The Holiday Season Brings Everyone Joy, You Can't Even Try To Argue It

The Holiday Season Brings Everyone Joy, You Can't Even Try To Argue It

There is a certain magic in the air.

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What is it exactly about Christmas and the holiday that gets everyone full of joy and happiness? Why am I so excited to break out the Christmas decorations, to drink peppermint mochas, spend time with family, and to snuggle up to Christmas movies? As a Christian, I know and remember the true meaning of Christmas. However, I can't help but see shiny tinsel and get a twinkle in my eye with the thought of the holiday season. Does everyone get excited about the feeling of giving? Is that what fuels the fire for me to go out and shop for decorations and presents, because I know I will make a loved one smile?

Either way, I am too hyped up for the holiday season. Give me the more red and green, and bring on the lights. When it comes to the holidays, I want it all. I encourage the decorations, the Christmas lights, the cooking, and the extravagant costumes and attire. I love it.

Even if the sight of Christmas decor in stores makes you uneasy and nauseous...here me out. There is something for everyone to be joyful about this holiday season. For some, it is the birth of Jesus Christ. For some, it is the gift of giving, and the feeling of knowing you warmed someone's heart this Christmas. For some, it is being with family and spending time reconnecting. For some, it is simply finishing a semester of school and not having homework for the next couple weeks. Whatever reason you can find this year, embrace it. Each holiday is something to celebrate.

This time of year is exciting for everyone in a variety of ways. Maybe that is why this season is so special. To each neighbor and friend, Christmas and the holiday season may mean different to them. However, it is a way to bring us all together- no matter the holiday you choose to celebrate. Either way, we are all celebrating something, and celebrations bring joy and happiness to those around you.

Embrace the holidays. You don't need to get as excited as I do (haha), but find a way to bring joy and feel joy this year. The time will eventually pass, and you don't want to be a Scrooge about it, because nobody likes a Scrooge.

No matter the age, believe in the holiday magic. It is floating in the air and it is time to breathe it in. Break out the decor and embrace what it is these next months bring to you and your family. Don't try to argue it or to push the holiday farther and farther back, because Santa is coming- and he doesn't change his routes.

Next time you try to think about the holiday season, you will realize there is joy to be found. It can't be argued, and it must be embraced. Think more "Ho Ho Ho" and less "No No No" this year.

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23 People Describe "Love" In One Word

The limit does not exist.
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With Valentine's Day around the corner, we all know that "love" is in the air and cupid is getting ready to point his arrows.

Each year when this time comes around, a little bit after the holidays we begin to see the red, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate fill the aisles of grocery stores, along with giant cards and fluffy teddy bears. It reminds us of roses and love and for those Pisces people like myself, birthdays. But even though we all associate one singular word with a holiday, we all have our own unique meaning and interpretation of it.

Love comes in all shapes and sizes and variations. For such a strong word, it has endless meanings. For one universal understanding of a feeling, We all interpret it differently. We feel it in our own way and express it differently.

Despite the differences when it comes to the world "love" we all share one thing--the limitlessness. Love is limitless. We have the power to love unconditionally. And endlessly. The ability to love anyone or anything we want? We have it.

That is why when someone asked me to "Describe love in one word" and I replied, "limitless," I was curious as to how others would respond because there is simply no limit to the answer.

Hearing the responses of these wonderful people I have asked to describe "love" with one word proved to me that not only do we all experience it differently, but there are endless ways to describe it.

"Home (because you feel like you belong there)" - Helen, 21

"Warm" - Sarah, 19

"Happiness" - Krista, 21"

"Unconditional" - Brianna, 21

"Passion" - John, 20

"Everlasting" - Mikayla, 20

"Family" - Alfie, 20

"Laughing" - Sofia, 20

"Beautiful" - Dee, 20

"Passion" - Gina, 20

"Worth waiting for" - Sonja, 26

"Loyalty" - Miranda 19

"Special" - Jake A, 19

"Timeless" - Rob, 21

"Happiness" - Emily, 21

"Mysterious" - Jake C, 21

"Appreciation" - Jess R, 21

"Evolving" - Ryan, 20

"Magical" - Corey, 20

"Commitment" - Brianna P, 21

"Wild" - Allegra, 28

"Powerful" - Jess, 20

"Pain" - Kevin, 22

"Putting someone's needs and happiness before your own" - Courtney, 20

"Simple" - Amanda, 21

"Overcoming" - Jess B, 20

"Passionate" - Steph, 20

"Selfless" - Kyra, 20

This Valentine's Day, no matter if you are single, taken, or somewhere in the middle, remember that love has no limit. No matter the person you give it to or how much love you give, there is no limit. Even on the difficult days, love with all your heart because we all know the world could use a little more love.

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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.

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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.

Ty


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

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