Camping On Thanksgiving

Camping On Thanksgiving

Have you ever cooked an entire meal in a cramped trailer?
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Thanksgiving: often defined as a traditional, religious holiday in which participants invest in giving thanks to God for all of the blessings their lives hold.

Within this classic textbook definition, I would like to point out the word traditional, because my Thanksgivings are far from traditional. Thoughts of family surrounding a dinner table slathered in delicious turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc. come to mind. Is my mouth the only one watering right now just thinking about it?

Anyhow, back on track – Thanksgivings can be far from traditional. Well, it depends on the season. I love indulging in a traditional Thanksgiving. We all gather at my cousin’s house considering my Aunt ALWAYS hosts Thanksgiving. It’s such a rewarding time where you truly do realize what you are grateful for, your family and all the quirky memories you share.

While my Aunty Lisa’s Thanksgiving has a special place in my heart – how could I miss her classic sweet potato casserole? Yet, there was one Thanksgiving where my parents decided to fly down the nontraditional route with gusto. Rather than spend Thanksgiving in the city, it was decided we would have a small Thanksgiving in the middle of some forest. This did not bode well initially. What about Aunty Lisa’s? What about seeing the family? What about the food?

It became apparent that my judgements were too harsh jumping to hasty assumptions that proved false. On this Thanksgiving, we spent it in a trailer hidden in the trees. We spent the day riding quads around with the chilly breeze making Thanksgiving all the more festive. Once dinner time came around, our plates were licked clean – we deep-fried a turkey. If you’ve had deep-fried turkey, then you can relate to the “plates being licked clean.”

However, it wasn’t the simple Thanksgiving dinner, it was the experience. An experience entailing the changing colors of the forest leaves trickling down from the sky. Beneath these auburn giants, a little creek captures the leaves as they float like little sailboats hoping to survive the rocky waters up ahead. To compliment the beauty of this nature, iridescent, golden sunrays glimmer through the treetop canvas. Sparkling along the creek, the sun is drawn to the leaves; illuminating hues of a burnt sunset, you felt incased in this little paradise. Sitting along the edge of the creek, my feet upset the current as refreshing water washed over me. Laying back and taking it all in, I wanted to take a photo but I realized no photo could ever capture the beauty of this moment – this moment of pure bliss that I knew my memory would never let me forget.

It’s these moments, these moments where Thankfulness flourishes not simply because some holiday declares so, but because people have joy in their hearts. We are surrounded by what makes our lives worth living. Sometimes this isn’t a cookie cutter Thanksgiving at my Aunt’s house, sometimes it’s a messy Thanksgiving in a cramped trailer followed by a breathtaking sunset.

This being said, try something new this year. You’ll be surprised how your perspective changes. Who knows, you’ll probably have a few new things to be thankful for. So, experiment! Try volunteering or take a spontaneous trip to the forest. But never forget to give thanks for what truly lights up your heart every day.

Cover Image Credit: Cecile Vedemil

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Believe it or not, Christmas season is upon us! *cue the Christmas music*

OK, maybe it's a little early for that but never too early to start the Christmas wishlist. Here are a few items that may be at the top of your college student's wish list.

1. Starbucks gift cards

The multiple weekly trips to Starbucks are starting to add up. One of the best gifts I could receive this Christmas is money added to my Starbucks account to fuel my ability to get through this next semester.

2. Any gift card really

Let's be real, as a broke college student, the less money I have to actually spend at the grocery store/Chipotle/Panera/anywhere the better. Gift cards are a gift from God because you can get exactly what you what without the stress of having to pay for it!

3. Leggings

Lulu Lemon, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, whatever your preference on leggings, they are essential to everyday life as a college student, yet a very annoying thing to have to purchase on your own so getting them as a gift is definitely a treat.

4. Socks

Lame, I know but so essential. Bring on the fuzzy socks!

5. Candles

If we're being honest these are probably banned in all of our apartments/dorms but we've probably burned at least two all the way down already this semester so we could use a couple new ones. Stress Relief from Bath and Body Works and Volcano are the BEST.

6. Big sweaters

Absolutely essential to get through the winter. Name something comfier than a giant sweater, leggins and fuzzy socks. It's not possible.

7. MONEY

This one is a given. Probably the best gift a college student could receive.

8. New shoes

Whether it's new running shoes, Hunter Boots, going out shoes, you can never have too many and these are always on my wish list.

9. Subscriptions to monthly care packages

So I just recently discovered that this is a thing. You can actually subscribe college students to receive monthly care packages. How amazing is that? There's nothing better than checking your mail during a hard week and discovering a care package with snacks.

10. Snacks

Another lame one I know but seriously snacks are another annoying thing to buy yourself in college so when it comes from someone else, they're even better. You can never have too many and they save us so many times throughout the semester.

11. Mugs

If your college student is anything like me, you already have 18 coffee mugs but each one is important to you and you can NEVER have too many. There's just so many cute ones out there!

12. Cute decorations for the future apartment

Whether the student is currently living in an apartment or will be next year, a cute decoration or two is such an exciting thing to receive and will fuel our eager desire to start designing.

13. Coffee

The key to survival in college, and expensive for us to buy on our own so again, such a great gift to receive this Christmas.

14. S'well water bottle

These are so trendy right now and so necessary for college students to take with them, whether it's to class or to the gym.

15. Makeup

If you know your student well and know their favorites, this is a great gift idea.

16. Books

Okay this one perhaps is risky. Some find this one of the greatest gifts of all time, especially if you happen to get them one on their wish list or it could perhaps be not such a great gift if the student isn't a "reader."

17. Scarves

A great "go to" gift. You can never go wrong with getting a college girl a stylish infinity scarf.

18. Subscription to Spotify

Nothing is more annoying than the $5-$15 that comes out of our bank accounts every month but you could change that by covering that cost for us ;).

19. College Apparel

One of the greatest gifts for a college student is more t-shirts/sweatshirts to represent their school because lets be honest, you can never have too many.

20. Blanket

Nothing beats a soft TJ-Maxx blanket to keep one your bed. This is guaranteed to make your college student happy without breaking the bank.

21. Phone case

If your student is anything like me, they get sick of their phone case pretty quickly and its always exciting to be able to switch things up.

22. Gum

Okay yes, this one is a little weird but gum is essential after your morning coffee and goes pretty quickly so its always nice to have some extra packs laying around when its needed.

23. Nail Polish

Nail polish is one of those things I never buy for myself but is essential and new colors are always an exciting gift to receive.

24. Candy

The ultimate "stocking stuffer."

25. Love

When in doubt (or if you're broke), love is the greatest gift of all!

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7. S'mores

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