Stop being jolly and nice for only one month during the year.
If Santa Claus really is judging us the other 364 days of the year, he should be.
Some background information on why I hate the holidays:
- Trying to see and/or please everyone, not being able to, and people subsequently getting upset with me
- Buying people things they don’t need and will probably never use
- The temporary kindness, tolerance, and selflessness shown by people – which, by the way, seems to abruptly end at 12:01AM on January 1st
I’ll probably end up writing about the first two reasons before the holiday season is over. But for now, let me focus on the last item…
First of all, stop doing this.
Second, why, why, why do we do this? Are we just being nice so Santa Claus will bring us the present we asked for? Do we all believe in Karma and are hoping that our excellent behavior will lead to good gifts or a promising new year? And why-eee-yyy-eee-yyy does it seemingly end right after the midnight kiss on New Year’s Eve?!
It’s like: “Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmuah! Now get out of my face!” Or maybe I’m just a bad kisser…
Where, where, where are the kind and tolerant cashiers the other 11 months out of the year? Where are the random acts of kindness like holding the door for someone or picking up something that someone dropped? Where are the smiles? Where are the “pay it forward” moments?
Wait, there are more “W’s”…
When will this pattern stop? When will the midnight kiss be followed by continued kindness, tolerance, and selflessness? Will we have to wait until Valentine’s Day for that to happen again?
Who is guilty of this? C’mon, raise your hand… Who thinks we can change this? C’mon, put your hand down…
Hold on, one more “W”…
What would the world be like if we could muster up that same kindness, tolerance, and selflessness from the holidays during the remainder of the year?
Is that all we have? Is that all we are capable of? One month out of twelve? That’s a pretty poor record – in any sport.
Maybe we can take baby steps. Perhaps make it last until, let’s say, Martin Luther King Day. Then Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! I’m just throwing ideas out there…
It’s kind of a big deal.
Stop doing this.