Christmas Season Is The Best Season, But Not Because Of The Gifts

Christmas Season Is The Best Season, But Not Because Of The Gifts

The gifts are just a bonus.


When people think about Christmas and the Christmas season, the first thought that comes to the mind is the presents. While getting presents is cool and whatnot, there are so many other reasons as to why the Christmas season is the best.

When I think of Christmas, I think of decorations. Decorating is the absolute best part when it comes to Christmas. Everything just looks so beautiful and for the colder states, they get a true winter wonderland, which is something I hope to experience one day.

When I think of Christmas, I think of hot chocolate. The best Christmas date is getting a cup of hot chocolate and walking around town looking at Christmas lights and just spending quality time with one another. Hot chocolate is the drink of the Christmas season. Who needs eggnog when there is hot chocolate?

When I think of Christmas, I think of getting gifts for other people. I love buying people gifts but I am not a fan of receiving them, which I think is the case for most people. The important aspect to remember is that gifts don't need to have huge monetary value. The smallest, cheapest gifts can mean the most. The thought is what matters most.

When I think of Christmas, I think of family. Christmas is not complete without family. Being able to spend the holiday season with your family is the best thing in the world. Decorating the house, Christmas shopping, and family traditions. My family specifically has the tradition of making fudge every Christmas and I look forward to it every year. I finally got my mother's recipe and last year was the first year I made the fudge. I can't wait to make it again this year! Along with fudge, my mom gets us Christmas pajamas for us to open every Christmas Eve.

When I think of Christmas, I think of the Christmas movies. Christmas has some of the best seasonal movies ever. Especially the classics such as "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". Of course, Christmas would not be complete until you watch "Elf" a few thousand times.

Christmas is also a part of the most beautiful season regarding the weather. Winter is such a beautiful season, and I am probably saying that because I live in Arizona and Arizona doesn't actually get a winter but either way, winter is beautiful here. One day I will be able to live in a state like Colorado and be able to experience a snowy Christmas.

During the Christmas season, even the people seem to be in a better mood. As someone who works at a coffee shop, I have tons of different conversations a day and I have noticed that the closer Christmas seems to be, the happier and more content people are. My theory about this is the fact that people get to spend time with family and friends.

The Christmas season is so much more than just gifts. It is a season of togetherness and family spirit. It is a season of beauty and exploration. It is a season that beats all others.

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21 Beer-rific Instagram Captions For Your 21st Birthday

Because "twenty fun" is old and overused.

For the past few years, I have seen the same caption on Instagram over and over again about a girl turning 21. Yes, "Twenty fun," is pretty clever, but I'm tired of seeing it. Since my 21st birthday is this week, I was wondering what I should use as an Instagram caption. So, here are 21 Instagram captions that you'll be dying to use for your 21st.

1. R.I.P. Fake ID.

2. Cheers and beers to my 21 years.

3. Do you find me aBOOZing?

4. Pitcher perfect.

5. Hakuna Ma 'Vodka - It means no memories for the rest of your night.

6. Bad and Boozy

7. I make pour decisions.

8. Beer makes me hoppy.

9. IPA lot when I drink.

10. I can finally have a six-pack.

11. Tequila probably won't fix my problems, but it's worth a shot.

12. Sip happens.

13. Let the evening be Gin.

14. Wine not?

15. Whiskey business.

16. Getting into the birthday spirit.

17. If life gives you lemons, add vodka.

18. Here's to the year I won't remember.

19. It's a lot easier to start the day when you know it can now end with beer.

20. Save water, drink beer.

21. Here's to an unBEERleliveable night.

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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.


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.


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

As well as this article by a fellow creator…

What You Learn Losing A Parent So Young

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