My Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions

My Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions

Traditions are what make Thanksgiving feel so special!
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As a kid, I didn't really appreciate Thanksgiving. I just wanted Thanksgiving to be over so it could be Christmas! As I've gotten older, and gone to college, I have grown to love it. Not only does it give me a reason to go home but also because I love getting to spend time with my family.

When my dad and stepmom got married, their wedding was the weekend before Thanksgiving. They went on their honeymoon, and I went to go stay with my grandma, aunt, uncles, cousins, etc. The next year, we began a 'tradition.' Every Thanksgiving since they got married, the four of us have all individually chosen what dish we want to make. My dad always does the turkey. I'm not very good at cooking, so I stick to making a salad or sometimes the stuffing, or dressing, depending on where you're from. We eat around 4:00 and then let all of the food digest. We always go around the table and all state what we're thankful for. An hour or two after dinner, it's time for pie! We typically have an apple pie or pumpkin pie. You can't have Thanksgiving without pie!

Another tradition we have in my house is that we all just relax, and sometimes stay in our pajamas all day. My dad will sometimes make pumpkin bread out of the box from Trader Joe's, which is something my family and I are obsessed with. We all sit in the living room and watch the Macy's Day Parade. We don't have anywhere to be or anything that must get done, except for making the food, of course.

A tradition that has happened the past three to four years is something we will no longer be able to do! Every Friday after Thanksgiving, we would go out as a family and see the new movie in the Hunger Games trilogy. I guess we'll have to find a new movie to see together.

My all time favorite tradition we have done over the past few years is what we do on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. We go out to lunch with some family friends and then we go to the local nursery and pick out a Christmas tree! I think my stepsister and I both wish our ceilings were super tall so we could get a ten-foot tree, but we settle on a five or six-foot tree.

Of course, Thanksgiving is not just a day about food and eating. It is also a time to be thankful. I know that I am very thankful for my family and my relationships with them. I am thankful for so much, I could dedicate an article just to that.

I'll end on the note of saying, Happy Thanksgiving!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

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3. Animal house poster 

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4. The American Fraternity book

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5. Beer pong socks 

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6. Condom case

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Christmas is right around the corner people! It's time to celebrate my favorite holiday of the year.

Below are six reasons why Christmas is undeniably the most wonderful time of the year. Let the countdown to Christmas begin!

1. Gift-giving is my specialty

Look no further, for you've come across the right person. Whether it be family or friends, I am able to find something meaningful. Big or small, I've made peoples' year because of the thought I invested into what I picked out special for them.

I have a strong gut that helps me decide on items and I always make a point to listen to someone's likes or interests and store them in the back of my mind. I enjoy wrapping gifts in fancy paper and decorating them with pretty bows.

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2. Everyone is joyful

The Christmas spirit hits people right after Thanksgiving wraps up. Thinking about cookie decorating, wrapping gifts and buying presents puts them in the mood. It's amazing how people come together during this time and can spread the holiday cheer.

People manage to wear a smile and converse more, rubbing off on others. Christmas caroling encourages others to get into the spirit.

Even though it's cold and snowy, Christmas is a saving grace in getting everyone through it. I find myself become happier towards others when the thought of Christmas is mentioned. 25 days will never be enough. Smile and find your inner joy!

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Say goodbye to homework and stress. Being released for break means students can focus on making their Christmas a great one. Most colleges even go as far as giving kids near a month off.

School becomes the least of our worries and makes Christmas a priority. We're given a long opportunity for relaxing and spending time with loved ones, all in the name of Christmas!

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ABC Family's "25 Days of Christmas" and Hallmark's Christmas movies fill our screens during this time of year. As corny as they are, these movies are a staple to bringing in the Christmas spirit.

They're only here for a few short months, so it's important to make the most of them. Nothing beats sitting by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate watching these movies.

5. Santa is watching you

Even at 21, sometimes I still believe Santa is keeping a close eye on my behavior. Being a good person should be a yearly thing, especially towards those you're close to. The deliverance of gifts is the highlight of my holidays.

Seeing kids who wait for Santa brings back memories of when I was their age. To them, he is their idol and does anything they can to prove they've been good this year. Nobody wants a bag of coal in their stocking!

6. Christmas charities

Giving donations to the needy is critical during Christmas time. With bitter weather and dropping temperatures, those that are less fortunate suffer. Kind-hearted people make blankets, ring bells for the Salvation Army and make food for those who need it most.

Christmas is a time for giving to those you know and don't. Hearts get bigger and reach out. People who don't have families to celebrate the holidays with are given a reason to smile from others bringing cheer into their lives.

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