5 Reasons Thanksgiving Shouldn't Be So Underrated

5 Reasons Thanksgiving Shouldn't Be So Underrated

But just because Christmas is great doesn’t mean that we can just skip Thanksgiving.

Now that Halloween has been officially over for a while, it’s time to move on to the next holiday—THANKSGIVING! In case you didn’t know, Thanksgiving is the last Thursday of the November and it’s a glorious time where food and family are celebrated.

However, since Thanksgiving is only a month before Christmas, the common trend is to overlook Thanksgiving and start celebrating Christmas super early.

I guess if that’s how you want to live your life, then go ahead, but Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday to “get through.” It should be thoroughly enjoyed, and here’s why.

1. No one stresses about Thanksgiving.

It’s literally a holiday where people can get off school and work to eat and spend time with their families. Plus there are cool things on TV, like the Macy's Day parade. How wholesome is that?

2. You don’t have to buy gifts.

Another thing people stress about during Christmas. As fun as receiving gifts is, having to go out and buy gifts for every member of your family can be a daunting task, and let's not ignore how expensive it is too! Why would you bring these things upon yourself earlier than you have to?

3. It’s not as commercialized as Christmas.

Thanksgiving's meaning and origin hasn't been distorted like Christmas's has. Thanksgiving is a holiday with no religious or national ties. Christmas, on the other hand, is originally just supposed to be for Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Instead, it's now about Santa Claus who lives in the North Pole that brings toys on his sleigh. It's a bit of a stretch of the truth. Although the setting of Thanksgiving takes place in America, the concepts and lessons from it are universal to people all over the world. There are no true religious or national ties with Thanksgiving.

4. It’s low-key.

There may be some cleaning involved, but it’s just one day with only a little bit of preparation and planning. Yeah there is cooking, but it can be fun! Bake some cookies and make a pumpkin pie and there will be some instant gratification after all the work cooking.

5. It’s officially socially acceptable to start celebrating Christmas once it’s over!

Once Thanksgiving is over, it’s only a month until Christmas! Instead of slowly building up all the Christmas festivities through November, go at full force the day after Thanksgiving. And a way you can start is by going out on Black Friday and getting all your Christmas shopping done!

Christmas is an amazing holiday, don’t get me wrong. But just because Christmas is great doesn’t mean that we can just skip Thanksgiving. Look forward to Thanksgiving for the rest of the month and really take the time to enjoy it when it gets here!

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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

Perfect for those beach daze.

Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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5 Way To Have The Most Productive Summer

Make the most out of your vacation by following these tips to live your best summer life.


Going back home for the summer and not having to worry about school anymore is an exciting concept, but three months of getting lazy can make it hard to jump back into the grind once fall comes back around.

The best way to keep active and mentally sharp during the summer is being productive every single day in any way that suits your wants and needs. Focusing on yourself and getting the most out of your summer will lead you into the school year with a positive outlook that will radiate throughout the year.

1. Get involved

Having something to do when your friends are busy, or if you find yourself bored most of the time, will stimulate a sense of productivity that will allow for a healthier mindset during a long vacation. Finding a job that allows you to stay on a steady schedule will make it easier to transition back into a semester of classes for your next term. Being able to have something to do while getting paid will also contribute to any activities or shopping carts you have pending. If committing to a job does not inspire you enough, volunteering locally is another alternative to remaining active, while giving you a positive purpose. Having something that gets you out of bed a couple of days a week will balance out your summer while still making it feel like a much-needed vacation.

2. Work out

If you haven't had enough time to work out during finals or the rest of the semester, summer is the best time to begin without being on a time crunch. Physical activity will not only help you perfect your summer body but it will leave you feeling healthy and energetic for the short time you aren't walking across campus every day. Signing up for a gym membership or performing simple exercises at home will keep your mind and body in shape without the stress of classes.

3. Journaling

In almost every class, a form of writing is required, and the best way to keep your mind going without stress is journaling. Writing a half a page or more every day about your thoughts or ideas will clear your mind while subconsciously practicing your writing skills. Not having school for three months can get routine without the fast-paced lifestyle that FSU provides, and journaling can become a fun hobby that provides mental health and academic benefits so that you can live your best life during the summer.

4. Self-care

With the stresses of assignments and studying during the school year, self-care may not have been your first priority, but summer is the perfect opportunity to rekindle that light within your inner self. Take the time to relax and do things that make you happy, in order to achieve a peaceful and less chaotic mindset. Whether it's nourishing your body, going outside, being with family, or getting your nails done, focus on yourself as much as you can (while you can) so that you can start off the next school year looking and feeling your best.

5. Stay social

Being at FSU allows you to interact with more than just the people in your classes, but with friends who live in the same city every day. It is easy to isolate yourself when you go home for summer because you may not live as close to your college friends, but reaching out to high school peers or individuals near you will bring more positive energy to your summer. Having a couple of people to go on outings with for summer will add more memories and excitement to your days while giving you physical social interaction for a healthier mindset. Making new friends or strengthening bonds is a great way to remain productive for the months where school is in the back of your mind.

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