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10 Things People Only Say Around the Holidays

Yes, year after year you gather with loved ones from far and near and have the same old conversations about weather, the holiday season, and the year’s end, and inevitably hear a few key phrases that would be incredibly out of place during any other month. People ask how you’ve been behaving, comment on weight, and ask you directly about how you want to be surprised with gifts. It’s a little odd, once you start to think about it...

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“Christmas keeps starting earlier and earlier.”

Yes, some stores, such as Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, and Hallmark really do put out their Christmas decorations in the middle of summer, The Chicago Tribune reports. And though those who detest this practice are the most vocal, about 40 percent of shoppers start crossing items off their holiday lists before Halloween. So, there really is a desire for this.        

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“Don’t spend too much on me.”

Parents, grandparents, and all of those worried older folks will always beg for you not to get them anything too lavish this holiday season. It’s a bit awkward because this feels like a comment on the state of your finances and you know how much they’ll end up spending on you. But hey! They asked for gifts under $10

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“Happy holidays!”

It’s the seasonal version of “Have a nice day.” Early spring hosts St. Patrick’s Day, Passover, and Easter, but somehow the collective world only acknowledges holidays in winter.

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“I say ‘Merry Christmas,’ not ‘Happy Holidays.’”

People who get mad about political correctness, get really mad about the “War on Christmas.” Never mind that there are over 10 holidays in December for the world’s various religions, it’s all about Christmas for the people who use this phrase. Christmas is, in fact, just one day a year. You wouldn’t say “Happy Fourth of July” in mid-June, would you?

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“I’m so sick of Christmas music already.”

Sure, hearing Mariah Carey belt out “All I Want for Christmas Is You” or Bing Crosby croon “White Christmas” can be tiring, but people who spout out this phrase get sick of Christmas music after listening to the radio for half an hour. It must stink to be a Scrooge…

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“I need gift ideas from you.”

Trying to think of what to get people for as gifts can be incredibly difficult, but it’s only around the holidays that you hear people begging for ideas. It’s hard to be surprised when you offer up an itemized list for Christmas, but you saved someone the head-scratching.

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“I always gain so much weight at Christmas.”

Between holiday cocktails, cookies, office parties, and a big Christmas Day meal, it’s easy to feel bloated around the holidays. But don’t worry, the average person only gains one pound every December, which will hardly show on your waistline.

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“So, were you good this year?”

Yes? No? Sometimes. Though this is meant to be a cheeky question about whether or not you made the “naughty” or “nice” list, there’s no real answer. And nobody ever asks about your morality on your birthday, do they?

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“This year went by so fast!”

The holiday season coincides with the end of every calendar year, so when in discussion about your life over the past 12 months, expect this phrase to pop up with everyone you talk to. Especially at New Year’s Eve, you’re bound to hear people talking about how grateful they are the year is over, even though the next year will just be more of the same.

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“What did Santa bring?”

This slightly whimsical spin on “What did you get for Christmas?” taps into the spirit of the holidays, but if you’re older than 10, it just feels cheesy. You can easily have this conversation without making it feel childish. You may need a little help getting through the holiday party season.

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