How The Grinch Stole Your Christmas Spirit

How The Grinch Stole Your Christmas Spirit

Festivities may be nauseating, but you still want to participate.
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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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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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Forget Halloween, Christmas Time Is The Season We Should All Be Getting Ready For

Everyone is spending their time getting spooky, but I'm spending my time getting ready to be merry.

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If you were to ask me what my favorite time of year is, I would say, without a doubt, my favorite time of year is Christmas time. It's a beautiful way to remember Jesus' birth, there are so much joy and happiness in the air, and it's so much fun to give people presents! With all the fun times that await me every December, it's almost impossible to wait for all of it to happen.

My solution to this problem? I don't wait!

When June rolls around, I already start preparing for Christmas. I know, that sounds a little bit crazy. Okay, maybe a lot crazy. But I go all out for my Christmas decorations and presents, so I need to start early!

This year, and I'm not kidding here, I started my shopping for Christmas presents for my family and friends in August. I plan out where my decorations are going to go in my dorm and in my house. And, when I need the occasional dose of cheer in my life, I'll blast my Spotify Christmas playlist, even when the Arizona sun is blazing outside and there's not even the slightest hint of winter.

Now that Halloween is just around the corner, my anticipation for Christmas has tripled. We're only two months away!

It's nearly in sight! If I'm being completely honest, my patience is starting to wear out. Not only am I excited for the Christmas season itself to start, but I'm also ready for the semester to be over. Christmastime means that I don't have to work on papers and take exams anymore, and I get to spend my time relaxing and enjoying the happiness of the season with my family and friends.

I'll get to remember the beautiful story of Jesus coming down to Earth to ultimately trade His life for ours. I'll get to spend nights decorating the Christmas tree, blasting Christmas music, watching Christmas specials, and eating way more cookies and candy than any human being should. I get to wake up Christmas morning with a feeling of anticipation knowing that, for twenty-four whole hours, I will get to fully immerse myself in the happiness of Christmas and the joy it brings to my whole family.

Yes, Halloween is great. My friends and I have a trio costume planned for this year, I love eating obscene amounts of candy, and I enjoy the rush of adrenaline that comes with getting scared. But Halloween doesn't fill me with the warm and fuzzy feeling that only Christmas can. I can spend my nights watching Sam and Dean Winchester as they fight monsters all across the Midwest, but that can never replace the happiness I feel as I watch Scott Calvin take up the mantle of Santa Claus (that's my favorite Christmas movie, by the way). Halloween is a time of monsters and fear, but Christmas is a time of God's blessings, hope, and joy, and I'd much rather take that over a pillowcase full of candy.

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