20 Christmas Songs That Need Retire Forever

20 Christmas Songs That Need Retire Forever

We all know those annoying Christmas songs -- here the top 20 that need to get out of my life.

Christmas is right around the corner, and that means that stores are starting to decorate, and everywhere you go it is almost time to hear Christmas songs. This also means that soon you will be flipping through the radio stations and you will be hearing the beginning tones of Christmas. But there are some that we can all agree that need to get out and be retired - forever.

1. "All I Want For Christmas is You"

This is the biggest offender. This song seems to be played on repeat and it is rather annoying. Actually, I think ALL Mariah Carrey songs can just quit. Please and thank you.

2. "Last Christmas"

It really doesn’t matter who sings it, if it the original with Wham, or if it is Taylor Swift. We do not need a heartbreak song, it is Christmas!

3. "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)"

See the reason for "All I Want For Christmas Is You". Seriously, Mariah, GO AWAY, THE 90s are OVER!

4a. "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer"

Just please, no.

4b. "Grandpa Got Runned Over By a John Deere"

Seriously, no.

5. ANY Justin Beiber Christmas song.

Please, spare us our eardrums.

6a. "12 Days of Christmas"

This is great, but can we please stop after, like, maybe five? I can never remember how many lords are leaping, or maids are milking, or even how many swans are swimming.

6b. "The Redneck 12 Days of Christmas"

As funny as it really is, we could just stop with the five flannel shirts.

7, "Santa Baby"

It doesn’t matter who sings this song it is gross and annoying. Oh, did I mention how disgusting this is? Can we not sexualize Santa Clause? Thanks.

8. "That’s Christmas to Me"

This is by Pentatonix, while they are very good and talented, this song just makes me cringe. They sound like robot carolers or like the Old Navy Mannequins singing. Please skip.

9. "Duck the Halls"

This is by the Robertson family; yes, the hairy people from Louisianna that have beards, wear camo, and have something to do with hunting. I mean, they do great with their Duck Commander stuff, the TV show was cringe-worthy, but singing? NO THANK YOU.

10. "Hairy Christmas"

Yeah, Robertson family strikes again. If you love Christmas music, don’t even venture to the far corners of YouTube to find this one. It is not even worth it.

11. "Rajin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas"

Still, by the Robertson family. These three songs listed are the worst on their album. They just need to stick to camouflage and beard growing.

12. "Leroy the Redneck Reindeer"

Redneck reindeer is quite out there for an idea, of course, the name Leroy is not one that you see too often. While this song could be good in theory, I don’t think it is one I will be singing with my children in the car in the near feature.

13. "Jingle Bells"

Seriously, the main chorus is fine, but you add on the rest it is bad. It has the same melody. When you learn piano, it is one of the first songs you learn because it is the same thing, over, and over, and over, AND OVER. Let’s just limit this to the kids, please?

14. "Christmas Shoes"

While this song is meant to show how Christmas can be for some, it is unbelievably sad. It is not something that I would consider a 'must listen to' so it feels like Christmas. Whenever I hear it I just end up bawling like a baby.

15. "Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy"

Seriously, along the lines of "Santa Baby" can we please just not? It is incredibly odd and weird.

16. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

See "Santa Baby's" explanation. Just let’s stop kissing all over Santa and really just being weird.

17. "You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"

I get it, the Grinch is a Christmas movie, but do we have to play this song all the time. It really is not necessary.

18. "Christmas Tree"

Now, hear me out, the Lady Gaga version is what I am addressing here. It is really just a pathetic mess.

19. "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time."

While this song will get you hyped, the first time you hear it, a couple weeks before Thanksgiving, you get really sick of it, really quickly.

20. "I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas"

This song is cute and innocent, but after the 4th time of hearing it in three hours, it really just needs to quit. The singer's voice gets a tad annoying.

Enjoy every other song but these.

Merry Christmas!

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5 Surprising Reasons to Take Up Ice Fishing This Season

Why Ice Fishing is the Best Fishing

Winter has arrived and since we live in the real world and not in Game of Thrones universe, it won't last for years. That's why instead of being cooped up in your own house, you should make the best of this season. And how can you do it?? Of course, by ice fishing. 

Yes, I am perfectly aware that, when we hear the word 'Winter', fishing is not the first thing that comes to our mind; but it should. 

Ok, I admit that winter is cold, bleak and sometimes boring. However, ice fishing is the best way to spice up our winter. There is no activity that would cheer you up in this gloomy weather more than fishing through the ice. Yet, if you are still skeptical about ice fishing, then below I have given 5 reasons that would certainly convince you to take up ice fishing this winter. 

1. Saves Money

Money matters to everyone, unless you are Bill Gates or his lucky lad. And, you can save a lot of money by fishing in winter rather than in summer. For, during the summer, in order to catch fish, you must own or rent a boat, and a boat requires maintenance, and all of this will cost you a huge sum of money. 

On the other hand, in winter you won't need a boat, and without a boat, there would be no maintenance. This would certainly save you an ample amount of money. Besides, instruments of ice fishing aren't expensive and you can purchase them for less than $100. However, you must make sure that your equipment such as rods, auger, and fishing reels are top notch to ensure that you are fully prepared for any kind of fish. 

2. Perfect for family outing

One thing that I particularly love about ice fishing is that we can do it with our family, unlike fishing in summer, as it is quite difficult to go fishing with 5 or 6 people in the boat. It is also worthy of note that ice angling is extremely popular among kids as a winter activity as they love playing in the snow, and their happy faces will certainly brighten up your mood. Thus, it won't be an exaggeration to say that an exhilarating fishing adventure is the best outdoor activity for family outings in this freezing weather. 

3. No sunburn

Sunburn is a cause of concern for most of the anglers, and rightly so. Because overexposure to the sun can cause us severe skin damage. However, ice anglers don't have to worry about sunburn unless you are one of those who prefer to fish in a state of undress. 

Nonetheless, it would be wise for you to put on some warm and comfortable clothes of high-quality as it would protect you from hypothermia. And, if you are you terrified of cold weather, don't worry, for, with a new technology called ThermoLogic line by NTA Enterprise, you can control the temperature of your own fishing apparel. Therefore, put all your worries into the closet and remember, before embarking on the ice, you must bundle up. 

4. You Don't get bored

It could be quite frustrating when the fish is not biting. But you shouldn’t trouble yourself, as you can try a lot of other activities instead of waiting for the fish to get hooked. For example, you can play cards, hockey (my favorite) or enjoy a hot tub out in the open. Besides, you will have all your fishing buddies alongside you. But if you are one of those who like to fish alone, then divulge in skating or you can try your cooking skills while keeping an eye on the hole for fish. Hence, rest assured, boredom is something that you won't suffer from while ice fishing. 

5. Great for health

I am sure, you have heard this phrase 'health is wealth', but did you know that you can preserve your 'wealth' by ice fishing? Yes, you can. But how??? Well, It has been scientifically proven that being near to water is greatly beneficial for our health, even when the water is frozen. 

An Australian study has revealed that water can have a great effect on our overall fitness. For, it reduces stress (which is vital for our heart), helps breast cancer patient's recovery,and aids to tackle chronic illness or mental problems. Therefore, by taking up ice fishing in this winter you can get both pleasure and health benefits.

So Do You Feel The Itch?

By now, you should feel the bubbles in your stomach for ice fishing. It has fun, adventure and what not! Let me know your thought on taking up ice fishing this season in the comment section below.

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7 Key 'Pointes' I Learned About Dance After I Quit

It's all blood, sweat and tears, but no one outside of the studio knows.

As a kid, I wanted to be someone as graceful and as beautiful as a ballerina. So when my mom was willing to sign me up for dance lessons, I was beyond excited to take my first lesson in third grade. For the next three or four years, I developed a passion for dance — so much so that I wanted to be a dancer for the rest of my life. However, due to family-related reasons, I had to put dance on a hiatus for a year. I played a year of catch-ups when I returned, but soon, I had to abruptly leave again. Though I may no longer be with my friends at the barre anymore, I've realized multiple key things about dance that I have never noticed before.

1. You sacrifice a huge chunk of your time.

When I first left the studio, I was shocked at all the spare time I had. I didn't know what to do with all this time, and I was constantly bored. From dancing every day to not dancing at all, I gained six more hours per week (and that was me taking minimum classes required at a company level). I know people who take around eight classes a week, and the studio is practically their home. Now, it's sort of hard to imagine how to balance schoolwork, extracurriculars and work on a tight schedule.

2. Dancing requires much physical exertion.

When I was in dance class, we worked on combinations and techniques until we felt the burn in our muscles, and we would be sore the next day (and possibly the days afterward). I would be drenched in sweat at the end of class, and my glasses would be fogged up by the hot breath. It wasn't until I stopped dancing when I realized that my daily exercise comes from dance classes. I gained a little weight, and my muscles weren't as strong as before.

3. Perseverance is key.

I didn't realize what working for something truly was until I had to do it myself. To be honest, it took me a couple of years to realize that if I wanted something, I had to fight for it. Whether it was to stretch a bit longer every night or to practice turns at home, everything required the initiative to improve. The process would seem so long and frustrating, but I would be so determined that it didn't even matter.

4. Injuries don't exist.

I've witnessed people get injured from dance. It's insane how people are still able to dance and smile through concussions and sprained ankles. I've seen bloody feet, fallen toenails and swollen feet. I've fallen more times than I could count, whether it was from preparing for a jump or just from slipping on the floor. Pointe shoes were a pain, and I'm sure my toenails would never look the same ever again. I barely made it through class back then, and I still don't know how people are able to do it now.

5. You have to be dedicated.

Dance requires so much time, so much energy and so much diligence. You really have to be passionate and dedicated to dance in order to go through this entire process. Once you set your mind on something, you do whatever it takes to improve. After all, what's the point of doing something if you don't care for it?

6. The end result is always rewarding.

When I danced, it was rewarding to accomplish the little things, such as nailing a turn. As an ex-dancer and an audience member, I browsed through dance videos and went to recitals, and it was inspiring to see everyone's hard work pay off. You could tell by their confidence radiating onstage, and it immediately drew you in.

7. You make lasting friendships.

I left the studio twice, and both times I experienced a separation and drift from everyone else. Although a part of it was due to me being an introvert at the time, time can cut friendships off or make people drift apart. On the other hand, I witnessed others bond closer and closer. I believe it's wonderful that people find friends who share the same interests and will support you through your journey. It's mind-blowing to see all the time and effort dancers put into their movements and flow.

Blood, sweat and tears. From an outsider's perspective, dancers make it all look easy. But if I hadn't known any better, I would've brushed off all their efforts off. The end result is what we all see, but we don't realize everything prior to that. Dance isn't often treated as serious as other things, so before you make a remark on dance, walk a mile in the dancer's shoes.

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