Naughty or Nice

Merry Christmas Eve! As the holidays come and go every year, we all question whether we made Santa’s naughty or nice list. This year, I have been cultivating a list of the season’s naughty and nice things. What have you been?


The roads (be safe!).

Finding the perfect gift.

Passive aggressive people/ people in a rush.

Sending letters to far away friends.

My car, which is dirty no matter the weather- thx salt.

Rewatching Christmas movies.

Cookies that turn into blobs no matter what.

Sugar cookies.

School issues that arise too late in the term.

Getting a parking spot near the doors at the mall (a hard feat).

Dropping precious ornaments.

Christmas parades with hot cocoa.

Working through the holidays. 

Lazy days in cozy pajamas. 

Getting a Tim Horton’s gift card for Secret Santa.

Driving around to see Christmas lights.

Awkward run-ins with people from high-school.

Micheal Buble’s Christmas album (A Christmas treasure).


What falls on your naughty and nice list this year?

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Countdown to Christmas

It’s that time of year again- the month before Christmas. We find ourselves in the midst of a struggle of celebration vs obligation. Here is the emotional rollercoaster that follows the weeks leading up to Christmas.


Remembrance Day/ Thanksgiving is over- you are free to fully enjoy the Christmas spirit.

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You go all out, decorating, making goodies and enjoying all that the season has to offer.

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You come down quickly when you realize that Christmas is still a month away, and you still have work or exams before you can properly celebrate.

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You console yourself with a Christmas movie.

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Your Christmas cheer plateaus in the first weeks of December.

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But you quickly pass the worst of it and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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You have your first extended family member ask you something too personal and you remember the underbelly of the holidays.

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But then it’s Christmas Eve and you couldn’t care less.

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It’s finally Christmas!! Enjoy all those treats you work so hard to work off the rest of the year, be with your family and share in the spirit of the holidays!

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…and just like that, Christmas is over, and once again you are left waiting.

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Happy pre-Christmas! hope you are all spreading your pre-Christmas cheer!

B.

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

There is snow on the ground…

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and spices in the air…

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you are allowed to sleep in…

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and not go to school…

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or work…

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You can stay home and watch hallmark christmas movies all day…

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you are allowed to sit in the dark with christmas lights and Michael Buble in the background…

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and eat food until you feel sick…

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binge all your favourite shows…

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drink excessively with friends…

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have an excuse to shop…

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…oh yeah I guess spend time with your family too.

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Even though the weather can be pretty crummy, everything else makes up for it. I hope you all have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

B.

12 Days of Christmas (Retail Edition)

And on the 12 days of Christmas the mall gave to me:

12 babies crying.

11 people per shift working.

10 days straight.

9 angry customers.

8 hour days.

7 returns.

6 hours of sleep.

5 mental breakdowns.

4 boxes of cookies.

3 sick employees.

2 smiles.

-AND-

1 DAY OFF! (Christmas Day)

-AND ALSO-

0 size 9 1/2, black Timberlands (because you are shopping too close to Christmas and we don’t have any left).


 

Yes, I work retail. And although it is a pretty entertaining job 98% of the year, Christmas proved to bring about the worst in the people.

Be kind to the people who are ringing you through while shopping for Christmas.

Christmas is about giving and although everyone is at the mall to do just that, it seems as though the more love one gives to someone the amount they must taketh from another. Remember that retail employees don’t set the prices of their products and aren’t out to make your life harder than it already is. And yes, lots of people have it a lot worse than working in the mall, but please remember when you are out at the mall shopping Christmas Eve and Boxing Day to show some consideration for those hard at work, serving you to earn their pay. It doesn’t hurt to smile and say “Thank You” or “Have a Good Day”.

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10 Ways to Destress

As you may know, I have been MIA for about 20 days now. Yeah, I’ve been busy, and yes I’m definitely stressed. Not only do I need this but I know everyone begins to get stress this time of year (I work retail, trust me, I KNOW) So I thought I would make a short list of ways to destress…wouldn’t want to stress you out with a long one.


1.Brew your self something warm, whether it be a cup of tea, jo or even creamy hot chocolate. I believe a little caffeine can go a long way. *bonus points if you spike it.

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2.Give yourself breaks, especially if your studying. I find giving myself small breaks can help to break up my working session and keep me sane. Every break can be a dance party.

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3.Take that break to curl up with a blanket and do something that makes you feel happy. A short binge of Parks and Rec? Watching a holiday movie? Meditating?

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4.Nap. (the best way to feel rejuvenated or like you have no idea where or who you are)

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5.Do a DIY project. Make a mug or a cute pinterest dream board.

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6.Spend time with pets. Or strangers animals. Basically whatever you can to surround yourself with furry-friends.

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7. Or you could gather together real friends and do any of the above things.

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8.If your feeling introverted, stay in and have some “you” time. Take a bubble bath or order pizza. #treatyoself

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9.Remember deep breathes, don’t get caught up in a stressful situation (aka a 40% paper due tomorrow) and forget to breathe.

10.If all else fails, remember that its the HOLIDAYS!!


 

My best way to stop stressing is to just suppress everything and pretend I have no reason to stress. Then let all the anxiety push me through papers.

*kids, don’t try this at home.

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Reasons to Love the Holidays

Yes this post may be a bit premature, seeing as it is the middle of November. But with the upcoming weeks being increasingly stressful I found this a great escape.


The first snowfall. Which just happened to be today. It is too cold and I really don’t want to leave the house. Plus the fear of crashing my car in the snow has come back, even though I  drive every year. But the first snow fall is the first excuse to cuddle up and start hibernating for the following 3 months.

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All the baked goods. Even those who can’t bake have to say that they love the excuse to pick up a package of festive cookies because the holiday’s are upon us. I have already baked sugar cookies, shortbread cookies and chocolate muffins, because I CAN.

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Hot chocolate. I mean those two words are enough to cause a sensation of excitement for me. In all its variations: Irish, mocha, white, semi-sweet, milk. (**Irish.)

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Warm clothing. Sweaters, mittens, hats, fuzzy socks, onesies. All of which encase us in sheaths of cozy and who can deny themselves that?

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Decorating. Putting up the Christmas tree and wrapping the entire house in lights is something I thoroughly enjoy doing. Plus, after you get to revel at the amazing job you did. *YAY YOU*

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Seeing family (to an extent) I mean I love the beginning of the holidays when everyone is excited that your home from school, but after a week the luster fades and your left with a bunch of angry family members who are ready for you to leave again.

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A warm place. I mean, obviously, it’s cold out so most people enjoy staying warm. But everything is better when there’s a fireplace to set the mood. Or candles to create a glow.

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Presents. I shamelessly enjoy receiving a present. But it doesn’t have to be extravagant, receiving a letter from someone who cares or a baked good. Sharing is caring and the holiday’s is the best time to show someone you care.

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Winter break. The purpose of writing this was to escape the impending school work I will have to do. So of course I look forward to a break for the school to do all the things on my list.

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So pull on your fuzzy socks, grab a mug of hot chocolate, cozy up to the fire place and enjoy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on repeat for the next 33 days till Christmas.

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