The Importance Of Family During holidays

The Importance Of Family During holidays

Because there's more to Christmas than the gifts

The holidays aren't all about the materialistic gifts or how much you get; the holiday season is all about the gift of family.

My family is the definition of a loving family, a gift that lasts forever. The holiday events are always extravagant, with my mother's family flying in, as well as my father's. Cousins that you rarely see and ones that gather all of the time are gifts that make the holidays joyful. These connections give the season that joyful, warm feeling that everyone looks forward to at Christmas.

Family is the most important gift because they are the ones that know everything about us and accept us regardless of our mistakes. They will always support you, have your back, and love you unconditionally. Family is the foundation of a great holiday season, because they are the ones who support us and will love us unconditionally. During the holidays, this encouragement is what we need most after a long, stressful semester.

1. Family gives us a support system

Family members help support our dreams and never let you fall. Family members may be caught up in their own life; however, they will be willing to help in situations and do anything to lift you up when you are down. Friends may come and go, but your family will be by your side through thick and thin.

2. Unconditional love

Family will always see the best in you no matter what others see in you. They will have faith in all of the changes that you will go through. Family will loves you through the good and bad. The love of a family member will surpass any other earthly love you could grasp.

Not everyone has the pleasure of being with their loved ones for the holidays. When time is hard, don't cancel out the ones that you love because they could be gone the next day. Family encounters not only give children positive experiences, but also play a large part in a happy life. The connection you have with family is a bond that is undeniable.

Families that spend time together, build solid connections, and respect one another are able to cope with personal and family crisis more effectively than ones with weaker family bonds. Everyone goes through rough times with their families, but when it's time to come together, everyone in the family will support, encourage, and love.

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23 Names Moms Of Millennials Have, And What Kind Of Mom They Probably Are

Behind every millennial is a mom with one of these common names.

It's always interesting to learn the first names of my friends' mothers.

Most of the time, their name fits them perfectly. Behind every millennial is a mom with one of these common names.

1. Karen

Karen is smart, reliable and a friend to everyone she meets. She loves to go above and beyond. If you have a question, you call Karen, and she always has the answer.

2. Barbara, AKA Barb

Barb can get a little sassy, especially if she's had a few glasses of wine. Barb loves to laugh and have a good time. Beware: she might steal your clothes from your closet.

3. Jennifer

Jennifer is the hot mom who doesn't look a day over 30. She was popular in high school, and she's still popular now. She's not a regular mom: she's a cool mom.

4. Pam

Pam has the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in town. She loves going to bake sales and antique stores, and she gives great hugs. Pam makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. There's not a mean bone in her body.

5. Michelle

Michelle is a born caregiver. She loves taking care of others and is especially great at being a mom. All the best moms are named Michelle.

6. Carla

Carla love boat rides and beer. She has at least one shirt with an American flag on it.

7. Lisa

Lisa is so responsible, it's scary. You know Lisa was put on this earth to mother everyone she meets, even complete strangers.

8. Nicole

Nicole is hip and trendy, especially if she goes by Nikki. Nicole thinks she's pretty cool, and even though they might not want to admit it, her kids think so too.

9. Brenda

Brenda has a great smile. She radiates happiness everywhere she goes. If Brenda was a color, she'd be yellow.

10. Tammy

Tammy is a teenager trapped in an adult body. She loves to be tan and spend time outdoors. Everyone knows Tammy has an alter ego when she drinks, and she's usually hilarious.

11. Kathy/Katherine

Kathy/Katherine is the laid-back mom who would secretly fight anyone that hurt their baby. Don't cross a Kathy/Katherine.

12. Nancy

Nancy sometimes loses her temper and then immediately second-guesses her parenting. It's probably because she's working too hard and not drinking enough wine. Give your mom a break.

13. Mary

Mary is an angel that fell to Earth. There's no way anyone could have beef with Mary. Give Mary a hug; she deserves it.

14. Janet

Janet's goofy, but she's really good at hiding it. Once she relaxes, though, Janet has the best laugh. She's also got a heart of gold.

15. Stacy

Stacy's that mom who will come to all of your baseball games twenty minutes early with a picnic basket full of sandwiches for the whole team. She loves wearing her hair in a ponytail and lives in her Mom Jeans.

16. Susan

Susan has a pretty severe resting bitch face, but don't let it fool you. She knows how to get down. Susan's purse is covered in buttons -- you know the kind: a headshot of a kid playing sports. She probably drives a minivan.

17. Amy/Aimee

Amy/Aimee never ages. She's fun to be around and has friends of all ages. Amy/Aimee works hard and is successful because of it. If anyone deserves happiness, it's Amy/Aimee.

18. Sherry

Sherry's great on the days you need a little pick-me-up. She might not be the best person to call in a crisis, but she sure knows how to make you smile.

19. Melissa

Melissa is beautiful. When you're with Melissa, it's easy to forget there's anyone else around. It must be hard having a mom who's hotter than you.

20. Stephanie

Stephanie is a pretty cool mom, especially on the weekends. She loves getting her hair done, her dog and drinking fruity frozen drinks with a little umbrella.

21. Cindy

Cindy's got an attitude. She might look sweet, but don't let her fool you. Don't bring your boyfriends or girlfriends to meet Cindy unless you're really serious about them, because she might scare them away.

22. Tiffany

No one knows how to break it down like Tiffany. She loves to dance. Wherever she goes, the party follows.

23. Carol

Carol is the strict mom who likes to give lectures at every opportunity. Don't be so hard on her though: she means well. Cut your mom some slack, kids.

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She is immortal.

I sat in my poetry workshop with a messy prose poem being critiqued by my peers and poetry teacher. There are mixed feelings about my work, and I rapid blink my eyes as they get misty. I'm not sad that my poem is being ripped to shreds because that's the point of the workshop, to improve my poetry, but because I wrote a poem about something that I thought I was ready to address. However, as I sat in my seat and wrote down the critiques in black pen.

Lauryn breaks the tattoo pact that her twin sister, Taylor, and I made with her the day after Christmas in a Brooklyn tattoo and piercing shop. Her new tattoo is small and on her ankle. When I text her about it, she texts back, "it didn't really hurt." But relays to me that her tattoo was sixty dollars and "overpriced." Her tattoo is of a peach.

She cried on my shoulder and I cried on hers. We do this for what seems like fifteen minutes, but it is only five. I let go of her, stand up, and walk to the back of the church. I didn't have any black to wear, any makeup on, and my hair is pinned. For the next hour, we look at her body in the casket and laugh at people's memories of her. I hug her again after the service. I hugged so many people after the service. She looks grown and tired and beautiful. I think she's officially grown up.

Taylor slides on gold rings on her thin long fingers, she wears an "M" on her right ring finger. Her Snapchat story is littered with photos of her and a woman who is always smiling. In these photos, they're always embracing in some way. Taylor and the woman are truly happy.

Our laughs echoed throughout the house as Taylor, Lauryn, and I retold the story of our first shopping spree together. We laugh about how we walked into summer camp bragging to everyone about how our aunt was coming to get us halfway through the day because we were going out for a shopping spree. I could barely breathe when Taylor demonstrated how we walked into the Boys and Girls Club like we were The Plastics with our new things from our shopping spree.

I swipe through my phone's gallery and look at two photos of a shopping cart from Target littered with junk food. I smile and remember when we pigged out on junk food, wings, pizza, and mac-n-cheese. We fit six of us on a queen sized bed and watched season sixteen of "Bad Girl's Club". I wish we had another girl's night. I know that there won't be one until we are adults.

Her name was Martha but we called her Peaches and she was sweet like one. In literature, a peach symbolizes immortality and she is immortal to us. We never forget our many laughs with her or the advice that she gives us. She let us break rules that our parents set and she taught us what it meant to be a kind-hearted, strong woman. Peaches taught us what true love was. She lives on social media feeds and profiles, Lauryn's ankle, in my poem, and on Taylor's finger. She planted herself in our minds and our hearts.

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