Signs You're Obsessed With Christmas

Signs You're Obsessed With Christmas

Only those with the merriest of Christmas spirit will understand.

After you've finished Thanksgiving dinner and decide in your half coherent, food coma state to drive to the mall and brave the craziness of Black Friday, you hear the Christmas carols being played on every station.

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love them and those who hate them. If you're one of those people who loves to hear carols on every radio station or has been listening to them for months then I hate to break it you, but, you might be obsessed with Christmas. But, if you do these things, there is no doubt that you are 100% obsessed:

1. From early November until Christmas Day you have the same greeting:

In case anyone was wondering, it is perfectly acceptable to wish everyone you meet with "Merry Christmas" (even if it is November) because a little Christmas never hurt anyone.

2. When November 1 hits, it is officially okay to sing Christmas carols and think about (start) decorating.

White Christmas lights - check.

Christmas tree with twinkling lights and festive ornaments - check.

Santa figurines, gingerbread houses and stocking - check, check and triple check.

Yeah, you're got it all under control.

3. You get upset when someone tells you that it's "Too early"

No. It is never too early. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

4. People ask, no, tell you to stop singing Christmas carols

No, as Buddy the elf said: "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing it loud for all to hear."

All I'm saying is that you don't argue with Buddy.

5. You don't understand why people around you don't share your enthusiasm

You don't get it, you simply don't get why in the world anyone would want to be a Grinch when there is so much to excited about.

6. When you find someone who loves Christmas as much as you, you're instantly friends

It isn't everyday that you find someone who loves Christmas as much as you do, so, when you find that person, you hold onto them like the tinsel that clings to your tree.

7. You anxiously await the first snow

Even though you're excited and ready for the Christmas season, it isn't officially Christmas until there is snow on the ground.

8. When the snow hits, you plan your Christmas season activities minute by minute

From ice skating, snowman building, cookie baking, tree and house decorating and other Christmas time activities, you quickly discover that there are more things to do than hours in a day. Therefore, planning each and every second is key.

9. You have more Christmas decorations than you know what to do with

You're that person who has more decorations than they know what to do with but each year buys just a few more because you have the "perfect spot" for it.

10. Black Friday is the beginning of shopping for the perfect Christmas present

Thanksgiving may be the star attraction of the day but Black Friday is when the real fun starts. Rushing around from store to store, picking out the perfect gift and maybe saving a buck or two in the process makes everything "FAAABULOUUUS!"

11. Once you get home with all your Black Friday deals and steals, it's time for the wrapping games begin

Wrapping presents is more than just putting pretty paper over the box to disguise what is inside. There is an art to wrapping presents that you cannot stand to have disrupted.

12. You watch all the Christmas movies on 25 Days of Christmas and then some...

There's the classics such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, A Christmas Story, A Wonderful Life and Frosty the Snowman to the equally well loved Rudolph, Home Alone and Christmas Vacation. Whichever movies you watch during the Christmas season cannot just be watched once, it must be watched again and again until you have fulfilled your Christmas movie fix.

13. As soon as Christmas is over, you start counting down until next year

How much longer again?

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12 Gifts To Give Your Girlfriend On Valentine's Day

All of these gift ideas will for sure win over your girlfriend's heart this year!

To all the last-minute gift givers of Valentine's Day:

Don't panic. While I know how stressful it can be to get the perfect gift for your significant other, there are so many gift ideas that people always forget as an option. The best part about Valentine's day is not the gifts you get, but rather the romantic time you get to spend with your loved one. So don't worry about how expensive the gift is, just worry about how much thought you put into it. If you are still stuck on a gift to buy for your girlfriend, here are 12 ideas to get the ball rolling for you:

1. Chocolate

Chocolate is every woman's best friend. It also can be your wallet's best friend for this Valentine's Day season. A box of chocolate can warm your girlfriend's heart for a low price.

Buy a box on Amazon.

2. Flowers

Flowers. Another common, but romantic gift for your girlfriend. Get creative with it. Throw rose pedals all over the bed, or hand her a giant bouquet all at once. Either way I am sure she will love it.

Buy them on Amazon.

3. Giant Teddy Bear

This is a gift that I always found so adorable. While it can be obnoxious to purchase and carry around, the look on your girlfriend's face when she sees it will make it all worth it. She can cuddle the bear when you're not around. ;)

Buy one on Amazon.

4. Wine

Again, another luxury that is a woman's best friend. You cannot go wrong with buying your girlfriend a bottle, or bottles, of wine. The only question you have to ask yourself when buying it is, red or white?

Buy a set of glasses to match on Amazon.

5. A Couple's Massage

Um, hello. Who wouldn't love this gift? Not only is it a gift for her, but it is one for you as well. This gift can also be surprisingly cheap. Many places offer amazing deals during the Valentine's Day season!

6. Dinner

There is absolutely nothing wrong with just taking your girlfriend to a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day. Dinner can be expensive enough as it is, the important thing to remember is to make memories that will last a lifetime during the meal.

7. A Movie

Again, nothing wrong with just going to a movie for the night. Sometimes a movie can set the level of romance you need for Valentine's Day.

Buy an AMC gift card on Amazon.

8. A Necklace

I know what you're thinking, too expensive! Don't throw away the necklace idea just yet. There are so many stores that sell such elegant necklaces, and they are decently priced as well. Check out stores like Alex and Ani, or Pandora for great deals, or just order from Amazon!

Buy one on Amazon.

9. A Ring

While this gift may only apply to a select few, imagine how memorable this day would be for your girlfriend. Do not think it is too cliche to propose to your girlfriend on Valentine's Day. Who cares how many other people do it, think about the joy it will bring her.

Buy a diamond ring on Amazon.

10. Clothes

Plan and buy your girlfriend's outfit for the night! It saves her time figuring out what to wear, and you just bought her clothes that she will absolutely adore!

Buy a sweater she will love on Amazon.

11. A One Night Stay at a Hotel

I don't think I have to say anything about this gift. You all know how romantic this is.

Buy a gift card on Amazon.

12. Personalized Picture Frame

A gift that is beyond thoughtful. Taking all of your pictures of memories from before and putting them together for your girlfriend is a gift that will for sure have her in tears.

Buy one on Amazon.

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Kitchen storage

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