Why Christmas Is The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Why Christmas Is The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Christmas itself isn't the only thing that makes the holiday season great
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Christmas: it certainly is the most wonderful time of the year. The anticipation leading up to the fun-filled day is arguably better than the holiday itself. The Christmas season is so easy to get into; it's not hard to put a smile on my face, all I need is some Christmas music playing in the background while I sit by the fireplace, just taking in all of the holiday joy. But alas, Christmas music isn't the only thing that makes it the best time to be alive.

1. Christmas is the time, like all other holidays, for family. My sisters and cousins come home from college, and my relatives make the trip, and the effort, to come visit. I love spending time with my family, there's never a dull moment with that bunch. With my mother being one of eleven children, our dinner table is usually packed at Christmas. And lucky us, my uncle is an AMAZING cook. While I stuff my face with food and fill my stomach, my heart is filled with joy when I'm with the people that mean the most to me.

2. SNOW! I mean come on, snow is just magical. The white blanket that covers the houses and the ground is just so perfect, especially in the early morning after a storm, and before the plows come to ruin it. Snow makes everything better, after the leaves have fallen off the trees and the grass has started to die, the snow brings life back to nature. And let's be honest, who doesn't like a nice snowy day when all we can do is sit inside and cuddle to keep warm?

3. With Christmas comes New Year's. Although Christmas comes and goes within a matter of a day, New Year's is right around the corner to lift my spirits once more. Every year, without fail, I anxiously await Christmas Eve and morning, but when they're over I find myself in the same emotional rut each year. But then I realize that New Year's Eve is but a week away, and once again, I find myself excited, and anxiously awaiting its arrival.

4. Baking is by far the best part. Cookies, pies, cakes and much more. The desserts are just amazing. And the best part about baking is that it beings as soon as December does, and it doesn't end until the New Year. When my sister comes home from school she bakes non-stop, she has to get it out of her system since she can't do it at school. And everything she makes just gets more and more delicious! Baking is the best part of the Christmas season because obviously...food!

5. Ice skating, although it doesn't suit everyone, it's still a good time. And that's coming from the most ungraceful person in the world. When I skate, I look like a baby giraffe learning how to walk, and when I fall flat on my face, well, I just look like an embarrassment. But it doesn't bother me! Ice skating is just too much fun to let my lack of coordination and balance get the best of me. Skating is my favorite pass time during the winter, I could spend hours on the ice; admittedly many of them are spent face flat, but still, it's always a good time.


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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter
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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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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... ;-)

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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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