All I want for Christmas is, well everything

3 reasons why the holidays are so stressful
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

What happened to the holiday spirit?
What used to be considered the most wonderful time of the year now only brings stress to families who should be celebrating togetherness.
Over the last week, I took the time at my place of employment (retail) to observe what seems to stress people out during the holidays from a customer service point of view, and compiled a list of what I’ve noticed.
The season of wanting.
The selflessness of giving and expecting nothing in return has turned into a competition on whether grandma can out-spend mom and if little Timmy gets a brand new PlayStation 4.
From fathers’ yelling at me for selling the last of a game that was already reserved to children crying because mom and dad still have to have enough money for food, the holidays seem to transform into a festival of “want, want, want,” and nothing about giving back.
Stressful hours and grumpy customers.
The rush to buy presents causes stress for employees as well.
Last minute shoppers run into stores looking for the hottest items and are usually given the “we won’t be restocking until Jan. 2” response which causes the shopper’s mood to drop and stress to soar. That entails the employees to become stressed when they have to deal with the same situations when they get off work.
While shopping in July like some do might be considered a little ridiculous, stressful shopping holidays such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday can be avoided and make the holidays a little easier.
Not being thankful.
Some people don’t realize how good they have it. The holiday madness makes people forget that the whole world doesn’t revolve around the problems of gift giving.
Some people just want someone to spend the holidays with, and others just want a meal for their children and they can’t afford big presents for them to smile.
If everyone can sit down and just be thankful for what they have, even if they don’t get the new IPhone 6, then maybe the holidays would be a little bit happier

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