To The Person Who Puts Up Christmas Decorations BEFORE Thanksgiving

To The Person Who Puts Up Christmas Decorations BEFORE Thanksgiving

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You know who you are.

You’re the person who goes HARD for Halloween and then the second the calendar changes over to November 1st, you already have your stockings hung, your tree decorated and you’ve already attended four tacky Christmas sweater parties and participated in a Secret Santa swap.

You can’t hide either; the scent of peppermint and gingerbread follows you wherever you go and we can hear you singing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" from miles away. You’re the reason Thanksgiving, a holiday brought to us by the friendship of the brave Mayflower pilgrims and Native Americans, a holiday dedicated to eating copious amounts of food, is overlooked for the commercialization and obsession for Christmas.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas! It’s easily my favorite holiday! I’m just one of those people that like to celebrate and acknowledge holidays in chronological order. It’s super annoying that even before Halloween, I was seeing Christmas decorations and commercials. This begs the question: why even celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving if people are going to start listening to Christmas carols in October/November? Also, don’t you people get tired of celebrating Christmas for three months?

Just hear me out...Thanksgiving is a great holiday and it needs the respect it deserves. On what other day of the year is it appropriate to stuff your face with food? Sure, the relatives can get a bit irritating but at least you get endless pie and turkey out of it! Also, we get the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade and Turkey Trots and "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"! And the next day is Black Friday! Think of it this way: you can start celebrating Christmas on Black Friday because that’s when I get the majority of my Christmas shopping done. (#ThoseDealsThough.)

This year, I challenge all of you who celebrate Christmas before Thanksgiving to just not. Take in the Thanksgiving holiday. As cliche as it sounds, it’s a good time to really be thankful for what you have and who you surround yourself with and to reflect on your blessings. I challenge you to maybe volunteer at a soup kitchen for Thanksgiving and just see how grateful some people are to get canned vegetables and cheap turkey. Christmas is just as important, but it can wait. You’ll be surprised at the people and their outlook on life and how grateful they are to get a hot meal on Thanksgiving Day.

So, celebrate Thanksgiving before Christmas. It’s only one more month until endless jingle bells, red cups and presents. As annoying as your second aunt twice removed may be, just suck it up and grin and bear it when she asks about your 10-year plan, if you’re getting married anytime soon and what you’re planning on doing with your degree. It’s one day a year, you can do it and at least you get a rockin’ dinner out of it.

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15 Fourth Of July Fun Facts And Trivia

The United States of America: Land of the free, home of the brave.
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Fourth of July is a holiday I look forward to every year! Full of outside, summer fun, barbecued foods, and firework displays. Behind all of that, however, is history! In celebration of our nation's Independence Day, here are 15 fun facts and pieces of trivia:

1. John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress to formally sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

2. The Fourth of July was not declared a federal holiday until 1938.

3. The first White House Fourth of July party was held in 1804.

4. Around 150 million hot dogs are consumed on Fourth of July (wonder if this statistic includes the hot dogs consumed during the annual Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest?)

5. Back in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, 2.5 million new people lived in the U.S. Now 240 years later, 311 million people live.

6. The now American-celebrated song, Yankee Doodle, was originally written by officers of the British army to make fun of backwoods Americans.

7. Three United States presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.

8. July 4th is also celebrated in the Philippines, because in 1946, the country was recognized as an independent nation.

9. In one year, $600 million is spent on fireworks alone in the U.S.

10. Most of the signers of the Declaration did not formally sign until August 2, 1776.

11. Though it is no treasure map as predicted by Nicholas Cage in "Treasure Hunt 2", the message "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776" is written upside down on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

12. More than 14,000 firework displays are put on across the country on Fourth of July!

13. Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the world's oldest Independence Day celebration. It dates back to 1785!

14. In 1781, the great state of Massachusetts became the first one to declare Independence Day a holiday

15. Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Display is the largest in the United States

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Forget The Beach, Do These Things Instead

These 25 thing won't break your bank this summer.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Here is a sweet recipe!

5. Blow bubbles.

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I mean come on, who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

6. Watch the clouds

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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.

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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.

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13. Make a slip & slide

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Tarp+water+soap=endless fun

14. Paint with bubbles.

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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.

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AND THEN LET THEM GO!

17. Build a fort.

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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.

19. Read.

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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.

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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

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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.

24. Volunteer.

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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.

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Find what makes you happy, and never stop doing it.

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