Specifically Christmas? Is dreading Christmas just a thing that happens as you get older? I got over my childlike delight many MANY years ago, but I still liked it okay well into adulthood because for a long time I had young kids in the family. Now they're getting older too and pretty much just want gift cards and whatnot, so that takes a lot of fun out of shopping for them. And I have a grandmother whose main role at Christmas is to make us all uncomfortable with her terrible and unnecessary gifts. I'm lucky in one way - I like (not just love) my parents and get along with them pretty well, and they love my partner and make her feel like part of the family when she goes down there with me. But more and more these days I'd be happy to just skip late November through late December every year.