Thanksgiving With Your Family, As Told By "Stranger Things"

Thanksgiving With Your Family, As Told By "Stranger Things"

Don't be a mouth-breather this holiday season!
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There's nothing like Thanksgiving. From the Macy's Parade to stuffing your insides with copious amounts of turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy — it's a day for food, friends, and family. So why not throw in some lovable 80s kids and a couple demogorgons along the way?

1. Waking up excited for the day of feasting

Food— get in my belly!

2. Giving your outfit an approving look before walking out the door

Can I eat large amounts of food in this? Check. Is it stain-proof? Check.

3. When the hoards of family members start swarming the house

THEY'RE COMING

4. Trying to socialize with people you haven't seen in a decade

Hi! You say that we met when I was seven but I have no idea who you are.

5. When you open the casserole pan and it's all cheesy, steamy, and gooey.

No amount of heart-eye emojis could capture this feeling

6. Sitting at the kids' table (but not really having a problem with it anymore)

Your cousins are actually okay!

7. When your great-aunt (that CAN'T cook) brings a dish and you have to eat it out of kindness

Oh, look... thank you?

8. When your uber-political uncle decides to bring up his support for Trump at the dinner table

Can we not? I will drop-kick you across this room if you bring up his name one more time.

9. When it's time for the family to get lit

Nothing like a post-Thanksgiving party and roast sesh.

10. Waking up from that killer Thanksgiving food-coma

The struggle is real

11. Finally breaking out the holiday decorations after all of the festivities - it's Christmastime!

TIME TO DECK THE HALLS

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10 Valentine's Day Presents Every Girl Would Love

And most of them are easy on your wallet, too!
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Valentine's Day. A day full of love and appreciation for the people who are most important to us. Some people love it, and some people absolutely dread it. This day of love can be a dream come true, or a true nightmare. And if you're a boyfriend looking for the perfect last minute gift, then it's more likely to be the latter. But have no fear, your safety net is here! Girls may seem complicated, but the simplest thing can actually be the best. Here are 10 Valentine's Day presents every girl would love!

1. Gift cards are your friend

They may seem like a cop-out, but trust me when I say gift cards are your friend. Girls are notoriously indecisive, so shopping for them can definitely be tricky. But giving her the opportunity to shop for herself is definitely not. Most girls always have their eye on the perfect outfit, but they don't have the money to spend on themselves. Treating her to a gift card is like letting her treat herself. And I promise every girl loves that.

2. Lots and lots of chocolate

Or really any food for that matter! Girls love to eat. They may try to hide it and look like a lady. But at the end of the day, there are few things girls love more than chowing down on their favorite meal. And giving her a night off from cooking dinner is definitely one easy way to make her happy. Just make sure you throw in some chocolate or other dessert, too. If you forget this important part, then you'll be back in the nightmare before you realize it.

3. A clean apartment

And if you're going to make her dinner, then you should definitely do the cleaning, too. I think we can all agree that no one likes cleaning. The worst part about homemade meals is having to deal with the dirty dishes after. Clean the kitchen and maybe even tidy up the rest of the apartment, too. A clean apartment can make you feel better than you would ever think. Surprise your girlfriend with that feeling, and I think you'll be surprised by how appreciative she is.

4. Go all in on traditional and cheesy gifts

I'm talking a giant bear, a huge heart shaped box of chocolates, and a dozen roses. Make it as old-fashioned and cliche as you possible can! These gifts earned this reputation for a reason. They're classic! They're funny, lovable, and she'll always remember who got them for her. Give her a box full of valentine's like the kind you used to hand out in middle school. Write cute little notes on each one to remind her how much you love her. It may seem cheesy to you, but I guarantee she'll melt over it.

5. Something homemade

Don't freak out, I'm not talking about anything crafty. Unless that's something you actually enjoy, then you should totally go for it! But it can even be something simple like a homemade dinner. You could have a picnic in your living room, or even build a blanket fort. You could also go really poetic and write her a bunch of handwritten letters. It doesn't have to actually be a poem, but just a few "open when" letters that she could read through whenever you aren't around. You could also make a happiness jar, including notes of your favorite memories, quotes, song lyrics, and reasons why you love her. Homemade can be simple, but it can also be very special.

6. Some time to relax

Girls are always busy and always stressing out. And although we know our boyfriends are just as busy, we still like to think our lives are so much harder. Does that sound a little dramatic? Yeah, it sure does. But that's one of the reasons why you love us! So take over some of her responsibilities for a few days. Offer to get her gas, her groceries, or any other small errands that tend to stress her out. Give her a chance to catch up on her favorite show, or read some of her favorite book.

7. Doing something she enjoys

If you really want to win boyfriend of the year, then you could even watch her favorite show with her! Or ask about her favorite girly things and actually pay attention when she talks about them. You could also have a movie marathon, but let her pick every movie. Yep, she gets to pick every single one. She'll love that you're showing interest in the things she cares about. And you get to give her a present that doesn't cost anything but your time. It's a win-win for everyone!

8. Teaching her something you enjoy

Girlfriends may tease you for your guys nights and your obsessive video game habits. But in reality, we want to be a part of them. We love when you try to learn about us, so of course we want to learn about you, too. Teach your girlfriend how to play your favorite video game, so then you guys can play it together. Or you could take her through all of your favorite things, like your favorite movie, favorite food, favorite candy, etc. You get to spend time together, and you just gave her plenty of ideas for the next time she needs to buy a present for you!

9. Going on a spontaneous trip

Fill up on gas and hit the road together! It doesn't have to be somewhere far, and it doesn't even have to be over night. You could make it a day trip to a town near by that you've never been to. Or you could book a hotel room and make it feel like a vacation, even if you're not far from home. And if you really want to go big and have the budget for it, then you could make it a weekend trip and go somewhere even further. Either way, you'll get to spend time together in the car and make memories the whole way.

10. Or having a simple staycation

But if you don't have the budget to afford any of those things, then you could make it a good old staycation. Turn off your phone, computer, and leave all your work at the office. Spend an entire day laying in bed and watching tv together. Make sure all your friends know you can't be bothered. Because this staycation is about the two of you doing absolutely nothing together. And I promise, it'll absolutely be the best Valentine's Day you've ever shared.

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To The Loveless, You Are So Loved

To the one no longer in love with the world.
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This is written for the one who was heartbroken this Valentine's Day, who longed for a valentine, to the hurting, the abused, the disillusioned, the disgusted. To the one no longer in love with the world. To the one feeling unworthy of love.

Did you know?

You are loved.

And nothing and nobody can take this away from you. Nothing you do can affect or define this love. It defines you.

There is One who has written and is writing us a love letter every day of our lives. The perfect lover. He loves us perfectly and unconditionally like no human can, and only His love can fulfill our aching, our longing to be loved.

His name is Jesus.

So if you watched friends and strangers carry flowers and rant about how in love they are and felt your heart crack a little inside your chest.

If you are tempted to thoughts that you'll never love or be loved,

if your childhood fairytales are wilting more and more each moment,

if you've given up on Prince Charming,

if you've grown cynical and bitter and hopeless,

know this!

This Jesus loves us more than any person ever could. The most beautiful human relationship on this planet is only a grimy reflection of God's love for us, a love that echoes down the universe, through our relationships, and into our stories.

This love is written across the pages of His word. In His sacrifice and humility. It colors His entire life on earth. Jesus loves the sick woman in the crowd, Peter who denied Him, Paul who persecuted Him, Judas who betrayed Him, selfish tax collectors and dirty fishermen, prostitutes and beggars, lepers and the demon-possessed. He loves us all.

It is scrawled across the pages of our lives, this giant love letter. Not one can take it away from you or declare you unworthy, turn you away or rescind the love. It waits for us, if we will accept it, this Love that proclaims that we are "beautifully and wonderfully made." This Love that died for us.

This letter is not confined to the pages of a book. It springs out and sings through our days. He shows His love in.. the bird singing outside the window, hot water running, car starting, family still living, coffee brewing, friends laughing, stranger smiling, moon shining, mountains rising, snow falling...

Gifts, gifts, and more gifts!!!

Candy, cards, balloons, lovers, these pale into shadows against the ancient music, the fresh spring song, the magical melody that is the Love of the Almighty God.

He sings His love song to us in sunrises and sunsets, in stars and campfires, in family and friends.

If only we who have ears will let them hear.

You are the beloved.

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