5 Reasons Why Italian Christmas Eve Is Better Than Actual Christmas Day

5 Reasons Why Italian Christmas Eve Is Better Than Actual Christmas Day

Italians do it better! Food, dessert – enough said.

Christmas Eve is a major holiday to Italians. Some celebrate the Feast of Seven fishes, but we all have a celebration with food, family, presents and, of course, yelling. These factors make an Italian Christmas Eve better than Christmas itself!

1. Anticipation

After all, it is the night before Christmas. Your mind is racing with all of the possible presents “Santa” will bring you. I think that the anticipation for Christmas is better than actual Christmas Day because Christmas day arrives, and then it's gone in the blink of an eye.

2. Yelling

Spending time with your family sounds nice, until it actually happens. Italians have their own way of speaking. They are notoriously hot-headed and loud. Almost every conversation turns into an argument. Someone always starts a fight and a screaming match ensues – even though they are usually over something small. Thankfully, all the fighting halts as soon as the dishes hit the table because we will all be too busy chewing and savoring our delicious meal.

3. Food

Everybody knows that Italians love to eat. Therefore, the preparation for dinner is an all day affair. The whole family is involved. Your eyes will be bigger than your mouth when you see the appetizers, pasta and seafood. It is guaranteed your spread will include shrimp cocktail, clams oreganato and fried calamari. You’ll be stuffed beyond belief. But save some room because before you know it, it's dessert time!

4. Dessert

Just like with dinner, the table is full of desserts. There is homemade struffoli (or "honey balls" as my family calls them), cakes, cannolis and other Italian cookies. FYI struffoli is like crack. You can't stop with one, you have to keep eating until the whole plate is gone. I hope you're wearing your stretchy pants.

5. Presents

Hopefully, your family is feeling generous. You pray for money or gift cards, which is always more useful than an ugly Christmas sweater from your Nona. The upside to receiving less than perfect gifts is Christmas is tomorrow! Hopefully "Santa" brought you everything on your wishlist.

When the night is over, chances are you are full, sleepy and ready for your relatives to leave until the next holiday. Finally, you can go to sleep and wake up ready for Christmas morning!

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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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5 Horrific Halloween Costumes That Will Earn You Screams Sweeter Than Candy

The spooky month has finally arrived.


The month of Halloween has arrived! The night that allows fun for all ages including grownups to get dressed in their scary or cute costume, knock on doors, get candy and eventually, eat the candy. On of the downsides I guess you can say are the horrific costumes you see every year. Well guess what; you are bound to see them again on Halloween. Here are a list of 5 terrifying costumes that you will see this Halloween.

1. The Clown From IT

I saw this costume last year when I was going trick-or-treating in my neighborhood. IT's the scariest thing I've ever seen. (Get it... IT the movie… or is it just me?)

2. The Nun

Okay, NUN too happy. NUN for the hills.

3. Bloody MARY

Every time I see someone wearing that costume, I swear I run as far as possible from that person. Also there's apparently a drink named after Bloody Mary.

4. Ghost Faces

I see this almost every year since this mask is pretty common. All children and adults love the idea to dress up as a serial killer every Halloween. But the mask still looks pretty creepy to me.

5. Weapons Involved

I know the weapon is probably fake, but who knows. This person could plan on hunting you down on this special night.

As a kid, I never wore Halloween costumes that were this terrifying because I absolutely hated scary costumes. However, every year, my cousin would dress up as a bloody skull and try to scare my brother and me off! Now that I am older, I genuinely miss that time when he used to scare us. Nowadays, on Halloween, I am left to do multiple assignments and study for tests for the upcoming day.

Nevertheless, I hope everyone has a great Halloween night full of candy and fun scares!

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