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Thankful for Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving break is almost here and after a busy quarter, I couldn’t be more thankful for the break.  I can’t wait to veg out, relax and do nothing but laugh, eat and be lazy.  Here are my picks to guide your relaxation!

Movies

One of the best ways to relax during the holidays is to go see a movie in theaters.  It’s a fun and special treat, and if you aren’t full enough from turkey and pumpkin pie, movie theater popcorn is quite yummy, too.

  1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Although this movie is opening Friday the 22nd, many of us are still struggling with papers and tests before break and will not have time to catch Catching Fire.  This is a great holiday movie with lots of excitement and thrill.

  1. Frozen

This Disney movie, opening November 27, is a light-hearted animated film.  The plot is about a girl’s quest to break her kingdom out of its icy spell.  Yes this is a kid’s movie, but it is family-friendly too! Think of it like the whipped topping on pumpkin pie—sweet, easy and light.  Watch this with the fam after you’re stuffed from Thanksgiving dinner.

  1. Delivery Man

Nothing relieves stress like a little laughter, so go see this Vince Vaughan comedy.  Vaughan’s character David is a former sperm donor and learns he is the father of 533 children.  In the flick, 142 of them file a lawsuit to find their father’s true identity, forcing Vaughan to face his fatherly past. Check it out with your friends to see how the story ends!

TV Shows

While movies are a great way to get out of the house, sometimes all you want to do is lounge in your pajamas and be in the comfort of your own home.  Here are some TV picks to kick back with and enjoy the holiday season.

  1. Gossip Girl, Season 1, Episode 9, “Blair Waldorf Must Pie”

Everybody loves a little GG and I am still obsessed with this drama-filled episode. From Season 1, Dan and Serena’s relationship is blossoming, family tension is on high, and Blair confronts some of her demons.  The episode ends with the gang eating French fries at a diner, which is a reminder that all you really need are some loved ones and good food around the holidays.

  1. Modern Family, Season 3, Episode 9, “Punkin Chunkin”
    The silly family settles a battle with a “Punkin Chunkin” challenge (watch to find out what that means) on Thanksgiving.  Even more than laughs, the show may make you grateful that your own family doesn’t have a pumpkin battle during the holidays.
  1. Friends, Season 8, Episode 9, “The One With the Rumor”

For an oldie but goodie, watch this episode, guest-starring Brad Pitt, who was Jennifer Aniston’s husband at the time! Laugh at Joey trying to eat a 19-pound turkey by himself and wax nostalgic about the amazingness that was Brad and Jen.

Magazines/ Blogs/ Other

Catching up on magazines and checking out cool lifestyle and fashion blogs is another luxury during breaks from school. Here are some of my most favorite magazine and blog picks right now.

  1. Cupcakes and Cashmere

This lifestyle blog has a wonderful blend of fashion, food, beauty and décor. What I will be looking at most over break are the amazing recipes

  1. InStyle December 2013 Issue

If you didn’t get enough of Jennifer Lawrence in Catching Fire, this mag will save the day. Holiday issues are usually huge volumes so set aside some time to polish off this bad boy and get inspired by the gift guides.

  1. Style’d Avenue

After you read InStyle and decide what you are buying your family and friends for the holidays, visit this fashion blog to compose your own holiday wish list! With casual everyday looks and links to where you can buy the clothes, this site is a must-see to satiate your fashion-tooth over break.

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Anna Schapiro

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