Andre Kunz
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Why Christmas Is The Best Time Of Year.
 
 


I am not a fan of cold weather. I tend to chase the forecast when I can, and find sanctuary in the warmth of the sun.

Yet, I am keenly aware of how damn happy this time of year makes me. There is a reason why “it’s the most wonderful time of year.”

It is not the presents; I am 28 years old, and the thrill of writing a Christmas list left me quite a while ago. It is not the time off; though, working in education and getting a whole week off is pretty sweet.

It is not that everyone is a little bit kinder this time of year — they aren’t. Black Friday is turning more and more into “The Hunger Games.”

Still, I get excited the first time I walk through a store and see Christmas decorations and trees on display (though, it happens in October now). Every year, I find myself counting down the days until my local radio station begins to play non-stop Christmas music.

I drive around neighborhoods just to admire Christmas lights. Even when I am experiencing “bad days” during the other 11 months of the year, I find myself putting Christmas music on to lift my mood, and nine times out of 10, it works.

Every year for the last 26 years, my father and I attend a holiday sing-a-long at our church, and trust me, I can’t sing. My favorite movie is “White Christmas” starring Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby.

So, while I sit here and sip my iced chai tea latte from Starbucks, which I proclaim on a regular basis literally tastes like Christmas, I ponder one question: Why has this feeling not been lost on me yet?

I am an adult; I do not have any children; I hate the cold, and yet, I am downright excited for this time of year. Why am I not jaded?

I believe it is the little things and the traditions about this season that keep me excited this time of year. I believe while unpacking all of that mistletoe, holly and tangled Christmas lights, I also unpack the feelings of years gone by.

Nostalgia and the smell of pine fill the house I grew up in as my father sets up the same two train sets he has set up my entire life.

I remember the year the tree fell down in the middle of the night. I remember my mom decorating, secretly hoping we wouldn’t help because “every ornament has its place.”

My favorite holiday remains Christmas Eve, a time we have always spent at my cousin’s house, partaking in the Italian tradition of the “Seven Fishes.”

I still find myself impatiently waiting for my aunt to hand out her traditional lottery scratch offs to all of us, even though I never buy them for myself.

Christmas morning, as health conscious as I have grown to be, I still wait for my aunt to arrive and manage to eat three cinnamon buns for breakfast with my siblings because that is what we have always done.

My sister still waits for my brother and I to open our gifts first, so she can gloat that she still has presents to open long after we’ve finished.

The holiday season, to me, is a true and honest escapism back into my childhood when life was simpler, sweeter and more innocent. I didn’t just believe in the magic of Santa, I was positive it was all very real.

A line from one of my favorite holiday songs goes, “Through the years, we all will be together, if the fates allow.” As an adult, I know how truly lucky we are if we are all here this time next year together.

Life is fleeting, and nothing is guaranteed. I am eternally grateful for another year with family and friends. Though the magic and anticipation I felt as a child have transformed into what I feel today, it is still magic, nonetheless.

And, to every single one of you out there who still believes, I hope you all “have yourself a merry little Christmas.”
 
 
Source: Elite Daily
You can look like a Christmas tree...
 
Over the summer, we introduced you to facial hair filled with flowers, but now that winter has arrived, people who love attention are turning to other sources to show just how quirky they can be.
 
 
One of those sources is a London advertising agency that has begun to sell Beard Baubles, which are essentially ornaments for people who think Christmas trees have become a little too mainstream. For just $7.80, you can order a package of 14 shiny balls specially designed to be attached to your face.
 
 
 
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Best Parents Ever
If you’ve ever shared a flight with a screaming newborn, you know exactly how irritating it can be.

(And if you haven’t, count your blessings; few things are worse than the inability to escape that particular noise.)

When these parents had to bring their baby daughter Madeline on her first flight ever, they feared the worst from the (nearly) 1-year-old child.

So, in an effort to appease the rest of the passengers, the hilarious new parents created goody bags for everyone on the plane as a sort of anticipatory peace offering in the event Madeline chose to show off her newly formed vocal cords.

Included in the goody bags were Junior Mints, Rolos, earplugs and a charming note warning the recipients of the baby’s on-board presence:
 
 
Source: Elite Daily
 
A lot of things can boost your ego...and this is one of them.
Our children boost our egos so sweetly - and if ever they stop adoring us, we can always have another one, writes Shanthini Naidoo.
 
 
 
The question of why we choose to bring kids into this rough, tough world is one which parents are often asked. And one we ask ourselves, not only when feeling the swift breeze from a teenager's bedroom door slamming for the 41st time.

It seems nonsensical to procreate considering the state of our nation, climate change, mass consumption and what appears in the rest of this newspaper.

Here is a theory on part of the reason.

Offspring are good for your ego.

Of course we all deny it: "How selfish? Who would do that?"

But think about the phrase: "That's my boy!"

Pride, love, acknowledgement of how cool that boy is? Maybe.

What we actually mean is: "Look at the miniature version of myself I have created. Look at how awesome he is, therefore, how awesome I am!"

Multiplicity of our genes is a form of imitation, ergo flattery.

Not only do children resemble us, which most people find pleasing, but they actually listen to us, and mimic our unique actions and behaviours. So endearing, even when they repeat what you claim was "duck" after slamming a finger in a drawer.

Children think their parents are rock stars. The best thing in the world. They try on our high heels, spritz our perfume, sing what we sing. They don't want anyone else. There is no substitute for the amazing, wonderful "you".

Who could ask for more affirmation than being a one-and-only; for some, to more than one child? Forget meaningful adult relationships, we have our kids!

No, it is not dysfunctional or psychotic, it was simply ordained.
 
Source: Timeslive
Die nuwe Suid Afrikanse fliek wat jy moet gaan kyk.
This movie is about  an actress from Britain. A Boer from Brandfort. A town destined for Hollywood. Starring, Katie McGrath, Bok van Blerk and Gil Bellows. It's a must see.
Talk about putting yourself out there...
 
If Lynne Adams looks familiar, it might be because you’ve seen her face on a coffee cup or the top of a latte.

Adams, 37, was offered the unique chance to boost her Match.com dating profile using an unconventional strategy. Her face is printed on 1,000 to-go cups and as a latte stencil.

The idea fits because Adams has always loved grabbing a drink with a potential boyfriend.

She told the Mirror,

I’ve always liked coffee shops and do a lot of my dating there.

A lot of my dates say I’m quite a quirky person, and this is definitely quirky, so getting my profile out there using coffee suits me fine.

At Cup coffee shop in Glasgow, it’s up to the barista to determine who gets one of Adams’ special edition cups.

Each has a link to Adams’ dating profile, which elaborates on her love of the gym and commitment to her finance career.

The laidback Scotswoman says even if she doesn’t meet the right man, she’ll have “a few stories to tell.”

And for his part, coffee shop owner Paul Reynolds says it’s nice to be able to help out after seeing so many dates come in and out.

He added,

We are thrilled that we can hopefully find Lynne that special someone… the run-up to Christmas is always a magical time and we’re hoping that we’ll see some sparks fly from this activity.

Even if the dates don’t turn out, Adams and her date will be nicely caffeinated.
 
 
Source: Elite Daily 
 
 
 
Happy Belated Birthday Walt Disney
 
 
 Quotes From Disney Movies That Offer Timeless Wisdom....

1. “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it.” – Rafiki from “The Lion King”

2. “Just keep swimming.” – Dory from “Finding Nemo”

3. “Tell her the truth!” – Genie from “Aladdin”

4. “Hakuna matata.” – Timon and Pumbaa from “The Lion King”

5. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – The Emperor of China from “Mulan”

6. “Look for the bare necessities. The simple bare necessities. Forget about your worries and your strife.” – Baloo from The Jungle Book

7. “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin from “Winnie the Pooh”

8. “I’m only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.” – Mufasa from “The Lion King”

9. “Family means no one gets left behind” – Lilo from “Lilo and Stitch”

10. “Children have got to be free to lead their own lives.” – Sebastian from “The Little Mermaid”

11. “Think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings. – Peter Pan from “Peter Pan”

12. “Even miracles take a little time.” – Fairy Godmother from “Cinderella”

13. “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” – Zeus from “Hercules”

14. “To infinity and beyond!” – Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story”

15. “Remember, laughter is 10 times more powerful than screams.” – Mike Wazowski from “Monster’s Inc.”

16. “Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.” – Merchant in “Aladdin”

17. “You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” – Alice Kingsley in “Alice in Wonderland”
 
The best proposal ever.
So romantic guys still exist. That makes me happy. Check out one of the best proposals I have ever seen. Talk about know your other half.
 
 
 
The Two Types Of People In The World Are Easily Defined By Food
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So which one are you? 
 
Source: Elite Daily
Taylor Swift Shake it Off 1989 Aerobics
Now I was born in this year, but these aerobics videos were always on television while growing up. Guess if you didn't want to go to the gym you could do it right in your living room. This is how perfectly Taylor Swifts 'Shake It Off" goes so well with the dance moves. Enjoy*
 
 
 
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