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.
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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 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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How Starting Your Journey Is Half Of The Battle

"You can start your journey any day at anytime."

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Not that long ago, I wrote an article about a little phrase I heard on my friend's snapchat story. It got a tone of views and a lot of great feedback. And just in time for the beginning of the new school semester, he said something else that just kind of stuck with me.

He said that you can start your journey any day, at any time.

Okay so we've all heard this before but have any of us actually taken the time to put that saying into action? Well, quite recently I have. I used to be the type of person who waited until last minute to do everything, whether it was homework, a workout plan or whatever I wanted to accomplish. I used to be the type of person who said that at whatever time I'll start my homework and if it was a minute past that time I would have to wait to the start of the new hour....yes like the meme.

But now, ever since I heard that quote, it's been replaying in my head on a loop. Which is why I now just do things at the moment they're thought of and not a certain time. I decided that this is the semester, I don't wait until the last minute to do all of my work, and so far it's going well. I decided that this is the perfect time to get in shape, and not wait until the New Year, because I'm the skinniest most out of shape person that I know. I decided that instead of waiting until the new year to eat healthier that I'm going to do it now.

For a while I have wanted to get back into dance. I kept saying that I'll sign up for classes again when I finish school. But instead I decided to do it now, registered for a ballet class at school and signed up for ballroom dance, and it hands down has been one of the best decisions I have made.

Honestly it's been weird not having a set start date and time for certain things, but why would I put off doing something that I want to do? What I will say though, is that not procrastinating on homework has made these first couple of weeks of the semester fly by and seem like a breeze.

Just by letting go of the idea that every thing needs to have a set start date and time and a set date and time to end has made the pressure of things go away. By just starting my journey for whatever I'm doing right now, has increased my happiness and my overall productivity of what I'm doing.

So a little word of advice just go for and just do whatever you want to do right now.

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