7 Tips To Help You Get Through The Holidays

7 Tips To Help You Get Through The Holidays

Santa is still watching- no matter how old you are!

Ahh. Christmas. The most wonderful time of the year....right? If you're anything like me, sometimes it can feel like the most stressful time of the year. It's easy to get tied up in all of the holiday shopping, the insane mall traffic, the hunt for the best deals, and the crazy family members that will probably be sleeping in your bedroom. Here is some advice to help you avoid the holiday madness and save you from pulling all of your hair out this year.

1. Have a game plan. Sit yourself down with a pen and some paper. Make a list of everyone on your gift-giving radar and what you want to get them. Think about where you can purchase these gifts and schedule time for yourself to run out and get some shopping done. If you're looking to save time, online shopping can be a blessing. Look for holiday deals and discounts and take advantage of them! Doing this in advance will help lower your stress levels and keep you in the Christmas spirit!

2. Avoid prime time shopping hours. Great deals + kids home from school + people off of work = retail chaos. Knock some things off of your shopping list during the weekday mornings and afternoons. You'll be in and out of these stores so quick that you won't even get stuck behind the woman asking to speak to the manager because her 5% off coupon has expired.

3. Turn on some Christmas music. Go ahead. Sing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” at the top of your lungs in the car like nobody's watching. Who cares if the guy next to you at that red light is recording you? Get snapchat famous.

4. Volunteer. Prepare a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child or volunteer at your local soup kitchen. Helping people less fortunate than yourself will help you remember what Christmas is all about. Giving isn't about your wallet. It's about your heart.

5. Treat yourself. Hey. You’re awesome. Don't forget about yourself this year. Buy yourself a gift and slap a tag on it.

From: Me

To: Me

You deserve it.

6. Be grateful. Sit back and appreciate all of the amazing people in your life. So what if your Aunt Susan bought you another GAP sweatshirt this year? She went out of her way to get it for YOU. That's pretty cool. Thanks, Aunt Susan.

7. Be a better person. Thank the retail worker who is busting his butt just to make sure that you get the perfect gift. Be patient waiting in lines and be courteous on the roads. Let that guy in the pick-up truck out in front of you for a change. Life is too short to be in a hurry. Embracing the Christmas spirit is more contagious than you think! After all, Santa is still watching- no matter how old you are.

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High School Summer Vs. College Summer

Summer isn't all fun and games anymore.

Summer: the most wonderful time of the year. School’s out, obligations are at an all-time low, and life is simple. The only problem - I’m not in high school anymore. This naïve cupcake phase of life is now over, thanks to you, college. Now, free time is a foreign concept to myself along with my peers; summer's not all fun and games as it was in previous years.

School’s out? Ha, you THOUGHT.

What time is it? Summer (school) time! When the final bell rang on the last day of high school, we all jumped for joy and anticipated summer’s freedom filled with the luxurious free time that displaces class time. When you finished your last final in college, you might as well buy class materials for your nearly approaching summer semester. Unlike the good old high school days, summer marks the start for even more time to incorporate school: particularly, summer school. Here lie students who are retaking failed courses and/or those who are behind on classes and need to get ahead. School’s out, scream and shout? You got it all wrong, High School Musical.

Time to intern!

Not only is summer “break” a good time to take some extra classes, but it’s also a perfect time to intern. That’s right, no sleeping in ‘til noon! Don’t forget to set those alarms because college students have to be up and running to gain work experience for their future careers. College students sometimes even endure these long days without any pay, but you gotta do what you gotta do to lock in a post-college job at that ideal company. High school students: props to you if you intern over the summer, I just see it more often among college kids.

Work, work, work.

I had a summer job in high school, but I didn’t work nearly as much as I do now as a college student. Summer is the optimal time to stack up on dollar bills in your savings account. You need money for those ridiculously pricey textbooks (opened quite less often than you’d think), groceries, housing, spending money, and other miscellaneous college expenses. Yeah, you can always work doing the school year, but juggling that along with classes, extracurricular activities, and an eventful social life can be pretty exhausting. Also, it can deter you from getting decent grades (which is why you're in college in the first place).

Vacation? More like no-cation.

Ah, do I miss those summers where I’d be at the beach for weeks on end. With summer classes, a job, and an internship, vacation is just time I no longer have. You can’t just request time off from class, internships, and work! Other (and more important) matters demand your time and effort. If you're lucky, a quick, cheap weekend getaway is you're best bet.

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)


I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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