12 Things People Love/Hate About The Holiday Season

12 Things People Love/Hate About The Holiday Season

A small list about things that happen during the most wonderful, and sometimes not so wonderful, time of the year.

We all know the feeling of coming home, having a nice, long break, filled with everything you wanted to do...oh wait maybe we don`t. Here is a short list of 12 things, good and bad, that happen during the holiday season. Just remember to focus on the good times and laugh about the unfortunate moments (later). May your holiday season be one to remember.

1. You get so many questions about school/work

The reason I'm home now is because I'm done with/tired of school and I really don`t want to tell you about all the extra hours I'm having to work. We could talk about how much I'm loving these home-cooked meals, though, because not all of us are gourmet chefs, and let's be honest, nothing beats the sweet treats that are waiting for you on the counter.

2. You have to interact with people you may have only met once/are meeting for the first time

On the plus side, you're probably not the only one who can't remember the name of the newcomer, so you all just try and play it off. In case you're caught in one of these situations this year, the smile and nod technique usually works.

3. Last minute shopping is a thing because you forgot to get gifts with all the stress of finals the past couple weeks

In many cases, this leads to wandering around the store finding all the things you like and nothing they would want, and then frantically grabbing candy off the shelf because the store closes in ten minutes and it`s better to have something rather than nothing.

4. It provides the perfect opportunity for your mother to ask if you`ll be bringing someone special home this year

Either they get to be very excited or they try and hide their disappointment and pull the "maybe next year" card. If it;s for the latter of the two, they have to know it`s not always just them who`s saddened by this statement.

5. You get to hang out with your pets

They'll either jump you at the door or act like they don`t know you for a little while because you left them. Or it'll be a mixture of the two. Really just seeing them makes your day so much better and gets you thinking about how to sneak them into your dorm when you go back in three weeks.

6. Mariah Carey on the radio at least once, maybe four times on your way anywhere

No matter how many times we've heard it or how many versions of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" there are, this song never gets old, especially when you and your friends crank it and sing along at the top of your lungs.

7. Christmas sweaters/hats/lights/everything

Driving around at night and getting to see all the houses lit up or even looking at the tree in your living room gives your warm happy feelings no matter if it is ten degrees below zero with wind chill. With Christmas sweaters, there are so many colors and choices (and they`re usually pretty warm). I personally have an array of seven sweaters and vests that make an appearance every year and lights are up in my room year round so there`s that.

8. Snow

Some love it. Some hate it. Some go either way.

9. You get to spend time with the people you love

Sure your siblings may get on your nerves 24/7, and your parents may always be on your case about something, but it's just because they care about you. Or they think it`s funny to see the smoke coming out of your ears. Probably both.

10. Driving on those winter roads

People either take it too fast or too slow, and only a couple find that happy medium. The rest find a parking lot to do donuts in.

11. Sledding

Something one must do at least once a year, no matter how old they are.

12. Hot Cocoa

A perfect ending to a perfect day. Something that should be utilized more often because everyone needs a minute to relax, no matter what the weather is like outside.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

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To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

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