survive-christmasSix days left until Christmas.

Dang.

Must… Survive… Six. More. Days.

They built these extravagant new shopping outlets between my house and the freeway. Apparently these shops are where everyone in the state of Utah needs to be because what usually is a two minute drive to the interstate is now 15-20, guaranteed. Okay. I can deal. Whatever. Just chill, people. No need to honk your horns and cut each other off. None of us like being stuck in that crap.

Must… Survive… Six. More. Days.

This morning I went to the store. I needed exactly three things (which I had to have right now). The checkout line was more than 30 minutes long. While in line, a wife and her husband argued without end behind me about their Christmas shopping budget. He wanted to spend more on their kids. She said $500 per kid was enough.

Must… Survive… Six. More. Days.

Yesterday I talked to the mother in the home I was assigned to for Secret Santa. She was so entitled and ungrateful and extremely unhelpful when it came to schedules and making this happen. It made it very difficult to want to deliver these gifts for her children.

Must… Survive… Six. More. Days.

I opened up my inbox today to more than 40 new emails from companies wanting me to market their crap for free to all of you. They all had fantastic Christmas deals and offerings and gift lists. Not one of them offered anything in return.

Must… Survive… Six. More. Days.

For real. When did Christmas become this. When did it become something to survive and not something to which we all count down with excitement? When did it become a season of such heavy expectations instead of a season of love and peace? When did it become a major stress in many of our lives instead of a major break from the norm?

I don’t know. All I know is I’ve gotta survive six more days and hope that it gets a lot more Christmasy and a lot less crazy between now and then because I’m liking the Christmas season less and less as the years go on.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 1.4 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!