8 Reasons Why I Am Thankful For Christmas

8 Reasons Why I Am Thankful For Christmas

Only seven more Fridays until the best holiday of the year.

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It is officially November 1st, which means it's Christmas season. To all of you that are offended by this statement, I apologize in advance for skipping over Thanksgiving but I'm still here to give thanks. There is so much to be grateful for during this wonderful holiday season, even if you're more of a Thanksgiving person.

Here are eight reasons I'm thankful for the Christmas season:

1. The Decorations

Decorating a tree and the rest of the house gets you into the holiday spirit and gets you a lot more excited for Christmas. Christmas lights alone are so fun to look at. You can go through state parks where they set up lights or even local neighborhoods.

2. Spending Time With Family And Friends

You get to spend time with your direct family once you get home, but you also get to see all of your distant relatives. If your family is anything like mine, it is always an experience when everyone is together. Also, you get to see your friends and catch up with them and their college experiences. What's better than getting to hang out with your friends from home during a long but well-deserved break?

3. Winter Break

It's one of the longest breaks college students get which makes it so much better. You get to sleep in your own bed, stay up as late as you want, and don't have to stress about any assignments being due.

4. It Gets Cold

... Most of the time. Depending on where you live, typically this is the time of the year where it really starts to get cold. You can wear fuzzy socks and oversized sweatshirts unless you live in South Carolina. Then there's a chance it could sunny and 75 degrees.

5. The Music

Christmas music is the best, especially when you play it during the Christmas season. The classics, like "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree," are a go-to but who doesn't love Justin Bieber's "Under The Mistletoe" Christmas Album?

6. Church Service

Christmas church service is always a welcoming and warming one. There are typically always more people that attend that service, so you get to see people you haven't seen in a while. Also, everyone is celebrating the reason for the whole holiday: the birth of Jesus.

7. Giving And Receiving Gifts

Giving presents to your close friends, doing gift exchange games, or receiving gifts from your family is all so fun and makes memories you'll remember for years.

8. Home Cooked Meals

Honestly, Thanksgiving is good and all but Christmas lunch/dinner is where it's at. The home cooking doesn't stop there either, you could probably get one or two more meals cooked depending on how many times you celebrate with your family. Of course, there are leftovers for days too.

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I Didn't Choose To Be A Dance Major, It Chose Me

How my passion became my purpose

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I don't remember the exact moment, but I do remember the process. I remember moments in time and the way joy has manifested itself into my life. Perhaps this is the meaning of life—a slow growing journey of finding yourself through experiences and delightfully long conversations with people we care about, long nights filled with laughter, early mornings with dew beneath our toes, waves of utter joy, followed by waves of somber; it's all just part of it. And within these waves and moments of our lives, we begin to see with clarity—a slow but steady process. Clarity occurs when the fog is lifted. It's when you find that thing you're passionate about, and you do it relentlessly. This is the art of becoming.

So, I don't really remember when I became a dancer. I suppose it's been a lifetime of becoming. I can't even really say that it's a choice. I don't think it is. I know that I was born to dance. And this has nothing to do with how I look or anything like that. But it has everything to do with how I feel when I dance. It's this sense of sheer release, and to be able to get to that point of really, truly not having a care in world; this is how you know you're in the process of becoming. It's in the moments where I'm the most lost—the moments where I've really given myself over completely that result in the greatest rewards, usually in the form of self-knowledge. This is clarity.

I have not chosen to become a dancer, but inevitably dance has so gracefully chosen me. And with great appreciation, I've accepted the invitation. I've since made the mindful choice to immerse myself in this art form, because to me this is how joy has chosen to manifest itself in my life. Through movement, and love of music, and love of creating, this is how I've chosen joy.

It recently dawned on me that dance is what we as humans use to declare our vitality. It's an appreciation of being alive. And more so, it's a celebration: of being alive, of our bodies, of human contact, but mostly just of life. We as humans dance to celebrate life.

So with this joy that I've been so lucky to find, I am compelled to study dance. And not just take classes, and not just take notes, but to really study—to really understand what it means to be alive, and to feel gratitude for every ounce of my life.

This is why I'm a dance major.

So before you question me, and perhaps tell me that my major is useless or is not setting me up for a successful life, maybe consider that I've chosen a life of joy. I've chosen to be passionate and throw myself into gaining a greater kinesthetic awareness, a more profound appreciation for music, and for art, and for culture, and just life in general.

I have chosen to celebrate my life, and celebrate what my body allows me to do every day. And through my choices, I've begun to master the art of becoming.

Author's note: The theme of "becoming" was subconsciously inspired by Michelle Obama.

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