Christmas Lights: Decorating the outside of your home with Christmas lights is an all-or-nothing proposition. Go hard or go home. I understand that some people have a fear of heights, cough,the husband,cough. I also understand that it is hard to get a ladder and get up on the roof. But for the love, if you live in a two-story home, please do not hang lights on the bottom half only. It is ghetto.
Sammie and Ryan with Stoned Santa
Santa at the Mall: I know I know--you get what you pay for and in this case, it was free so I shouldn't complain. But I think the Santa at Fashion Place Mall was stoned. I told my kids to run get on his lap. He didn't help them up--they climbed. Then I proceeded to snap photos. This Santa had one wandering eye but even his good eye wasn't looking at my camera. He never asked my kids what they wanted for Christmas or even said "ho ho ho." My friend Jill had a similar experience with a Santa at Southtowne Mall. They really must be scraping the bottom of the barrel for Santa's these days.
Mall Parking: I hate that I can't get a parking spot--even in my usual spot--the senior citizen parking. (Hey, I justify it because I know my 90 year old grandpa would let me have his spot if he saw me haul a double stroller out of the car along with 3 kids and numerous packages.) And I hate that you have to circle the lot like a shark, all the while keeping an eye on 3 other cars all looking to pounce on the same spot.
Walmart: I could have lumped all of the shopping together, but really Walmart deserves it's own category. Walmart is Thunderdome this time of year. The fact that a person got trampled on Black Friday at a Walmart in upstate NY proves my point. I was in the toy aisle the other day and someone drilled me in the back with their cart. The lines are ridiculous and yet, I continue to go back.
What am I missing? What are your pet peeves this time of year? Oh, and I promise to redeem myself for this post with a heartfelt post about things I love this time of year!