Your Thanksgiving Holiday and Travel Guide

Thanksgiving is upon us and so is one of the nation’s biggest travel seasons. We’ve compiled a list of  Thanksgiving and holiday-travel resources here on EDU to get you ready for some holiday fun!

Food and drinks are an integral part of celebrating this November, but they don’t have to wreck your diet if you’re informed on your choices.

Best and Worst Drink Choices at Holiday Parties

Best and Worst Pies to Indulge in This Holiday Season

Five Tips for Not Gaining Weight During the Holidays

Easy and Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Safely Celebrate the Night Before Thanksgiving

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Best and Worst Pies to Indulge in This Holiday Season

The holiday season is quickly approaching and one popular American tradition is the assortment of pies that will grace your holiday table.

Whether your heading home to a home-cooked meal courtesy of mom or dad, or staying on campus and creating a dorm room delight, skipping dessert is probably the last thing you’re considering.

So, instead of depriving your body of a holiday treat, check out our list of the best and worst pies (according to calorie and fat gram count) typically served at holiday parties to give you an idea of what kind of semi-healthy indulging you’re willing to engage in. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating Thanksgiving Solo Can Still be a Blast

thanksgiving plateAs the holidays draw near, people are thinking of family time and lots of good food. Many college students have made or are preparing to make arrangements to head home for the holidays. Many people take for granted the option of going home for the holidays and for those that are at a school that’s a long distance from home, seeing your family for Thanksgiving might not be an option.

If you do find yourself staying on campus during the Thanksgiving holiday, don’t fret. There are plenty of ways you can celebrate Thanksgiving on your own without feeling left out.  Below are some of the things you can do to have a great Thanksgiving even if you’re flying solo. Read the rest of this entry »

Easy and Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

turkeyThanksgiving is for spending time with your family, being grateful for all that you have, and stuffing your face with delicious food. Last year, my mom asked me to make the Thanksgiving dinner. At first, I was terrified, but after some planning (and using these recipes), it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. If you are going to preparing some of the Thanksgiving feast this year, or the whole meal is falling on your shoulders, try some of these easy, delicious recipes! Read the rest of this entry »

Safely Celebrate the Night Before Thanksgiving

friends drinkingThe night before Thanksgiving is commonly known as the biggest bar night of the year. It’s the last night to go hang out with your friends before you must subject yourself to a weekend of “family fun” with Uncle Sam and Aunt  Susanne. It’s also a great time to see friends who are in town that you haven’t seen in a while. And since nobody has to get up for work  or class the next morning, you can stay up late and party all night long.

This night can be a lot of fun. But, as always, you should take some precautions to make sure the biggest bar night of the year doesn’t leave you with any more than a great (and safe) kick-off to the Thanksgiving break.

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Tips for Enjoying the Holidays at Home

homeGoing back home for the holidays after a semester at college can be difficult, to say the least. You are used to having a ton of freedom: You can stay out as late as you want, eat whatever and whenever you want, spend time with whomever you want, and basically do whatever strikes your fancy. But once you go back home, you have to obey your parents rules again.

My first holiday season back with my parents was stressful.

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Five Things Every Student Should Be Thankful For

appreciationSometimes it can be very easy to get wrapped up in the stresses of preparing for finals. Most students have less than one month until the end of the semester, which means just a mere 30 days until those all-night cram sessions and 11-page papers that you haven’t even started yet.

Yes, it is very easy to get stressed out this time of the year and only see the negative side of things.

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Five Tips for Not Gaining Weight During the Holidays

holiday piesHooray! The holidays are almost here. I’m so excited for a break from school, spending some time with my family, and the yummy food. Yes, we all know that one of the best things about the holiday season is all of the delicious meals we get to eat.

There is only one problem with this delectable smorgasbord of tasty treats:  For some reason, I always seem to gain a few extra pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s and spend the beginning of the New Year counting calories and going to the gym. This year though, I plan on avoiding that whole sticky situation and it does not involve skipping out on family meals or exercising eight hours every day.

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Making Good Use of Fall Break

While college students may get the next week off, or a little longer, high school students will more than likely only get off starting Wednesday. Although this may not seem like a very long break, five days can actually seem like quite a long time once it rolls around!

Not only is this break meant to give time for students to spend time with family, it is also meant to serve as a time before finals to relax and enjoy themselves for a few days. I know for my friends and myself, this break couldn’t have come at a better time. With the way things are going and school work piling higher and higher with each passing day, it’ll be nice to have a long weekend to relax but also complete college applications.

During the break would be a great time for seniors to start finalizing applications. Especially the applications due December 1. I have a few applications due and thankfully I have those applications done, but I want to have all my other applications done by the time Christmas break rolls around so that time can be used for total relaxation!

So take advantage of fall break! Whether its catching up on lost sleep or college applications or school work, use your time however you want and enjoy the long weekend!

Happy Turkey Day!

I must say Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, mainly because it gives me the freedom to eat how ever much I want without feeling too much like a cow. But of course, there is so much more behind Thanksgiving than mashed potatoes, turkey, and stuffing.

Thanksgiving is a time not only to obviously be thankful, but also a chance to spend time with the family. Myself and most of my friends spend Thanksgiving with family, eating, talking, and just spending time together which can be rather difficult in today’s world. Our busy schedules and hectic lives seem to hardly allow for quality family time. Thanksgiving, like many other holidays, allows you to take a break from your crazy schedules to just relax and spend time with your family.

Of course, Thanksgiving is also a time for to reflect on what you are thankful for. Whether you are thankful for the awesome cheese potatoes your grandma makes just for you every year on Thanksgiving, or you realize how thankful you are for your family and how much they mean to you, Thanksgiving is a day that makes you realize a lot of these things. I remember in elementary school how we would get the assignments in class asking us to write down the things we are thankful for and why. And although this assignment may have seemed like a pain to do back then, it made me realize what the true purpose of Thanksgiving was.

So Happy Turkey Day! And remember to count your blessings!


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