Tuesday, December 25, 2012

how to be okay over the holidays

listen to george bailey's voice

I could listen to Jimmy Stewart talk every single day, but there's something special about it during Christmas. The way he just says everything is perfect. And him talking to Donna Reed? Well MIGHT AS WELL JUST START PUKING UP SPARKLES AND GLITTER AND SPROUT A UNICORN HORN BECAUSE IT DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN THAT. Without a doubt, "It's A Wonderful Life" makes me cry every time I watch it. Because without fail it captures the entire point of Christmas and life and every day that we have breath in our lungs. I want to BE George Bailey but I also want to marry him. Even though he'd probably be the worst prom date ever, he is literally pretty much as close to perfect as can be. Let's just all relive that last moment when Harry toasts George as the richest man in town!! IF YOU AREN'T CRYING AT THIS POINT I AM THINKING HMMM MAYBE YOU DON'T HAVE A SOUL.


With anything/anyone willing to cuddle. You might be thinking, "Yikes! Nina! Can you say 'desperate?'" And to THAT I'd say, "Yes! I can! In several languages!" And then I'd stare at you for a second and then sprint away because in fact, I can't speak any other languages. The point is cuddling makes everything better. Ewwww, I know, I'm soo0o0o0o0o0o0o girly. Get over it. It's true. Grab a cat! Grab a pillow! Grab your little sibling who squirms! Grab a baby, preferably one you know! Spend a few minutes cuddling and you'll forget all about the fact that you suck at giving presents and have lots of student loans! 

put Sufjan's Christmas album on repeat

Perfection. It's just so great. Throw on a big blanket, make some hot chocolate and just sit there and listen to this glorious man. I love this album and I usually start listening to it right after Halloween because it's never too early, right? This album has the comfort of a friend - it's familiar and magical and lovely and weird. It's like if Zooey Deschanel never divorced Ben Gibbard and picked roles like the ones she did ten years ago. 

read the about the birth of lil baby Jesus




God came down to Earth in the form of a little tiny baby, born in a nasty freakin' manger, for us!!! Because He loves us so much. God loves us more than a 12 year old girl loves Harry, Louis, Naill, Zayne & Liam. (onedirection4ever). That's cray-cray. That makes me sit back and think, "Dang. That's a lot of love." That's more love than I know what to do with. 

Jesus was literally BORN so he could one day DIE. Whaaaaaaat. I'm such a mess but the one and only constant in my life is my relationship with Jesus. It is radical. It has changed me - it is forever changing me. It is complicated & hard & painful & wonderful & scary & the most important thing in the whole wide world. 

say i love you a lot & mean it & don't say it sarcastically & it's okay

There's a lot of pain in the world all the time. We take so much for granted, ya know?! This morning my baby sis woke up on Christmas morning and said her heart was heavy because of all the little babies from Connecticut who wouldn't be celebrating Christmas with their parents. We prayed for the families in the world who had to go through today missing loved ones. Who go through everyday missing loved ones. So let's say I love you more and let's mean it because really that's what it's all about.

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Because it's hilarious.

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