Why Do People Hate Christmas?

Maybe you are stressed because the Christmas holidays are coming, or you have the holiday blues.

Hating or dreading Christmas is quite normal; many people may hate the Christmas holiday season. This is because Christmas and the holidays can be filled with financial issues, family grievances, expensive gift-giving, and over-commercialization. These things can add tremendous stress to the Christmas and holiday season.

Hating Christmas Is More Common Than What You Think

Hating or dreading Christmas is more common than you may think. Most of us have been raised to believe Christmas is a time of warm, fuzzy, joyful feelings of belonging. But, for many people, quite the opposite is true.

Christmas can be a time of feelings of loneliness, stress, anxiety, or even failure. Holiday blues and hating Christmas is a natural phenomenon where people hate Christmas and have difficulty functioning during the holiday season.

A recent survey and report by the American Psychological Association discovered some interesting data about the Christmas holiday season. Here are some of the data:

  • Suicide Rate Not Highest During Christmas Holidays. Many people think the suicide rate is highest over the holiday season, but it is not. In the United States, the suicide rate is the highest between April and August.
  • Many people feel a host of emotions during the holiday season, from happiness to love to feelings of fatigue, stress, irritability, loneliness, and profound sadness.
  • Over 37% of people said stress levels increased during the holiday season.
  • The top reasons for stress were lack of time, money, the commercialization of Christmas, the pressure to give gifts, and stressful family gatherings.
  • Over 53% of people feel financial stress due to holiday spending; some spend the entire year trying to pay off what they have spent over the Christmas holiday.

Hating Christmas is not all that uncommon; there can be many reasons why people hate Christmas. And the top of the list always seems to be gift giving, money, commercialization, and family gatherings.

Hate Christmas? – Ways To Survive

If you hate Christmas, you can do things to ensure that you can survive through the Christmas season. Here are some of my top tips to help you survive if Christmas is something you do not enjoy.

Leave – Go Travel Somewhere

You can leave and travel somewhere if all the stress of Christmas gets to you. Go to some exotic island or location where you can make a few phone calls to wish some family members and loved ones Merry Christmas but not have to be involved in all the stress and festivities.

I have spent many Christmases away from home, some of which are my most memorable. There could be something very liberating about not going through the Christmas holidays’ stress.

If you have an extremely stressful family, then traveling during Christmas time is one way that you may not have to deal with them but still, at the same time, send them Christmas greetings.

I have a friend who told their children they would give them an experience yearly instead of giving gifts. So this family would travel each year and do something together as a family. She told me that because of this, her children have some great memories of Christmas and their time together, and her children are close and enjoy doing things together.

Simply Your Christmas

If you hate Christmas because Christmas is so complicated and commercialized, then you can simplify your Christmas. Nothing says that you have to have a Christmas tree up, nor do you need a ton of Christmas decorations.

You can decide that you will simplify your life and your Christmas celebrations. I have done this many times when I have refused to have a large meal or put up a lot of decorations. And to be honest, I had a great Christmas as I did not spend my days and nights in the kitchen for weeks preparing for a meal.

There have also been times when I have gone out to eat at Christmas. Sure many restaurants are not open, but there is nothing wrong with having to go for Chinese food on Christmas.

Do Not Give Gifts Or Give Something To Help Someone

In some families and some situations, gift-giving at Christmas time becomes over the top. Everyone is giving a gift, some gifts are vast amounts of money. Other times you receive gifts you do not want or need or are unsure what to do.

I am all for giving gifts at Christmas, but at the same time, I understand the practical aspects of it and how stressful it can be. So I either give a gift that I know I can afford and does not cost very much or give them a more practical gift like giving people a gift of charity.

Buy a winter coat for a poor child and give it to them, or I buy a blanket for a homeless person. Find someone who needs a gift and then give it to them. You will be using your money a lot wiser than giving gifts to people gifts who do not appreciate them.

One of my stresses during the holidays has been when some of my family members hold out their hands for a gift but never give any in return. I started to give to a charity of my choice in their name. Or, in some cases, I have stopped offering these greedy non-gift-givers a gift.

Find Ways To Serve Others

Christmas does not need to be about giving gifts, commercialization, spending money, and eating food. You can make Christmas about helping others that are less fortunate than you are. You can go volunteer at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen or help a refugee family.

There are hosts of ways and places you can look to serve others on Christmas and during the Christmas holiday season. You can decide you will spend your Christmas and holiday season doing and helping another person and that you are somehow going to make Christmas about giving service rather than giving gifts.

If you hate Christmas because it is full of stress, commercialization, money, and even loneliness, turn that around and do other things with your Christmas holiday- it can be very liberating.

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