With another holiday season in the books, it is time to look back on what was overrated and underrated during this magical time.
Mistletoe: You cannot go wrong with something that encourages people to kiss. Whether it is used for comedic purposes or can help break the ice for that awkward first kiss, mistletoe is great (especially at parties where the alcohol is flowing).
Santa Coke: Santa Coke is great because just seeing the can or bottle reminds you that Christmas is around the corner. But that isn’t the best part about it. Santa Coke also tastes somewhere between 30-70% better. I am convinced the people at Coca Cola put some extra sugar/flavor into the soda during the holiday season in order to add a little cheer into everyone’s lives.
Liquor gift sets: A bottle of booze is always a good gift during the holiday season. But usually for the same price, you can get a gift set, with a glass or some sort of bonus inside with the bottle. Admittedly I love collecting drinking glasses, but I think this is always a sweet perk when buying or receiving gifts. Plus the other half of the gift makes you feel happy/funny/invincible.
Candy Canes: God bless these sugary treats from the Gods. They taste great, make your breath smell better, and look nice when hanging on a Christmas tree. I love that peppermint is the unofficial flavor of Christmas and I hope that people one day celebrate “peppermint season” as much as they currently celebrate “pumpkin season”. We need more peppermint flavored treats during the holidays. Remove the few remaining gingerbread staples and focus on peppermint.
Personalized Christmas Ornaments: The last few years I have received a few personalized Christmas ornaments as gifts and I love it. For some reason, when something is in “ornament form”, it just seems well done. For the foreseeable future, you will put up those ornaments every year and think about that event/friend/family member/time of your life and smile. Next year buy someone a good ornament and I guarantee they will like it.
The Christmas Glow: Nothing beats turning on your Christmas tree lights, turning off the rest of the lights around the house, and just laying down and basking in the glow of Christmas lights. Add some fresh tree smell and you fill up with the Christmas spirit immediately. In fact, I am going to write the rest of this blog in that exact state. I suggest you do the same.
Fruitcake: How fruitcake became an annual tradition, I’ll never know. It always has a weird flavor to it and anything cake related should be 100% great. When someone brings it to a party, it usually goes untouched. We need to change up the traditional dessert of Christmas to match the all around greatness that is Christmas.
Black Friday: I hate almost everything about Black Friday. The best deals are either impossible to get or are junk you would never usually buy. These soulless corporations make their employees work on holiday and extremely long hours. People fight and hurt each other for crappy deals. The stories have gone from a funny sideshow to a scary annual tradition. Shop online and save yourself time, money, and ER visits.
Egg Nog: Whenever I eat eggs, I need some sort of combination of meat, cheese, and/or bread to mask the pure taste of egg. An entire drink devoted to this flavor? No thanks. If hosts have to often ask “Do you like egg nog?” at a party, it means there is a wide array of people who hate it. Let’s think of a drink that is unique to the holiday season and goes well with booze. Let’s stop this charade that egg nog isn’t pretty awful and just acknowledge that it’s a very weird way to get a buzz. Facts are facts. Maybe something with peppermint could work…
New Year’s Eve: On paper, New Year’s Eve should be amazing. Alcohol is a staple to the holiday, almost everyone is off the next day, and it lends itself to happiness and celebration. But usually it ends with people fretting about what to do, going to an overpriced bar/restaurant, and partying with people who cannot handle their booze. The New Year’s Eve shows on TV are usually filled with celebrities and musicians you would never have any interest in. And you spend the first day of the new year in complete shambles. Sorry New Year’s Eve, but you are overrated.