I Love Starbucks Christmas Drinks And I Won't Apologize For That

I Love Starbucks Christmas Drinks And I Won't Apologize For That

It's like drinking Christmas in a cup.

Call me silly and basic, but I get super excited about Christmas songs, "Elf", and, most of all, Starbucks holiday drinks.

The day I look forward to most is November 1st, when I walk past Starbucks and see the menus shining red and discover the annual design of the red cup I'll be sipping from multiple times a day for the next two months. Last year, my Christmas spirit was met with slight disappointment at the plain red cups, but this year, my heart has grown larger than The Grinch's at the end of the movie. Not only are the white, hand-drawn designs BEAUTIFUL, but there's 13 of them! 13 amazing Christmas designs, and just like Pokemon, I intend to collect them all. With so many designs to get, I have a lot of drinks to buy. So, what will the order be?

Fruitcake Frappuccino

This is on the short list of Starbucks drinks I refuse to try. Call me crazy, but I don't really feel like chunks of dried raisins and clumps of matcha powder belong in a hazelnut milkshake.

Peppermint Mocha

This is my personal favorite. The chocolately mocha sauce, sweet peppermint syrup and creamy whipped cream all come together into what tastes like a liquefied York peppermint patty (my favorite candy). It also comes in a skinny version that has sugar-free syrup and no whipped cream, but still all of the sweet deliciousness.

Chestnut Praline Latte

This drink was a newbie a few years ago, but it's a classic in my heart. If your favorite thing about Christmas is chestnuts roasting on an open fire, this drink is for you. The chestnut syrup gives it a slight spice, the whipped cream a little sweetness, and the nutty crumble a great crunch.

Caramel Brulee Latte

Like a caramel latte, but with a fancier, Christmasier name.

Gingerbread Latte

Easily my second favorite, this one reminds me of homemade gingerbread cookies. Cheesy, I know, but whatever. I don’t know if it’s the sweet gingerbread flavor or the nutmeg on top, but this one brings a smile to my face with every sip.

Eggnog Latte

I’ve actually never had this one (or anything with eggnog, for that matter), but if it’s anything like the rest of Starbucks holiday drinks, I’m sure this blend of eggnog, espresso, and nutmeg is amazing. What even is eggnog, anyway?

Holiday Spice Drinks

The holiday spice flat white and new spiced sweet cream cold brew often go unnoticed because they aren't as sweet as the other drinks, but they are seriously delicious! Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves all come together for what feels like a pine Christmas tree in a milky cup of joe. You seriously need to try these drinks if you haven't yet.

Of course, all these drinks are completely customizable. If you want a pump of raspberry syrup in your chestnut praline, or white chocolate in your peppermint mocha, it’s totally possible! They’re also all available iced or as Frappuccino (hello, warm days like today!) and classic fall drinks, like the PSL and salted caramel mocha, are still available too. These drinks are delicious, and only available for a limited time, so drink up!

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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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... ;-)


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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