The 15 Best Things About Christmas

The 15 Best Things About Christmas

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Y'all its that time of the year again and the holiday season is finally upon us! The lights, the trees, the food, the pumpkin spice lattes, the christmas cookies, ginger bread making, and cheer all over. There really is no better time of the year, now unless you're like Scrooge or the Grinch, you're one happy camper. LET'S GET EXCITED!

1. Classic Christmas Movies.

Christmas movie time is upon us, and it's time to begin the count down and get out all your favorites, unless you prefer to watch the Christmas specials on tv.


2. Christmas Parties.

Yes, it's that time to get out the Christmas sweaters and show them off at all the parties! Everyone wants an excuse to stand under mistletoe, drink spiked eggnog, and spread the cheer.

3. Christmas Tree:

Now everyone has different traditions when it comes to this! Some people go out to the farms and buy a real tree where as some people get a fake tree. It's still exciting!

4. Time with friends and family.

Friends and family are "fam freakin tastic", and this is the time to gather and remember how lucky we are to have them . Family can sometimes be unbearable, but at the end of the day, they will always be there.

5. Gingerbread men and gingerbread houses.

This is time to feel like a kid again . You mean we get to make a house made out of cookies and candy? It must be the holidays!

6. Carols and music.

Who all is a fan of listening to Christmas music the day after thanksgiving?? I mean it's an exception, right? This only happens once a time a year!

7. Ice skating.

I don't know about y'all but I always look forward to this, seeing everyone else trying to coordinate on the rink while trying not to fall is always a hoot.

8. Vacation time.

Whether you are a student itching for winter break (because finals are just torture), or in the real world waiting for time off from work, vacation time is always an exception!

9. STARBUCKS COFFEE!

Okay, Starbucks lovers, who else is always excited when they have their Christmas specials out and all the goodness? This is the only time of the year when you can get your candy cane treat.

10. Snow everything.

Because who doesn't love snow tubing, skiing, snow snowmobiling, and the mountains? This is the one time of the year everyone who doesn't get much snow takes advantage!

11. The traditions.

Everyone's different with their traditions but you can't help but LOVE the matching pajamas mom gets every Christmas for everyone.

12. The lights.

Walking around and seeing all the pretty lights can make anyone smile. Who doesn't love going to the light shows around your area? Can anyone say Callaway Gardens, Lake Lanier for the Christmas lights? It's always a grand old time getting in the car with friends and family and going to see the lights on the trolley or your car.

13.The elf on the shelf.

Now, who doesn't love giving your loved ones a good scare or two? My cousin HATES this thing and every year we scare her with it. It's hilarious.

14.Time of giving.

The holidays also bring out the best in others, it's always important to think of others that are less fortunate and help them out.


15. The chance to feel like a kid again.

Whether you are two or eighty, the holiday season is a time to really just enjoy yourself and reflect on everything the good things in life.


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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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What Christmas Means To Me: An Atypical Prayer

You are where my life began and continues to grow, and the love is always unconditional, never ending, and felt as soon as you walk in the door.
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This last Christmas, my grandfather gave me the opportunity to write the grace and prayer that is read before Christmas Dinner. Though it may not sound much like a typical prayer or a traditional grace, it sounded a little something like this:

"When I think of Christmas, I think of this moment right here. The one where we are all gathered together, bound together by love in a place where so many memories have been made. It’s the time that we get to spend together that makes Christmas so special, not the presents, not the food (though it is delicious and I’ll never say no to another one of Grandma’s cookies), but instead the bond that we continue to strengthen each and every year when we come together.

So this Christmas, I am thankful to be surrounded by a family that loves me. As I said in an article of mine that came out earlier this week, “never is the love in my house one-sided”, and that rings true here today. God has given us this holiday not only to celebrate Christ’s birth but also to remind us that the love of this family is never one-sided. It reminds us how special this family is, and how lucky we are to have one another.

I could not ask for better people to have in my life. I could not ask for better grandparents to teach me so many life lessons and to be there whenever I needed someone to turn to, parents that raised me into the strong, independent, and loving young woman that I am today, and a sister that I’ve become so much closer to this year and am proud to call my best friend. I could not ask for a better aunt and uncle that have never failed to make me feel loved and are always there to support me in everything that I do, and cousins that always take time to make sure I’m ok and give life advice that has helped shape who I am as I grow up. I could not ask for better little boys to be my little boys and bring joy and laughter to my life, and a dog that makes me happy to come home and I can always count on for kisses.

Christmas is my favorite holiday, but not for the reasons many people may think. It’s not because of the presents, or the cookies (though I do love them so please make as many as you can Grandma), but because of the love, I get to experience on this day. Family is where life starts and the love never ends, and in this family, this rings true. You are where my life began and continues to grow, and the love is always unconditional, never-ending, and felt as soon as you walk in the door.

Merry Christmas, I love you all with all my heart."

Christmas may be over, but the words in this prayer still ring true. Though people change and every holiday is different in its own way, these words will forever ring true.

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