The Importance Of Family During holidays

The Importance Of Family During holidays

Because there's more to Christmas than the gifts
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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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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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The Power of Good Roommates

Find the people who make you laugh til you cry and move in with them.

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Going to college super far away can be hard especially when you do not know anyone going to that school. Picking people to live with is terrifying because you never know what is going to happen and everyone hears horror stories about roommates.

But when you finally get roommates who you are friends with, who you spend time with, laugh with and are overall great roommates, it is a totally different game.

I have had my fair share of roommates (living with six different people within three years of college) both pretty good and pretty crappy. It was not until recently I got three new roommates that I learned how powerful having great roommates can be.

I feel that I am a relatively easy going person so I have happily picked random roommates (all but once) but never really clicked with the people I was living with until now.

The three most recent roommates that I have have been by far the most influential and amazing roommates I've had yet. They support me, make me laugh and always include me with everything. There are days where we do nothing but lay on the floor and tag each other in videos on Facebook even though we are less than two feet away from each other.

But most importantly it amazes me how much good roommates can change your overall life.

I used to be a person who rolled through the motions, got stressed WAY too easily, was easily upset and would try way too hard to live a perfect life. But now I am more easy going, I laugh a whole lot more, cry a whole lot less and am comfortable going with the flow. And most importantly HAPPIER.

The very first night one of the new roommates moved in, she knocked on my door and asked me to go bowling with her and some friends (one which was another one of our roommates). We went and I didn't know anyone but had such a good time. Before this night I would sit in my room and not talk to any of my roommates because they were friends while I was not very close with them.

Flash forward a month to day…

Two of us were home and both wanted to go out as a group and both texted the other one to come home so we could all hangout. We are always laughing and smiling, telling jokes, checking in on classes or just how the day went. I used to never want to leave the house or my room but now I feel weird sitting in my room and not being with them.

The greatest part about meeting these people is that I know when we all move out of the apartment in a month I will still have great friends.

You may have roommates that you hate, you may have roommates that you "live with" and you might have roommates that you love. There is so much power in finding people you click with, so I challenge you to find those people who make you want to dance around the living room and laugh until you cry.

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