I’ve noticed this year that I have no holiday spirit left. Not just Christmas, but all the holidays.
Presidential birthdays – Shame on them all. No more presidents, please.
Valentines – I’ve been married 10 years and didn’t even like this holiday before I was married. Now, it’s just a game of gauging expectation and managing disappointment.
Labor Day and Memorial Day. The bookends of summer but labor has been gutted, we’ve all been turned into wage slaves, and the lives people gave in all the wars of the past led us to our current dystopia – and thus were wasted. Yes, I’m grateful that young men blindly give up their lives in the service of a greater good – but the old men calling the shots have completely fucked everyone but themselves.
4th of July. America is a holocaust of genocide, slavery, exploitation, and control systems. What is this independence they speak of and who is it for? I’m not so sure that independence from Britain should be celebrated.
Halloween – great, a holiday that allows pervs and creeps to wear masks and give candy to our kids. No thank you. Aside from selling candy, making the annual profit for the Tootsie Roll company, and selling expensive costumes – what is the purpose of this holiday again? Knocking on strangers doors and begging for candy. No thank you.
Thanksgiving. My extended family is nothing to be thankful for. Turkey dinner isn’t really all it is cracked up to be. I hate American football. Stupid fucking parade.
Christmas. This holiday is all about selling shit. It starts early and it never ends. Expectation, disappointment, and memes that used to mean something when you couldn’t watch Christmas specials on demand and the networks set the holiday agenda. This holiday has been ruined by Amazon, prime day, black Friday, and all the ‘holiday’ sweet coffees.
I used to like April fools but the pranks lost their charm. Am I missing any?
Columbus Day – fuck you.
New Years? Why the fuck is that even a holiday? Hooray, we followed the arbitrary numbering system our backwards ancestors created – now get back to work. Drink and destroy your liver. Grope someone while you are drunk then get a divorce, a lawsuit, and a MeToo charge. Ditto for St. Patrick’s Day. I hate American football.
Maybe there are a couple of holidays that are still worthwhile.
Chinese New Year. Lion dances, fireworks on the ground, and great food.
MLK’s birthday? It’s good to remember the man and his mission. I’ve got nothing to say negative here.
Ramadan. I love it. 30 days of restricting your diet, being mindful, and eating with those you love.