10 Reasons Thanksgiving Is The Best Holiday, Hands Down

10 Reasons Thanksgiving Is The Best Holiday, Hands Down

It's time to face the turkey and eat.
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The Holiday Season is a time full of cheer, to celebrate what you choose to celebrate and to share that with the people around you. It's also a time to debate. Everyone has their own opinion about which holiday is actually the best (although many times people argue for some holidays that are not at the tail end of the year). However, it's time to admit the truth. Thanksgiving is the best holiday, hands down. Here's why.

1. There's so much food that almost everyone can find something they like

My family cooks for a lot of people, so not only do we serve turkey, but we also serve ham and duck every year as the center point of the feast. And even without three types of meat, the food is endless. This means that chances are, no matter how picky you are you're probably going to find something to buckle down and go in on. Even if that just means a plethora of brown 'n serve rolls.

2. No one can judge you for eating as much as you want to eat

Whatever festivities you have during the day, the real celebration culminates with the food. Some people house hop, some start early to have room for many courses, and some just tuck in with a close circle of people. Either way, today is the day where it is respectable to eat however much you want.

3. Family time

Having a day where one of the main goals is dedicating your time to being around family and friends and appreciating the people you love is special because although we should try to do it every day, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to put all of your focus on celebrating the people you have in your life by being present.

4. It's perfectly acceptable to incorporate Christmas cheer in the festivities

Some people don't agree with the idea that once Halloween is over it's time to start up the Christmas music and begin getting in the holiday cheer, but many of those people will admit Thanksgiving is the turning point. So hang up the Christmas lights outside the house, put a wreath on the door, and burn a pine-scented candle. No one can stop you.

5. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

What better way to kick off the day than by waking up to watch the greatest parade of the year? Musical performances, dancing, and seeing hundreds of thousands of people coming together for one reason. It's magical and it's the best way to kickstart the day.

6. No distractions

Sometimes, Christmas can be hectic. It can be very easy to get caught up in the idea of finding the perfect gift for everyone and worrying about what presents you'll get in return. It isn't something to be ashamed of because it's hard to forget about that part of Christmas. But with Thanksgiving, the focus is on good food and good friends, and not having those "material" distractions is refreshing.

7. No religious affiliation

Come one, come all. Because Thanksgiving isn't related to any particular religion, it's universal and you can enjoy celebrating it with anyone who wants to spend time with you in return.

8. Tryptophan

The feeling where you are so stuffed, so full and warm where all you wanted to do is curl up with a blanket and doze off? It's hard to beat. Although some people say this isn't induced from the tryptophan in turkey, the feeling is undeniable. Just thinking about the comfort and satisfaction of the moment can make you sleepy. As long as you don't overeat.

9. Leftovers

What's even better than a Thanksgiving feast? The fact that it doesn't end in one night. You'll be spending a few days finding new ways to incorporate turkey into different meals, and one big day of cooking gives you a few days off. So celebrate it. You earned it!

10. Family traditions

I'm a big fan of traditions. I like having things to look forward to and memories to look back on fondly. They can create some of the most special moments. The day after Thanksgiving my dad always makes Monte Cristo Sandwiches with the leftovers. Each family has their own special traditions and it makes Thanksgiving different for everyone.
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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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15 Things To Do This Summer If You're Already Bored

There's only so much sitting around and watching Netflix you can do at one time.
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Whether you just got out of school for the summer or you've been off for a month, we all struggle with summer brain and boredom. There's only so much sitting around and watching Netflix you can do at one time. Here are some things you can do to keep your summer brain from taking over.

1. Go for a swim

It's summer for goodness sakes! Go find a community pool, lake, ocean, or a body of water cool yourself off this summer. Or if you're not into getting your hair wet this summer...

2. Catch up on your Vitamin D

You are finally emerging from the library after a tough semester and seeing the light of day and enjoying the summer weather. Go lay out in the sun and work on that tan after getting out of a BRUTAL winter.

3. Read a book

The summer is a great time to catch up on some reading. Now that you don't have the mandatory reading to do, you can catch up on whatever books you are into. Here's a list of some books you can read up on.

4. Pinterest surf

It may be for crafts or catching up the latest fashion trends, get into Pinterest and create the summer board that will keep you busy this summer.

5. Go to a baseball game

From Little League to an MLB game, enjoy America's sport. Better yet...

6. Go outside a play a sports game

If baseball's your thing, gather a team and go have fun. Soccer or volleyball, whatever you do enjoy the outdoors and the warm weather!

7. Go enjoy the outdoors

Because before you know it, it will be cold again and wish you could go outside again.

8. Bowling!

You have to have those rainy day activities in your back pocket just in case. You can go to a real alley or just bowling on the Wii (because you know we all love the Wii) but it gets you off your feet and distracted from the endless videos and TV shows that you are watching all day.

9. Putt putt golf

It's cheesy but so much fun. If you suck at golf like me, mini golf is the next best thing.

10. Go pick some fresh fruit

There are plenty of the farms open now that sell fresh fruit. Some even let you pick your own fruit like strawberries and peaches. Go check it out and go exploring!

11. Organize your room

You know it's been ages since you last cleaned your room. Spring cleaning came late this year but better late than ever!!

12. Enjoy time with your family

Whether you are back for the summer, the weekend, or about to leave for college, enjoy the time you have with your family. They love you and they miss you. Suggest barbequing some hamburgers or making smores with a firepit, find the time to talk and create memories that will last a lifetime.

13. Ice cream!!!!

You can get ice cream anytime but come on! Nothing is better than ice cream on a hot day.

14. Roadtrip with your BFFs

Make it a long weekend and go explore your state or the state next door and get even closer to your best friends! Maybe you don't have the money for a vacation getaway, you can always...

15. Be a tourist in your hometown

Go to the closest city and visit some attractions you may not have been to or revisit some of your favorite spots.

There are lots of things to do this summer. I know a lot of these things require money that we may not all have unless you have a job. Either way, take some time for yourself this summer and have fun!

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