Heading home for the holidays is honestly one of the best and worst parts of the year. It’s great because we love seeing family, and getting into the holiday spirit is probably somehow good for your health. But, then again, being at home is super stressful because you have that one uncle who uses terms like “the aggressive left” and your mom who always gets way too stressed out and cooks too much food.
Why Is It Always Such A Struggle?
Going anywhere when you have your whole family together is such a struggle. Someone can’t find their coat, another person doesn’t know where their keys are, someone else isn’t even close to ready, and everyone else is just sweating in the hallway in their coat, waiting.
You’re Welcome, Everyone
When are these people going to learn that me coming home for the holidays is the greatest gift that anyone could ever have asked for? Like, you’re welcome for being here.
It’s Not Family Unless There Is A Fight
The fights don’t always have to be that serious. Sometimes, it’s about something as simple as where the TV remote was left or why the Wi-Fi isn’t working…but the yelling, it has to happen.
When Will He Ever Learn?
The older you get, you learn that your father really is reckless sometimes, like when he’s putting up the Christmas lights or runs outside in the middle of winter with no shoes on.
Leave Her Sweater Alone
For all you know, your mom could be thinking about how disappointed she is in your lack of cool Christmas sweaters, and now everyone is being let down by your tasteful attire.
Basically, Don’t Do It
You’re not going to meet up with someone who used to bully you in high school and fall madly in love—that’s just not how it works in the real world.
Look At Those Creatures Of Beauty
Why is it that every parent in the world goes way overboard with their Christmas decorations, but then not every house in a neighborhood has crazy decorations? You can pick out the ones with parents, easy.
If There Is A Dog, Forget About It
The only reason I will ever go to any holiday party is because there might be a pet there that I can make friends with. This is especially true if that pet is a dog.
It Wouldn’t Be The Holidays Without A Night Terror
OK, I thought for so long that I was the only person this sort of thing happened to! That feeling when you wake up and think “WHERE AM I?” and question your entire reality.
What A Sweet Young Man
You have to love kids because they see everything and pick up on everything, and you know that sometimes they’re going to point out things you don’t want to know about yourself, and other times they’re going to tell you exactly what you want to hear.
Those Awkward Once-A-Year Relatives
One of the worst things about going home for the holidays are those awkward conversations you have to have with the relatives that you only see once a year…at Christmas.
“Mom, Can You Make Me Tea?”
The thing about moms is that they’re probably going to do it for you because they love you. No one is going to love you ever as much as your mom.
This Is What I’m Saying About The Wi-Fi
Are you even at home if you don’t have to search the whole house looking for that scrap of paper that has the Wi-Fi password on it? No, you’re not. Time to set up the TV.
Wait, I Have Accomplishments?
Isn’t it so crazy when your mom starts telling you how proud she is of you, but you are sitting there literally racking your brain trying to think of what those reasons are and you’re coming up empty?
I’m Here For That Drama
No one in the world has more drama in their life than a person who comes from a bigger family. There is always tea to be shared, and being an adult means you’re now privy to that tea.
Where Is The Food?
Kids are so shady sometimes. Like, yes, sometimes it’s funny when they bust out that shade for other people, but when they bring it on to you, that’s just unacceptable.
Enough With Being Smart, OK?
Kids love to poke holes in everything, including everyone’s favorite Christmas movies, but the thing is, they aren’t wrong, and we all know that the Rudolph story is a sham.
The Slippers Had Better Be Worth It
It’s like all these complaints have been brewing inside the family all this time, and now they all have to come out when you’re there, but they don’t want you to leave brokenhearted.
That Seems Like A Lot Of Work, Though
Even though being home for the holidays can sometimes feel like the worst of times, it’s a great reminder as to why you only really go home at Christmas and maybe also Easter.
“Who Is This Guy?”
Parents just love to ask questions about movies while the movies are supposed to be on. Like, chill, I’ve seen as much as you have! Let’s just all be quiet and see what happens.