Christmas Cookies Are My Strange Addiction

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Bloomington, Indiana.

Hi, I'm Michael, I'm 43, and I'm addicted to Christmas cookies.

Christmas cookies, in my personal opinion, are the best, food in the world. They make me feel better, and I just love it.

It is predicted Michael has eaten Christmas cookies over 50,000 times in the last 6 years.

That is over 129 days worth of Christmas cookies.

I've first eaten Christmas cookies in 2004, when I was 27, and since then, my love for baking, the method for cooking them, has grown and grown.

I don't know why it has such an effect on me. Maybe it's the ingredients, or the shape. It triggers something in my mind.

I like to say it was triggered because I had my first kiss to Christmas cookies.

That's a lie. I just wanted to say it started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this, it was only a kiss, it was only a kiss?

I think my lowest point was when I thought changing my name legally-Michael Christmas Cookies-because I could be "I'm Mr. Christmas Cookies" every time.

Every time I bake Christmas cookies I normally film myself from Snapchat singing along to it, but I can never look back in it, I just can't look because it's killing me and it's taking control.

I call my oven the cage so I can say "they're coming out of my cage" every day when they're done cooking, and I'm doing just fine but the truth is I'm not fine.

Michael's addiction has caused a lot of issues and concern among friends and family.

One time he collapsed in front of me choking on a Christmas cookie because when he started coughing I asked if he was choking and he said "on my alibis but that's just the price I pay."

He's pushing his friends away at this point on.

This was confirmed by Michael.

None of my friends want to come around my house anymore because I'm baking 24/7 and it's just Christmas cookies.

This was Michael's reaction when asked about his romantic relationships:

Do you know what, can I take a break, can you let me go?

Eventually he came back.

I've never had a long-term relationship and I think it's because people can't handle that I'll always love Christmas cookies more than them.

Or it's because I'm unattractive and unlovable but I think I'm going to go for the Christmas cookies thing.

But is there a cure?

I've tried to cure this obsession. I really have. Someone once suggested that I should go make them live and that maybe it would cure it because I'll finally get to make Christmas cookies in their best format and last year I did. If anything it made it worse now that I know what Christmas cookies taste like live and the feeling and adrenaline rush you can get is so much better I just want to taste it like that again and again and again. I feel like it could be a physical issue because my stomach is sick, but I think it's all in my head.

But Michael isn't alone...

It was 2016 when I was told by someone one in ten people aged 35-44 in the US's favorite food is Christmas cookies and that really opened up my eager eyes. I know my addiction to Christmas cookies is something that is very prevalent in the US. I just hope that this might raise awareness to the issue at hand and we can all get some help. I don't know if I'll ever not be addicted to Christmas cookies but I know one thing for sure for now is here to stay.

Please share this to raise awareness

and to those of you who are addicted

you are NOT alone