It's Totally Okay To Start Thinking About Christmas In November

It's Totally Okay To Start Thinking About Christmas In November

It's the Greatest time of year... of course, I'm excited.
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Halloween is over, November is here and for a lot of people that means... IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME! I am one of those people. I wait all year for it. I plan out the perfect gifts as well as other traditions that my family and I do every year.

Christmas is an event to me. It's the one of greatest holidays as far as I'm concerned. Not because I get things from people, but because I get to give. Because I get to gather with my family and remember why I'm grateful for them. I love the movies and the music. It's the greatest time of year.

For me usually as soon as Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is here. For others, as soon as Halloween is over, Christmas has entered the building. This is mainly because this wonderful holiday has been turned into a completely commercially driven mess.

As soon as stores are done making money off of Halloween they are ready to make money off of Christmas. It's sad and takes away from the actual meaning of the holiday. For the people who don't like the sudden shift in holiday spirit I completely understand.

To you, it might seem like we are all just buying into another marketing scheme set up by big-name companies to make money and fill their own pockets.

Especially if you don't have a religious connection to the holiday. But I am here to defend the few of us who are genuinely excited about Christmas beginning and not because of the money and gifts we might receive but because of the emotions and the memories attached to it.

For me, Christmas is more than just a holiday, there is a feeling that comes around this time of year. People are happier and more joyous. I understand that it can be a hard time because they have lost loved ones or not had good experiences in the past. My heart goes out those anyone like that because I wish I could give them the gift of the feeling that Christmas gives.

That's why I'm always so eager for it start. I countdown until the appropriate time to sing the songs and start to buy gifts for my family. I plan out what to cook for breakfast that morning and the cookies I'll bake for my mom on Christmas. When the day is over, I start to think about what I'll do the next year.

For me, the anticipation is the reason that as soon as Thanksgiving dinner as concluded, jingle bells start ringing in my head. You may think I'm annoying or a slave to consumerism but I'm simply someone who loves Christmas and isn't going to apologize for her excitement.

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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)

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I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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