Having A Holiday Birthday: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Having A Holiday Birthday: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

For all you unfortunate holiday babes, this article explains our struggle to the more fortunate normal birthday types.
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So, unfortunately, some of us happened to be born around the holidays. The time of the year where everyone is frantic. October is full of making costumes, carving pumpkins, decorating, scary movies and candy galore. Not birthdays. November is cooking, cooking and more cooking, family visits, preparations for Christmas, Black Friday sales, and if you're from the south, Iron Bowl. Not birthdays. December is caroling, baking, Christmas movies, decorating the tree and hanging stockings, more family visits, shopping, wrapping presents, Hallmark movies and Christmas parades. Not birthdays. And, to end the chaos, New Year's Eve, and then into January, New Year's Day, which is parties, traveling and more time with family. Not Birthdays.

However, in all the hustle and bustle of these crazy months, some of us were born. I myself was born on January 2. For many years, I have endured the late Happy Birthday wishes, usually a few days after New Year's when people return from trips, or recover from NYE hangovers. I have given up on birthday parties after awkwardly sitting at Chuck E. Cheese's with my close family and the one friend who showed up, as a child. I've smiled politely as friends use the "this is your Christmas/Birthday present" excuse to keep them from buying me two gifts, even though they receive two from me. Since my birthday is also in the freezing cold part of the year, I also never got to experience the coveted pool party. All these "consequences" of having a birthday near the major holidays have just become the usual for me.

Even though there is a definite downside to having a birthday near the holiday season, there are a few perks. For the few friends who are especially nice, I get a Christmas present in December, and then two weeks or so later, I get a birthday present. The holiday season is my favorite time of year, so my birthday being around this time makes it even better. Also, since my birthday is at the most unfortunate time of the year, my family always goes the extra mile to make it more fun, like better presents, The Cheesecake Factory for dinner and shopping at my favorite outlets.

Since unfortunately science has not advanced enough to allow us to choose our birthdays (I kid), us holiday babies are stuck where we're at. It is definitely annoying at times, but it's not all horrible. So to all you holiday kiddos, Merry-hallo-thanks-new years-birthday!

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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42 Fall Activities To Add To Your #PSBL (Pumpkin Spice Bucket List)​

Fall who? Fall is here and here to stay.

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It's easy to get caught up in the fast passed ways of life when things get thrown at us. We get into a routine, create a usual schedule and go from there. Our days are spent waking up, working or going to school, coming home, dreading to finish whatever didn't get done that day, and sleeping what little time we have left only to repeat it all over again.

We always (at least I know I do) complain about not having enough time in a day or not doing anything that's life thrilling, yet very few of us do anything about it.

I feel like any day or any time is as good as any to start new habits and new lifestyles. There's never enough time in a day to do anything, but we're the ones that get to decide what we do with our time.

With that being said, to keep the fall spirits going, I decided to compile a fall-themed bucket list. Basically, here is a grand list of all things fall-worthy that can put you into the festival spirit. Do with it what you wish, of course, most plans are better spent with friends, but always acceptable to do things alone in your own time with your own love.

1. Go to a pumpkin patch.

2. Go apple picking.

3. Visit a corn maze.

4. Carve pumpkins.

5. Roast pumpkin seeds.

6. Bake a pie... or three.

7. Go apple bobbing.

8. Have a scary movie marathon.

9. Jump in a pile of leaves.

10. Do a fall photoshoot outside.

11. Go on a morning hike.

12. Buy new fall-scented candles and décor.

13. Make pumpkin bread, banana bread, or zucchini bread (any kind of bread, basically).

14. Eat candy corn.

15. Make caramel apples.

16. Have a family or friend game night.

17. Go to a haunted house.

18. Make a Halloween costume.

19. Eat corn on the cob.

20. Go camping (even if it's just in your backyard).

21. Try out new festive coffee flavors.

22. Visit a state or festival fair.

23. Finish a whole puzzle.

24. Make leaf-shaped sugar cookies.

25. Create a fall scrapbook of all your fall memories.

26. Make a scarecrow.

27. Attempt to make as many pumpkin flavored recipes as you can.

28. Visit a chocolate factory.

29. Get a new fall wardrobe.

30. Home make a scarf.

31. Go to a football game.

31. Paint pumpkins.

32. Make homemade apple cider.

33. Read a scary book.

34. Go on a hayride or tractor ride.

35. Have a campfire and roast marshmallows.

36. Make your own pumpkin spice latte.

37. Make a fall-themed wreath for your front door or room.

38. Take a family holiday photo (or a "family" photo with your roommates!).

39. Buy your favorite Halloween candy.

40. Collect pinecones and make peanut butter bird feeders.

41. Have a complete self-care and self-love night.

42. ENJOY yourself this fall and remember to take time for the things you want to do!

Alas, the end of another (hopeful) bucket list that we all have desires to finish! Fall is always busy, with going back to school and trying to find a routine again. Sometimes our moods tend to fall because of the gloomy weather and darker days.

It's extra important to make sure you take extra time to take care of yourself today and every day. No matter how old you are and how old you feel, you're never too old to go out and have fun! I challenge you to do at least 10 things on this list, if not all of them.

Happy fall! Happy leaves! Happy colder weather!

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