Why The Holiday Season Is The Best Time Of The Year

Why The Holiday Season Is The Best Time Of The Year

Cue the Christmas music and the jingle bells.

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If I'm being completely honest, I am usually the one who is like "OMG, it isn't even Thanksgiving yet!!! Christmas music already, really?!?", but for some reason, this year is different. Recently, everywhere I go I am reminded of Christmas, and it has been making me SUPER excited.

I'm excited to drink hot chocolate and go ice skating and see the tree in NYC. I can't wait to go shopping, buy everyone I love something, and then do a really bad job wrapping it up. I love all the twinkling lights and holiday candles that come with this time of year. My mom always burns candles that smell like Christmas trees and cinnamon, and it wouldn't be the holidays without it! I love the classic Christmas movies and baking a million cookies with my family. Let me just be real for a second and say that "Elf" is probably the best movie of all time… we were all thinking it, don't lie. There's nothing quite like some classic Christmas music to get you in the mood. I love the excitement of Black Friday shopping and seeing people's faces when they open the gifts I spent so much time thinking about.

I love the atmosphere during the holiday season. Everyone is happy and excited because there is always something to look forward to, whether it be the Christmas, Hanukkah, the New Year, or even just some time off from work and school. The holiday season comes at the most perfect time for everyone, everywhere.

Even though the holiday season is stressful in itself, it really is the best time of the year. Being in college, I have really started to appreciate it so much more, keeping in mind that during finals a month-long break is the only thing that keeps me going. Christmas break provides much needed time to relax and rejuvenate before another stressful semester.

Spending time with my family is the best part of the season. I get to see everyone and catch up on lost time. There is nothing more comforting than spending time with my family and sharing stories from the time we have spent apart.

I am extraordinarily thankful for this time of the year. As long as I have my family and friends, I will always have something to look forward to, the holiday season.

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21 Beer-rific Instagram Captions For Your 21st Birthday

Because "twenty fun" is old and overused.
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For the past few years, I have seen the same caption on Instagram over and over again about a girl turning 21. Yes, "Twenty fun," is pretty clever, but I'm tired of seeing it. Since my 21st birthday is this week, I was wondering what I should use as an Instagram caption. So, here are 21 Instagram captions that you'll be dying to use for your 21st.

1. R.I.P. Fake ID.

2. Cheers and beers to my 21 years.

3. Do you find me aBOOZing?

4. Pitcher perfect.

5. Hakuna Ma 'Vodka - It means no memories for the rest of your night.

6. Bad and Boozy

7. I make pour decisions.

8. Beer makes me hoppy.

9. IPA lot when I drink.

10. I can finally have a six-pack.

11. Tequila probably won't fix my problems, but it's worth a shot.

12. Sip happens.

13. Let the evening be Gin.

14. Wine not?

15. Whiskey business.

16. Getting into the birthday spirit.

17. If life gives you lemons, add vodka.

18. Here's to the year I won't remember.

19. It's a lot easier to start the day when you know it can now end with beer.

20. Save water, drink beer.

21. Here's to an unBEERleliveable night.

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As I Get Older, I Care Less And Less About My Birthday

It doesn't hold the same meaning as it did when I was younger.

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Every year people celebrate their birthday. It's an exciting day for most as you get some gifts and cake and spend it with friends and family. I used to love my birthday. I loved that on that one day, the spotlight was on me. People had to care about me. As I've gotten older though, I found myself caring less and less about my birthday. It's not a day I get excited about.

I've always had a love/hate relationship with my birthday anyway, given that it's on Valentine's Day. So I've always had to share my birthday with all that love and people wanting to spend it with their partner. I believe that the dislike side has grown as well because as I get older and my friends get older, they are all finding someone to be with or starting a family. Therefore, they have someone they want to spend the day with. They want to celebrate with them, not me. I've always had to battle Valentine's Day.

I believe that once you've hit a lot of major milestone birthdays (i.e first, 16th, 18th, 21st) there isn't much to look forward to. It's just another year added to your life.

You realize more and more that you're just getting older.

I'm generally a simple person as well. I don't want a huge party, I don't want fancy gifts, and I really hate people singing to me. I like having the attention, but hate it at the same time. It's a weird feeling to explain. You want to be loved, but don't want it all at once. I don't want all eyes on me.

Of course, there will always be certain parts of my birthday that I really like and do look forward to. My mom gets me the heart-shaped donuts from Dunkin' every year on my birthday. She never forgets because I don't give her the chance to. I always remind her. I do like the fact that I can ask for something, and more often than not get it because it's my birthday.

I don't mean like big gifts either. I mean that I can ask that we have what I want for dinner. That I can ask my mom to spend some one on one time with me. Simple things that I don't usually get.

I don't hate my birthday, I just don't feel as much excitement as I did growing up. It's just another day of the year.

There's just too much effort you have to put into your birthday as you grow older as well. You usually have to plan something yourself, which I don't want to do. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do because I don't want a party and there isn't anything special I ever wish to do. Even if I did want to plan a party inviting people would be a nightmare and trying to make it work for different people is a hassle.

I just think that as you get older, birthday's just aren't worth the trouble.

So, I've accepted the fact that I just don't care. I will enjoy the little things about it, but I won't make a big fuss. It's just another day.

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