It's the most wonderful time of the year! The jam-packed social calendar, the communal acceptance of binge-drinking, the ready-made excuses for slacking off at work ... there are so many great things about the holidays and so many awesome ways to celebrate. Too many, if I'm being completely honest. As science has proven time and again, an overabundance of available options is rarely a good thing. With that in mind, it's time to thin the herd a bit and let a few traditions fall by the wayside. For example ...
The Over-the-Top Christmas Tree
O Tannenbaum, when did you get so complicated? Christmas trees used to fall into one of two categories -- real or fake -- and each had its own pros and cons. Real trees smell amazing, and there's some kind of earthy, bucolic charm to dragging the dirty outdoors through your home, scratching floors, knocking over furniture, and leaving a wake of pine needles that'll be showing up in the most random places until March. The big bummer is that, much like a hot and heavy one-night stand, when the fun is over, the once-glorious, captivating hub of the holiday experience gets unceremoniously kicked to the curb.