The Christmas Fever Has Arrived

The Christmas Fever Has Arrived

Why I'm excited that my favorite holiday of the year is on its way back.
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Giving thanks and dining on delicious Thanksgiving food has finally come to an end as we wrap up the month of November. The end of the eleventh month of the year brings us to one of the best times of the year: Christmas Time.

Christmas this, Christmas that, Christmas everything. Though I'm not too fond of the cold and icy snow-filled winter, December is one of my favorite months of the year because it's the home of the best holiday ever celebrated.

Christmas has its place as my favorite holiday for many reasons.

It is a time to give back to people, and it's only so special this time of the year. Sure, there are birthdays and anniversaries, but nothing beats Christmas giving. I mean, who doesn't love presents, and who doesn't love giving them?! Although I am one of the most broke college students out there, that doesn't stop me from giving to my friends and family. They mean so much to me, so why wouldn't they deserve everything and more?

Christmas not only brings the gift of giving, but the lights tag along too. My favorite part of this holiday are the ways people are able to express their Christmas cheer (or not, for those of you who keep your house in a dark shell for the winter months) through their use of Christmas lights on their houses and in their yards. Whether it's icicle lights or a mighty Santa in his sleigh with his reindeer in your yard, the lights bring about the festivities. I mean, I've seen some pretty extravagant houses. People go all out. And when it snows and the snow glistens from the reflection of the lights...how can you say that you don't love that? The thing about lights is that they make a standard, ordinary neighborhood into something extraordinary. I always make sure to go out every year and drive around different neighborhoods to see the lights because it makes me so happy that everyone else is as happy for Christmas as I am.

Along with giving back and holiday lights, Christmas is one of my favorite holidays because I am able to spend time with the people that I love. It's not often that everyone gets to see their extended family, so I really appreciate this time of year because I am able to spend time with either side of my family. I love being able to see everyone and catch up on our lives over the past few months. It's really exciting and something I hope that everyone is able to do.

One last reason that Christmas is my favorite holiday is because of the awesome Christmas trees. Whether you're a fan of the faux tree or a fan of the real one, I won't judge you. I love that everyone has a tree of their own and you don't usually come across twin trees. They're all unique and special to the people that put them up and decorate them each year, and I think that's really something great.

So, if you're not a fan of Christmas, I'm very sorry. And to those of you who are, celebrate that Christmas fever the same ways I love to. Happy Holiday's!

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

Psalm 34:1
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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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What Christmas Means To Me: An Atypical Prayer

You are where my life began and continues to grow, and the love is always unconditional, never ending, and felt as soon as you walk in the door.
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This last Christmas, my grandfather gave me the opportunity to write the grace and prayer that is read before Christmas Dinner. Though it may not sound much like a typical prayer or a traditional grace, it sounded a little something like this:

"When I think of Christmas, I think of this moment right here. The one where we are all gathered together, bound together by love in a place where so many memories have been made. It’s the time that we get to spend together that makes Christmas so special, not the presents, not the food (though it is delicious and I’ll never say no to another one of Grandma’s cookies), but instead the bond that we continue to strengthen each and every year when we come together.

So this Christmas, I am thankful to be surrounded by a family that loves me. As I said in an article of mine that came out earlier this week, “never is the love in my house one-sided”, and that rings true here today. God has given us this holiday not only to celebrate Christ’s birth but also to remind us that the love of this family is never one-sided. It reminds us how special this family is, and how lucky we are to have one another.

I could not ask for better people to have in my life. I could not ask for better grandparents to teach me so many life lessons and to be there whenever I needed someone to turn to, parents that raised me into the strong, independent, and loving young woman that I am today, and a sister that I’ve become so much closer to this year and am proud to call my best friend. I could not ask for a better aunt and uncle that have never failed to make me feel loved and are always there to support me in everything that I do, and cousins that always take time to make sure I’m ok and give life advice that has helped shape who I am as I grow up. I could not ask for better little boys to be my little boys and bring joy and laughter to my life, and a dog that makes me happy to come home and I can always count on for kisses.

Christmas is my favorite holiday, but not for the reasons many people may think. It’s not because of the presents, or the cookies (though I do love them so please make as many as you can Grandma), but because of the love, I get to experience on this day. Family is where life starts and the love never ends, and in this family, this rings true. You are where my life began and continues to grow, and the love is always unconditional, never-ending, and felt as soon as you walk in the door.

Merry Christmas, I love you all with all my heart."

Christmas may be over, but the words in this prayer still ring true. Though people change and every holiday is different in its own way, these words will forever ring true.

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