12 Christmas Songs That Don't Actually Suck

12 Christmas Songs That Don't Actually Suck

If you're trying to get jolly and are tired of the same six Christmas songs, this one's for you.


Even though Christmas music should be outlawed until after Thanksgiving, it's coming time to get in the holiday spirit. With this, it's important that we all appreciate the true bops of the season that are rarely (if ever) played on the radio. Traditional Christmas music is okay, but you haven't truly experienced Christmas until you properly appreciate these songs.

1. Carol of the Bells by Pentatonix

This is absolutely my favorite Christmas song ever and I definitely listened to it every single day on the bus ride to eighth grade. A year-round bop and truly a magical experience.

2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Michael Buble

This is a classic song with a lovely twist from Michael Buble. He's one of the few true voices of Christmas and should be celebrated as such.

3. Last Christmas by Taylor Swift

Old Taylor Swift is a legend and she put out a small Christmas album back in the day that still bops to this day. Appreciate our queen.

4. Merry Christmas by Happy Holidays, Issues

If you don't want to give up the pop-punk life for the holiday season, enjoy this bop to get the best of both worlds. It's not really a song for sitting around the fire and drinking hot chocolate, but it's still loosely considered Christmas music.

5. Last Christmas by Wham!

This is one of the few classic Christmas songs that I can tolerate. They play it on the radio quite frequently, but they still manage to keep it fresh.

6. That's Christmas To Me by Pentatonix

This is a sweet song to listen to by the fire in fuzzy socks and a sweater. It's one of Pentatonix's original Christmas songs and it's honestly so good.

7. Christmas Canon by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

This is like the soundtrack for Christmas. It plays in the background of the Christmas experience.

8. Mary, Did You Know? by Pentatonix

This song really gets me going. It hits right in the feels and is just incredible.

9. Mistletoe by Justin Bieber

This is one of Justin Bieber's original Christmas songs and honestly, no one can even try to deny that it's a bop. She's a beauty and y'all know it.

10. Hallelujah by Pentatonix

This isn't really a Christmas song, but it's on Pentatonix's Christmas album, so it gets a notable mention. This song hits me hard every single time and it's the best cover I've ever and will ever hear of this song.

11. Drummer Boy by Justin Bieber

I'm not exactly a Belieber, but Justin Bieber legitimately did put out some Christmas bops on his albums.

12. O' Holy Night by Pentatonix

This is a quieter song, but Pentatonix spits nothing but Christmas delight.

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10 Things I Learned About Myself From Studying Abroad For Three Weeks

Things are never as scary as they seem.


I'll be honest, embarking on a three hour trip by myself to a new country and not knowing anyone was a little terrifying. I had heard so many horror stories about people getting pickpocketed or kidnapped while abroad, and I was scared something similar would happen to me. Even though I had friends who got their passport and cell phone stolen, I luckily came back to the states with everything I brought with me. I also brought back 10 life lessons I learned about myself while living in another country.

1. It's okay to do things by yourself. 

You'll meet new people this way that you probably wouldn't have met if you went with a group of people you knew.

2. Not everything can be done spontaneously, but not everything can be planned. 

I've learned it's good to plan ahead for certain trips, but sometimes it's better to leave the plan behind and do whatever feels good in the moment.

3. There are other perspectives on life than the ones you grew up with. 

My roommate taught me this one... to seek out other points of view and to embrace the local perspective. Don't knock things until you try them.

4. Put yourself out there when meeting new people, but you also need to be yourself. 

Don't do what you think will impress other people. You have to remember who you are and whose you are.

5. Don't beat yourself up if you don't go out every night. 

Copenhagen is a BIG party city, and being surrounded by college students means most everyone is going to want to party all night long. I'm not much of a party person any more, so there were some nights I would watch Netflix in my room before going to bed before midnight. There were times I felt major FOMO, but then I reminded myself that I was doing what was best for me.

6. Strike up a conversation with a stranger. 

You never know what you'll learn!

7. Renting a bike will not only help you discover the city, it will also help you discover yourself. 

After all, you can't find the right direction in a new place without getting lost a few times.

8. You cannot just forget your faith when you're away from your home church. 

Finding Hillsong church in Copenhagen helped me grow so much over my trip. It made me realize that people everywhere are crazy about Jesus- it's not just subject to one church in the states.

9. If you're ever bored, go to a coffee shop and people watch. 

This is one of my favorite things to do in general since I find strangers to be so fascinating. It's weird to think that everyone has a different life outside our own.

10.  Get outside your comfort zone. 

And don't be afraid to be out of your comfort zone because that's where the most growth occurs.

After my trip, I realized all the worrying I had done beforehand was for nothing. Everything turns out exactly the way it should (with a few surprises here and there).

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