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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5 Reasons Why Your Siblings Are Your Lifeline During the Holidays

The holiday season can get stressful but no worries because your siblings will be by your side to help you get though it.
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The holidays are a time when you get together with the whole family. No matter if you're related or not when you get a good amount of people together for any amount of time there is bound to be a fight and personality clashes. In the holiday season, stress levels are high which makes for an, even more, trickier situation and sometimes you just need someone who knows what you are going through and can relate. My twin brother is the one who keeps me sane during my time at home at the holidays and I am sure your sibling is too and here's how...

1. They are the ones who know to save you a seat at the Christmas dinner table.


So that you don't have to sit by anyone you might not want to sit by.

2. They can always save you when your family members keep asking your significant other (or lack of) and you just can't take it anymore.


3. They can be you're best friend when you're back home and off your normal college schedule.


4. They can help you shop for family Christmas gifts so that you don't have to do it all on your own.


5. They are there to annoy you because at the end of the day they are your sibling and that's their job.


It is the best time of the year and being with family is great but when the season greetings become too much to handle on your own you can always count on your siblings to help you get through it or at least where you don't have to suffer through it on your own. So, give your siblings an extra hug this holiday season and be grateful you don't have to go through this crazy world alone.

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10 Perks Of Staying At School Instead Of Going Home For Break

Sometimes, college is just more fun.
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Caution- I'm about to present a viewpoint that many college kids will detest and disagree with.

Alright, here it is... I don't like going on breaks from school.

*Gasps arise from audience, desks are flipped, people storm out of rooms, someone has a heart attack*

Yes, yes, I know it's not a popular opinion to have, especially considering how much we all want to be done with our schooling for life and just move into our careers already. I get it- breaks provide a way for students to relieve stress for awhile and relax from the constant pressures of taking exams and writing papers. Now, please don't get me wrong, I value taking a rest just as much as the next average college Joe does.

HOWEVER, there are some aspects of being at school that I believe every student needs deep down that we just don't receive when we come back home and do nothing for three weeks. **Disclaimer, this viewpoint does not apply to those of you that actually did something productive with your lives over break. Props to you, an inspiration to us all.** Nevertheless, for those of us who spent our winter vacations as couch potatoes, eating our body weight in cookies every day, here are ten, very valid reasons why being at school can be better than being at home.

1. You, guaranteed, won't get bored.

Hmm, spend the whole day lying on the couch watching Hallmark movie specials and slowly slipping into insanity or go out with your friends and do something fun around campus? Tough one...

2. You will actually have friends.

Chances are, if you go out of state to college, your friends all live in different parts of the country... making you alone and sad over every break. No thanks.

3. Your time is your own.

During the holidays, there are so many family responsibilities and things that have been planned for you, there's not a lot of time to spend doing what you'd like to do. At college, you can take a 5-hour nap, go out with your friends, or stay in the dorm and have a personal spa night. No one can stop you!

4. You'll have a somewhat-decent sleep schedule.

Going on break is the worst because you grow acclimated to waking up at certain times for class or work, which is all put on hold when you go home for a month. You get used to sleeping in until 3 PM and staying up watching Netflix until 5 AM. It's a brutal awakening whenever you do go back.

5. Back up, you'll actually have a schedule and a routine in the first place.

Those of us who value routine and keeping ourselves busy go absolutely insane over breaks. At school, we have our whole days planned out and a set routine that keeps us active. At home, we have uh... none of that.

6. You won't have to deal with crazy family drama.

If you have a big family and lots of people visiting for the holidays, you know how stressful everyone gets and the tension that builds over those weeks. Wouldn't it be nice if instead of hiding in your room to get away from Aunt Mildred's questions about why you don't have a job or a boyfriend yet, you didn't have to worry about any of that?

7. You'll have constant activities and events to look forward to.

I mean, yeah, Christmas is cool and New Year's can be fun, but those are the only highlights of winter vacation. In between, you're doing a lot of lying around and staring at the ceiling or your phone screen. Staying at school means you will always have events to look forward to, whether it's games, socials, parties, or even just hangouts with your friends.

8. You won't eat everything in the fridge.

The holidays have a tendency to add a few pounds onto all of us, especially if you indulge in Christmas cookies more than the average person (@me). Frequent trips to the kitchen can be avoided if you just stayed at school and kept up with the gym routine.

9. You only have to do chores for yourself.

When college kids come home, many of us are automatically brought into the weekly chores schedule... meaning folding laundry for 5 people, instead of one. Wouldn't it be great to just have to worry about cleaning up your own messes?

10. You have your own space.

Over the holidays, many of us are under obligation to spend time with the family or room with relatives to ensure everyone fits. There's not a lot of personal space or time. Staying at school means getting to go back to your dorm whenever you want and being able to plop onto bed and do nothing for hours if you so desire. It's absolutely beautiful.

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