12 Things You Know If You've Been Excited For Christmas Since Halloween

12 Things You Know If You've Been Excited For Christmas Since Halloween

Let's be real, you've been excited since last Christmas.
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There's the people who passionately defend not saying the C-word before Thanksgiving. There's the people who enjoy every holiday as they come. And then there's the people who decked their room out in lights and started their Christmas countdown before their Halloween hangover wore off. Here's a few things you know if you're person #3.

1. People who are just getting excited for Christmas now are baffling to you

ARE YOU SERIOUS? Christmas is the best day of the year, get in the spirit right now. RIGHT NOW.

2. You spent all of November defending yourself from Thanksgiving lovers

"But Thanksgiving comes first!" "Don't forget about Thanksgiving!" "I won't say the C-word until after Thanksgiving."

GOOD FOR FREAKING YOU. I'M EXCITED ABOUT CHRISTMAS NOW, OKAY?

3. You aren't even tired of your decorations that have been up for 2 months

It still makes your heart happy to fall asleep under your Christmas lights to the smell of your tree scented candle.

4. And your Christmas shopping has been done for at least 4 weeks

You've been thinking of your loved ones' Christmas gifts since last Christmas ended.

5. The only thing you've listened to for the past 30 days is Christmas music

90% of this has been different versions of All I Want For Christmas Is You because you have at least 5 on your playlist.

6. You wear Christmas sweaters out and about, not just for ugly Christmas sweater parties

Nothing is more practical than a gigantic three-dimensional Santa on your sweater for a trip to the mall.

7. You love Thanksgiving, but you see it as more of a milestone for getting closer to Christmas

Every bite of turkey is one bite of turkey closer to Christmas.

8. Whether you like snow or not, you're dying to have some on Christmas Day

You're not just dreaming of a white Christmas, you're praying and begging God for a white Christmas.

9. You have a favorite Reindeer

Because what Christmas lover doesn't? (Blitzen is the best, you can't lie.)

10. Coming home to your Christmas tree makes your heart indescribably happy

The spirit of Christmas lights up your heart.

11. Your diet during the month of December is just Christmas Cookies

Your exercise regimen has to double during Christmastime because all you eat is christmas cookies and desserts. But lets be real, you just lay around and watch the 25 Days of Christmas.

12. Your Christmas spirit won't actually die down until mid-March

At least 4 months of the year have to center around loving Christmas, and if people have a problem with it before October, it's going to extend into the New Year.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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What Christmas Means To Me: An Atypical Prayer

You are where my life began and continues to grow, and the love is always unconditional, never ending, and felt as soon as you walk in the door.
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This last Christmas, my grandfather gave me the opportunity to write the grace and prayer that is read before Christmas Dinner. Though it may not sound much like a typical prayer or a traditional grace, it sounded a little something like this:

"When I think of Christmas, I think of this moment right here. The one where we are all gathered together, bound together by love in a place where so many memories have been made. It’s the time that we get to spend together that makes Christmas so special, not the presents, not the food (though it is delicious and I’ll never say no to another one of Grandma’s cookies), but instead the bond that we continue to strengthen each and every year when we come together.

So this Christmas, I am thankful to be surrounded by a family that loves me. As I said in an article of mine that came out earlier this week, “never is the love in my house one-sided”, and that rings true here today. God has given us this holiday not only to celebrate Christ’s birth but also to remind us that the love of this family is never one-sided. It reminds us how special this family is, and how lucky we are to have one another.

I could not ask for better people to have in my life. I could not ask for better grandparents to teach me so many life lessons and to be there whenever I needed someone to turn to, parents that raised me into the strong, independent, and loving young woman that I am today, and a sister that I’ve become so much closer to this year and am proud to call my best friend. I could not ask for a better aunt and uncle that have never failed to make me feel loved and are always there to support me in everything that I do, and cousins that always take time to make sure I’m ok and give life advice that has helped shape who I am as I grow up. I could not ask for better little boys to be my little boys and bring joy and laughter to my life, and a dog that makes me happy to come home and I can always count on for kisses.

Christmas is my favorite holiday, but not for the reasons many people may think. It’s not because of the presents, or the cookies (though I do love them so please make as many as you can Grandma), but because of the love, I get to experience on this day. Family is where life starts and the love never ends, and in this family, this rings true. You are where my life began and continues to grow, and the love is always unconditional, never-ending, and felt as soon as you walk in the door.

Merry Christmas, I love you all with all my heart."

Christmas may be over, but the words in this prayer still ring true. Though people change and every holiday is different in its own way, these words will forever ring true.

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