If These 47 Things Can't Get You In The Christmas Spirit, Nothing Will

If These 47 Things Can't Get You In The Christmas Spirit, Nothing Will

Prepare to be excited.

The holidays are great, but sometimes you need something to really get you in the mood to really be excited about it. Here are some things that will without a doubt get you in the holiday spirit.

1. Listen to Christmas music

2. Make paper snowflakes

3. Bake and decorate sugar cookies

4. Make popcorn garland $

5. Go buy a holiday drink from Starbucks

6. Take a drive to try and find the best Christmas lights

7. Buy toys for a local toy drive

8. Buy Christmas socks -- They are only $1 at Target

9. Make an ugly Christmas sweater

10. Make mason jar snow globes

11. Make a DIY advent calendar for someone you love and fill it with cute little notes and/or candy

12. Light a holiday scented candle

13. Buy candy canes and hand them out with a little note to your friends -- just like elementary school

14. Make your own marshmallows and shape them like candy canes or Christmas trees

15. Make hot chocolate and add your homemade marshmallows

16. Invite friends over for a gift exchange

17. Have your own holiday photo shoot with friends, family, or pets

18. DIY your own Christmas cards

19. Make clay ornaments

20. Build a gingerbread house

21. Play in the snow

22. Make fake snow if you don't have real snow

23. Cover everything you own in Christmas lights

24. Buy big red clothes from a thrift store, fill them with newspaper, draw a face on a paper mask, glue together a bunch of cottons balls, buy a Santa hat, and make a fake but life size Santa to sit on your couch to make your whole family uncomfortable

25. Drink eggnog

26. Make Christmas cards for a local nursing home

27. Cook a regular dinner but dye everything red and green

28. Dress your pet up like Santa or a reindeer

29. Put a giant bow on someones car while they are sleeping so when they go to drive the next morning they feel like they got a new car

30. Have a Polar Express themed party: "Golden Ticket" invitations, Christmas music, hot chocolate, you dress up as the conductor and hole punch everyone's ticket, and give everyone a complimentary bell when they leave

31. Make a wearable sleigh from cardboard, put antlers on your dog, and go for a walk

32. Go to a Christmas parade

33. Have a "Christmas around the world" party and try to cook different foods and incorporate different cultures into your Christmas party

34. Go Christmas caroling

35. Write your own Christmas song and make a music video to go along

36. Experiment with makeup and find that perfect holiday look

37. Sit by a fire

38. Put in a DVD or watch a YouTube video of a fire if you don't have a fireplace and pretend you're warm

39. Make paper chains and put them everywhere, even if it's annoying

40. Dress up like an elf and cook everyone spaghetti with syrup for dinner

41. Make your own Christmas Wreath

42. Find cool DIY gifts to make for your friends

43. Learn the Jingle Bell Rock dance from Mean Girls

44. Set all the stations in your car to Christmas channels just in case someone tries to change it

45. Go ice skating

46. Go to the dollar store with a friend and see who can turn themselves into the best Christmas tree with less than $10

47. Put together a book or recipe box of your family's holiday recipes

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Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!


What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

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Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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I Love Christmas Time And I'm Jewish

It's the most wonderful time of the year.


Arguably, winter is one of the worst seasons. Freezing temperatures, being snowed in all the time, grey skies. Christmas is a light during the long winter season. I don't celebrate Christmas, yet I can't deny that Christmas magic is contagious.

The lights are my favorite as they transform my neighborhood into a sparkling dreamy world. In the winter months in Syracuse and in New Jersey (where I'm from), the sun sets practically in the middle of the day which is so depressing. However, when the lights turn on, everything transforms into a magical experience. I am no longer stuck in the dry, uncomfortable, bitter ten-degree weather, I am transported to a winter wonderland.

No, I don't receive gifts from Santa, but I do reap the benefits of great Christmas deals. Randomly, this is a really great time to buy makeup. Lots of brands create special bundles for the holiday season and they are a great bang for your buck. After Christmas is also a great time for deeply discounted shopping. Nothing makes a season more magical than when shopping is involved.

I hate when someone says, "Rachel, why are you listening to Christmas music?" Great music does not discriminate. Ariana Grande's "Last Christmas", Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You", Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe", are all iconic. These songs are borderline masterpieces. They should stand along the lines next to Bach and Beethoven. Okay, maybe I'm slightly exaggerating, but Christmas music is one of the most festive parts offerings of the holiday season.

Christmas means the emergence of all the holiday foods. Peppermint bark: amazing. Hot chocolate: delicious. Gingerbread cookies: scrumptious. Candy canes: addicting. Even though I'm Jewish, I can still enjoy all the Christmas delicacies.

I love the holiday season for all the reasons I noted, however above all, I adore Christmas time because everyone is undeniably happy. There are so much sadness and anger in the world that it's hard to tune it out. During the holiday season, all of that seems to disappear. There seems to be an unspoken rule for all people that you can't be sad when the Christmas tree goes up.

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