The 18 Best Things About Having Guy Friends

The coveted, platonic relationship between a guy and a girl BFF is something most only see as legend.

Two people with potential sexual energy CANNOT POSSIBLY get along without wanting to jump each other. Am I right?

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The answer is no. Having a close guy friend has more benefits than any potential uncomfortableness that may be brought on by two close friends hanging out alone. Not to mention that most of the time, they’re more like a brother than any kind of potential hook-up, the prospect of which makes you actually want to vom.

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The Ed Sheeran to your Taylor Swift, the Harry Potter to your Hermione Granger, you’re there for them through thick and thin, with the added bonus of giving insight to the often-confusing female perspective and none of the jealousy. They’re a great balance to have in a world surrounded by sometimes catty, passive aggressive female friends; here’s why:

18. Once you’re in the inner circle, guys will open up around you with their ridiculous, raunchy, crude humor… and it’s hilarious.

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17. Their jackets are warm, more comfy, and essentially up for grabs at all times.

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16. Their perspective is invaluable because they know how boys think in all situations. (As is yours when they’re wondering whether their GF is being crazy).

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15. Boys have limited drama.

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14. They’re a perfect cover when you’re trying to duck the creepy guy at the bar.

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13. They’re protective over you like you are their actual sisters.

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Shopping in Bath and Body Works: A Play-By-Play

Bath and Body Works is the mega-hub for all things fragrant.

Candles? Body wash? Perfume? Body spray? Want to make your wall smell like a garden? Want to add a vanilla to your pre-scented lilac loofa?

Do you fancy yourself in a 20-candle bubble bath, complete with Country-Apple bath bombs and soothing Sparkling Champagne lotion? Whatever you’re looking for, they have it; it’s like aromatherapy for the Gods in here.

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As any true Bath and Body Works lover will know, the addiction is real and can get a bit out of control. Better prepare yourself for the onslaught of tantalizing scents while you still have the chance.

You walk into the store because HELLO, SEMI-ANNUAL SALE. They send those little notices in the mail, as if you didn’t know what time of year it was.

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Immediately, you take a deep breath. *inhaaaaaalllleeeee*. Ooohhh, what IS that?

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You quickly make your way over to the new fragrances because who DOESN’T want to check out this year’s new scents?!

…as if you don’t already have the release dates memorized, though.

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You see they’ve released your favorite Summer fragrance in a three-wick candle and send up a silent prayer to the scent Gods.

Thank you

Adding two to the giant tote bag you grabbed on the way in (because DUH, 2 for $22 means you can buy DOUBLE THE CANDLES!), you mosey over towards the next display of colorful enticement.

That’s when you spot it: the vanilla cupcake candle.

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How does something even smell this good?! Your mind is wandering to all the possibilities… it can’t actually not be real… right?

Maybe I’ll just…

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No, no that’s a bad idea. 

Quickly, you pull yourself together and move towards the scent portables.

Hmmmm… but do I want my car to smell like honey suckles or apples?

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Grabbing all you can, your bag is getting full. You turn to head towards the register when the shower gel jumps out of nowhere. One little sniff won’t hurt…

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You’re completely distracted with the enticing fragrance that is the Bath and Body Works Season Collection. As time passes, you’re lost to the world of aromatic distraction; Japanese Cherry Blossom has you reminiscing of a different time, long summers and and warm days.

When suddenly your fantasy is interrupted by your boyfriend walking up behind you.

Damon

 Nothing! Just moving towards the register.

Quickly, you go to check out when this rude woman pushes in front of you to grab $2 hand-sanitizer from the check-out stand near the counter. A quick glance in her bag shows that she has no idea which scents to take advantage of! WHO MIXES VANILLA AND MARSHMALLOW FIRESIDE?!

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Judgment kept in your own mind, you move through the line and ignore the pang of guilt you feel as your total rings up at the register.

But wait?! The cashier has a discount code for you to use!

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They are always so helpful in here.

You grab your bag and head towards the doors, glancing back at the massacre in your wake. With a turn on your heel, you happily leave the store, feeling completely revitalized with aromatic bliss.

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20 GIFS That Will Make You Boy Crazy

Boys, boys, boys.

Sometimes we just wanna stare at something cute and imagine it’s also charming and rich, okay?

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20. Like Channing Tatum in Magic Mike.

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19. Or Jensen Ackles as the fearless Dean Winchester.

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18. You could also take a shot at Jared Padalecki as his brother, Sammy.

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17. Or ripped Deadpool leading man, Ryan Reynolds.

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16. And especially the hot dinosaur trainer, Owen, played by Chris Pratt.

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10 Stages of Being Drunk As Told By Bob’s Burgers

The show Bob’s Burgers, much like your drunken escapades, is a cacophony of hilarious mishaps between people who love each other, set for the purpose of having a great story to tell. The correlation is undeniable- so why not use it represent your next night out?

These are the 10 Stages of Being Drunk… As Told By Bob’s Burgers.

 

10. When You’re Planning Your Night of Debauchery

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9. When You Take The First Drink

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8. When You Feel That Slight Buzz

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7. When You Burst Into Silly Drunk Mode

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6. When Drunk You Becomes Everyone’s Best Friend

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10 Hacks For Living a Healthier Life

Ugh, HEALTHY. That word, alone, sounds like a one-way ticket to boredom. The issue is, hate it or love it, learning to live healthily is a necessity, especially as you enter your mid-twenties.

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TOO BAD. You can’t live off pizza and beer forever.

I hear you though… starting the journey to good health is one that usually begins with most millennials kicking and screaming for their old, comforting bad habits. Here are ten tips that might make the transition a little easier.

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10. Work out
Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Clearly, working out is almost everyone’s least favorite thing to do… but that doesn’t mean it isn’t necessary. If only to be used as stress relief and not for the sake of internal health, getting your butt in the gym is proven to help with anxiety, sleep cycles, and digestion, amongst other things. Also, gym prices range from expensive-as-balls to less-than-a-large-pizza, so pick the one that’s right for you.

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9. Meal Prep
This is a FANTASTIC for your budget and even better for your body. Meal prepping is the simple act of grabbing a basket full of healthy food once a week, preparing it for the remaining 6 days… and STICKING TO EATING IT (probably the hardest part. Day 6 grilled chicken is hard to swallow).

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8. Make Morning Smoothies
Good for starting your day because it’s fruit + protein + dairy + veggies. Better because it’s delicious and easy to make for those too lazy in the mornings to scramble up an egg (like myself). Try some recipes here.

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7. Find a Good Multivitamin
Seems obvious, right? But you would be surprised at the insurmountable number of stubborn people who don’t take a daily vitamin (ahem… guilty). Nutritional value aside, therapists have deduced that vitamin insufficiency can be attributed as a potentially underlying cause for anxiety and depression.

So, in short, pop your happy pills, mmkay?

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6. Drink An F- Ton of Water
How much is an F-ton, you ask? About 2 liters. Effective for losing weight and keeping yourself alert and energized. Also, try flavoring it naturally with fruit infused water; some recipes can be found here.

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15 ’90s Girls We All Wanted to Be

The ’90s were the best of times; hair scrunchies, platform shoes, glitter for days. Ah, memories.

Truth be told, the ’90s were a high point for girl power. From TV to music to film, ’90s women were hot, fierce forces to be reckoned with. We looked up to them, in all their peace-sign throwing glory… especially the fifteen listed below.

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15. Britney Spears

IT’S BRITNEY, BITCH!

Let’s start with the obvious… ‘90s Britney was the hottest girl in town. She was dating the most famous boy band singer of the ‘90s (one Mr. Justin Timberlake), she rocked the adorable school-girl vibe, she had yet to get knocked up by K-Fed and shave her head. She was it. And we wanted it.

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14. Christina Aguilera

If you weren’t wanting to be the ’90s good girl, it’s because you wanted to be the ’90s bad girl. Pre-mom Christina was the badass Genie in A Bottle we all envied.

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13. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

The only thing we loved more than one awesome ’90s girl was TWO of them. In the late ’90s, the Olsens were just beginning to hit their prime, gracefully moving towards a career that would leave them financially set for life. Between the funky style and hot on-screen boyfriends, we all wanted to be their bestie (and we all had a favorite… looking at you, Mary-Kate).

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12. Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone played rich, hilarious Cher in ’90s Clueless. Clever and fashion-forward, she and bestie Dion would hop in that cute little white Jeep and drive off into the perfect life we all wanted.

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11. Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston grabbed all the cute guys- she was married to Brad Pitt, for God’s sake! She played adorable fashionista on the best sitcom of all-time, Friends, and she even coined the signature ‘Rachel Green’ haircut. What’s not to love?

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Why You Should Be Cutting Out The Bad Friend

Call this a blog post. Call it a PSA. Call it an article on the ins-and-outs of friendship.

Whatever you see it as, call it a message that needs to be HEARD.

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I have one particular issue that people around their mid-twenties (girls, especially) seem to continuously encounter, whether it hurt you in the past, bothers you daily, or keeps popping up in your life like a flower you’re allergic to. This rant is on the issue of cutting off friendships.

We all have that one friend, usually from high school or college, who you were just BESTIES with. You did everything together, the Bert to your Ernie without all the rubber ducky mumbo-jumbo (or perhaps even with it, after a night of tequila shots and childhood reminiscence- we’re not here to judge.)

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You were inseparable. You were sisters. You were each other’s secret keepers, confidants, and best friends. And when graduation came, you promised each other that nothing would change, you pinky-swore to the sky that your friendship, solid as diamond, would remain intact.

Well, kids… people grow up. Jobs happen, marriage happens, babies, new cars, more degrees, other friends, addictions, illnesses, new hobbies—they HAPPEN. And one day, two years or ten years after graduation, you wake up and realize the solid friendship you once cherished has crumbled.

This is when it’s time to take a good look at your life and evaluate who deserves to be in it.

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Now, listen.

There are two kinds of people in every relationship.

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I’m talking about the leader and the follower. The one who tries and the one who complies. The top-tier and second-tier. There is always, in every relationship ever established, a person who cares more than the other. And you my friend, if you are reading this article, are probably on the side of the follower. The trier. The second-tier. (Sorry to break it to you.)

Why else would you have clicked on a ramble-rant about letting go of the dead-end friendship?

It’s okay, though. These types of people are the ones who have many friends because they excel in keeping friendships afloat. You’re exceptionally good at planning and getting people to open up about their feelings. You’re the comfort friend- and that’s a good thing.

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What’s not okay is when your efforts are unappreciated and unnoticed. Now, admittedly, I’ve been both of these types of people. I’ve been strung along by someone I called my best friend, spending years putting in effort where it wasn’t appreciated or acknowledged and got my heart broke time and time again from it AND I have, admittedly, been the friend who keeps a person around simply because I’m too nice to say ‘hey- this was fun. But we had our run. See you around!’ to someone’s face.

Consequently, you either get hurt or hurt other people when you are in either of these positions. This is why you should CUT IT OFF NOW.

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Think of the person you’re spending all your time and energy caring about- the one whom you pictured when you read the title of this article. YOU ask about their life, YOU invest your time and effort into their problems, YOU go out of your way to see and love them because YOU are a good friend.

Now do yourself a favor and cut the dead weight of a long-gone friendship away from your positive well-being and LET IT GO.

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This will be hard.

Yes, you will have memories you cherish. YES, you might see each other around or at gatherings years from now- yes, you will reminisce. I’m not saying you have to tell them everything you hate about them and leave the scene a bloodbath. I’m not saying that not being close now invalidates the friendship you once had, either.

What I am saying is… now? Now, you’re upset because you’re not the way you guys once were. You’re not putting in equal effort, you’re not feeling the same sentiment about each other that you once did. You’re a shadow of your former selves, holding onto them because they remind you of a part of the past you love, not because of how they positively lift you up, now.

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This is damaging for multiple reasons, but the forefront of them is the simple fact that YOU are holding onto something and someone who simply doesn’t want you to grip them so tightly anymore and that realization is PAINFUL. It hurts and it’s hard, but that’s what it is.

And you’re worth more than that. We all are. Life is short and adventurous and messy and sporadic and dammit, it’s hard enough without having to put in effort where effort is certainly not deserved.

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In the long run, you will be happier. What’s the quote about being precious with your time? Be fiercely protective over it. Be very selective about who you spend it on because it is a finite amount that you will never be able to find more of. This is an attitude I’m trying to put forth in my everyday and you should, too. Be better than a person who lets other people take their time and effort and concentration from them. Make sure you’re a priority in the lives of those you care about. Spend your moments on people who make you feel like you MATTER because you do.

I know I’m going to.

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The Life of A Starbucks Addict

The life of a Starbucks addict is full of flavor and low on funding. You wake up craving those sweet, deliciously overpriced caffeinated beverages like they’re the elixir of life. $300 a month is fine to spend on coffee, right?

RIGHT?!

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Here’s to you, Starbucks lovers, and all the things you know to be true in life.

 

15. When you notice money left on your Starbucks app and secretly thank past you for the best kind of present.

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14. Or the internal celebration you throw when the new holiday specials are released.

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13. …and obviously, you have to try all of them before ordering your favorite 100 times.

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12. You know to always lick the whipped cream off the top of your Frappachino before sticking the straw in.

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11. And you gorge on cranberry bliss bars in the nonjudgmental sanctuary that is your driver’s seat.

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10. There’s also that one breakfast item that you love and probably order way too often.

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9. And the silent thanks you send to the coffee fates when the barista forgets to scan your coupon, so you get to use it twice.

I win

 

8. Speaking of coupons, can we just mention the FREE BIRTHDAY DRINK?

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What Your Favorite Holiday Says About You

Arguably, there are eight major holidays that people tend to consider their favorites. This is what the world thinks when you say the following:

8. If Your Favorite Holiday is… New Years Eve:

You’re all about beginnings and potential as you are probably a really positive person. You take genuine delight from the magic New Years brings with the chance at starting over. You’re a list maker and goal-setter… and probably look fantastic in a sparkly dress.

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7. If Your Favorite Holiday is… Valentine’s Day

The only thing you love more than being in love is the idea of love itself. You burst with affection for everyone in your life, and you show it most on Valentines Day. Your favorite color is warm… pink, red, maybe even orange. You have an acquired taste for those little chalk-flavored hearts with cute sayings on them… and probably look fantastic in lipstick.

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6. If Your Favorite Holiday is… St. Patrick’s Day

You like to get drunk… a lot. But that’s okay because what else do people do on St. Patrick’s Day (which you probably affectionately refer to as St. Patty’s)? You most likely have Irish in your bloodline, which makes the holiday that much more exciting because you can claim it for your own. And as for wardrobe? You wouldn’t be caught dead wearing anything but green on this holiday… head-to-toe.

Bonus: Definitely check out the St. Patty’s celebrations in Savannah and Chicago… there’s nothing like it.

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5. If Your Favorite Holiday is… Easter

If your favorite holiday is Easter, chances are, you’re incredibly family oriented… because Easter is typically a family holiday. You probably go to church fairly often and genuinely enjoy spending time with your extended relatives, who are all super close with each other. You love the fluffy marshmallow taste of peeps and finding easter eggs in the yard (even at this age). It is likely that your favorite season is spring and you look adorable in pastel… which comes in handy this time of year.

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Thoughts When Paying Dues

So, it’s that time again… chapter dues are posted.

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You’ve been dodging your Big’s ‘pay your sh*t’ texts all week and the last day has finally caught up to you.

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You look at your ‘payment due’ and lament the fact that you took the high road and offered to pay your own way through your sorority.

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You briefly wonder whether your pride is worth it… maybe you should just call Dad?

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No. NO. You’re a strong, independent woman and you can DO THIS.

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Carefully, you open the details of your transactions. You read the outlandish charges on your account and begin the inner war with your past self.

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DAMMIT T-SHIRTS! YOU GET ME EVERY TIME!

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I mean did I REALLY need all those date shirts? He wasn’t even that much fun.

Plus, he ended up acting like a drunken fool and I had help him walk. It was like aiding a baby giraffe.

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You swear to yourself that you will never purchase another date shirt again… though, even in this moment, you know it’s a lie.

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The Jennifer Lawrence/Amy Schumer Pairing is What We’ve Been Waiting For

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer recently announced that they are pairing up for a new movie together.

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And we are SO. EXCITED.

Talk about strong female leads! The pair recently made their friendship known to the world when Schumer posted a picture of them on a jet ski while vacationing with some friends.

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Though the plot of the movie is yet to be announced, we couldn’t be in more anticipation… because who makes a more perfect blunt, awkward, take-no-sh*t pair of women than J-Law and Schumer?

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(No offense to Amy Poehler and Tina Fey)

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Which Holidays Are The Biggest Jerks

Now, don’t get me wrong… I love holidays. LOVE them. Any excuse to celebrate is good enough for me. That being said, the Christmas season is coming to an end; with all the holiday-skipping, there has been a fair amount of whining about which ones are being celebrated the right way. Feelings are getting hurt, memes are being made on behalf of turkeys, and holiday picketers are pointing fingers at Santa like he personally offended their mothers. We get it– some holidays are bullies.

So, we decided to list them in order.

8. New Year’s Eve

You know why New Years is great? There’s magic in the potential for new beginnings and every single person is willing to get behind that. It’s short, sparkly, full of excitement, champagne, and low stress. Everyone has the potential to wake up the next year, shake off the glitter, and move on with the aspiration to better themselves.

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7. Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving is not a jerky holiday; Thanksgiving is the red-headed step child of holidays. Though it’s origins are questionable, the ideals behind Thanksgiving are solid… but everyone still skips over to celebrate Christmas for two months (because WHO doesn’t love listening to Jingle Bell Rock for a solid 55 days?!) Thanksgiving is usually celebrated for a total of 5 hours before switching back to 24/7 of the guy in the big red suit.

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6. Easter

Easter is a religious holiday where everyone who normally doesn’t go to church suddenly decides to pay the pews a visit… And then the world just threw in a few unrelated associations. Colorful eggs with candy inside? Sure. Marshmallows in the shape of baby chickens? Absolutely. A giant trespassing bunny who breaks into your house while you’re sleeping to leave presents? Why not. Talk about unreal expectations.

Still, not as offensive as most holidays, so Easter has a pretty low jerk rating, as well.

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5. Halloween

Halloween is my favorite holiday… but let’s be real. It gives full approval for anyone to dress as anything in a mocking way. Some people take seriously offensive ideas and like to portray them with an IRL drunken night spent as another person.

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