Halloween's Over... Now What?

Halloween's Over... Now What?

Now that you've had your Halloween fun, and the Christmas tunes are cranking, did you forget about the turkey and stuffing?
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Now that Halloween, arguably the most stressful, hectic, and anxiety-ridden holiday, has officially passed, and we all survived (possibly even thrived) what's next? Well as you have probably already witnessed it seems as though we have skipped right from October to December!

Christmas songs are already being played on the radio, and movies have already premiered. Next thing you know, Macy's will have twinkling lights up, sleighs lining their displays, and gorgeous Christmas trees throughout their stores, all before the turkey is even put in the oven!

Now don't get me wrong I love Christmas and winter as much as the next person. I mean, really, ask any family member or friend and they will tell you I LOVE winter and the festivities that come along with it. But not in November! Every year the forgetfulness of Thanksgiving is getting worse, which is extremely concerning considering it is a holiday based around family and being thankful for what you have.

Personally, some of my favorite memories are from Thanksgivings of years past. Whether it be held at a hall (yes you read that correctly, one side of my family can fill a hall with nearly fifty, if not more, people attending every year, ranging from newborns to great-great grandparents), or at one of my relatives homes, I enjoy and cherish the time we spend together.

I always find myself playing numerous card games with my cousins, catching up with my aunts and uncles, and receiving irreplaceable advice from my grandparents, and through it all, I can't stop smiling. It is something about everyone you love being at the same place at the same time.

Even the meaning and purpose of Thanksgiving is often forgotten, which is alarming in our current society. This day is meant to be one full of thanks for what we have and a time to relax with our family and friends.

Instead, many people may use this day to prepare for their early morning of shopping they have prepared for the holiday season. Living in a generation that always seems to want, want, want, and doesn't comprehend the meaning of "no," Thanksgiving is an important holiday to remind us of what we have, and be thankful.

So as the leaves begin to fall this year, take a step back to recognize the beauty. And while you take this pause, think of what and who you are thankful for in your life. Don't forget to appreciate your family and friends, because many times we may take them, and the things they give us, for granted. Take the time to be thankful for the little things, as well as the big things, in life before you hang up your Christmas lights and start making a list.

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18 Things That Happen When You Get A Good Roommate

Not every roommate story is a bad one.
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Whenever you hear about roommate stories, they're almost never good, and they usually scare you into never wanting a roommate. "Did you hear her roommate steals her clothes?" "Her roommate doesn't shower!" "Wow, her roommate doesn't talk at all, and doesn't do laundry." From what I hear, there are more bad stories than good. That is why I consider myself lucky, because my roommate is nothing like one of those bad stories. When life hands you a good roommate after talking to about 40 girls through Facebook, a few things happen.

1. You always have someone to talk to.

2. You know each other's schedules, and whenever you both have a break is an exciting time.

3. You'll never have to dance alone.


4. You always have someone to do something with, even if it's just walking down the hall.

5. You both look out for each other, because this is your first time without your parents.

6. You always have a shoulder to lean on when things get tough.

7. Borrowing each other's things is a daily thing.

8. You TRY to help with each other's homework and assignments.

9. They're encouraging when it comes to boys. (Unless they're a f*ckboy.)

10. They're your biggest support system and your personal cheerleader.

11. They never forget to wish you luck on a big exam.

12. They accept how gross you are in the morning and not so pleasant sometimes.

13. You both know each other's favorite and least favorite things.

14. Leaving each other notes saying goodbye before class if you don't see them is normal.

15. Saying goodbye for breaks is upsetting.

16. Not seeing them all day is upsetting.

17. You have more pictures together than any of your other friends.

18. You found a best friend for life.

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Bullying Doesn’t Just Happen To Kids In School, It's Everywhere In The World

You would be shocked at how many bullies there truly are around you.

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I hear a good amount of people talk about and post about how kids are getting bullied in so many different forms nowadays thanks to social media and such, and almost all of those people blame it on the kids from school... Maybe that's just what the media has portrayed the most, but it's far from true. Bullies are right around every corner.

First, let's define what the word "Bully" actually means... Bully commonly used as a noun defined as "a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker," According to the online dictionary.

Now in the definition, it talks about someone using their "power" or "strength" to bring down someone who is so-called "weak"... Power or strength can mean a few different things such as a person's position in a career or group, someone's attitude, authority, or their superior place in the weaker person's life. The weaker person is usually someone who is seen as shy, not as appealing in looks, has no authority, maybe not as smart or "too smart", or frankly someone who is just not liked by the person with power.

Does this sound like this could be only kids in school doing the bullying? No... Let's rethink who bullies actually are.

Sure it is true that there are huge, absolutely terrible problems with cyberbullying, bullying at school with kids around the same age, and why do they do it? Because they feel superior. Maybe because they're wealthier, more "popular," or have some sort of grudge against the other person.

So who else are the bullies around us? People a lot closer than you think. Bullies can be our bosses, significant others, teachers, co-workers, siblings, and yes even parents.

Let's take one of those for example... As sad is it is to think that a child's parent could be their bully, it happens so much more often than you think. I've heard parents call their kids lazy, annoying, idiotic. And I've even heard parents of other kids saying those kinds of things about another families kids. It's absolutely heartbreaking...

I've heard teachers call kids names and tell them they are a waste of "their time" and they are lazy and going to fail. But why? Why are these figures around us that are supposed to be supporters and inspirers bringing the "weak" down instead of up? I wish I had the answer.

It truly has broken my heart to see someone cry because a figure in their life has made them feel unimportant, worthless and less of a person than they are.

It's honestly pitiful that so many people think they have a place in this world to tell someone else what they're worth because they think they're superior and know more?

No. And let me just say to anyone who feels they have that place in someone's life to bring them down, you need to take a hard look in the mirror and say the same things to yourself that you've said bad about anyone else to them or behind their back, and then see how you would feel.

You can never take the place in someone else's shoes, so why act like you've walked miles in them?

Next time think twice about what that person has gone through or could be going through, because you could be the last straw, the final person to truly make they feel they have no worth or place in this world, and that is one of the most, if not the most shameful act someone can do.

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