The Dirty Truth About the Holidays

I bet you didnít know Santa has a body mass index (BMI) of over 32 … and is†getting fatter every year?†Or that†Americans create one million extra tons of trash during the period between Thanksgiving and New Years?

There is no shortage of dirty truths surrounding the holidays, and this year† is dishing out as many as possible to inspire healthier and greener living. For the next few weeks, over at AbesMarket, we are rolling out eye-popping visuals poking fun at everything our country is doing wrong throughout the holidays. Whether itís drinking too much, exercising too little or being less than kind to the environment, there’s plenty of dirt to dish.

Ten visuals have been released so far, eight of which are included below. New visuals will frequently get added to the†Dishing Dirty blog and readers are invited share visuals across their social networks. Hey, maybe weíll start some kind of better living holiday movement! Or at the very least get that creepy uncle to drink one or two less this year. Whatever works.

Ah, Global Warming Feels So Good This Time of Year!

Cheers! It's the holidays...Let's Overdrink To That!

Run Santa Run!

Fake Or Real? A Woman Never Tells.

Yay! A Whole Month of Overeating, Excess Drinking and No Gym! That's Holiday Spirti.

'Tis Better to Give Than to Receive. Except For My Kombucha. That's All For Me!

Deck the halls with boughs of quinoa

Hug A Vegan During the Holidays!

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7 Ways to Avoid the ER Room This Holiday Season




Julie D.
Julie D4 years ago

Somebody let Scrooge loose again!

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago


june t.
june t4 years ago

my family haven't been into the big time gift giving thing for years. For us it has become a family get together with good food as the main thing.

Deborah W.
Deborah W4 years ago


Kathleen C. @ 3:03 pm PST on November 24, 2013


Deborah W.
Deborah W4 years ago

A return to basic purpose and common sense, all things in moderation, pre- and post-planning to make it happen ... back to the future, if you will.

Amanda M.
Amanda M4 years ago

I'm "old school" in my attitude towards the holiday season. For me, it's not official until I see Santa go by in the Macy's parade on Thursday morning, so I avoid radio stations that have already "jumped the shark" by playing holiday music (one here started playing it on the FIFTEENTH, for crying out loud, and two started this past FRIDAY!) until Black Friday. Ditto putting up decorations for Yule/Christmas-we do that the morning of Black Friday too.

Our religious holiday is Yule (winter solstice), and we celebrate that by setting up and decorating the tree (although I HATE having to use a fake tree, but we can't afford a real one, so we're stuck) and enjoying a feast. Since we don't have a fireplace or wood stove we can't light a Yule log, so we light an oil lamp in lieu thereof.

Christmas is a mixed bag this year. I've already gotten a lot of the kids' presents (for us it's not about the number, but the quality), but at the same time I'm DREADING it because of our financial situation. You simply can't do Christmas shopping on $8.55 an hour-hell, you can barely afford life's necessities on that! I definitely can't afford to replace worn-out items, such as the watchband that's being held together by Loc-Tite and hand sewing, or my much-darned socks (that's right up there with underwear anyway-LAME!). When you can't afford needs, you have no business thinking of "wants," so it's no wonder my list is still blank. Ugh.

Jane L.
Jane L4 years ago

I can't stand the huge emphasis on consumerism that's now becoming increasingly associated with the holidays. I do whatever shopping I need to do early to beat the crowds and overstuffed stores full of rubbish, material things... I'd prefer to invest in life experiences than in things I don't need. I already have enuf.

Dave C.
David C4 years ago

concept of Christmas is okay, but the consumerism is the post because the pictures make me laugh and I get 20 butterfly credits.....

Shirley E.
Shirley E4 years ago

I don't recall Mary, Joseph and baby J tucking into huge dinners and pints of alcohol but didn't they have something to do with Christmas?

Lis T.
Elisabeth T4 years ago

Thank you for the good article....haven't been Christmas shopping for years!