Every College Student During Winter Break, As Told By 'Elf'

Every College Student During Winter Break, As Told By 'Elf'

"Have you seen these toilets? They're ginormous!"
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Home is always a tricky situation for college students, as going home for almost an entire month can be a really good or really bad experience. Some of us like not paying for food and not going to class. Others despise going back to where they came from because it might be boring or too far. If anyone understands the trials and triumphs of going home, it is the great Buddy the Elf.

1. Walking in the front door like...

2. There's the moment of defeat when you feel like you bombed the semester and have to tell your parents

3. However, there's always making plans with all of your old high school friends

4. But then you realize you left 90% of your good outfits behind because you had to "pack lightly"

It's OK, maybe you can just stay home and decorate.

5. Cue every Christmas song ever on repeat

You can nurse your injuries with some hot cocoa

6. And how could you forget your four-legged friends at home to keep you company!

7. There's nothing like waking up the day after you get back and having real food to eat

Wait, you mean I don't have to have pizza for breakfast AND lunch?

8. You remember your favorite local spots and decide to take an extra breakfast anyways

9. For some reason, your parents don't want you to lay on the couch your entire break

But, you do it anyways. It's not like they pay your tuition...

10. Then you brilliantly remember to suck up to your parents so you can do basically whatever

11. Eventually, all of the things you remember about not liking home come back

Running into people you don't like and missing your college friends? No thanks.

12. Christmas is the only thing getting you through this

13. You do everything you can to pass time until you get to leave for college

14. Pretty soon, your college habits begin taking over your home life, to your parents' dismay

No mom, I didn't just ice myself.

15. Finally, it's the day before you leave and you feel bad for being the obnoxious college student you are

16. Peace out, winter break!

And remember, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Cover Image Credit: New Line Cinema

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20 Gifts For The "HIMYM" Fan In Your Life

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Everybody has that one friend who speaks fluent "How I Met Your Mother" quotes, celebrates Slapsgiving and plays "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" on repeat. If you're looking for a gift for them, look no further -- this list contains some pretty legendary "How I Met Your Mother" gifts and merchandise. Your friend will love you more than Barney loves suits -- well, maybe not that much. But they definitely will give you the "highest of fives" for any of these 20 awesome HIMYM gifts.

1. This framed floor plan of Ted and Marshall's apartment:

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2. This blue French horn keychain:

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3. This Conformity motivational poster straight from Barney's office:

In addition to Conformity ("It's the one who's different that gets left out in the cold"), you can also get Awesomeness ("When I'm sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story!") and Perfection ("It's not enough to win, everyone else must also lose").

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5. This awesome coffee mug:

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6. This "ultimate Barney Stinson starter pack" featuring the "bro bib" and ducky tie:

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7. This Puzzles drinking glass:

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9. This Tracy McConnell-inspired bracelet:

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10. This legen...wait for it...dary T-shirt:

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11. This even more legendary book:

And if The Bro Code is not enough for you, you can also get The Playbook and Bro On The Go.

12. This amazing shirt:

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20. This complete DVD set of all seasons:

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My Favorite Christmas Songs That Instantly Put Me In The Holiday Spirit

We all have fond memories of a holiday song that instantly brings back the sounds and smells from their youth.

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We all have fond memories of a holiday song that instantly brings back the sounds and smells from their youth. I grew up in a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania and experienced the seasonal winter wonderland from Thanksgiving through New Year. There are many fond and special memories that I reflect on all year long.

Besides the traditional baking, decorating, movies, or television shows, I have a special list of holiday songs that put me in the mood when this time of year becomes overwhelming. This is a short playlist, and I've added or replaced a few of the songs over the years, but I always seem to go back to them for comfort.

Growing up in the heart of the snow belt, we always had a white Christmas, and many years a white Thanksgiving too. That is why "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby is on my list. Besides loving the two movies he and the song are featured. "White Christmas" brings to mind the nostalgic imagery whether you grew up around snow or not. Crosby, of course, is a true crooner and his jazzy voice adds a sweet and sad sound to bring out the inner child longing to be back in that time of wonder.

Two of my favorite Beatles recorded holiday songs that, in my opinion, will forever be timeless. "So This Is Christmas" by John Lennon, was recorded in 1972. Lennon's continued protest on war is written in the lyrics and even though it was a different era, we are still hoping the fighting will stop and "Let's hope it's a good one without any fear." Paul McCartney recorded "Wonderful Christmas Time" in 1979 along with his wife Linda. Paul is my favorite Beatle and there is not a song that he sings that I do not like, and this one has Paul written all over it. The upbeat happy rhythm of the song and the verses are simple yet portray holiday cheer. The reviews of this song written by a Beatle are for the most part negative, but in the holiday spirit it's a very big step above "Gramma Got Run Over By A Reindeer." It is truly one of those songs like most Beatle songs, you either love it or you hate it.

In 1984, Wham recorded a song that has been rerecorded by almost every pop artist for their holiday albums, "Last Christmas." Some facts behind this timeless treasure, Wham donate their royalties from this song to the Ethiopian famine. Also, George Michael wrote, performed, produced, and played every instrument on this song. There are not very many holiday love songs and the only version I prefer is this one sung by George Michael.

In 1977 Bing Crosby and David Bowie sang a duet that is by far the best bridge of generational musical genre of all time. "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" is a song not for singing along, but for reflecting on the beauty of the holiday season. The classic crooner Crosby and the ever-evolving Bowie together has been described as a "surreal event." "Little Drummer Boy" was written in 1941, while the "Peace on Earth" tune and lyrics, written by Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman, and Alan Kohan, were added to the song, especially for Bowie and Crosby's recording.

These last two songs hold a special place in my heart. They are songs my mother sang during the holidays. "That's What I Want for Christmas" by Nancy Wilson is a beautiful melody and Wilson's bluesy voice is relaxing and the romantic lyrics are what I love the most about this song. My mother sang this song to me any time I would ask her what she wanted for Christmas. Last, is the timeless treasure "The Christmas Song." It was written in 1945 and Nat King Cole was the first to record the song in 1946. He was my mother's favorite crooner and she sang this song to us every Christmas and I am lucky enough to have a recording of it. Hearing her voice is one the best Christmas presents I receive every year.

Wishing everyone a very festive and musical holiday season.

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