13 Modern Christmas Albums to Get You Ready For Santa

13 Modern Christmas Albums to Get You Ready For Santa

It's the most wonderful time of the year! And we all need to get our Christmas playlists ready for all the cookie decorating, gingerbread house making, and gift wrapping coming our way!


From October 1 until January 1, I am the happiest I will be all year round. I love the holidays, and I especially love Christmas. Between the festive movies, decorations, music, and holiday cheer there is no time to be sad. I like to use the term Christmas enthusiast to describe myself, and with these Christmas albums you can be a Christmas enthusiast too!!!!

1. Under The Mistletoe (Deluxe Edition) by Justin Bieber


I would straight up listen to this album in June. It is so good and has so many original songs that are unique to this album, so you don't have to listen to "Santa's Coming to Town" thirty times in a row! I think this album is Justin Bieber's peak, like he could never ever top how this album makes me feel. A few songs off this album that HAVE to make it on your next Christmas playlist include: "Only Thing I Ever Get For Christmas," "Mistletoe," "Christmas Eve," and "Christmas Love."

2. Christmas & Chill by Ariana Grande


If you want to be in the Christmas spirit and feel like a bad bitch all at once, this is the album for you. This Christmas album is only 13 minutes long and every song on it is a complete smash, but else would you expect from Ariana Grande?

3. The Cheetah Girls: A Cheetah-licious Christmas by The Cheetah Girls


Over fall break in October, my best friend started to play this album, and it reminded me of how amazing the Cheetah Girls are. This album reminds me of Christmas in elementary school and there is just something so special about that. This album sounds like believing in Santa and playing Nintendogs on your brand new DS. My personal favorite song is "Christmas in California."

4. Christmas (Deluxe Special Edition) by Michael Buble


I'm pretty sure this one is self explanatory.

5. Christmas Kisses by Ariana Grande


This is another short little Ariana Grande Christmas album, and it is another smash. I honestly think Ariana has the perfect voice for Christmas music, and it is a shame she keep putting out Christmas albums that are only 13 minutes long. Her version of "Last Christmas" cannot be matched. I love it. If someone wants to wrap Ariana Grande's voice up and give it to me for Christmas, I'd be very grateful. Also "Snow in California" is a perfect song and I'm obsessed.

6. Everyday Is Christmas (Deluxe) by Sia


I'm not usually a fan of Sia, but this Christmas album is worth a listen or five.

7. On This Holiday by Jessie James Decker


I'm a huge fan of Jessie James Decker, and she is at it again with this amazing Christmas album! Check out "Snowlight" if you are interested in original Christmas content and dancing around your room.

8. Glow by Brett Eldredge


1. I am also single and ready to jingle.

2. This is one of my favorite Christmas albums because Brett has such a strong and smooth voice. He is taking his Christmas album on the road for a tour this holiday season, so if you like this album as much as I do, I suggest snagging tickets quick!

9. Cheers, it's Christma by Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas - Season 2012


If you're in a yeehaw Christmas mood this album is phenomenal. Blake uses his regular redneck country on this festive and upbeat Christmas album. He has a bunch of amazing features on the album like Reba, Kelly Clarkson, and Michael Buble. I really like "Oklahoma Christmas feat. Reba," "Two Step 'Round the Christmas Tree," and "Home feat. Michael Buble."

10. It Must Be Christmas by Chris Young


Chris Young's version of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" is one of the best. This is a really good Christmas album and I think people will enjoy, even if they don't like country music. "Under the Weather" is one of my favorite songs, Christmas time or not.

11. Christmas with Scotty McCreery by Scotty McCreery

"Christmas in Heaven" is such a beautiful song and I'll be crying over it forever.

"I wish you were here
And I wonder
Is the snow falling down on the streets of gold
Are the mansions all covered in white
Are you singing with angels "Silent Night"
I wonder what Christmas in heaven is like"

12. Christmas in the Sand by Colbie Caillat


A Christmas album for everyone who doesn't live in a snowy and cold place!!

13. Punk Goes Christmas by Various Artists

And a Christmas album for emos! This was the only Christmas album I would listen to in middle school back when I was filled with angst. It is still a great album and adds a nice amount to variety to the regular cheery songs!

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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To Percy Jackson, I Hope You're Well...

Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus are both series which helped shape my life. I want to share my love for them here, with you.


Two days before I moved from New Jersey to California, I had a late night at a friend's house. Just a few miles outside of my small town of Morris Plains, his house was out of the way and a safe haven for myself and my mother during a harrowing and strenuous move. My father had been across the country already for almost two months trying to hold down his new job and prove himself. His absence was trying on me (at the tender young age of nine years old) and my mother, and we often spent time at my friend's home, as our mothers got along well.

That night came the time to say goodbye for the very last time, and as our mothers were tearfully embracing at the door, he ran up to me and shoved a book in my hands. Bewildered and confused, I tried to give him my thanks but he was already gone - running away in a childish fit that expressed his hurt at my leaving more than any words he could've said. I looked down at the book in my hands. It was a battered copy of Rick Riordan's "The Lightning Thief," with its binding bulging slightly out in a strange fashion, the cover slightly torn and bent, and quite a few pages dog-eared. The book wasn't in good condition, but I took the time to read it. I was ensnared and enchanted by the lurid descriptions of mythology, of the lovable characters of Percy, Annabeth, and Grover, and the upside-down world they lived in. Over the course of the move and our eventual settling into our new California home, I devoured the series adamantly, reading "The Battle of the Labyrinth" almost five times in the fifth grade and eventually finishing out with "The Last Olympian." The series accompanied me through a difficult move and a whirlwhind of early puberty; by that time, Percy and friends I knew intimately as my own companions. When the series ended, I happily parted with it, and began other literary conquests (namely in the realm of classics).

After an almost year-long break, I re-discovered the series in sixth grade. I hadn't realized that there was a companion series to the first, in fact, a continuation - The Heroes of Olympus. I lapped up "The Lost Hero" and "The Son of Neptune" with greed, and eagerly awaited the arrival of "The Mark of Athena" the following year.

One of my most vivid memories of middle school was sneaking downstairs the morning of the Kindle release of "The Mark of Athena", sneaking past my parents' bedroom as stealthily as I could in the wee hours of the morning to get my kindle and immerse myself in the world. I believe I finished it in about two days. For the next two books in the series, I followed the same pattern: get up early, read it as fast as I could get my hands on it. "The Blood of Olympus", the last book in the series, came out in my freshman year of high school. After finishing the second series, I shelved my much-loved paperbacks for good, and turned myself to other literary pursuits. I eventually relocated to Virginia, and went to college. Percy and friends were almost forgotten until my first year at the University of Virginia.

I was devastatingly alone my first semester at university. I didn't know what to do with myself, entombed by my loneliness. However, at the bottom of my suitcase, I found my old Kindle Paperwhite, with both of Percy's series neatly installed for me. I made a resolution with myself: I would reread both series, reading only at mealtimes where I sat alone. By the time I was finished, I wanted to see where I was compared to when I started.

Re-reading the series was like coming home. It was nostalgia, sadness, and ecstasy wrapped into one. I delighted in revisiting Percy's old haunts, his friends, his challenges. However, it was sad, knowing I had grown up and left them behind while they had stayed the same. It was a riveting memory train which made me look forward to meals, and eased my loneliness at school. Gradually, as the semester progressed, I was reading on Percy's tales less and less, as I found my friends, clubs, and organizations that gradually took up more and more time.

I still haven't finished my re-read, and am about halfway through "The Blood of Olympus". I've come a long way in the almost decade since I first received that tattered copy of "The Lightning Thief", and I still have some ways to go. So thanks, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Jason, Piper, Reyna, Nico, Frank, Hazel, Leo. Thank you for growing up with me. I'll never forget you.


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