They’ve worked in retail.
Retail is a hellish place to be over the festive season. Retail workers get all the worst things about Christmas full in the face for months on end. And it’s not pleasant. The Christmas season starts for retail workers at the end of August and tends to go on until February (if you count the January sales. Which you do). That’s more than enough Christmas for anyone, even if you don’t factor in the pressure from stressed managers, stressed customers and stressed colleagues.
Long hours, gruelling work, low pay, the same darn Christmas tunes on repeat day in, day out…and then there’s the customers, who are often irritable amid the bustle and queues of Christmas shopping. Sadly, Christmas is not a season of goodwill towards retail workers.
In summary, working Christmas in a shop is enough to put anyone off Christmas for life. And it frequently does. If your friend has worked (or is still working) in retail, chances are that the sight of tinsel or the sound of Christmas tunes will take them right back to the shop floor with a shudder.
It’s too much pressure.
Christmas can be really, really stressful. For one reason or another many people falter under the pressure of the season. Perhaps they’re worried that their Christmas hosting won’t be good enough. Perhaps they’re struggling to get everything done in time. Perhaps they’re concerned about keeping the peace between warring family members. Perhaps they can’t find the right present for a loved one. Or pehaps they just find the whole thing a bit overwhelming. Whatever the reason, few people escape Christmas without at least a bit of stress. And, for some, that stress can ruin what should be an enjoyable time of year.
It reminds them of what’s missing
Christmas isn’t just for food and presents. It’s also a time of reflection. For some people, that can be hard. Those who have lost loved ones will feel their absence particularly sharply around Christmas. And the inescapable imagery on Christmas cards, adverts and the like featuring cosy, happy families gathered around the Christmas tree can make loss, loneliness, and family dysfunction really sting.
They just don’t like it
It would be a really boring world if we all liked the same things. Some people simply don’t like Christmas. It’s just not their thing. And that’s ok.
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