OPINION: Holiday Power Rankings

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With the holiday season in full effect, let’s take a look at holidays throughout the year and see where they rank on the Holiday Power Rankings.

1. Thanksgiving

This might be an unpopular opinion, but is there truly anything better than Thanksgiving? America prides itself on big Thanksgiving meals with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and warm crescent rolls.

Apart from the food being phenomenal, there are so many other great things about Thanksgiving — the long weekend, Black Friday shopping and enough leftovers to last you the whole month of December. Between food, family and football, there’s nothing better than Thanksgiving.

2. Christmas

Christmas is a classic. It’s one of the oldest holidays celebrated around the world, and it has a lot of meaning behind it for the Christians among us. Christmas is one of those times where you’re grateful to be with your family, especially for those of us at college who are away from them most of the time.

Also, it never gets old rewatching the same Christmas movies and listening to classic Mariah Carey holiday tunes every year. Presents aren’t that bad either.

3. Halloween

It’s the spookiest time of the year, and definitely one of the most fun holidays. If you don’t get excited seeing Halloween decorations or cute pumpkins outside people’s doors because you know it marks the beginning of the fall holiday season, then I don’t know what will.

Even though planning Halloween costumes can be stressful, it’s definitely worth it because almost everyone dresses up. It doesn’t matter if you’re going for funny, scary or creative, being whatever you want for a night is entertaining.

4. Fourth of July


It’s America’s birthday party — what other way can you describe it? The hot weather, barbecuing with friends and family and being blinded by a sea of red, white and blue is the embodiment of Independence Day. The Fourth of July is also great because it’s an all-day celebration, typically ending with a bang (Get it? Because of the fireworks). Yay, freedom!

5. New Year’s Eve


New Year’s Eve is pretty much straight after Christmas, so you’re still in that holiday mood and you still have so much to celebrate. Although you might get sick of all the “New year, new me” Instagram posts, New Year’s Eve offers a fresh start to the year so we can all move on from the year before. Being around friends and family, waiting for the ball drop and counting down is such a rush.

6. St. Patrick’s Day


This is the day where everyone claims they are at least an eighth Irish so they feel entitled to “celebrate” their heritage. Even if you aren’t Irish or Catholic, it’s a holiday for everyone to enjoy.

St. Paddy’s Day is highlighted by everything being green, from outfits to food and drinks, so you’d better find something green to wear to avoid those avid pinchers. Also, let’s not forget that McDonald’s rolls out the Shamrock Shakes and those are truly delicious. Cheers!

7. Labor Day


Labor Day falls in between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving, and it is pretty much just a day off. It celebrates the hard work that American workers put in to make this country great.

Showing appreciation to our workers and getting rewarded with a day off on a Monday is really nice, but it’s still at the bottom of the Holiday Power Rankings. Work hard, play harder.

Carolina Lewis is a senior in mass communications. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.

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