The 11 Best Things About Christmas

The 11 Best Things About Christmas

As told by your favorite Christmas movies.

Christmas– it's quite possibly the best time of the year. It's like as soon as the clock hits 12:00 a.m. after Thanksgiving everyone is in full "holly jolly" mode. In December you will use the colors red and green in one hour of decorating more than you had from January to November. Stockings and garland will be hung and presents will be wrapped. Hams, turkeys, and pies will be cooked over and over again. It's the most joyful time to spend with people who matter the most and hearts everywhere are filled with compassion and love. Christmas is recognized as one of the most cheerful holidays for many reasons, but here are just a few highlights demonstrated from a few of your favorite classic movies.

1. All the decorations.

The more lights, the better.

2. Christmas music.

You might say you hate it, but deep down you, too, are silently humming the catchy tune of Jingle Bells.

3. Christmas Break.

Whether it's 2 days or 2 months, Christmas break = happy!

4. Food.

Seriously, Thanksgiving to Christmas is the only long-term chance you have to binge without feeling guilty. Enjoy it accordingly.

5. Reminiscing on old memories for a laugh or two while making new ones.

6. You can finally wear all those cute sweaters you own.

...and you don't have to feel guilty about the ones with tinsel and blinking lights

7. Spending time with family.

8. Spending hours watching Christmas movies.

It's really almost shameful how many Hallmark movies I'll watch in the month of December.

9. Celebrations

Between Christmas parties and the birth of Jesus, Christmas has a lot to celebrate.

10. Endless hot-chocolate and cookies.

11. You can feel happiness everywhere you go.

Seriously, Christmas makes even the "Grinchiest" people a joy to be around.

With all the hardships our world faces, Christmas seems to bring everyone together. Even when some families don't get to enjoy each other's company, we celebrate them in their own ways. Whether you're 8 or 80, the cheer this holiday brings is unmatched and there is no better feeling.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)


I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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