9 Ways To Spread Christmas Cheer To Your Anti-Early-Christmas Friends

9 Ways To Spread Christmas Cheer To Your Anti-Early-Christmas Friends



There are two types of people in November....

I just so happen to be Buddy the Elf. I have no shame in admitting my Christmas tree has been lighting up my teeny dorm room since October 30th....

Yes, I do know "it's not even Thanksgiving yet."

I'm not skipping a holiday, people!

I love Thanksgiving just as much as the Pilgrims did way back when. I will celebrate it by stuffing my face with all the yummy things and giving thanks for the many blessings in my life. One of those blessings being that I have the freedom to begin celebrating the most wonderful time of the year *gasp* EARLY!

I just simply cannot take the negativity any longer. And as a Psychology major, I understand there is only one way to put an end to it...

REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY *Insert evil laugh here*


Put up the trees. Hang the stockings. Light up your house so it's visible from Pluto. And definitely, put up the huge inflatable Santa.

2. And show them all said decorations

Post them on the 'gram, tweet them, throw them on Pinterest because you know they're worthy, and my gosh even put them on Facebook.

3. Cue the music

Blare Christmas tunes 24/7. I'm talking all the time. In the shower. In the car. At the gym. During meals. Morning. Night. And Noon. Let the jams be heard.

4. Greet them with a very jolly, "Merry Christmas."

November 15th? MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

5. Buy them ugly Christmas sweater.

Or two... Or three...

6. Invite them for movie night to watch ELF

And do what he says.. Especially eat cookie dough. Yeah, eat all the cookie dough.

7. Bake them Christmas cookies

You're not you when you're hungry... Maybe a good cookie will bring them to their Christmas senses

8. Bring them a Christmasy drink

No one, I mean no one can resist hot cocoa with lots of marshmallows, seasonal Starbucks drinks or EGGNOG

9. Love their Grinchy self-hard

Even if they're still devoted to waiting until after Thanksgiving...

Whether you decide to begin celebrating Christmas early or not, I hope that whenever you do, you do it in a way that brings joy to you and everyone around you. It's truly the most wonderful time of the year!

And for real, I promise I'm not skipping Thanksgiving. I just really want to eat my turkey while I look at my beloved Christmas tree.

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The Importance Of The 5 Types Of Friends In Your Life

I'll never find more selfless and unique people in my life.

Friends are not easy to find. They are taken for granted and are always there when needed. Good friends are the ones that are by your side through thick and thin, support you during a breakup, and are the scapegoat to temporarily dealing with problems.

There are five main types of friends which include: The Leader, the Cheerleader, the Prophet, the Confidant, and the Motivator. Within each friend is a blessing, one you do not expect. Friends hold you up, they support and guide you. They are there to listen to you and be there whether you are in a time of need or just around for shits and giggles.

The Leader will tell you to pull your act together and keep fighting, they are the reason you are so put together even when you feel like you are not. They push you to be your best self.

The Cheerleader will cheer you on and tell you that you're doing great, even if you are doing everything wrong and should stop altogether. They have that special kind of pep that you used to get from the girls in uniforms at those football and basketball games in high school.

The Prophet gives wise advice, not the crap (sorry dad) that you get from your parents, but the type of advice that relates directly to your situation. Although parental advice is always needed and is awesome and all, friend advice is always good because they understand what you’re going through because they are going through the same things.

The Confidant is the friend you can trust anything with. Secrets, help, support, they got you.

The Motivator is the friend who motivates you, duh. They give you reasons to not quit and will be there 100% of the way.

If you're anything like me, I'm not an easy person to love. Friends put up with A LOT of shit and the majority of the time, we take them for granted. Take the time to thank them for being there for you through thick and thin and don’t do anything stupid to lose them. They are your friends and they want to be there for you, so let them.

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The Struggle Of Living In This World As A 'Caitlin'

If your name is Caitlin, Caitlyn, Kaitlyn, Katelyn, Kaitlin, etc., you understand the struggle of having this name.

For some reason, in the years 1994-2000 everyone decided that they wanted to name their kid "Kaitlyn". I mean, I don't really see the appeal, but man was this name popular.

My name is Caitlin, and living with this name has cursed me all my life.

First off, there are probably a hundred different ways to spell this name. The most popular ones are Kaitlyn, Caitlyn, Caitlin, Kaitlin, and Katelyn. But seriously I've seen some weird ass spellings, like Katelynn (it's so literal), Caetlin, Katelin, Kaitlynn, etc. Pretty much any combination of those letters can spell my name.

Because there are literally so many ways to spell my name, people always end up spelling it the using the wrong way (and it doesn't help that my last name is also hard to spell).

I've gotten to the point when people ask me how to spell my name, I just say "with a 'C' and an 'I,'" and they understand.

Now my mom chose the spelling of my name so people wouldn't shorten my name to a nickname easily. Well despite my mom's intentions, I have still gotten called a shit load of nicknames, no matter how many times I tell people I liked to be called "Caitlin." I've been called Katie, Caddy, Kate, and Cici.

Because this name is so damn popular for my age, I was always surrounded by other Caitlins. In elementary school, there was never a year that I didn't have another Caitlin in class with me. In elementary school, I was always "Caitlin C." or "Caitlin with a C." I didn't know how to respond to anything different.

One awesome thing about there being so many of us with this name is that we truly do stick together. in elementary school, I had a close friend names Katelynn. My best friend for the past 8 years is named Caitlyn ( we're going to write a memoir about our friendship called "Caitli/yn").

It's super funny when I introduce her to new people as my best friend, and they ask what her name is and I say "Caitlyn." Everyone is always hella confused.

No matter how terrible a person you are, if your name is Caitlin, Caitlyn, Kaitlyn, Katelyn, Kaitlin, etc., I love you. You understand the struggle of having this name.

No matter how annoying this name is though, I would never change it. Don't call me Kate, Katie, Caddy, or whatever bullshit nickname can be contrived from my name.

I am CAITLIN, with "C" and an "I."

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