How The Grinch Stole Your Christmas Spirit

How The Grinch Stole Your Christmas Spirit

Festivities may be nauseating, but you still want to participate.

Merry Grinchmas! It's the most wonderful time of the year, or at least Andy Williams would believe. With finals week at a close and winter break now in full swing, there is nothing any of us want more than to be home. I know with the holidays approaching most of us are feeling the spirit of Christmas; however, some of us maybe not so much. If you're anything similar to me, you've probably been called the Grinch one or two times.

No, it doesn't mean we don't enjoy the holiday and what it stands for. We love coming back home to see our family and friends but we don't always enjoy listening to Christmas music two months in advance. December always brings two types of people: the Santa's helper and the Grinch.

The question is, which one are you? Here's some ways to determine if you might be more like the grumpy green Grinch this season:

1. The Christmas Music

The love-hate relationship is real. You can't stand hearing it in every store, restaurant, and house you enter, yet you can't help singing along to it anyways.W

2. Winter Clothes

You'll have an entire wardrobe filled of clothes, but somehow there is nothing good enough to wear for the holiday party you're getting ready for that night.

3. Family Drama

Coming home means explaining to your parents why you have zero money and didn't do so well on your finals. It also entails dealing with the cousins or long distance family you can't seem to ever not pick a fight with.

4. Cleaning

If you're the one hosting the family get together, you understand having to wake up at 8 A.M. to start cleaning the entire house. Yes, this involves the outside yard work as well.

5. Making Plans

Going home means making plans to see your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and dog (yes the most important one). It's hectic and stressful and sometimes you consider just canceling.

6. The Party

There's no getting out of the Christmas party, don't even try to. So, it's time to suck it up and head on out the door.

7. The Family

You begin missing home more and realize you may not actually want to go back to school. Also, you might run into your old childhood crush. Hey, it happens.

8. Presents

No, this isn't what Christmas is about, but even we get excited to open presents Christmas morning.

9. Food

You know the food is part of the reason you come home. It's okay, we understand it's not easy to resist your grandmother's cooking.

10. Christmas Morning

You will hide your love of Christmas for as long as possible, but eventually you'll admit what we all do: you love Christmas and you can't stand it.

Are you ready to admit you're probably more similar to the Grinch than you realized? Even if you absolutely love Christmas I'm sure you've had a similar experience to AT LEAST ONE of these.

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5 Reasons Why Your Siblings Are Your Lifeline During the Holidays

The holiday season can get stressful but no worries because your siblings will be by your side to help you get though it.

The holidays are a time when you get together with the whole family. No matter if you're related or not when you get a good amount of people together for any amount of time there is bound to be a fight and personality clashes. In the holiday season, stress levels are high which makes for an, even more, trickier situation and sometimes you just need someone who knows what you are going through and can relate. My twin brother is the one who keeps me sane during my time at home at the holidays and I am sure your sibling is too and here's how...

1. They are the ones who know to save you a seat at the Christmas dinner table.

So that you don't have to sit by anyone you might not want to sit by.

2. They can always save you when your family members keep asking your significant other (or lack of) and you just can't take it anymore.

3. They can be you're best friend when you're back home and off your normal college schedule.

4. They can help you shop for family Christmas gifts so that you don't have to do it all on your own.

5. They are there to annoy you because at the end of the day they are your sibling and that's their job.

It is the best time of the year and being with family is great but when the season greetings become too much to handle on your own you can always count on your siblings to help you get through it or at least where you don't have to suffer through it on your own. So, give your siblings an extra hug this holiday season and be grateful you don't have to go through this crazy world alone.

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10 Perks Of Staying At School Instead Of Going Home For Break

Sometimes, college is just more fun.

Caution- I'm about to present a viewpoint that many college kids will detest and disagree with.

Alright, here it is... I don't like going on breaks from school.

*Gasps arise from audience, desks are flipped, people storm out of rooms, someone has a heart attack*

Yes, yes, I know it's not a popular opinion to have, especially considering how much we all want to be done with our schooling for life and just move into our careers already. I get it- breaks provide a way for students to relieve stress for awhile and relax from the constant pressures of taking exams and writing papers. Now, please don't get me wrong, I value taking a rest just as much as the next average college Joe does.

HOWEVER, there are some aspects of being at school that I believe every student needs deep down that we just don't receive when we come back home and do nothing for three weeks. **Disclaimer, this viewpoint does not apply to those of you that actually did something productive with your lives over break. Props to you, an inspiration to us all.** Nevertheless, for those of us who spent our winter vacations as couch potatoes, eating our body weight in cookies every day, here are ten, very valid reasons why being at school can be better than being at home.

1. You, guaranteed, won't get bored.

Hmm, spend the whole day lying on the couch watching Hallmark movie specials and slowly slipping into insanity or go out with your friends and do something fun around campus? Tough one...

2. You will actually have friends.

Chances are, if you go out of state to college, your friends all live in different parts of the country... making you alone and sad over every break. No thanks.

3. Your time is your own.

During the holidays, there are so many family responsibilities and things that have been planned for you, there's not a lot of time to spend doing what you'd like to do. At college, you can take a 5-hour nap, go out with your friends, or stay in the dorm and have a personal spa night. No one can stop you!

4. You'll have a somewhat-decent sleep schedule.

Going on break is the worst because you grow acclimated to waking up at certain times for class or work, which is all put on hold when you go home for a month. You get used to sleeping in until 3 PM and staying up watching Netflix until 5 AM. It's a brutal awakening whenever you do go back.

5. Back up, you'll actually have a schedule and a routine in the first place.

Those of us who value routine and keeping ourselves busy go absolutely insane over breaks. At school, we have our whole days planned out and a set routine that keeps us active. At home, we have uh... none of that.

6. You won't have to deal with crazy family drama.

If you have a big family and lots of people visiting for the holidays, you know how stressful everyone gets and the tension that builds over those weeks. Wouldn't it be nice if instead of hiding in your room to get away from Aunt Mildred's questions about why you don't have a job or a boyfriend yet, you didn't have to worry about any of that?

7. You'll have constant activities and events to look forward to.

I mean, yeah, Christmas is cool and New Year's can be fun, but those are the only highlights of winter vacation. In between, you're doing a lot of lying around and staring at the ceiling or your phone screen. Staying at school means you will always have events to look forward to, whether it's games, socials, parties, or even just hangouts with your friends.

8. You won't eat everything in the fridge.

The holidays have a tendency to add a few pounds onto all of us, especially if you indulge in Christmas cookies more than the average person (@me). Frequent trips to the kitchen can be avoided if you just stayed at school and kept up with the gym routine.

9. You only have to do chores for yourself.

When college kids come home, many of us are automatically brought into the weekly chores schedule... meaning folding laundry for 5 people, instead of one. Wouldn't it be great to just have to worry about cleaning up your own messes?

10. You have your own space.

Over the holidays, many of us are under obligation to spend time with the family or room with relatives to ensure everyone fits. There's not a lot of personal space or time. Staying at school means getting to go back to your dorm whenever you want and being able to plop onto bed and do nothing for hours if you so desire. It's absolutely beautiful.

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