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???
FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY, CAN WE STOP HIJACKING HOLIDAYS AND MAKING THEM COMPETITIVE EVENTS?
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?
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