The Good, The Bad, and The Jolly
Christmas is right around the corner and the anticipation is killing me! I started listening to Christmas music October 1st and I probably won't stop until sometime mid-February. Alright, I am exaggerating a little bit but this time of year is always the most exciting and I love everything about it! Well, almost everything. Here is the good, the bad, and the jolly about Christmas.
The Good: The presents!
Don't lie to yourself. We all love getting stuff. Being a poor college student means that any free stuff is going to be greatly appreciated. This is the part of Christmas that is purely materialistic and superficial. As young kids, getting presents is what christmas was all about. Walking out at 6 in the morning to check out what Santa put in your stocking was one of the highlights of the whole day. Now that we're older, we appreciate more important things.
This is probably the worst part of the holidays. No matter where you go, you are bound to spend a good amount of time in line. I worked in retail in high school and Christmas Eve was the busiest day of the year. People were impatient and all the customers were mad even though we had every register open. As we get older, we are the ones who have to buy presents for other people and that means some really long lines.
Seeing the look on your sister's face when they open their present is where the holiday really gets good. The feeling you get when you see the happiness in her face is worth more than all of the presents you will ever get combined. Being with your family is one of the most satisfying parts of Christmas. The joy you will feel from being with them will outweigh any other negative thought.
As soon as October rolls around, your neighbors will start to bring you a lot of sweet and delicious treats. You will constantly have good things to eat around your house until January. The busiest time will be the first three weeks of December. Even if you live in a college apartment, you may still receive lots of goodies from your neighbors.
Because of all those cookies and brownies and peanut brittle, you will notice that you can't keep your weight down. It's ok though because New Years is right around the corner and you can always just make a resolution to go on a diet. For now though, just appreciate the sweets and worry about the weight later.
You will find yourself in a very giving mood because of all the presents and baked goods you're getting. This will in turn cause you to be extra giving. Hopefully this creates a snowball affect where everyone will just keep giving and giving. The joy of giving is one of the best feelings ever. Take advantage of it and your holiday season will be filled with happiness.
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