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.

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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Here in Ohio, it is cold outside. There has been plenty of snow and temperatures in the single digits. With that being said, it is important to stay cozy, so here are a few items that can help.

1. Heated blanket

Getting warm under a blanket is great, but getting warm under a warm blanket is greater.

2. Slippers

Cold feet are the worst, especially in the winter. Walking around your house with some slippers on will make you feel a lot happier.

3. Cabin socks

While you can really only wear slippers around your house, you can wear cabin socks everywhere, and they give you pretty much the same cozy feeling.

4. Hot water bottle

Hot water bottles can be used for keeping your feet warm, just holding against your body when you want to feel warm, and can be used throughout the entire year for cramps or sore muscles.

5. Big scarf

Having a scarf this big can make you feel like you're still at home with your favorite blanket.

6. Fleece leggings

Fleece lined leggings are very warm and comfortable. And they can be worn with so many different outfits.

7. Foot warmer

Foot warmers let the rest of your body be free while warming up your freezing feet. It's a win-win for your body.

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Seven New Year’s Resolutions That You Might Actually Be Able To Keep

Make your New Year's Resolution something that's realistic for the lifestyle you live.

We all know those New Year’s Resolutions that seem super attainable but turn out not to be. We keep up with them for about a week, but then fall off the routine, abandon our goals and return to our old habits and lifestyles. But, I think I have a few New Year’s Resolutions that might be easier to keep up with.

1. Exercise three days a week.

Working out everyday can be challenging if you have a full time job or are a student but, every other day can be easier to fit into your schedule. Plus, studies have shown that exercise is more effective if it’s stretched out over the week, giving your body time to recover before your next workout.

2. Power off your devices before bed.

Power off your devices 1 hour to 30 minutes before bed. Find a new book to read or start keeping a journal, or find some other way to wind down before bed other than using your laptop or cell phone.

3. Bring your own lunch more often.

If you eat out often, cut it down by a day or two and bring your own lunch. Pick up some tupperware storage containers at the store and put your leftovers in them and take them to work with you for an easy, cheaper lunch.

4. Add more fruits and veggies to your meals.

A good way to make your meals healthier is to think to add more color to your plate. It’s a simple way to make your meals healthier without always thinking about how many calories you’re taking in.

5. Stop revolving around your smartphone.

You miss out on a lot of things when you're on your phone during family gatherings and events. So make a rule with yourself to either power off those devices or put them on silent so you’re not always looking at them.

6. Try something new.

Try something new once a week or maybe once a month if that’s easier. Whether it’s a new activity or a new restaurant or a new style of clothing, take a step out of your comfort zone and try something new!

7. Take some time for yourself.

Everyone needs some “me time” and we don’t always take time for ourselves so scheduling it may be needed. Catch up on your reading list, get a manicure or a pedicure, or watch that movie you’ve always wanted to see.

All in all make your New Year's Resolution something that's realistic for the lifestyle you live, something that you can stick to, and something that makes you happy. In life, do the things that make you happy, not the things people or society says you should do. I hope everyone has a happy New Year and let's make this year better than the last! Cheers to 2018!!

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