The Most Underrated National Holidays

The Most Underrated National Holidays

These are the days we should really be getting excited about.

Sure we have holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Halloween etc. but what about those smaller holidays? Do they not matter? We even celebrate holidays such as Cinco De Mayo, Groundhog Day, and Veterans Day. However, there are also some very important days that we should take the time to celebrate more. Here are 14 of the most underrated holidays in each month.

1. January 21: Squirrel Appreciation Day

This is the perfect day to take a trip to your local park and thank those cute, furry friends for all they do. Sometimes, squirrels can be a little under appreciated. But this is a day that you actually might swerve your car to avoid running one over. Thank you for all you do you cute, furry, nut-loving creatures.

2. February 15: Singles Awareness Day

Valentines Day might be for all the lovers in the world, so it's only fair that all the single ladies get their day, too. If you can make it through the lovey-doviness of Valentines Day, just remember your day to celebrate singleness is right around the corner. So go by yourself some flowers or discount chocolates.

3. March 8: National Pancake Day

This day doesn't need much explanation. All you need to know is IHOP serves free all-you-can-eat pancakes all day long. You're welcome, America.

4. April 11: National Pet Day

This day is all about our furry, scaley, slimy, tiny, loving pets. Without them, we couldn't make it through most days, so it's only fit to have a day to celebrate them. On this day, take your friends for a walk in the park, hug them a little tighter and let them know how much you love them.

5. Third Friday in May: National NASCAR Day

If you're from the south, like myself, NASCAR racing is almost its own religion. This is a day for fans, racers and sponsors to come together and raise money for charity. So get out there in your best redneck attire and raise some money with the fastest and loudest sport on television.

6. First Friday in June: National Doughnut Day

This might be one of the greatest days of the year (I mean, besides Christmas). National Doughnut Day is the ultimate day to score some freebies. Many local doughnut shops have free or discounted doughnuts all day in celebration of the warm, doughy deliciousness that is a doughnut. Krispy Kreme offers a free doughnut no matter the flavor or filling.

7. July 17: National Ice Cream Day

July is my favorite month for many reasons: my birthday, Independence Day, it's the middle of summer and there's a day in honor of my favorite food, ice cream. That's right, National Ice Cream day is another awesome day to score some freebies. Who doesn't need a nice, creamy ice cream cone to get them through a hot summer day?

8. August 10: National Lazy Day

I don't know about you, but this is a day that I will be taking very seriously this year. On August 10th, you officially have an excuse to lay in bed and watch Netflix all day.

9. September 8: National Wife Appreciation Day

I am not married yet, but you can guarantee this will be a day celebrated every year in my house. On this day, husbands, take the time to let the woman that deals with you everyday know that you love her. Buy her flowers, go on a date and get out of the house. It's her special day.

10. October 13: National No Bra Day

Why can't this be an everyday holiday? This national day is actually to bring awareness to breast cancer. Take this day to feel free, ladies, while also supporting a wonderful cause.

11. November 18th: Mickey Mouse's Birthday

If you're a Disney lover like myself, you understand how important this day truly is. The creation of Mickey was the biggest defining moment in Walt Disney's career, thus leading to the creation of this huge company that fills people with extreme happiness and magic. Like Walt said, "It all started with a mouse."

12. December 16: National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

What better way to celebrate the Christmas season than with a day completely dedicated to the beautiful tradition of ugly Christmas sweaters? This is the perfect day to host a Christmas party and have everyone break out their glowing Christmas sweaters.

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An Open Letter To Every Athlete On Their Senior Night

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened"

Dear Seniors,

For many of you, today was a day that you had always wished would come sooner, only to find that when the day arrived wishing for it to come was the last thing you truly ever wanted.

When stepping out onto the court or field or rink for the very last time today, take a moment to stand quietly and look out into the crowd, look to your teammates, to your coaches, and to your fellow seniors, and remember the way this made you feel, as this is a feeling you will remember for the rest of your life.

Today and every day moving forward will be filled with memories that will last you a lifetime.

Today is a day bound to be filled with endless amounts of tears, both happy and sad, so let it be. Let these feelings consume you, and serve as a reminder that no matter where you may go in life from this very moment, that you have made a family of your own. That you have changed the lives of others by just simply being in theirs.

That all the little things were really the big things, like the nicknames you had for your teammates, or your favorite song to sing in the locker room before a game. These things that never seemed to mean anything at the time are all the things that you will carry with you when you leave this place you call your home away from home.

On this day, years from now you will not remember the wins and losses of each season, but the people that took this journey with you and never let you look back.

The teammates that picked you up and carried you through the good and the bad of each day. The ones that taught you to see the good in all things. The ones who never let you live down the stupid things you did, mainly because they did them with you. And even the ones that you couldn't stand 99.9% percent of the time.

You will remember the coaches that pushed you and never let you give up.

You will remember all the times they yelled and made you run until you couldn't walk. The times that they depended on you to be the leaders we all knew you could be. But more than any of that, you will remember the opportunity they gave you to play the game you learned to love, the game that changed your life, the game that taught you more lessons about life, love and dedication than anything ever could.

On this day I ask you to remember a few things. I ask that you remember that the impact you have had on your teammates' lives is unmeasurable, never doubt that. The time you have spent dedicated to this sport that you love was never, EVER a waste of your time, because you are a better person because of it.

I ask you to remember that although the sadness you may hold in your heart overwhelms you, that you have found a part of you along this journey that will help you follow your dreams, whatever they may be.

Play your heart out today, and leave knowing you've given it all you've got just one last time. Leave knowing that you are one of the lucky ones. Remember the love, remember the defeat, remember the laughs and the tears, remember the battle wounds. Remember this feeling, always and forever.

Best of Luck,

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You Should Challenge Yourself Every Single Day And Reflect On It

Never shy away from doing or conquering something bigger than your comfort zone.


Yikes, senior year is killing me. Multiple assignments are due at the same time, and I have no idea how I'm going to get it all done. I also have a late-night job one to three nights a week, so some of my nights are occupied by having fun and making money to balance my bank account. To add to that, I have student teaching, PLUS volunteering on a weekly basis.

I do a lot and I don't know how I'm surviving.

To be honest, some of this doesn't happen by chance. Of course, I have to go to class and work, but I don't have to volunteer. I don't have to dedicate my time to all of these extracurriculars, but I do. I don't have to fill every day with something to do, but there is a reason for everything.

Amid all this mess, I am challenging myself, and you should, too.

At least I am not bored every day, sitting in my room, surrounding myself with just classwork. When I was a freshman, I legit *lived* in my room, only leaving for class and meals. That's it. I didn't want to volunteer or get my face known because I was too afraid of drowning.

I was terrified of losing myself. I was scared of not having enough time. I was horrified of meeting new people, honestly.

I give props to my boyfriend, for getting me out there and for the motivation for this article. I joined extracurriculars when I was a sophomore when my boyfriend brought me to a movie night event, and I haven't been the same since. Reclusing was dangerous and I challenged myself to get out there and make a new family within the Student Center.

I owe it all to my boyfriend, and he already knows this.

Yes, right now, I may be sinking and trying to organize my thoughts. I'm trying my best not to forget everything this week, but that is also a challenge in itself. I honestly want my time occupied.

This is why you should do this, too. Get into the habit of setting goals and challenging yourself. Step outside of your comfort zone, and never shy away from conquering something bigger.

Challenging yourself can increase your self-worth. It'll start a chain reaction. Once you start, you won't stop. It may seem scary at first, believe me, but it only betters you in the end.

After busting out of your comfort zone and showing people who you really are, reflect on it. My boyfriend got me into this habit of reflecting on my week every Sunday. Reflecting on your challenges and triumphs can make a better you, and it makes you want to do it all over again.

Tell it to yourself. Stand in the mirror and tell your reflection what you learned and how you challenged yourself for the week. Help yourself out; you'll do you a favor.

Reflection is a good technique because you can go over what went right and what went wrong. You can find out what you need to do better, how to manage your time better, how to make something better. If you're daring, go from reflecting every week to reflecting every day.

It feels good to feel better. Try it.

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