The Most Underrated National Holidays

The Most Underrated National Holidays

These are the days we should really be getting excited about.
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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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15 Things Only Lake People Will Understand

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.
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The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people. Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look. Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

1. A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

2. You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

3. You have no patience for the guy who can’t back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

4. Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

5. The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

6. Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake

Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

7. You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

8. You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

9. Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

10. Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

11. The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

12. You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

13. Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

14. Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

15. There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment. The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.


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to my parents' beach house

Thank you for the memories.

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My parents have had the same beach house for the last 10 years. We come down for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, random long weekends and almost any other time of the year that my mom can convince us to come down here. Most of my summer memories include watching storms roll in over the bay, and adjusting the rabbit ears on the tv so they are just right in order to watch the big game. The amount of memories I have that take place here is insane and I'm so happy that they all involve the sand, the water, boats, friends, and family.

Lilly Higginbotham

For as long as I can remember my mom has been urging my dad, brother and I to make the hour drive from Tallahassee down to Alligator point to spend X amount of days at our beach house. My brother usually tries to find some way to talk his way out of going while we pile all the food we might need for the week into our big white cooler. Once we make it down to the point the closest grocery store is about thirty minutes away so we have to pack everything. When we finally make it down and the groceries make it up the stairs and into the fridge is when the real fun begins. It could be anything from pulling a chair onto the small strip of sand out front that we call a beach or going on a boat ride to Dog Island. Whatever we end up doing is guaranteed to be a blast.

Recently there have been a number of mishaps with the power, the AC and any other number of issues. Most recently, we showed up for fathers day weekend and the power had been out for at least a week. Everything we had left in the freezer had gone bad and it was hot in the house since the AC was also out. We cleaned out the freezer, sprayed some air freshener and loaded back up in the car and headed home. There have been a couple trips that turned out like that, but I would venture to say that the good times outweigh the bad for sure.

There have also been many hours spent on and behind the boat. I've tried (and failed) to waterski, tube, wakeboard, and kneeboard all within sight distance of the beach house. I actually asked my dad, the boat captain, how many circles he had done around the bay and he simply shook his head and said "Too many." Well, Dad, I would say it was definitely worth it as some of those circles around the bay created some of my best memories.

I'm so thankful for this place and the summers we have spent down here. Here's to the last ten years, and here's to hopefully many more (with working AC). I love you, Alligator Point!

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