Whenever it was your family’s turn to host Christmas dinner, your mom probably started cleaning the house at least one week ahead of time, right? And during that week, when you dared to wear shoes in the house, drop a crumb or even step foot into the dining room, she probably gave you this very same, quasi-threatening look (Don’t mess with Socks!).
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They Can't Wait for Christmas Day
Sometimes, the anticipation of waiting for Santa Paws to show up with your new toys is just too much to bear. Just try to get some sleep on Christmas Eve, okay? (You won't.)
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They Love Getting Presents
Christmas Day: When you and your sibling stampede down the stairs at 5:00 AM (disturbing everyone in the house) and see the glorious mountain of gifts under the Christmas tree.
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They Eat All of Their Christmas Candy Too Fast
Do you ever absolutely crush all of the candy contents in your Christmas stocking, start to feel really sick and want to curl up inside of the empty stocking for a nap? Yep. Us too.
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They Get Overwhelmed With Cooking
This is how it feels when you start to realize just how much cooking you'll actually have to do before guests begin to arrive–and let's not forget clean up before and after dinner. Next year, just let your sister take the glory of hosting Christmas dinner. It's really not worth it.
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They Wear Nerdy Christmas Ensembles
Your mom doesn't ask for much. Considering she carried you for months and months, birthed you and then spent 18 years (plus) years parenting you, you can put on a Santa hat for her once a year. Or a hideous Christmas sweater. Or even an outfit that matches your sibling's, *shudder*.
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They Try to Be Cool
That moment when your super cool, liberal cousin from California brings catnip to the family Christmas gathering and you have to pretend you're totally fine and 100% with it at the dinner table.
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They Zonk Out After Dinner
Four glasses of egg nog? Check. Far too many servings of ham, mashed potatoes, casserole and gingerbread cookies? Check. Sweatpants donned? Check. Time to pass out on the couch in the warm glow of the Christmas tree… at 4:00 in the afternoon.
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They Don't Like Their Gifts Either
We can't always get what we want–especially when distant relatives are shopping for us. When your Aunt Susan gave you something you really, really did not want for Christmas (every year), you probably played with it for a little while, so her feelings wouldn't be hurt… but then glared at it, like this kitty, whenever she wasn't looking.