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Now, we don’t want to encourage you to procrastinate or anything (we take school very seriously here, duh) but we also know that sometimes what you really need during an intense study session is a quick break, to laugh a little, catch up on what’s trending and in the news, and recharge before you  sit down to write that 10 page essay. The College Mixer is our attempt at making things easier for you — here are today’s top links from around the web!

Busy Philipps is Nailing The Whole Elf on a Shelf Thing (via Buzzfeed)

Busy Philipps Elf on the Shelf

Lately, a lot of people have been posting pictures of their Elf on the Shelf dolls in some bizarre poses and scenarios, but Busy Philipps has the whole thing mastered.  Her elves are mischievous, and overall, pretty cute.  If I ever have kids, can only hope I will be this awesome at Christmas things.

7 Reasons Why 2013 Was Jennifer Lawrence’s Year (via TIME)

Jennifer Lawrence and David Letterman

These reasons are all great and remind you that Jennifer Lawrence really did have a great year, and dazzled us with her wit every step of the way.  But to sum it all up, 1 reason 2013 was her year is because she is perfect, so I’m sure 2014 will be too.

17 Magical Christmas Characters of Congress (via Buzzfeed)

Rep. Peter King as Burgermeister Meisterburger

Even though it may seem like it, not every member of Congress is a scrooge or the Grinch, in fact, a handful of them look almost identical to some of the other classic Christmas movie characters.

2013 Looks Much, Much Cooler in Play-doh (via Mashable)

Backstreet Boys in Play-dohYear-end mash-ups are cool and everything, but Play-doh’s sculptures of important 2013 pop culture events are really awesome.  Honestly, that Play-doh cronut looks amazing.

21 Christmas Songs You Should Listen to Right Now (via Huffington Post)

It is Christmas Eve, so if you are listening to any music at all, it should be Christmas music.  If you need some suggestions, these 21 songs basically cover all of the classics.  Merry Christmas!

What were your favorite links of the day?