother me but I’ve heard about– oh. yes. I. have.
📷 ONE 📸
IF YOU SEND A HOLIDAY CARD that is a family photo or you put a family photo inside a regular holiday card, please I beg of you, tell the recipients of the holiday card who these people are. Do not say a vague “Joyeux Noël from the Jones-Beauforts” BUT instead list the individual names of the people + pets in the photo. Do not assume we’ll recognize everyone in the photo.
You do know who they are, right? So why not share that information with the rest of us?
🌲 TWO 🎄
IF YOU PUT UP A TREE to celebrate Christmas, do not overdecorate it. Less is more. There is this design concept known as negative space that, stick with me here, posits that an object is more noticeable and therefore appreciated if there is emptiness around the object.
I’m happy that you’ve invested in twinkling lights & colorful bulbs & tinsel & strands of pretty beads & personally meaningful ornaments, BUT do not cover every stinking inch of every branch on the tree so that all I see, anyone sees, is a big triangular-ish blob of shiny.
I want to see the details of your beautiful decorations, truly I do, so could you make that happen, please?
🍪 THREE 🍬
IF YOU’RE A BAKER OR CANDY MAKER, I ask of you to be forthright about what kind of sweetener you use. Some of us cannot digest artificial sweeteners while others avoid natural sugar at all costs. I don’t care how you sweeten what you make, that is not my concern, BUT for the love of all that is good, be honest about what is in the goodies.
You do understand that you can make someone sick if you lie about it, right?
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* Here is a list of 10 holiday pet peeves that I’ve heard mentioned emphatically by other people:
- Reciprocity regarding the exchange of Holiday cards, obligation or opportunity
- Christmas music, yay or nay
- Party games that involve gift exchanges
- Incorrect use of the letter “s” when addressing a card or gift to an entire family
- Location of outdoor holiday decorations, near the house or out in the yard creating possible obstructions/distractions for drivers
- Appropriate day on which to take down the holiday tree inside your home
- Use of tissue paper or shredded paper inside a gift bag, yay or nay
- Hostess gift for an open house party shouldn’t be wine because you only take wine when it’s a dinner party
- Holiday newsletters, yay or nay
- Bow on holiday wreath goes at the top, the bottom, or the side
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t’s been great knowing you I’ll see ‘ya when I see ‘ya.