Christmas these days starts before Thanksgiving. Sure, Thanksgiving is a cool holiday where we get to celebrate our gluttony, but it's so rushed because people can't wait to give presents and spread Christmas cheer no matter where they go. Being surrounded my family is probably my favorite thing about the holiday season, but here's a list of things that also make the holiday great and will help get you excited for Christmas.
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Little things remind me all the time.
For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"
It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?
I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.
Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.
I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.
I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.
When you think of summertime you think of the beach. Going to the beach usually involves a lot of driving and necessary spending. These 25 activities are perfect for summer and will not break your bank.
1. Take A Walk.
As simple as it sounds, take a walk. Walk around your town or neighborhood; you'll be amazed at all of the little things you normally miss whenever you're driving by.
2. Have A Picnic.
Nothing says summer like a picnic. It can be at your local park or even in your backyard; just don't forget the watermelon!
3. Roast s'mores!
Everyone loves a good s'more, and the nostalgic smell of the campfire.
4. Make your own ice cream.
Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to cool down on the hot summer day, but it can also break your budget. Homemade ice cream is fun, delicious, and will not hurt your wallet.
5. Blow bubbles.Giphy
I mean come on, who doesn't love blowing bubbles.
6. Watch the clouds@_ariesmermaid
Whenever you're having a stressful or sad day grab a blanket and head outside and watch the clouds blow by. Make a game out of how many different shapes you can identify.
7. Pick some berries.Pixabay
Find a local strawberry or blueberry field that allows customers to pick their own berries, it is a lot more fun than it sounds trust me.
8. Go to a minor league baseball game.
Hot dogs, ice cream, and fun memories are all to be had at a local baseball game.
9. Go to a parade.
Your town or a neighboring town most likely has a holiday parade on Memorial Day, 4th of July, or labor day. Go to these parades, you'll get to see all of the local youth organizations, support your community, and maybe even get some candy thrown your way.
10. Watch the fireworks.
Really watch the fireworks, don't try to take pictures that will come out blurry. Live in the moment.
11. Watch the sunrise
It may involve an earlier bedtime the night before, but it will be worth it.
12. Watch the sunset.Megan Adair
13. Make a slip & slide
14. Paint with bubbles.
This takes blowing bubbles to a whole new level. Add your favorite colors of food coloring to your bubbles grab a piece of paper and blow onto the paper; you'll come away with a masterpiece.
15. Make a bird feeder.
Give back to mother nature by building a bird feeder.
16. Catch lightning bugs.
AND THEN LET THEM GO!
17. Build a fort.Giphy
Let's be real, everybody loves a good fort.
18. Tye-Dye something.
Shirt, socks, blankets, it doesn't matter what it is as long as you have fun.
Go to a local bookstore, run your fingers along the spines of all the books and pick the one that calls to you.
20. Color with chalk.cdn.pixabay.com
Unleash your inner artist on your driveway and/or sidewalk.
21. Pick up litter.
Go outside and help clean mother earth, it will not only benefit you but everybody around you as well.
22. Have an absolutely epic water gun battle.Swim Pool Boy Water Swimming Summer Water Gun
Grab your friend, enemy, kid, neighbor, parents, whoever you can find and challenge them to a water gun battle.
23. Go camping.
Get back into nature in your backyard, or at a free campsite.
Many of us have extra time in the summer so volunteer your time in your community!
(Dog walking at the local animal shelter is always a great choice)
25. Find joy.https://www.pexels.com/search/happiness/
Find what makes you happy, and never stop doing it.