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Bad Parenting Moments: PSA: Please Don't Be A Holidick Or Jerky Turkey

Monday, November 19, 2012

PSA: Please Don't Be A Holidick Or Jerky Turkey

As Thanksgiving and the subsequent winter holidays speed toward us like a runaway Polar Express, I watch, in magical wonder, as relatively normal people become bitter, angry, humorless and resentful online, and, in real life. It's getting cold outside and frankly, so are our hearts. I understand how this could happen given the enormous amount of pressure we place on ourselves, our families, complete strangers and innocent bystanders during the holidays and, true, there is NO excuse for the suddenly shocking shortage of alcohol on your store shelves, but, I beg of you, check yourself before you wreck yourself.  Could you be a holidick?

hol·i·dick



noun

1. a person set on ruining a custom, festivities or any event or celebration directly related to or, in commemoration of some event or in honor of someperson.

adjective

1. of or pertaining to joyless festival; lack of festivity; lack of joyous celebration: a holidick mood.

2. unsuitable for a holiday: Why are you looking at me with that holidick stare? or, Setting my santa hat on fire was a holidick move.

(synonym: holidouche)


Dear friends, let's remember what the holidays are all about: grace, giving, joy, peace and making sure, for a few short weeks, you drink just enough to embrace the fun in family dysfunction, yet, not so much that you discuss Aunt Jolene's Oxycontin dependence over mini pumpkin cheesecakes. Remember, don't be a BAH HUMBUG, just kindly pass the Rum...bug. It's the best I could do. Sue me. Please don't.

Remember, no matter who gets the largest part of the wishbone, we're ALL winners. Pass the Pinot Noir.


Rusty likes to throw snowballs at defenseless young women. Rusty is a holidick.

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42 Comments:

At November 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM , Anonymous Allison @ Motherhood, WTF? said...

Thanks for the reminder. I've been feeling like a major holidouche. I've lost sight of the wine, er, I mean meaning behind Thanksgiving and have gotten bogged down in annoyance. But now I'll change my attitude and embrace the holiday spirits.

 
At November 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM , Blogger Jessica Weisent said...

You are absolutely correct. For myself personally; I've found that simply arriving to scheduled events which have been painstakingly arranged by others is the best way to avoid being a holidick. As I arrive, I'm offered wine and food or if I so prefer; spirits of my choice. "Don't mind if I do." I also don't mind helping to load the dishwasher or refilling empty serving trays or glasses. Looking busy and appearing helpful is all par for the coarse and as long as my darling MIL keeps filling my glass, I'm happy to oblige. Cheers! As long as I'm not hosting, well that in and of itself is cause to celebrate. Happy Holidays? I think, yes!

 
At November 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM , Blogger YKIHAYHT said...

I don't think there are enough words in my head to express exactly how much I love this. I have already reached that point in which I want to consume enough alcohol to just skip over the social gathering part of the holidays. Thank you. xoxo

 
At November 19, 2012 at 12:42 PM , Blogger Brent Sieckman said...

LOL. Holidouche. love it! I also love the "Check yo self before you wreck yo self" tag. Werd.

 
At November 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM , OpenID deborah-bryan.com said...

I definitely have felt myself shifting into "holidick" mode, but lacking a word for it, couldn't kick myself out of it. Thank you for helping point me back to a more kindly holiday spirit!

 
At November 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM , Blogger Robyn Welling said...

"Holidick" has now been gleefully inserted into my holiday lexicon. Love. It.

 
At November 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM , Blogger badbadkitty said...

I just stay away from Black Friday and I think I will not be a holidick

 
At November 19, 2012 at 12:56 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

Embrace it with booze in both hands.

 
At November 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

Jessica, your words are like an arrow straight into my heart. I agree so heartily that I'm not sure you and I aren't the same person.

 
At November 19, 2012 at 12:58 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

I've started my preemptive holiday drinking which is why I can write about not being a holidick instead of being a full on raging holidick. I'm thankful for you and booze. Always booze. Love you!

 
At November 19, 2012 at 12:58 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

AHHHHHHHH YEEE-AHHHHHHHHHH!

 
At November 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

Deborah, don't feel bad. To know what a holidick is, you must have also been one at one point. We've ALL been there, sister.

 
At November 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

Not as much as I love you. NEENER!

 
At November 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

Ahhhh, yes. Nothing exacerbates a case of Holidick more quickly than Black Friday. Truth.

 
At November 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM , Blogger Courtney Lee said...

lmao! cute post!

 
At November 19, 2012 at 1:46 PM , Blogger Amy Starling said...

I work retail...needless to say, I will be face to face with quite a few of these "holidicks". It is really easy to lose the meaning behind the holidays but on the bright side...they allow water bootles on the sales floor, and I'm pretty sure vodka looks like water! Lol Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 
At November 19, 2012 at 1:48 PM , Blogger Amy Starling said...

Looks like I've already hit the water bootle!

 
At November 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM , Blogger Amy Starling said...

I work retail...needless to say, I will be face to face with quite a few of these "holidicks". It is really easy to lose the meaning behind the holidays but on the bright side...they allow water bootles on the sales floor, and I'm pretty sure vodka looks like water! Lol Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 
At November 19, 2012 at 2:03 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

Thanks for reading, Courtney. I can tell that you aren't a Holidick.

 
At November 19, 2012 at 2:03 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

Amy, I like you. A lot. Pass the vodka, I mean distilled spring water.

 
At November 19, 2012 at 2:23 PM , Blogger Meredith said...

I just started to panic a little bit upon thinking of the potential liquor shortage. Off to stock up now and will do my best not to be a holidouche if someone gets in my way...

 
At November 19, 2012 at 2:49 PM , Blogger fishducky said...

I will not be a holidouche at Thanksgiving because we're going to my daughter's (& I'm afraid of her) but all those people at my house for Christmas may find out that their party is hosted by a holidouche AND a holidick! Would you believe that spell check is telling me those are not real words? Pass the water bootle, please!

 
At November 19, 2012 at 3:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have noticed myself being more dickish than usual. I was thinking maybe I'm just turning into on old selfish douchtwaddle. I'm so glad that you porovided me witht he reals reason for my dickery. I'm off to stock up on booze.

 
At November 19, 2012 at 4:38 PM , Blogger Amy Starling said...

Water bootles are gonna be in short supply this year! :)

 
At November 19, 2012 at 4:50 PM , Anonymous Happy Little Feet said...

I think I know a few of these!

 
At November 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

If someone gets in your way as you fight off the huddled masses for liquor, then they deserve whatever holidoucheness they receive.

 
At November 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

Ladies, ladies, ladies...there is enough clear sanity juice to go around. Hands in. *One, Two, THREE* HOLIDICK. Ok, break. *pats rears*

 
At November 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

For most of life's ills, the answer is "adequate supplies of liquor." Godspeed as you secure your stockpile.

 
At November 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

We all do and, I admit, I've been one on more than a few ocassions. Thankfully, my husband burned the divorce papers after Christmas 2009.

 
At November 19, 2012 at 8:37 PM , Blogger TNMom said...

I love this and will do my best to DRINK everytime I feel myself having a holidouche thought! It's ok to make it into a drinking game, right? DUH! Devan

 
At November 19, 2012 at 8:38 PM , Blogger TNMom said...

I love this Jessica!

 
At November 20, 2012 at 7:12 AM , Blogger Janine Huldie said...

Wow, this was damn true it was frightening. Loved the name you gave to this condition and couldn't have come up with better of I tried!! I know more than a few Holidick's right now and even tweeted this one :)

 
At November 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

Take one shot if someone else is acting like a Holidouche. Take two shots if you feel a burst of holidoucheness coming on. I think these are foolproof instructions. Thanks for reading, Devan! xo

 
At November 20, 2012 at 9:39 AM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

Thanks for reading and sharing, Janine. Oh, I know a few too and, truth be told, I've been one. I'm not just the President, I'm also a member. Have a great Thanksgiving and hand out extra drinks to the Holidicks. xo

 
At November 20, 2012 at 3:00 PM , Blogger Jessica Watson said...

Wine is my favorite part of the holidays. And most days.

 
At November 22, 2012 at 11:42 PM , Blogger toulouse said...

Thank you for the new term. I'll be saying HOLIDICK a lot this season, if not out loud, at least under my breath.

 
At November 26, 2012 at 2:26 PM , Blogger Stephanie Sprenger said...

Not sure which I live more, Holidick or Holidouche. Must tweet this promptly.

 
At November 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

Cheers, m'lady! *clink*

 
At November 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

It's most effective when mumbled *just* under the radar. If the intended says, "What did you say?", it's even more effective.

 
At November 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

Thank you, mama! I'm partial to Holidouche. It's growing on me. :)

 
At November 27, 2012 at 7:51 PM , OpenID jesterqueen said...

I freely admit that I have to fight hard to just be a holi-neutral. Holidouche is my basic mode this time of year. I try really REALLY hard to just smile and nod through it. And Scott's family is actually fun to be around. But... yeah.

 
At December 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM , Blogger BadParentingMoments said...

As I stood in the kitchen yesterday, seething in silence WHILE the tree was being hoisted in place with a ring of screaming children, in my head I was chanting, "Don't be a holidouche. Don't be a holidouche." You are not alone. Thank you for reading!

 

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