10 Reasons Why Summer Can’t Get Here Fast Enough

10 Reasons Why Summer Can’t Get Here Fast Enough

Autumn and winter are a beautiful time of the year. From the beautiful snow to the festive cold weather holidays, it’s hard not to love the cooler months. However, it doesn’t take long for the average person to get sick of the cold and long for the hot summer months. To help you daydream, here are 10 reasons why summer can’t come fast enough.

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10) The Great Outdoors

Playing outside in the snow can be fun, but nothing beats spending an entire day outside under the warmth of the hot summer sun. From hiking to running along the beach, it’s hard not to miss the fun outdoor activities that come with summer.

9) Beach, Pool and Water Parks

Maybe you’re one of those people who’s lucky enough to have a jacuzzi or hot tub that they can enjoy during the colder months, but for most of us, enjoying the water is something that we can only do during the summer. Jumping in the pool or ocean and then lounging around in the hot sun is definitely one reason why summer can’t come quickly enough.

8) No More Winter Chores

Sure, you might have to use your lawnmower or do a little gardening during the summer. But outdoor winter chores are far more of a hassle. From shoveling your driveway to wiping the ice and sleet off your car every morning, ditching these annoying winter tasks will be a welcomed relief once summer finally rolls around.

7) No More Coats and Boots

Summer clothes are so much more fun than winter clothes. It’s hard not to dream about shorts or sundresses when you’re putting on a million layers just to run to the store.

6) Barbequing

Sure, autumn and winter food is delicious. From Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner, the cuisine we enjoy during the colder winter months is completely scrumptious. However, nothing beats enjoying barbeque food outdoors on a hot summer day.

5) Longer Days

There’s nothing sadder than looking outside at four in the afternoon and realizing that it’s already dark out. It’s hard not to long for the long days where you’re already tired before the sun even starts to go down, rather than during your drive home from work.

4) Less Money Down The Drain

Summer is the time that families get together and enjoy the holidays, but unless you have a loved one who was born during the summer months, there aren’t really any gift-giving holidays during the summer. During the autumn and winter months, however, it seems like there are nothing but occasions where dropping money on gifts is crucial.

3) Opening The Windows

It seems like such a simple thing, but by the end of winter, it’s hard not to truly miss the luxury of being able to open the windows in your home and let the fresh air in. There’s nothing better than a beautiful breeze blowing through your home on a warm summer evening.

2) More Time With Your Kids

It’s wonderful to be able to spend time with your kids when they’re out of school during the summer. Even though it might be stressful to organize your kids’ hectic summer schedules, it’s ultimately wonderful to be able to spend some time with them.

1) No More Cold

When it comes down to it, there’s one main reason why summer can’t get here quickly enough: By March, we are all incredibly sick of the cold. For this reason alone, summer can’t come fast enough.

Kevin Devoto is an outdoors enthusiast who loves traveling the world in search for adventure. He enjoys camping, hiking and surfing when he gets the chance.

 

What I Am Most Thankful For in 2013

What I Am Most Thankful For in 2013

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  • What’s left of my sanity
  • Senia
  • My Mom
  • My Father
  • You
  • Government Assistance
  • Electricity
  • Cable/High Speed Internet
  • Mary Jane
  • My Car
  • My Sense of Humor
  • My Computer
  • Michael Jackson
  • My iPod
  • Common Sense
  • My Conscience
  • Sertraline
  • My Cat
  • Chris Ringler of Galesburg
  • David Michael
  • Dallivitta Thompson
  • Lamont Wright
  • Samuel Tedford
  • WordPress
  • WordAds
Did You Know? Thanksgiving Trivia!

Did You Know? Thanksgiving Trivia!

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By Sean Carter

What comes to your mind when you think of Thanksgiving? The big fat golden-brown turkey? Grandma’s pumpkin pie? Or the oh-so-nice cranberries and corn-on-the-cob? Well well, all these ARE a major part of the Thanksgiving holiday. But there’s even more to this wonderful occasion of Thanksgiving! The holiday of Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the beauty and bounty around us, our marvelous friends and family, the gift of their love and many more such good things that we are thankful for! Celebrated every year on the last Thursday in November, the spirit of Thanksgiving Day sets the tone for a grand and joyous season. Now share some interesting trivia associated with the Thanksgiving holiday. Like most trivia,Thanksgiving trivia is just as much a fun read. Check these out:

  • The first Thanksgiving celebration is believed to be held by the Plymouth Pilgrims in the Fall of 1621.
  • The credit for making Thanksgiving a national holiday is given to one lady magazine editor called Sarah Josepha Hale.
  • The name of the ship in which the Puritans came is known as Mayflower. And the drink they had with them was beer.
  • A turkey below sixteen weeks of age is called a fryer.
  • Benjamin Franklin fought hard to make the wild turkey the national bird of America instead of the bald eagle, which he found to be a coward.
  • A nest of turkey eggs is known as a clutch.
  • When a tom turkey (male turkey) gobbles, it can be heard from as far as a mile.
  • Now this one’s quite a thoughtful trivia-if turkeys gobble everywhere in the world, you won’t hear a turkey gobble in Turkey. The Turkish say that turkeys glu glu.
  • Firkee is the Native American name for turkeys.
  • It’s often said that turkeys make a ‘turk turk turk’ noise when they are frightened. So they are called ‘turkeys’.
  • Turkeys have outstanding visual precision, a great hearing and taste. But are famously poor on smell.
  • Another groovy Thanksgiving trivia is that there’s a dance form dedicated to the name of the turkey. It’s called the Turkey Trot. This is one dance which consists of short, agile and perky steps.
  • A full-grown turkey has about 3500 feathers approximately.
  • The US President George Washington proclaimed the first “National Day of Thanksgiving”.
  • The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted for three days and consisted of both games and grub.
  • Governor William Bradford is the man, a leader of the Pilgrims, who invited the neighboring Wampanoag to their feast of the first Thanksgiving.
  • This Thanksgiving trivia may just get you lucky. The wishbone of the turkey is the one part which is believed to be a good luck charm on Thanksgiving.

Sean Carter writes on holidays, Thanksgiving Day and world events. He also writes on family, relationships, Christmas, religion, love and friendship. He is a writer with special interest in ecard industry and writes for 123greetings.com He is an active blogger at Thanksgiving Blog

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Top Story: 25 Thanksgiving Quotations

Top Story: 25 Thanksgiving Quotations

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By Danielle Hollister

  1. “It is therefore recommended … to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor …”
    — Samuel Adams, father of the American Revolution on November 1, 1777 (adopted by the 13 states as the first official Thanksgiving Proclamation)
  2. “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”
    — Aesop’s Fables
  3. “Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember; no one can give thanks who has a short memory.”
    — Anonymous
  4. “One act of thanksgiving made when things go wrong is worth a thousand when things go well.”
    — Anonymous
  5. “Thanksgiving is a circle of memories.”
    — Anonymous
  6. “Thanksgiving is a time for remembering and appreciating the special people in our lives. Our home is warmed by the love of family and friends.”
    — Anonymous
  7. “What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?”
    — Erma Bombeck
  8. “My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.”
    — Phyllis Diller
  9. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.”
    — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  10. “Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.”
    — Estonian proverb
  11. “Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.”
    — Kahlil Gibran
  12. “There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day . . . is the one day that is purely American.”
    — O. Henry
  13. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
    — John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  14. “An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.”
    — Irv Kupcinet
  15. “Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”
    — Edward Sandford Martin
  16. “Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.”
    — J. Robert Moskin
  17. “Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.”
    — E.P. Powell
  18. ” Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
    — WT Purkiser
  19. “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.”
    — Theodore Roosevelt
  20. “Great as the preparations were for the dinner, everything was so contrived that not a soul in the house should be kept from the morning service of Thanksgiving in the church.”
    — Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe
  21. “How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child’s personality. A child is resentful, negative–or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.”
    — Sir John Templeton
  22. “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”
    — Henry Van Dyke
  23. “It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”
    — George Washington in his first Presidential Proclamation
  24. “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”
    — H. U. Westermayer
  25. “And let these altars, wreathed with flowers And piled with fruits, awake again Thanksgivings for the golden hours, The early and the latter rain!”
    — John Greenleaf Whittier

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Sean Carter Presents: Thanksgiving History and Origin

Sean Carter Presents: Thanksgiving History and Origin

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By Sean Carter

One of the biggest and warmest holidays of the United States, Thanksgiving has its history and origin way back in centuries. There are various instances of thanksgiving observances in history, all of which bear resemblance to the modern celebrations of Thanksgiving; but the generally accepted and circulated view is that the modern day American Thanksgiving has its origin in 1621, when the Pilgrims, or the English settlers and the Native Americans celebrated a three-day long feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts. But quite contrary to this popular belief, the Pilgrims were never the first to have a Thanksgiving feast. Feasts celebrating a good harvest existed well before the Pilgrims or the settlers arrived. Nevertheless, it’s true that these Pilgrims held a Thanksgiving feast (more aptly, a feast to say ‘thanks’) in the first year of their survival in America

Following this Pilgrim’s 1621 Thanksgiving observance, began the Thanksgiving tradition of holding feasts after a good harvest. People usually celebrate Thanksgiving to mark the Autumn harvest and make merry in the plentiful yield. There is, however, a long tradition of celebrating the harvest throughout history. It might interest you to know that even the ancient Greeks and Romans had their respective harvest celebrations with music, parades and feasts quite like today’s Thanksgiving celebrations. People in ancient China also had their harvest festival with families feasting together on ‘moon cakes’ (round yellowish cakes). This was to celebrate the full moon and, as a matter of fact, the Chinese still celebrate this as their Moon Festival with much hype and hoopla ! Then again, there’s the harvest festival of the Jews. The Jewish harvest fest, Sukkot, is celebrated for eight days and is an occasion to catch up with the family on feasts and to be thankful for a good year. The British Isles too has a harvest festival called the Lammas, which marks the beginning of the harvest season.

Now, whatever the history and origin, Thanksgiving today is primarily a day set aside in the most part of North America to show gratitude and be thankful to God. Feasts and family reunions are a regular trend for Thanksgiving in North America. In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November every year. But in Canada, the harvest season ends a little earlier in the year. Hence in Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. The Canadians have a three-day long Thanksgiving weekend and the holiday is not as significantly hyped here as in the United States. The Canadians also do not get enough time for a convenient homecoming. So they reserve the family reunions for the Christmas holiday.

The Thanksgiving holiday has serious religious shades for the Roman Catholic Quebecers, who call it l’Action de GrĂ¢ce. Thanksgiving has a long-standing history in Europe; it is associated with the harvest festivals held there.

So then, as you see, celebrating harvest is quite old. And so is the thanksgiving act–to thank the Almighty for all the good things He has given us ! And all these harvest festivities, although having cultural differences, are common in spirit to the modern American Thanksgiving.

Sean Carter writes on holidays, thanksgiving and celebrations around the world. He also writes on family, relationships,women’s issues birthdays, inspiration, religion, love and friendship. He is a writer with special interest in e-card industry. He writes for 123greetings.com

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