10 Things We’re NOT Looking Forward To This Christmas & New Year

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Here at Wowcher, we love Christmas – really, we do. But, every year those same nitty gritty things that irritate you surface once again. You may not even notice them because you’re so caught up in a whirl of Christmas spirit, but we’ve come up with a list of ten things we’re not looking forward to this Christmas and new year (bah, humbug):

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AyanaReece/Instagram

1. Last-minute shopping: Although shopping online is an absolute lifesaver, there’s always something you forget or don’t want to pay delivery for. So why not quickly pop out and grab it? Surely everyone else has done their Christmas shopping, so it’ll be a really quick trip, right? ABORT ABORT ABORT! Last-minute Christmas shopping is the worst thing you can inflict upon yourself. Trying to zip speedily through a massive crowd is almost impossible. There’s a high chance you’ll get stuck behind those slow walkers who aren’t in any hurry. Or even worse, someone with a buggy that you can’t get around. Why is this woman’s buggy so big? How many kids does she have in there? Is that a dog too? Or worse, those shoppers who get to the till and want to pay with every last penny in their purse… Hello, have you not heard of contactless? Last-minute Christmas shopping is a big no no.

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whatgoesaroundnyc/Instagram

2. Present pressure: It’s all well and good wanting to buy people gifts, but what to get them is usually the biggest brain teaser. You think you know someone well…until it comes to buying them a present. You want it to be a gift they’ll like, but not something that’ll break the bank, yet you don’t want it to look cheap, so where does that leave you? Vouchers? No that’s too simple, that’s the easy route out. What if you risk it all and get something so random that they love it? Or most likely hate it – we can’t stand the pressure!

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anarchy_in_wonderland/Instagram

3. Spending time with family: We mean this in the nicest way possible. Of course spending time with your family is lovely, but seeing those relatives you haven’t crossed paths with since you were six is just a bit awkward. They still pinch your cheeks like it’s cute (it’s not – please don’t touch me), they ask you about your life and what you’re up to now (I’m unemployed and broke, leave me alone) and of course they love comparing you to their own children (I don’t care if Darren won the Nobel Prize, he’s still weird).

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finding_nemo_lovers/Instagram

4. Gift face: Not only is it hard buying presents for people, it can be hard receiving them too. With an audience watching you unwrap your gift, you have to keep your facial expressions on point and in check. One false move and you can give the game away and that aunt you only see twice a year will know you hate the crochet set she bought you. #Awks.

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whatawmnwantz/Instagram

5. The boy did good hashtags: Okay so your amazing boyf got you a Michael Kors watch or a Louis Vuitton handbag like #woo #yay #ohmygod #bae #loveit #theboydidgood. WE GET IT. Thanks for reminding us singletons that our boy didn’t do good, because we don’t have a boy. Or it reminds those of us who have a boyfriend that the cute cats calendar and jumper (that we probably won’t ever wear) he bought us are totally subpar. #ilovecutecats.

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gdvc/Instagram

6. The braggers: Those who can’t be humble and happy on the inside but feel the need to share their good news on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, MySpace and Bebo. “AHHH OMG I GOT FRONT ROW SEATS AND BACKSTAGE PASSES FOR JUSTIN BEIBER!!” So what? I can watch it on TV in my unicorn onesie while eating a pepperoni pizza smothered in mushrooms, so who’s the real winner here?

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lennaherynk/Instagram

7. Snapchat stories of Christmas dinner: Okay we all love to Snapchat, but there’s a select few that take it too far. Too far to the point where you feel like you’re with them every second of their life. Christmas dinner really is a beautiful thing, but instead of letting it get cold for the perfect Snapchat or Instagram photo, just eat it please! You get one big hearty meal a year, don’t ruin it just for a Snapchat story. We definitely don’t care and are too busy stuffing our own faces.

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elfthemoviefanpage/Instagram

8. Awkward texts: Receiving “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” texts from people you haven’t spoken to all year. Like why are you wishing my Christmas to be merry or my New Year to be happy? You didn’t text me when my fish died so why are you texting me now?

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biitzy27/Instagram

9. Replying to those awkward texts: The tragic thing is, however bah humbug you may be you’ll always feel the need to text people back. But how friendly do you need to be? How many ‘x’s’ to put? How many Christmas emojis to employ? Just a Christmas tree and Santa or both with a present and smiley face? Being social and friendly is actually really difficult.

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emojispam/Instagram

10. New Year’s Eve enthusiasts: For those of us that are too disorganised to actually make any plans for New Year’s Eve, we hate those who sorted theirs in September. It all becomes too much and you feel the insane pressure to have a good night out just because everyone else is giving you FOMO. I mean, what’s really wrong with watching the fireworks on TV with a glass of Prosecco and going to bed at 12.30am? Absolutely nothing at all, in our book.

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gonzalo_solis25/Instagram

So, there you have it! Our grouchy, grumbly list of the things we’re not looking forward to this Christmas and new year. It’s definitely got you thinking though, hasn’t it? We bet you nodded your head and smiled to each of those and thought, “Yeah, that does get on my nerves actually!” But, besides our seasonal pet hates, we really do hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!