What Is Your Family Like?…

Families all around the world differ in so many ways.  In ways of tradition, religion, and just everyday life.  Families aren’t always the same at home as they are out in public. Some families have very strict rules while others don’t have hardly any, then there the ones in the middle.  The way families celebrate traditions, do their religion, and just anything in general is really in their own unique way.  They get passed down from generation to generation and they just continue on.

What is your idea of a tradition?  Your idea may not be the same as the person next to you.  Have your ever even thought about how other people celebrate the same traditions you do but maybe in a completely different way.  An example of two different traditions are mine and my friend’s.  For New Years Eve my family watches the ball drop on T.V. but while we wait for the count down we play board games and make a lot of food, then my dad and I open a present since both of our birthdays are on New Years Day.  While my own friend celebrates it by being with her family and friends in a cabin watching the ball drop.  How would you celebrate New Years?

Now on to holidays. Something everyone loves right?  There are presents, good food {my favorite part of the holidays}, music, games and just so much more to celebrate.  Although holidays can be fun, they can also be very stressful at the same time.  I only know this because I have such a big family. By the time it comes to an actual holiday it can be a little stressful.  Trying to get nine people to get out the door, in the car, and actually pull out of the driveway before someone realizes they forgot something is a pretty hard task for my family.  But anyways, some different holidays are Chinese New Year, Christmas, and even Valentines day are just a few of them there are so many more than that.  The way they celebrate Chinese New Year is by making big dragons and going around dancing  and listening to music.  To learn more just research about it because you might even find it interesting.

Holidays, traditions, family fun and good food all together in one.  Everyone’s family differ in almost every way but it only makes them better.  In ways of tradition and holidays and so many ways that I can’t even name.  So whenever you think your family is weird, just remember that there is a family that has you beat.  Think about how you celebrate traditions and holidays differently from other families.

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New Years Resolutions

Its a new year of 2017 and that means New Year’s Resolutions. In this blog post I will be writing about my new years resolution. I will also be writing some facts about the tradition.

I’ve never made new years resolutions before in the past, but I decided to make some this year. One of my new years resolutions is to be more confident in myself. Last year my confidence level was really low, including when I was playing sports. I just hope that this year I would be more confident. The last new years resolution I have to complete this year is to be more of myself around people. When people first meet me they might think that I’m a quiet girl that doesn’t take a lot, but in reality I’m the complete opposite. When you get to know me you would know that I am not a quiet person and I’m very talkative.

There isn’t very many people who make new years resolutions. Only 45% of Americans usually make new years resolutions, 17% of  Americans infrequently make new years resolutions, and 38% of Americans absolutely never make new years resolutions. 8% of Americans are successful in achieving their resolutions, 49% of Americans have infrequent success, and 24% of Americans never succeed and fail on achieving their new years resolutions. The top ten most used  new years resolutions is lose weight, getting organized, send less and save more money, enjoy life to the fullest, stay fit and healthy, learn something exciting, quit smoking, help others in their dreams, fall in love, and spend more time with family.

That was my new year’s resolutions and facts about the New Year’s Eve and New year’s Day tradition. I am really hoping that 2017 will be a good year and I want this year to be even better than last year.

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Toys For Tots Foundation

This year, Logan Elm participated in the Toys For Tots Toy Drive.  Seventh and eighth graders collectively raised 1,176 dollars and over 100 toys. Circleville school also participated with their own fundraiser and raised over 1,200 dollars.  After all of the money was spent on toys for the drive, there were over 2,400 toys.

The Logan Elm seventh and eighth graders competed to see which W.I.N. period could collect the most money and toys.  The winning class was in seventh grade.  They saved 261 dollars and 11 toys.  The class won a pizza party for all their effort.  

You can donate to Toys For Tots any time of the year, but the most toys are wanted and donated around Christmas time.  If you watch the news, NBC 4, you will see that they have a huge fundraiser to collect toys for Christmas. This program is run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  It was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks.  Some big celebrity endorsements include:  Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, and even the First Lady. All three of them helped boost the confidence of the organization.  Toys For Tots have many helpful sponsors as well, including Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Hasbro, Build-A-Bear, Hallmark, Hess, Disney, Macy’s, J. Walter Thompson Atlanta, and The UPS Store.    

There are many ways you can donate to the Toys For Tots program.  You can donate in honor of a certain individual, by mail, through eBay, by starting your own fundraising team, or you can even donate your car or truck.  Some stores have a large drop off box for toys and many schools, like Logan Elm, have Toys For Tots fundraisers every December.

Over the lifespan of the organization, the Marine Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 512 million toys to over 237 million less fortunate children. You should go donate a toy and encourage your school or work to have a Toys For Tots fundraiser to help brighten Christmas, just as Logan Elm students have done this year!

The Good, the Bad, and the Black Friday

Image result for Black Friday fightsLet’s start by saying Black Friday is ridiculous. Black Friday is a mostly America ritual. It’s the day after Thanksgiving when all the stores mark down prices for Christmas. There have been 10 deaths and 105 very serious injuries. It’s quite strange how we go from giving thanks to brutally beating and hurting another human. These are the top three Black Friday stories.

#1. A story was told about a woman in Walmart who had a bad temper and a can of mace. CNN reported this on live television on November 26, 2011. It turned into a race to get the newest Xbox  games, people were doing literally anything to get to the rack of games. When suddenly a woman who was to far in the back started fighting her way up, with mace. The worst part about this scenario was that everyone was so packed together that people couldn’t get out to wash their eyes. In the video, a woman was sprayed in the eyes. She literally had to start screaming her head off to get through the crowd. The woman with the can of mace later turned herself in the day after.

#2. In 2008, probably one of the most famous but horrible things happened during Black Friday. A worker that they had only hired for the Black Friday event, named Jdimytai Damour was trampled to death. The group of shoppers had sat and waited all day to come in the store. When it was time they all rushed in and tramped Jdimytai and an a woman that was eight months pregnant. Fortunately the woman survived, sadly Jdimytai was pronounced dead after 4 hours of being hospitalized.  

#3. This Black Friday story is the saddest in my opinion. This happened at a Toys R Us in California. Two men were fighting over the new best toy for their children. After a little bit of a brawl one of the men pulled a gun, so the other did as well. What eventually happened was they had shootout. The shootout ended up with both men dead. Right in front of their kids. It really shows how low the human race can become.

I know these can kind of be bumming but just keep these stories in mind. You don’t want to be any of these people. And it’s sad to think that any of this happened over the “Best deals” when things are marked down 5%. I do believe that you should be aggressive at Black Friday but do you really want to kill someone for a toaster?  You can be a good shopper by being the bigger guy or gal. Let me know in the comments if you guys have any insane, weird or downright crazy Black Friday stories!

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