Why Some People Don't Like Christmas

Why Some People Don't Like Christmas

It's not so holly and jolly for a lot of people.
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Honestly, I really don't see Christmas as "the most wonderful time of the year" for more reasons than one -- and I'm sure there are other people who feel the same.

Every year when I groan about Christmas music, I get people who ask me, "How can you not like Christmas?" or they accuse me of being a Jesus hater for not being appreciative of the celebration of His birth. My answer is this:

Christmas isn't about having the nicest stuff; it's about Jesus. But the problem is that we have created an expectation for our society which says that we are defined by how much we get or give for Christmas. For people with major financial issues, it can be really stressful in a sense that those families get reminded, once again, that they are less because they have less. Some people struggle to make ends meet on a daily basis, so when it comes down to it, how should they be expected to splurge this one time of the year when they can barely afford to put food on the table anyway?

If Christmas were more about Jesus than competitive commercialism, I really believe that it would be a much happier holiday. Ironically, Jesus taught more about sharing and caring rather than fighting to the top and seeing who can get the best gifts. It seems like Jesus has kind of been sucked out of His own birthday, which is sad. Because although several people know what Christmas signifies, they don't celebrate it for that reason.

There's a condition called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which makes people feel more depressed during a certain seasonal change, typically in the winter months. This means that while stores are blasting Christmas music about it being "the most wonderful time of the year" and having "a holly jolly Christmas," the people with SAD are only being dragged further into their pits of despair. What's worse than being depressed, is being depressed while seeing everyone else so happy. Christmas music makes it ten times worse.

Ah, yes, but Christmas is a time to get together with your families and have a good time -- unless you're one of those people who either doesn't have a family or doesn't have a "normal" family. With divorce rates being so high, there are likely a lot of kids out there who don't get to celebrate it with their families as a whole. Instead, they get the pleasure of living out of a suitcase on Christmas break, being reminded that they don't have one big happy family.

Realistically, death doesn't take a break on Christmas, either. There are a lot of families who have experienced the death of a loved one on or around Christmas. Heck, even if the death wasn't experienced on or near Christmas, people still grieve. There are parents who have lost children -- or even children who have lost parents. There are widows and widowers. You can bet that grieving people don't forget about their loved ones on Christmas, but are instead, reminded of their losses.

In my case, I lost a parent at age five on December 30 -- just five days after Christmas. The traumatic experience reenters my conscience every year around Christmas time. To me, Christmas isn't a cheery time and, personally, I wish people would respect that, rather than putting me on trial for not enjoying the holiday season. This isn't to say that everyone else should stop being happy during the holidays to please people who don't like Christmas. This is a simple inquiry to be more compassionate to the people who struggle throughout the holiday season.

Cover Image Credit: Hand of Jesus Ministries

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8 Reasons Why Winter Is Better Than Summer

While we're all counting down to the warmth, we should be counting back to the cold.
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Warm weather is right around the corner, and this means a lot of things. Picnics, bonfires, hikes through the park and the quick approach of summer. After months of cold, dreary days, finally sunshine is on the horizon. However, with the sunshine comes sweat, the inescapable smell of bonfire smoke, and the return of bugs. Here is a concise list of reasons why winter is superior to summer.


1. The Sports

Being outside in the summer is fun, especially when the warmth makes it so pleasant. However, being outside in the sun too long can lead to exhaustion, heatstroke or sunburn. Being outside in the winter involves sledding, skiing, ice skating and snowball fights. You stay cool and still have fun doing it. There is only so much you can do to stay cool in the summer, but it’s easy to have fun in the winter when there are so many things to do without ever breaking a sweat.

2. The Clothes

While we all love the simplicity of a comfy T-shirt and shorts, the best clothing is fuzzy clothing. Winter means fluffy sweaters and thick socks. The possibilities of summer outfits are very limited, but the amount of outfits that can come out of a sweater, cardigan, jean or legging combination are endless. While a summer wardrobe can be simple, you can add new life to jeans or a blouse by adding a cardigan or boots, something impossible in the summer heat. The cold winter weather allows for layering that would never be possible in the summer.

3. Seasonal Symptoms

In the winter, dry skin and sickness are the worst result of the cold weather. In the summer, sunburn, sweat, hay fever and humidity all mess with every part of the body. Static-y hair has nothing on humidity. And sweaty skin beats dry skin any day. The heat constrains you and makes you feel like 800 pounds are weighing on your shoulders. In addition to the 800 pounds of humidity, there is no easy way to get rid of it, besides standing in front of a fan. The seasonal symptoms of the winter are nothing compared to the brutal and inescapable heat of summer.

4. Winter Break vs. Summer Break

While summer break does involve a long vacation from school, often it’s filled with job searches and preparation for the following year. There is time to spend a day at the beach or lounge on the couch, but for the most part, these weeks of summer are for making money and gaining experience in order to succeed in the future. Winter break is a month of relaxing, eating cookies, and spending time with family. The stress of school is off for a while, and you can take some time for yourself.

5. Television and Movies

In the summer, there are a few great blockbuster movies. However, in the winter, there are countless movies and TV specials, specifically around the holidays. Multiple options for entertainment exist during the winter season, as opposed to in the summer when there is no new television until the fall and very few entertaining movies.

6. The Food

Barbecue food is pretty good, but burgers and hot dogs can get old pretty quick. In the winter, the possibilities are endless. There are countless soup combinations and warm drinks to fill you up and warm your body and soul.

7. Activities

When it’s warm outside, there is a constant pressure to go out and enjoy the weather. In the winter, it’s perfect alright to stay in for a day or two. Or a week. The summer means a constant stream of activities because the weather allows it. In the winter there is no pressure to go out or be social because we all love to stay in and enjoy the warmth or get a group of people together for a movie night.

8. The Bugs

This one explains itself. There are no bees stinging you in winter. There are no mosquitoes biting you in winter. There are no gnats buzzing around you in winter. Winter is a bug-free haven.


So while we anticipate the summer, let us also look fondly back on our time during the winter and patiently await the time to trade our sunburn for windburn.

Cover Image Credit: Zachary Nelson // Unsplash

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11 Cute Gift Ideas For Your Galentine, Because You Don't Need No Man

Don't forget the wine!

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Now that we've picked up the Glitter from New Year's and gotten back into the swing of things at work and school, it's time to prepare for February's best holiday: Galentine's Day. Bet you weren't expecting that, right? Yeah, you don't need a man to celebrate Galentine's Day, instead, just an awesome gal pal.

Galentine's Day was originally coined by "Parks and Rec" front lady and badass woman Leslie Knope, and has quickly become a tradition. Celebrated on February 13, Galentine's Day is all about the amazing ladies in your life, whether that's your best friend, mom, roommate, or entire girl gang!

If you're looking for some amazing gifts to get your Galentine this year, I've got you covered! Don't even stress it if you don't have a Valentine this year because, remember, ovaries before bro-varies.

1. Women's Libation!: Cocktails to Celebrate a Woman's Right to Booze

What's better than feminism and alcohol? Honestly, nothing. Celebrate Galentine's Day by buying this book full of feminist-inspired cocktails for your favorite strong woman. Don't forget to make a couple of your favorite drinks that night, too!

Click here to purchase. Cost: $14.40 for hardcover

2. A bracelet with power.

Instead of just another cute piece of jewelry, get your Galentine a bracelet that will remind them every day just how strong they are.

Click here to purchase. Cost: $11.26

3. Another bracelet, this one that reminds you of your true priorities.

If you're looking for another piece of jewelry to add to your Galentine's collection, why not this one that reminds them that at the end of the day your gal pals will ALWAYS come first?

Purchase it here. Cost: $9.99

4. Wine bottle labels.

We all know that no Galentine's Day is complete without a little wine! Make your bottles even more personal and festive and include these super cute wine bottle labels. This is an easy way to spruce up a traditional gift.

Order them here. Cost: $8.89 for a pack of four.

5. The book that will help your broken-hearted bestie move on.

Have a Galentine that's a little down in the dumps this year due to a breakup or loss of someone important to her? Cheer them up with a sweet and sappy book! "You Always Change the Love of Your Life (For Another Love or Another Life)" by Amalia Andrade is an interactive way to help readers get over heartbreak. For any Galentine who has a lot of feelings and loves to write about them, this seems like the perfect gift!

Order it here. Cost: $13.66 for paperback.

6. Powerful wall decor.

What girl doesn't love some inspirational wall decor? This poster is perfect for any strong, driven young woman you know. It's perfect to hang up in a dorm room, apartment, or office!

Pick it up here. Cost: $18.00

7. Another Parks and Rec reference, but this time, on a mug!

Your Galentine doesn't even have to be a Parks and Rec fan to appreciate this one! This mug screams girl power and any strong woman will love it.

Purchase it here. Cost: $5.99

8. One badass coloring book.

Give your Galentine the perfect way to chill out and relax after a long day with a coloring book. This coloring book is special, though, because it's filled with many boss women from throughout history, sure to make any feminist beam with joy as she does she colors her stresses away.

Pick it up here. Cost: $7.98

9. A journal to help her see the good in every day.

Recently, daily gratitude journals have become increasingly popular. This journal will help your Galentine take a few moments each day to step back and think about all she has to be grateful for.

Purchase it here. Cost: $8.59

10. A girl boss wine glass.

Who doesn't love another cute wine glass? Pair this with a bottle of her favorite wine and it's such a simple, yet wonderful, gift!

Pick it up here. Cost: $19.98

11. A candle to help her relax.

Time for some good aromatherapy! This classic Bath & Body Works candle is a great gift for any stressed out gal pal who needs to treat herself and relax.

Order it here. Cost: $20.97

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