8 Ways To Spend Christmas In New Orleans

8 Ways To Spend Christmas In New Orleans

Ain't no place like NOLA during Christmas
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New Orleans in general is one of the greatest places in the world, but around Christmas time. It gets even better. Here are 8 ways to celebrate the holidays in the Big Easy:

1. Celebration in the Oaks

There’s nothing more romantic than a walk in the park with your significant other. If you’re looking for the perfect way to get out the house this holiday season, you definitely want to make it out to City Park and experience Celebration in the Oaks. This is a family friendly event and is fun for all ages. If the weather is too chilly for you, there is even an option to drive through and experience the festivities in the comfort of your own vehicle. City Park also offers other cute date ideas, such as City Putt and Storyland.


2. Attend a Saints game

Although they usually tend to be a little pricey, it is definitely a must-do especially if your significant other is from out of town! They will not get the full crazy New Orleans feeling without attending a Saints game. If you’re a fan of football, you might also want to check out attending the Sugar Bowl

3. Murder mystery dinner

Avery’s on Tulane offers a unique date idea that I personally love. You and your significant other can get dressed up in the theme of the night and help your team solve the mystery!

4. Escape My Room or Clue Carre

These date ideas are relatively new to the New Orleans area, but are definitely a must-do! There are easy and fun rooms for children to participate in, but there are also harder and scarier rooms for the adults to participate in! Whatever your preference is, they’ve got something for you.

5. Miracle on Fulton Street

If you are looking for something with free admission, then definitely check out Miracle on Fulton Street. This gives guests the true holiday experience, with a 30-foot Christmas tree fully decorated, Christmas carolers, and even snow! (Yep, you read that right. Snow. In New Orleans). They even display a replica of St. Louis Cathedral made out of gingerbread!

6. Trans-Siberian Orchestra

I love music, so I’m a huge fan of this group. They play all of your holiday favorites and have a spectacular light show to accompany it! I would definitely recommend going to this with your significant other, or even a group of friends!

7. NOLA ChristmasFest

Located at the Convention Center, there is something for all people of any age to do here! There’s ice-skating, a life-size maze, rides, even Santa and Mrs. Clause make multiple appearances! This would be a fun event to bring the family to and celebrate the holidays.

8. Visit the Roosevelt Hotel

The famous Roosevelt Hotel (Waldorf Astoria Hotel) annually puts up the most beautiful Christmas lights perfect for photo-ops! If you find yourself downtown, you definitely want to make a stop here! They also have very nice restaurants, although most are pricey. If you are looking for an elegant evening with your significant other, this is the perfect place to go.

No matter where you go, the holiday cheer will be there. Merry Christmas, and Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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10 Things To Remember As You Head Home For The Summer

It's coming up closer than you may think!

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Summer break is right around the corner, and while everyone is so excited to finally get back home and enjoy the warm air, there are some things that everyone seems to forget once they go away to college. Any college student, from first years to seniors, must be reminded that things always change when they come home.

1. Your parents are going to want to spend some time with you

If you are like me, you don't go home too often during the school year. Give your parents a week or so to just spend time with you. Have dinner with them, watch a movie, or just sit and talk with them. (Just make sure not to tell them too much of your college adventure because the talk will turn into a life lesson).

2. It's their home now, not yours

You used to live in this house for almost 18 years, and then once you left, things adjusted to that. Trash doesn't get taken out as often, you recycle now, or there have been changes as to how certain things are done or where things are placed. Chances are, your parents aren't going to be happy when you accidentally throw away trash in the recycling bin, or don't understand why you can't suddenly use the downstairs bathroom because it's for "guests only" now.

3. There is no maid

Most colleges have custodians who come and clean the bathroom almost every day for you. At home, this does not translate to your mom. Try to pull your weight a little, and help clean up after yourself. It isn't hard to push your dish in the sink or dishwasher, or hang your towels up after a shower.

4. The house might be quieter

Back to point two, things change when you leave. And sometimes people pick up new hobbies to fill the time you once filled. Don't be weirded out when you get left home alone some nights without anyone or when they have plans in place of a time you thought you could have with them.

5. Having friends over will be different now

It won't be like when you were in high school. Everything is now prefaced with "no drinking," and most of the time your parents aren't going to want some college students over late at night. It doesn't work like that.

6. Your high school friends aren't going to be around often

If you are a first-year student coming back home is weird. All of your friends from high school are going to want to see you, but sometimes people change so much in college (and that's OK), but maybe you are compatible friends anymore. Learning to find new friends is a weird experience, and can make for a lonely summer.

7. You are probably going to work all summer anyways

... IF you even have time for friends that is. College is expensive, even if you aren't paying for college yourself or have loans, you need money for spending during the school year. Sometimes not getting to even see your friends for weeks at a time is just a part of growing up.

8. Try to spend time with your siblings

I wasn't close to my siblings until I went away to college. Maybe it was finally getting away and knowing my clothes wasn't going to be stolen, but I ended up growing closer to my sisters. Try to figure out what works for you and your siblings, and you truly won't regret it.

9. Don't rush the summer

At some point during the summer, you are going to want to get back to college. Don't rush it because as soon as you get back to school in the fall, you'll be wishing you were back on break.

10. Just breathe

Summer is the time to relax, so make sure to take some time and relax. Even if that means tanning in the sun in your back yard for an hour. Just try to lay down and close your eyes for a moment. It'll make your summer go by smoother.

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