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Midweek Study Break: Christmas During Your Childhood vs. Christmas During College

1. Christmas during childhood: Dozens of presents waiting for you under the tree. 
Christmas during college: Little to no presents under the tree accompanied with reminders of how your “big present” was paying for this year’s tuition.
2.Christmas during childhood: Animated Christmas movies that got you into the holiday spirit. 
Christmas during college: Stupid Christmas themed romantic comedies that remind you of how you’re still single this holiday season.
3. Christmas during childhood: Everything looks magical wrapped in Christmas lights. 
Christmas during college: Hours of helping your mom decorate the house for the holiday. 
4. Christmas during childhood: Eating all the Christmas cookies you can get ahold of. 
Christmas during college: Still eating all the Christmas cookies but regretting it the next day. 
5. Christmas during childhood: Woohooo! Winter break with no worries, homework or real responsibility.
Christmas during college: Woohoo winter break!! (Until you see your winter semester grades.)
6. Christmas during childhood: Playing with all with your friends in the snow. 
Christmas during college: All of your friends live in different towns and are busy hanging out with their own hometown besties. 
7. Christmas during childhood: YAY, all my cousins and aunts and uncles are coming to visit!
Christmas during college: Do I absolutely have to come outside of my room?
8. Christmas during childhood: Christmas cards stuffed with money!
Christmas during college: Endless questions about whether your future job will even make you any money…
9. Christmas during childhood: “So where’s your present under the tree?” 
Christmas during college: “So where’s your boyfriend? Oh, you don’t have one. Hhmmm…”
10. Christmas during childhood: Rocking the most adorable Christmas outfit your mom could buy from Macys.
Christmas during college: Your version of giving effort is wearing a clean pair of leggings. 
11. Christmas during childhood: Apple cider, egg nog, and hot cocoa all made you happier than Stanley on pretzel day!
Christmas during college: Time to drown out these pesky memories.
12. Christmas during childhood: Sitting at the kids table. 
Christmas during college: STILL sitting at the kids table.
13. Christmas during childhood: Your mom telling you Santa is coming!
Christmas during college: Your mom STILL telling you Santa is coming…
14. Christmas during childhood: Letters from Santa…
Christmas during college: Letters from your loan lenders. 


Merry Christmas everyone!!

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Rubi Mancilla

UC Riverside

Rubi Mancilla is a fourth year studying Psychology and Women's Studies at UC Riverside. She decided to double major because at the time it seemed like she was getting two degrees for the price of one, the ultimate sale! She writes about relationships, how to spend a Friday night at home, being a confused twenty-something and never having enough money in her bank account. Her column 'Midweek Study Break' is published every Wednesday but you can read more of her work in her new project, When Life Gives You Rubi. Until Disney decides to make a movie about how hard it is to be a recent (single) college graduate, we can try to figure out this whole being a grown up thing together.   
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