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When You Attend College Away From Home, This Is What Happens When You Return To Your Parent’s House For The Holidays

The one thing you look forward to when you’re a stressed out college student is your holiday vacation. You count down the days, pack your bags, and think about how relaxing the next 2 to 3 weeks are going to be for you. However, holiday breaks are not all fun and games…

After a long and stressful week of finals, it’s always a great feeling being able to reunite with your family and spend quality time with them over the holidays.

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This is really the best feeling ever.

But as soon as you’re back home, you immediately lose all sense of privacy.

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Everyone at your house thinks it’s cool to be ALL UP in your business.

And all of a sudden you have a curfew again.

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You can’t go out anywhere without a rundown of questions from your mom like, “¿A donde vas?, ¿Y con quién vas a ir? ¿Y a que hora vas a regresar?”

On the bright side, you get to relax at home and forget about school for just a few weeks. Maybe even sleep in every morning…

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JUST KIDDING.

Instead, you’re woken up by loud music and the voices of your parents telling you to get up and help with the chores.

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My mom loves doing this especially on weekends.

However, being able to enjoy some bomb home cooked meals is what makes all the chores totally worth it.

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Since I’m a bad cook, I enjoy every moment (and bite) of this.

In addition to home cooked meals, you also come across a ton of chisme at the dinner table, which can be so exhausting and invasive.

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You get asked about your dating life, your personal life and there’s no sense of boundaries when it comes to the chisme they want to get out of you.

BUT — being back home for the holidays means reuniting with your besties and hometown friends.

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“Reunited and it feels so goooood.”

The only problem is trying to coordinate a time and date to go out with your friends, since everyone already has their own holiday plans.

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This is the ultimate struggle.

And once you’re on your way to go out, your parents assign you 15+ errands before you leave.

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All of a sudden my shopping trip to the mall turns into a pitstop at the bank, a delivery to my grandma and a trip to the grocery store.

But no matter what happens, come next holiday break, you’re filled with just as much excitement about being able to go back home to your loved ones.

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There’s no better feeling. ❤️


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New York Times Square New Years Eve Celebration Canceled

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New York Times Square New Years Eve Celebration Canceled

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For the first time in 114 years, the Times Square New Years Eve party has been canceled. The famous New Year’s Eve gathering is a major part of the New Year’s Eve celebration with people cramming into Times Square to watch the ball drop to mark the new year. This year, everything about the celebration is changing because of Covid.

New Year’s Eve in Times Square has been canceled.

The in-person celebration with crowds packing into the intersection to watch the ball drop is going virtual. Like the Emmys earlier this month, and countless other events, the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration is all virtual. The decision to cancel the in-person part of the Times Square Ball Drop is, well, Covid, of course.

“One thing that will never change is the ticking of time and the arrival of a New Year at midnight on December 31st,” Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, said in a statement. “But this year there will be significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual and digital offerings to complement whatever limited live entertainment or experiences – still in development — will take place in Times Square. And because any opportunity to be live in Times Square will be pre-determined and extremely limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be the opportunity to participate virtually wherever you are.”

We still don’t have a lot of details about the virtual aspect of New Year’s Eve, we are all waiting.

According to a statement, the organizers realize that Covid has been the dominating force of 2020. The celebration always includes aspects of the major events from the previous year into the experience. The socially distanced handful of honorees and lack of an audience is a clear representation of the still real Covid crisis.

Some people are really upset about the decision to cancel the celebration.

It is one of those iconic moments so many people dream of doing. It is a once-in-a-lifetime moment for so many. The Times Square Ball Drop is something that most Americans recognize thanks to the dominant role the ball drop played on New Year’s Eve growing up. It is basically tradition to have the NYE party playing on the TV.

New Yorkers are confused about why anyone would want to do that.

New Yorkers avoid Times Square at all costs. It isn’t a convenient or super enjoyable part of town. It is packed with tourists who don’t know where they are going and NYE is about the worst it gets for Times Square. Now, the ball drop is impressive and something so many people consider an iconic moment in the holiday celebration.

“We will miss everyone this year but we will bring our celebration to you, whether you want to turn off and turn away from the bad news of 2020, or turn to the new year with a sense of hope, renewal and resolution, you’ll be able to join us virtually like never before as part of the Times Square 2021 celebration,” Jeff Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment, said in a statement.

But, mainly, people just want 2020 to be over.

This year has been a hard year for so many. People have lost their jobs and their loved ones as the virus runs through the U.S. Covid-19 is still a real threat to people, especially the vulnerable population.

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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We are rarely more defensive than we are for our abuelos. The viejitos have always been there for us and seeing them treated unkindly is just heartbreaking. That is what one Twitter user experienced after her abuelo got a wretched note about his decorations outside his home.

This is the horrid letter left for @goldenstef’s abuelo by undesirable neighbors.

The letter, which is filled with misspelled words, calls the abuelo’s house an example of a “low class Mexican family.” The letter was written anonymously by neighbors and delivered to the abuelo in an attempt to shame him into changing his decorations. One of the most bizarre moments in the letter is when the angry author criticized the homeowner for having too many American flags claiming he isn’t patriotic and can’t fool the neighbors. Like, which one is it people?

The Twitter user followed up with photos of the house to show the decorations their abuelo has out front.

People flooded the Twitter post with comments supporting and sending love to the abuelo. Fellow Latinos are ready to stand with the abuelo and some just want the names of the people behind the letter so they can talk to them. Some people are stunned at how far the author was willing to go out of their way to be mean to an old man who just wants to decorate his home and front yard.

Latino Twitter wants to come together to let the abuelo know that his decorations are adorbs.

We need to come together to give her abuelo all of the wonderful decoration we love. Let’s turn his house and front yard into a showcase of all of the greatness that Latin America has to offer.

People are falling in love with this viejitos yard.

Honestly, this is a great yard. Who wouldn’t want a yard like this? This yard is original and adorable and worth all of the praise that we can muster. Thank you to people like this for making their yards something unique and worth seeing.

@goldenstef wants everyone to know just how much they appreciate the sweet messages about their abuelo’s yard.

It costs nothing to be kind. It is even better when you can be kind about something someone clearly cares so much about. Who cares if someone decorates their lawn a little too much. At least they are having fun with their lives and that is something we all need more of right now.

READ: Latinas Are Sharing Their Most Treasured Memories Of Their Abuelos And It’s Exactly What We Needed This Month

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