There are many things to hate about the holiday season: Crowds, unbearable traffic, the proliferation of snatchers. You can be hated, too, if you’re one of the following.
The gift recycler
Actually, gift recycling is not a major sin. It only becomes annoying when you recycle just for the sake of giving someone something, when you give them something that they will never use in this lifetime. What’s worse is when you don’t even open the gift, and just change tags.
The one who asks for a gift
You never ask—or worse, jokingly demand—for a present from someone, after giving them one. You never ask for a gift from anyone when you have no intentions of giving them anything in return.
Whether you like the present or not, a simple but sincere “thank you” is a must when you receive something—anything—this Christmas. Gratitude is a must if you want a present the next year.
Who cares if your parents are in the States or if you’re not doing anything and you’re bored? Gatecrashing is a major sin all year round, and it will definitely get you banned from more events.
It is very unfair to pig out in a potluck party when you didn’t bring any puto bumbong as your share. You may end up full and satisfied after the gathering, but you’ll end up blacklisted, too.
People with envelopes
Christmas is all about generosity, but it’s hard to be generous to people who you know are being sweet just because they want some crispy bills from you.
The Christmas fanatic
Being a huge fan of Christmas is fine, except when you label everyone a Scrooge just because they’re not wearing a Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer sweatshirt like you. Or just because their ringtone isn’t Jose Mari Chan’s “Christmas in Our Hearts.”
Whining again and again bout the countless social gatherings, not knowing what to wear, holiday traffic, not having bought gifts yet, packing on the pounds, and the abundance of fruitcake can get pretty annoying.