8 Special Ways To Celebrate Feeling Merry And Bright

8 Special Ways To Celebrate Feeling Merry And Bright

What better way to get into the holiday season!

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Ladies and gentleman, it is officially time to start blasting Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' as you drive down the street. Even though it still might not be totally acceptable to attach reindeer antlers to the top of your cars, there are plenty of ways to get involved in the holiday spirit!

1. 25 Days of Christmas Movie Marathon 

Easily one of the best holiday traditions out there. Get snuggled up in your matching pajama set, have some extra hot chocolate ready, and tune into the classic Christmas movies broadcasted every year. Take a night in to truly sit back, relax, and get into the Christmas spirit.

2. Ice Skating in NYC is a MUST

The best way to be a tourist in New York City is to go ice skating! Grab your loved ones for a fun night of skating (or trying to pull off like you can actually skate before you break an ankle after falling on the floor repeatedly). There are ice skating rinks located in Rockefeller Center and in Bryant Park surrounded by glistening Christmas lights and more!

3. Visit Christmas Village Love Park in Philly!

Visit Philadelphia's finest Christmas attraction! For all those who live closer to the greater Philadelphia area, check out The Christmas Village for a chance to watch live performances, attend different events, and take pictures centered around spreading holiday fun!

4. Anyone ready to bake some Christmas cookies?

All I'm saying is if you haven't already bought the holiday-themed Pillsbury cookies you are not celebrating the holiday season right! What better way to spend time with your family than to break out your cookie baking skills by making some tasty treats!? Not only is it a great way to spend the afternoon with loved ones, but also makes any home feel incredibly ready for the holiday season.

5. Alright, it's time to see who can build the best gingerbread house!

Building gingerbread houses are all fun and games until your friend gets a little too competitive, and makes their house look like a legitimate mansion while your's looks like it was done by a 2-year-old. You can purchases any gingerbread house from stores like Target, or Five Below to add some competition into the holiday fun!

6. See the famous Christmas tree in NYC!

New York City is known during the holiday season for this beautiful Christmas tree, and every year and it attracts more and more tourists from all over! A great way to get some holiday pictures on your Instagram is taking one in front of this beautiful tree.

7. Go to a local Holiday Light Show! 

Ever year, designated houses like to overly decorate their homes with Christmas lights, blow ups, and people dressed in costumes to attract multiple guests to check out their light show! This attraction is incredibly fun to visit to see what each home can do to make their home looked decked out in lights throughout the course of the holiday season.

My boyfriend and I go each year, it has become a special tradition for us. Look up local light shows in your area for you and your significant other to visit and enjoy an extravagant night of lights!

8. Attend a Christmas Parade near you!

Local holiday parades are the best way to not only get families to come together to celebrate the holiday season, but also the community. Check out on your local community website about upcoming events regarding a holiday parade today!

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Now that Halloween is over, the most wonderful time of the year will be here before you know it! Twinkling lights and piping hot, hot cocoa to big, puffy winter parkas and rosy cheeks from quickly walking in the freezing cold all mean that CHRISTMAS IS COMING. In the midst of exams, leftover Thanksgiving weight workouts, new year resolutions, and holiday shopping, it can be hard to take the time to think about what YOU want for Christmas. What gadgets or clothing articles you'll use all the time in 2018. But Christmas gift online shopping is the best self-care and most productive way to procrastinate during this time of year!

1. Wireless Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

Now you can finally have background music for singing in the shower!

Find on Amazon for $13.99

2. Passion Planner

Start off 2018 on a creative and colorful note! And maybe you'll actually use it for the entire year...

3. Fidget cubes


Fidget spinners are SO out! Fidget cubes have all the clicking, rubbing, distraction-prone things you could need all in one cube!

Find on Amazon for $8.89

4. Alexa by Amazon

There will no longer be a need to get off the couch when you can have Alexa turn off the lights for you.

Find on Amazon for $99.99

5. An Amazon gift card for when your Aunt buys you the wrong size sweater

5. A gift card to Whole Foods -- or wherever they sell avocados

6. Might as well ask for a bunch of avocados

7. Old Navy Socks

Because you can get three pairs of socks for 5 dollars!

8. Another pair of headphones


You already know that you're going to lose a pair this year, so might as well save yourself the hassle of going two weeks without headphones.

Find on Amazon for $18.97

9. A new thermos

10. Champagne Gummy Bears

Nothing says "Happy New Year!" like popping Champagne flavored gummy bears into your mouth

11. Candy canes

Because you can never wrong with red and white dyed sticks of sugar.

12. Bath and Body Works candles

13. Red Bubble Stickers

To decorate that new laptop or water bottle you got ;)

14. Cards Against Humanity


It's about time you got yourself a deck of dirty, youthful humor.

Find on Amazon for $25

15. A 10 foot long iPhone charger

16. A family of succulent pants

To keep you company while being single during the holidays!

17. Fuzzy socks


Find on Amazon for $16.99

18. Cute athleisure wear

You can never have too much, and nothing feels better than a great pair of leggings you can wear to work and the gym.

18. Phone case

New year, new case, new you!

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.

Ty


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"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

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