C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S Thoughts

C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S Thoughts

He who has not christ in his heart, will not find it under the tree.
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Christmas is sometimes over looked for what it really means, so here's a few things to think about on Christmas to remind us the real meaning and value of it:

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Christ. Let’s not forget the real reason behind this wonderful holiday. Today is Christ’s birthday. Today is the day that the baby was born, and little did we know the wonderful impact he would have on our lives. Don’t forget to say a prayer and thank him.

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Hope. Hope is all around us! We hope for a wonderful day! We hope everyone is happy, healthy and all together. Hope is what gets us through some of the toughest times throughout the year!

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Rejoice. Rejoice that everyone has made it another year to spend time for each other. Rejoice over the savior and the special time you are still granted on this earth.

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Immanuel. God is with us, no matter where we go. He is always around us. We can always stop and say a short prayer! A reminder that god will protect the house of David.

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Spirit. The Christmas spirit is never more alive during this season. The spirt that Christ is watching over us. The spirit of Santa traveling around the whole world in one night.

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Togetherness. Today is one of the few days in the year that everyone is all together! This time of year, is the time we get to see relatives we haven’t seen in a while. Don’t forget to soak up these moments. You’ll never know when it’ll be someone’s last Christmas.

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Mass. Don’t forget about mass today. Today will be the day you won’t be able to walk in 5 minutes until it starts and get you unassigned assigned seat. This will be the day everyone is coming to church to celebrate the birth of Christ! Don’t forget to go early!!

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Angel. The angels that look over us on the daily. The angels of our family that are no longer physically with us, but are with us in spirits. The ones that help us get to where we need to be in life.

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Salvation. The salvation that our sins will be taken from us, and that we will be forgiven for the bad things we have done. We will be cleansed of the sin and be able to spend eternity with the ones we love.

Share the real value of Christmas with your family this year! Make sure the real meaning is known and valued!

It's not what's around the tree that matters, its who's around the tree and the values shared.

Cover Image Credit: Kendall Gatewood

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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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Stop Missing Summer Because Of Your Terrible Sleeping Patterns

It's a bad habit.

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We've all been guilty of a self-indulgent lie-in from time to time, whether we went to bed late the previous night or need a mental health day. But when summer rolls around, it becomes so easy to let the occasional lie-in until noon turns into a horrible habit.

Admittedly, it is nice to put off responsibilities that hang over our shoulders during the school year by staying in bed. It's great to be lazy every once in a while. It can do wonders for your mindset.

However, if you have nothing begging for your attention when the semester is over, that habit can become self-destructive in a way. You stay up past midnight, wake up around noon, dress—and then, the day is nearly over.

It becomes a vicious cycle that is difficult to undo, and if you don't undo it, you're missing out on a large chunk of your summer.

I find this has been happening to me recently. I stay up until two in the morning as I only work a few days a week, and wake up around noon. But in two hours, my sisters finish school, and what have I accomplished? Absolutely nothing!

The self-indulgent lie-in becomes miserable as you see those wasted hours turn to dust, and before you know it, you've already been at home for a month. What do you have to show for it? Days spent waking at noon and barely being productive?

If your sleeping patterns are in your control, I'd advise you to curl up in bed earlier, wake up earlier, and enjoy the world earlier. This is the free time you've been craving all year, and if you're not enjoying it properly, no one else will! The second you let your summer fall out of your control, you become irritated with yourself for letting it happen at all.

There is so much to take advantage of in the early mornings that you're sleeping through! So dress, head outside, and breathe in the summer for what it's worth!

(Also worth noting that sleeping until noon occasionally can be wonderful too, as we all need our relaxing time, but don't get sucked into the habit all over again.)

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