Bring More Joy to Your Countdown

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How many more days until Christmas? Honestly, I don’t know. I rely on the countdown my co-worker has on her station to keep me up to date… and I had the day off.

Sometimes it really is hard for some of us to get into the holiday spirit. Not everybody is bundled in holiday sweaters, donning antlers, and clutching tinsel, breathing heavily on November 30th. I for one am reluctant still to walk into any retail store for fear of hearing last year’s remix of a 2009 remix of “Jingle Bells.”

I’m trying, though. And you should too. So here are a few things that will hopefully motivate you to stop tracing your hand and embellishing it with the features of a turkey. Santa might be a little out of your artistic spectrum of drawing capability but stick figures will be accepted so long as they have a beard.

Advent Calendars

Forgive yourself for being late to the party by devouring the first week of chocolate in one go. Lesson learned and now you’re caught up! But wait, did you know that there are other kinds of advent calendars that don’t try to surprise you with the same exact piece of mediocre chocolate every day for a month? I’m not lying—it’s too close to Christmas for bad behavior when I need a new phone that doesn’t offer the same variety of features as a slim brick. Advent calendars now range from assorted packs of tea bags to makeup samples, so get advent-ing.


This means anything and everything. I’m talking so many paper snowflakes. Stock up on firewood and pre-made cookie dough. Answer the phone with Buddy the elf’s classic inquiry (don’t expect too many phone calls seeing as that joke is as old as the ‘free candy’ Will Ferrell found under the railing). Just decorate the tree already.


I’m really not the biggest fan of Christmas music if I’m being totally honest. You will catch me whistling “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in the middle of June but I don’t entirely understand why myself. So I’ve found that the best way to fill that void of church choirs and washed up celebrities singing their rendition of “Santa Baby” is to simply reminisce with music that you may have enjoyed at this time last year or the year prior. Just like the smell of a burning Christmas dinner, this is another sense that will bring it all back and put you in the spirit.

Right Your Wrongs

Don’t make the same mistake you made last year, admit that filling up an online shopping cart on December 24th with the belief that UPS is capable of carrying out Christmas miracles is a bit optimistic. I speak from experience when saying that it is best to just get it out of the way. Did you come to realize last year that you really didn’t have enough money to buy everybody a thoughtful gift? Be creative this year and cover up your broke-college-student reality by suggesting that you and your friends celebrate friendship instead with Secret Santa. Now you only have to buy a thoughtful gift for one person… and a choir sings “Hallelujah” in the distance.

Now, did these tips help you out at all or are you one of the tinsel clutchers mentioned in the second paragraph? Remember, you’re more than welcome to adjust these tips to the holiday of your choice!

I'm Alexea Malaletkin, currently residing in Southern California where I waste weekends either on my couch or at concert venues. I currently work as an editor for my school newspaper and will be majoring in either journalism or English language this fall. I am a food, internet, and rainy day enthusiast with a fervor for makeup and fashion. I draw a lot of inspiration from art, music, and movies-- all of which will most certainly make an appearance in my work here. Keep up with me on Instagram (malaletkin7) and Tumblr (