Why the Rush for Christmas?

Why the Rush for Christmas?

It comes earlier and earlier each year...

Halloween was literally a week ago. How in the world are stores allowed to be displaying CHRISTMAS decorations? Now don’t get me wrong, I am a Christmas fanatic! When it comes to Christmas, I am definitely the winter version of fall’s “Pumpkin Spice-Sipping, Blanket Scarf-Wearing, Basic White Girl.” My friends could tell you just how much of the movie Elf is in my permanent memory. (And shout out to my best friend Chandra for making my dreams come true and taking me to see the live version on stage!!) As much as I love Christmas and can’t wait for it to start, I cannot help but feel a little disturbed by how early the festivities and decorations start appearing. Each year, Christmas comes earlier. Why is this?

I’d like to propose a theory. I’m just wondering if this rush for Christmas has anything to do with feelings of discontentment and disconnection. I’m wondering if we subconsciously are trying to fill voids in our lives by extending the Christmas planning and celebration. Woah. I know, I know, it sounds really out there. But just hang with me...

It’s so true that sometimes planning for an event or trip is more fun than actually going. I don’t know why it is, but I think anticipation can give us a major mood boost. There’s something to look forward to - something that breaks up the monotony and gets us through the day. Christmas is a lot like this. I love the mock-comradery that sort of develops between shoppers in the mall. I enjoy decorating the house and pulling out the old ornaments. I love watching the Christmas movies that everyone else is watching and drinking hot chocolate. It all gives a feeling of warmth and connection. It’s a great thing! Why is it so unique to Christmas, though?

If Christmas makes us feel so wonderful, and we keep pushing it earlier and earlier each year, I think this shows that we as a society have trouble creating contentment and connection. Christmas does it for us, so let’s just start with the celebration and get this happy train rolling as soon as we can, right?! We have trouble finding genuine contentment and connection in the mundane, so we use Christmas as a way of supplying the joy and warmth we crave. I think this is kind of sad.

True contentment and connection can, and should, last all year. Joy doesn’t have to come in colors of green and red and connection doesn’t have to be mad-dashing together through the mall. Christmas is an amazing time, but I think it’s been spoon-feeding us for too long. We are more than capable of finding joy in August. We can definitely make friends and feel at home in March. I love the holly-jolly, but let’s live in the moments we have.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

Psalm 34:1

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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The Absolute Struggles Of Going Back To Your Campus Job After A Summer Sleeping In

Balancing a job and school after relaxing during the summer can be hard.


Sometimes, the worst part about summer break ending isn't because of having to go back to college. While most of my friends were busy working over the summer, I was lucky enough to enjoy summer break off my normal job tutoring at my college campus. Most people I know would ask me what it's like to transition from not having a summer job to having to work over the school year.

It's hard. I mean, there are both good and bad things about going from not working over the summer to working during the school year. For one thing, when you go the entire summer without working, it can be a huge chore to suddenly have to work again. You live on a schedule before the summer when you are working. But as soon as you stop working for the summer, you get off the schedule.

You get off the schedule for planning how many hours to work, figuring out when to set your alarm and other things. When your alarm first goes off in the morning, it's a huge struggle to get up after a whole summer of sleeping in. You find yourself constantly fighting the urge not to throw your alarm out your bedroom window. And coffee becomes the only beverage you drink.

What makes it even harder is that having a job while going to college forces you to figure out how to juggle your classes with working. You have to plan out time to do your homework and how many hours to work during the school year. It can definitely be overwhelming and stressful at first when you go back to work

Also, you find that you have less time to work on any hobbies that you worked on during the summer. For example, during the summer I would play piano, read and write whenever I had the time. In the summer I had plenty of time to work on my hobbies, but now I'm lucky when I get to read something that isn't a scholarly article!

On the plus side, after not having any money for the whole summer, you finally get paychecks that help you pay off any expenses you had over the summer! In addition, if you enjoy your job and workplace, you find that you've missed working over the summer.

I love tutoring students! I am majoring in middle childhood education, and tutoring is similar to teaching. I love helping students understand math, and I found that I really missed working over the summer!

Another good thing about working is that it's harder to get bored now that you find yourself always busy. In the summer, you start to run out of things to do, especially if you didn't have that many vacations to go on over the summer. However, when you are able to start working again, you find yourself so busy that you have a hard time not having something to do over the school year.

If you're a tutor, you also tend to forget most of the information you used for tutoring. If you're tutoring a specific class, for example, you have to go over all of the notes you had or information for that class so that you can tutor students successfully. It's even harder if you're a math tutor since math is one of the easiest things to forget over the summer since it requires a lot of practice. Which means that as soon as you start working, it's time to spend at least an hour reviewing all of the notes before starting your job!

Even though going back to work over the school year after a summer of relaxing can be stressful, it can also have its benefits. It's definitely a huge transition just as going back to college from summer break can be. However, once you start to get used to working again during the school year, you find yourself glad to be back at your job again.

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