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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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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15 Steamy Summer Date Ideas That Won't Burn Through Your Bank

Don't let date night get repetitive this summer...


With a new season, comes new opportunities for super fun date ideas to keep your love life fresh and fun. I'm sure your favorite brunch place is great, but why not take advantage of the beautiful weather and try out some new things with your significant other this summer?

1. Go to the farmers market.

There is something so refreshing about walking through a farmers market. How could you not be happy when surrounded by fresh fruit, coffee stands, and live music? This is such an easy way to get some sunshine and grab some AMAZING food. My farmers market used to have everything from freshly pressed lemonade to waffle sandwiches. If you want to take the date a step further, find a recipe before you go, and buy fresh ingredients to cook a yummy dinner together later that night.

2. Tie-dye matching T-shirts.

Tie-dye is messy, so take advantage of the beautiful weather and head outside where things can get as messy as you want! What a cute little date souvenir too!

3. Late night ice cream run.

Ice cream is cool and everything, but something about ice cream in the middle of the night seems way more adventurous than a mid-day scoop. And the only time of the year that its going to be warm enough out to get ice cream late at night is, of course, summer!

4. Draw with chalk.

Honestly, your possibilities with this are pretty endless. Drawing contests, hop-scotch, make a masterpiece together, whatever your heart desires. Bring a speaker and maybe some bubbles too while you're at it, sometimes embracing our inner child is a necessary, grounding experience.

5. Throw a barbecue.

Who says spending time together is limited to only the two of you? Cooking together for your friends can be great bonding time too. Invite the crew and spend the afternoon outside at a park or in a backyard. Bring some music and maybe some activities like frisbee or kickball and enjoy some beautiful social time.

6. Take partner dance lessons.

Salsa, tango, swing, rumba, foxtrot, your opportunities are endless. Nobody is saying you have to be good, but how fun will it be to have some new moves to show off next time you and your friends go out dancing or to a concert?

7. Float down a river.

Go with just the two of you or bring some friends, either way, this is a perfect way to spend a few hours out in the sun while staying cool in the water!

8. Take your dogs to the dog park.

Parks are already fun, but when they're full of dogs they're about a million times better! Also, who doesn't love watching their significant other play with puppies?!? It doesn't get cuter than that.

9. Go cliff jumping.

In a safe spot, of course! You know what they say, you should do something that scares you every day...

10. Go on a road trip

A road trip is perfect because it's not as huge of a commitment as going on a real vacation together, but it's still a good little getaway where you are sure to bond a ton. You will have the whole car ride to talk and jam out to each other's favorite songs, how could that not be a grand time?

11. Get artsy and do a photoshoot.

Even if you're not a photographer, its kind of fun to get creative with a camera! Pick a spot somewhere nearby with cool scenery (try golden hour for extra gorgeous photos) and be each other's models. It will be a nice simple date, plus you will get some good Insta content!

12. Go to a sports game.

Plan ahead and get some tickets to go see a sports game in your town or one nearby! Sports games have such a fun upbeat atmosphere, plus fun food, and they're a good excuse to get decked out in fun fan gear!

13. Go mini golfing.

SUCH a cute and fun date idea. Mini-golfing dates never fail to bring out peoples silly sides. Why not make it a competition? Loser buys ice cream for the two of you when you're finished.

14. Go rollerblading.

OK, this one scares me personally, but for anyone with the athletic ability to attempt this, I fully encourage (and envy) you! What cuter sight to see than the two of you holding hands gliding down the city walk together? Just please wear your pads!

15. Have a car wash.

I don't mean go to the car wash together! I mean break out the speaker, the buckets, the sponges, the hose, and get soapy and silly together in the sun. Who knew cleaning could be so much fun?!

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