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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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

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7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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'The Princess Switch' Has Some Surprising Holiday Movie Moments That We Can All Appreciate

The unexpected moments of the movie that were AMAZING!

No spoilers I promise.

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Like any other Christmas romcom fan, I was patiently waiting for the debut of "The Princess Switch" on Netflix starring my childhood idol, Vanessa Hudgens. I was ready for the cliche love story, the cute Christmas decorations, the whole nine. After things settled down at the end of the week my roommate and I finally got a moment to sit down with some Christmas cookies and hot chocolate to watch the movie.

And it was even better than expected!

The movie opens up with the beautiful Vanessa Hudgens as "Stacy De Novo" in her bright blue, bakery sweater. I am convinced that Vanessa Hudgens does not age considered she looks the exact same as she did when she was eighteen starring in "High School Musical". Of course, it was extremely cliche as everyone expected. Most of the lines are predictable and cheesy. Yes, there a royal ball the princess has to attend, but what I didn't see coming was the number of female bad*** moments! The female characters in this movie are witty, smart, and weren't going to take anything from ANYONE.

Starting off with Mrs. Donatelli

Mrs. Donatelli is the Princess's caretaker and close friend. She has been taking care of Margaret, the princess since she was young, so of course she was willing to help both the Princess and Stacy whenever she could. Mrs. Donatelli is quick on her feet and gets Stacy out of some tricky situations in the best way possible. She is loyal and does not take anything from the nosey and rude "Frank." She will put him in his place with the blink of an eye and I enjoyed every single one of her witty comments. Her character is definitely one of my favorites.

Then there's the Queen.

The Queen has very little appearances but when she is on screen she is fierce. There is one scene where Frank has an envelope he would like to relay to the King, but instead, the Queen answers the door. Frank insists that he has "urgent news for the King" to which the Queen replies (in the worst*** way), "Anything the concerns the King concerns me as well." Frank still persists and explains that he should meet directly with the King. Then as calm and poised as ever, the Queen states, "It would be such a shame to lose one's job right before Christmas, wouldn't it?" and demands he hand over the envelope. We love a Queen!

And finally, Ms. Stacy De Novo of course!

The small town baker from Chicago is truly an icon in this movie. Stacy is such a sweet, intelligent, and understanding person. She is also very independent and believes that the princess should be as just involved in things as the Prince. In one scene, the Prince invites the "Margaret" (who is actually Stacy) to go horseback riding with him. While they are on the trail the Prince explains how the state of affairs can be quite a burden. "Margaret" explains that burdens aren't so bad if you have someone to share them with. The Prince laughs and says, "I doubt you would be interested in the details of foreign trade." When she asks why he states, "Because you have a wedding to plan." Offended and pretty pissed, "Margaret" storms off and heads back to the palace. From then on, "Margaret" continues to prove that she is capable of more than just planning the wedding. She tries to learn more about shelter their family runs, and even goes as far as visiting the shelter and meeting the families. "Margaret" proves time and time again that she wants to contribute and play an active role in bettering the community.

She refuses to be seen as just a pretty face.

What I love so much about this movie is how there is more to Vanessa Hudgens's character than her love interest. Both Stacy and Margaret have dreams and they take action. They wanted something and they went for it, which I admired and I did not expect from this movie. It was a serendipitous moment that I personally believe made the movie much more enjoyable. I should have expected nothing less from the incredibly talented Vanessa Hudgens. I highly recommend this movie! A cute Christmas love story starring strong female characters sounds like the perfect Christmas movie to me.

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