I Play Christmas Music All Year Long And Nobody Can Stop Me

I Play Christmas Music All Year Long And Nobody Can Stop Me

Personally, I think that the "Christmas feeling" could do us some good in October, or April or even July.

I think that everyone who celebrates can agree that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year by far.

All of a sudden lights start appearing on trees and around streetlamp and the air seems to smell like peppermint. But the traditional scene of Christmas preparation, baking cookies in a warm kitchen after playing in the snow while drinking hot chocolate, cannot be complete without some quality holiday tuneage playing in the background. Christmas simply wouldn't be Christmas without the music.

However, it has begun to become acceptable to start playing Christmas music only after Thanksgiving has passed. Some people even argue that December first is the official start of "Christmas season."

This common argument has one fatal flaw: Christmas exemplifies things that we should be paying attention to all year round. Why can we only be festive and cheery, kind and charitable, and close to our friends and families for only one a month a year?

Personally, I think that the "Christmas feeling" could do us some good in October, or April or even July.

If our holiday self is our best self, the one who loves the most, gives the most, appreciates the most, and is the most joyful, then why aren't we encouraging people to keep that sentiment around for as long as possible? Why do we deny ourselves a more generally cheery existence?

Some may argue that only playing Christmas music for a short time makes it "special," but aren't all of the truly special things in our lives the ones that are permanent?

For example, my dog is very special to me, but I would never be able to imagine only seeing my dog one month per year! Seeing him less wouldn't make him any more special to me, I would just miss him when he isn't there! The same is true of Christmas music. The special things are permanent, like lifelong friendships, close relationships with family, a strong sense of self, and of course, dogs.

So to all of the Christmas-music-shamers out there, you know that you secretly want to be jamming out to Mariah Carey right now as much as the rest of us. Come join the fun, and have a "Holly, Jolly Christmas" all year long.

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

Sometimes, college is just more fun.

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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10 Places To Go In NYC During The Holiday Season

No better place to be during the holiday season than NYC.

One of the best places to go during the holiday season is New York City, also known as “The Big Apple.” There is so much do and see! Whether you are going for a day, a week, or longer, you will always find an attraction to see or a place to eat.

During the holiday season, New York City has such holiday cheer because many people come to see the tree and spend time with family exploring the city, while seeing all the decorations and endless lights. The top 10 places to visit are listed below.

1. Tree In Rockefeller Center

Because of the famous tree located in its center, the Rockefeller Center is one of the most popular tourist attractions during the holiday season. It is brings a lot of people to the city because they want to see what all the "talk" is about regarding this landmark. The tree stands about 75-feet tall, and is decorated with many colorful lights. The best time to see the tree is at night, when you can see all the lights glowing.

2. Carmine's Italian Restaurant

Looking or a great place to eat when in the city? Head on over to Carmine's. It has been in the city for many, many years and serves some of the best Italian food around. It is one of those places that people say you need to go to if you are in the city.

3. Bryant Park

One of my favorite places in the city is Bryant Park, which has its own skating rink. The nice part is that skating is free, if you bring your own skates. If you are not a fan of skating, there are also many little shops and vendors located in the park. There is also a tree located in the center, where visitors often like to take photos.

4. Times Square

Times Square is known as the place where millions of people gather and wait all day to see the famous ball drop on New Year's Eve. Here's a little secret-- if you really want to see the ball that drops on TV, head to the city a couple days before and you will be able to see where it drops as well as the ball itself with your own two eyes. While it doesn't actually drop, you can imagine what it would be like.

5. 5th Avenue Holiday Displays

Walking down 5th avenue, there are lights, lights, and lights everywhere. All the stores have their window displays decorated with breathtaking light displays. If you are not really in the holiday spirit, just take a trip down 5th Avenue to change that.

6. Central Park

If love sledding, head on over to Central Park and its many hills. Sledding is a must during the holiday season, especially in the city, where there is unmatched Christmas spirit. There are also many little holiday shops and light displays in Central Park.

7. The Radio City Rockettes

Looking for entertainment while in the Big Apple? This is a great place to take friends, family, kids, etc. It is a show put on by the Rockettes, who are fantastic dancers and are famously known for their kick line. Not only are you able to see the Rockettes, but you are also able to see a special appearance from Santa, as well as a live manger scene.

8. Empire State Building

If you are looking for a place to see the beautiful city during the day or at night, the Empire State Building is the place for you. During the holiday season, it is especially breathtaking to see the city from such an altitude because there are so many lights and decorations. Also, if you are a fan of the movie "Elf," you are able to see one of the places where this top-rated holiday movie was filmed. You too can feel like Buddy the Elf when you step into the Empire State Building for the first time.

9. Ice Skating Rink In Rockefeller Center

One of the best known ice skating places is located in the middle of Rockefeller Center. You can enjoy ice skating while being able to look at beautiful scenery, which includes tree and light displays. Unlike Bryant Park, it cost a few dollars to ice skate here.

10. The High Line

Although the weather is a little chilly, the High Line is a must do when going to the city. While walking the High Line, you are able to see all the lights that people display throughout the city. You can do this during the day or even at night.

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