In Defense of Everything You Think You Hate About the Holidays

This year, we’re defending everything you think hate about the holidays, from mother-in-laws to mass to matzo and all the glittery crap in between.

The holidays are a time of great joy, yes, but also a time of overwhelming stress, requisite annually observed religious traditions and the never-ending sound of Mariah Carey letting you know that all she wants for Christmas is you* — in the grocery store, in your car, in Target, at the mall, at the gas station… And while Carey may be making half a million a year in royalties off her yuletide yearnings, no one is paying you to spend the weekend with your in-laws or figure out what to give the random IT guy for your office Secret Santa.

Thankfully, the holidays come but once a year. So this year, instead of complaining about the parties (will the ugly sweater theme ever die?), the people (how do you really answer, “What have you been up to?”), the money (valid) and the weird food (cinnamon doesn’t need go in everything), get over yourself, stop worrying and learn to love December. This year, we’re defending everything you think hate about the holidays, from mother-in-laws to mass to matzo and all the glittery crap in between.

[Flip through the digital version of our Holiday Issue here.]

*In reality, I will defend this as the greatest Christmas song of all time.

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