If you’re anything like me there have been several things on your mind since Thanksgiving break, the first being finals, the second being how excited you are to get virtually no sleep the rest of the semester, and the third thing is how pumped you are for the lack of sides at Wildcat Express.
Wait, you aren’t excited for those things?
Good. Me neither.
The real thing that has been on everyone’s mind is Christmas and Christmas break (and maybe a passing thought about finals here or there).
I think it took all of five minutes after my roommate and I returned from Thanksgiving break to set up my mini-Christmas tree and decide that we needed more Christmas decorations. Somehow, in the course of the past four days, we have decorated my closet door with stockings, wrapping paper, a penguin, a “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” gift bag and a gift tag off my stocking.
There’s just something about Christmas that gets people pumped up.
And I love it.
Christmas somehow seems to make everyone happier and more cheerful. Which, after I typed that out and re-read it, sounds so cheesy and corny, but it’s true.
This is a total A.D.D. moment, but Justin Bieber’s “Mistletoe” Christmas song just came on, and that makes talking about Christmas even better.
Anywho, I could list all the things I love about Christmas, it would be an incredibly long list but I could totally do it.
Here we go!
Brightly colored lights, ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, the old school claymation movies, the stockings currently hanging over my fireplace at home, spending hours decorating the Christmas tree so it’s just right, buying Christmas presents, taunting other people with my knowledge of what they have for Christmas…
You were worried the rest of this column was going to be a giant “I love Christmas and this is why” list, weren’t you?
Looking back at my list it seems a little shallow, doesn’t it? It does to me. But there is one thing that I hold highest on my list of favorites.
I wish I could somehow hold suspense better in a column
I absolutely love going home for Christmas. Not only do I get to see my family I get to go to work. I work in a grocery store during winter break, which occasionally stinks, but it also provides me with an opportunity to be super-cheerful to other people, and I love it.
You would not believe the crabapples that walk into grocery stores. But that’s an entirely different story.
There are so many more smiles that are shared and greetings. Heck, I’ve even gotten hugged while working at the grocery store.
It’s like the holidays make people truly happy. What is it about Christmas that makes us so joyful?
As I grow up I realize, besides the bright lights and “Frosty the Snowman” I really enjoy putting a smile on people’s face. When I see other people happy because of something I said or a present that they love, I get this insanely goofy grin that I can’t wipe off. I love seeing people happy, I love being around people period, but seeing them happy because of something I did for them is even better.
I’m not the only one that loves being around people. One of the Athletic Department’s administrative assistants, Melody Leckron, loves spending time with her family.
Cheerleading head coach Jordan Elder loves being with her family and “getting to relive the memories from the year together.”
So I ask again, what is it about Christmas that makes people so cheerful?