Can we please stop turning holidays into competitive events?

The Fourth of July is right around the corner. This has by far always been one of my favorite holidays. Not just because we’re celebrating the independence of our nation, but because it’s a fun, stress-free time with family and friends.

No presents, minimal decor, easy picnic food, and beer.

We get the day off, go to a park or a parade or a festival or a BBQ. We eat grilled food on buns off of plates no one has to wash, and drink from cans and bottles, often while standing. We wrap up the day by watching fireworks. That’s it. That’s as much as we’ve got to worry about.

Other holidays are wrought with so much pressure and stress. Buying the perfect presents, decorating that takes weeks, finding just the right clothes for dinners and parties and religious services. Making sure you’re keeping up so that no one thinks you’re the biggest failure on the planet because you YOU DIDN’T GROW YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS TREE AND MAKE HOMEMADE WRAPPING PAPER FROM FAIRY DUST AND UNICORN GLITTER???

Holidays that used to be only slightly stressful have really turned up the heat.

Easter baskets are now being filled with iPhones and MacBooks instead of jelly beans and chocolate bunnies. Thanksgiving dinner is all out culinary showboating. And why are we spending hundreds of dollars to have custom-made Halloween costumes FOR OUR DOGS???


I thought that the Fourth of July was still relatively safe. But Pinterest is giving me pause.

People, are we really doing this? Is anyone really doing this?

Red White and Blue Frozen Bananas - easy to make patriotic homemade chocolate covered frozen bananas for a 4th of July Party or a Memorial Day Barbecue. Call them Frozen Bananas or call them Monkey Tails but this delicious frozen summer treat will be a great 4th of July dessert. Pin this yummy Fourth of July treat for later and follow us for more 4th of July Food ideas. @OhHotNellie
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And this?
Tons of Patriotic Party Ideas! Crafts, DIY Decorations, fun food treats and Recipes. Perfect for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor day fun or summer fun -
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I’m officially done keeping up. I need to keep at least one holiday free from the stress of appearing that I have my act together more than I do (or ever will).
For me, the Fourth of July will remain the sacred day of low expectations it always was, and Pinterest will be used to search for things that are worth my time. Things that actually work. Like this little nugget of wisdom:
Especially for women, the underarm hair is extremely unpleasant and annoying, so they are daily trying to get rid of it. Yet, there is an extremely simple and easy way to remove it in only 2 minutes- using two ingredients: lemon and sugar! This mixture has been used for centuries by the Asia women. All …
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 (If anyone has actually had success with something like this, I MUST KNOW!!!)
Wishing you a happy, stress-free, and safe Fourth!


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