Christmas Time Is Almost Near

Christmas Time Is Almost Near

Traditions and the current day in age

It's the beginning of December, which means it's time for Christmas shopping, ABC Family's 25 days of Christmas movies, tree decorating, and peppermint mochas, but I don't want to talk about the seasonal norms, I'd rather talk about the traditions that you build with your families and about how Christmas time typically means the family things that you love doing but can only stand doing once or twice a year.

Christmas is the time of family and goodwill, and part of me thinks that as the world pushes to a complete technology functioning world, we forget the things that make Christmas, well, Christmas. (Cue holiday rant, please forgive me.) Holidays are becoming more stressful than anything really, I mean Thanksgiving has been reduced to about six hours, because Black Friday starts at like 6 o'clock in the evening on Thanksgiving and the new cyber sales, last till like 5 o'clock the next Tuesday. And that's not even counting the last minute shopping the night before the holiday, because we're trained to want specific things and our parents want to give us those things so we don't melt down on Christmas morning. I mean, I'm not saying stop the holiday shopping and all that, but I do think in this day in age, we've forgotten about the things that make the holiday season so enjoyable.

So, back to my point.

Traditions, it's something that we that we establish when we're little, and the things we create with our friends and later on spouses, that make the holiday season so happy and warm. I know in my household, there are a few that if I don't do with my family every year, I won't feel like I'm in the holiday spirit at all. So, I picked three things that my family does, that I'm sure most people can relate to during the holiday season.

1. Christmas Movies/Music

My top Christmas movies have to be "A Christmas Story," "Love Actually," "Elf," and "The Polar Express." Once the semester begins to wind down and I'm wearing my winter coat on a daily basis now, than I typically start to want to get into the spirit and the best way to get into the Christmas spirit is to watch Christmas movies right? Christmas movies are a tradition in my house, probably because it was something that kept me and my brother from interrupting my parents' gift planning every five minutes.

Christmas music, like most people, is a big one, because one of my oldest memories is the excitement my mother had when she got to play a Christmas music. My mom had this old CD with a really awesome version of Jingle Bell rock, that I mostly associated with the Christmas season approaching. I also loved the radio stations that started to play Christmas music, 24 hours a day that me and my brother could sing along to.

2. Christmas Pajamas

This is a tradition that typically isn't till Christmas eve, but it's the top of the list for me, because it's something I grew up with. My parents always bought Christmas pajamas as a Christmas present, so that me and my brother would have something to open early, and it's my favorite because, hello fuzzy pants and socks!

My mother's explanation behind this, was that when we were little, we would have cute, Christmas themed pajamas on the next morning and when she took pictures of us reacting to our new toys, we looked cute and Christmasy, and the pictures would look cute.

3. Baking, Baking, and more Baking

This was really one that started as I got older. When I was little, it was for giving Santa Claus cookies when he left my presents and when I got older it became more about the fact that I wanted cookies to eat because I love cookies, and my grandmother wanted us to bring something to Christmas dinner. So, more often than not, there were more cookies or brownies in our house than normal, beginning the holiday weight gain processes.

Even though now, it's more me eating the cookie dough than actually eating cookies, it is something that I have to do every year. Some years it's cookies, some it's brownies, and in more recent years, it was pie I brought home from work. (My family loved me even more when I started working at an amazing pie shop.) So, for me, it isn't the Christmas season without an excess of deserts in our house either being brought to class Christmas parties or for family gatherings.

The semester is winding down, the weather is finally cooling off, and Starbucks is bringing out that gingerbread and peppermint drinks back out, so it's almost time for Christmas, and I personally can't wait to do the three I talked about as well as so many others that are specific to my family. So, even though our lives are becoming more and more dependent of technology, I hope that we can all remember the little things that make Christmas personal and festive.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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Doing Nothing All Summer Is Okay Too

It's okay to have no plans this summer.


Summer seems to roll around faster and faster every year and the question that's always asked is"what are you doing this summer?" Some people love to answer this question, maybe they have a trip planned to backpack across Europe or have a 2-week vacation in the Bahamas. My point is, everyone seems to have these big summer plans. Some people spend the whole summer traveling and are never even home, but there are always gonna be some people who, like me, have absolutely no plans this summer.

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There is so much pressure everywhere on Instagram and Snapchat to post all the fun things you're doing and to capture the moment. This creates the pressure that you always have to be doing something fun or spontaneous.

Summer should be whatever you want it to be. If you want to spend every day at the beach, do it. If you want to spend every day in bed or at home, that's good too. We all have different definitions of fun.

Summer has just started and everyone should make the most of their summer in their own way. My friends and I always make a bucket list of all the things we want to do by the end of the summer. None of it involves traveling or much planning, it's just little things we can do when we get bored.

Don't feel jealous when you see other people traveling this summer. Make your own fun plans, make a bucket list, and make the most of every day this summer.

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