Holiday

Red, White, and Blue Layer Cake

This Red, White, and Blue Layer Cake is ideal for any 4th of July spread—everyone loves cake, and a pretty layer cake like this one makes the day feel extra special.

It starts with tender and moist vanilla buttermilk cake, which then gets layered with fluffy Swiss meringue (which will hold up well on a hot summer day). Top it off with plenty of ripe summer berries—strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries!

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9 Crowd-Pleasing Desserts for Your Memorial Day Party

Berry Tart

When it comes to warm weather desserts, there are a few very key considerations:

1. You don’t want something that’s going to get gooey or wilt in some way—it can be surprisingly warm on Memorial Day weekend!

2. You want something that’s easily portable, so fancy things that are perishable, delicate or have elaborate toppings are probably out of the question, too.

3. All that, and it’s got to be delicious and eye-catching, too — right?!

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12 Christmas Quotes about Love and Family that will Lift Your Spirits

Do you need inspiring Christmas quotes and cards to send out to your loved ones this holiday season?

Friends, throughout the year, our minds are filled with thoughts of improving our businesses,  boosting our productivity and focus, and ultimately creating success. It does get wearying and holidays are the perfect time to pause awhile, take stock, and turn our attention outward to all our blessings and all the people surrounding us.

Send out these inspiring Christmas messages to the loved ones in your life. It’s not about expensive gifts, rather, it’s the simple thought of being remembered that often counts.

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas!

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He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. – Roy L. Smith

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Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

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Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. – Janice Maeditere

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The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things. – Thomas S. Monson

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Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving, and of families united. – Norman Vincent Peale

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Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving. – B. C. Forbes

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The only blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not Christmas in his heart. – Helen Keller

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Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling. – Edna Ferber

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The BEST of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a HAPPY FAMILY all wrapped up in each other. 

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God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it. – Pope Francis

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Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. – Dale Evans

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Please visit SayingImages.com for more Christmas Quotes, Messages and Greetings.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

 

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3 Ways to Make a Great Cheesecake

3 Ways to Make Cheesecake

There are lots of ways to make a great cheesecake — not all recipes require the dreaded water bath or other fussy steps!

We’ve rounded up three of our favorite ways to make cheesecake: classic (with a water bath!), no-bake, and a pressure cooker version. They’re all accessible, they all work, and none of them will make you cry.

No need for fearful tears here. Cheesecake should make you smile.

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Crispy, Golden Turkey Skin: 4 Methods Put to the Test (and One Winner!)

I’ve been wrist deep in the business end of chickens all week. I’m on a quest to determine the best way to achieve perfect deep, golden, crispy skin, both for our everyday roast chickens and also for that bird of all birds — the Thanksgiving turkey.

Why? A well-roasted bird makes an undeniably beautiful presentation on your holiday table. Also, of course, the snap of salty, crisp skin with each tender morsel of meat is a little bite of heaven. In the end, we want a bird with tender, flavorful meat, and deeply golden, crispy skin. The goal is to inject the meat with moisture while eliminating it from the skin.

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10 Easy Appetizers for Your Holiday Party

Holiday Appetizers

The holidays are upon us! Drinks, parties, ugly sweaters, and best of all, FOOD! So much glorious food!

It’s time to don your gay apparel and show up to that party in style. And don’t forget your appetizer!

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8 Things To Do Right Now So You’re Ready for the Holidays

Holiday Prep List

We’re swiftly approaching that “most wonderful time of the year,” right? Ah yes, but it can be stressful, too – especially if some aspect of your kitchen prep has gone awry.

Here’s a list of eight things you can start crossing off your list right now so that when the holidays descend — and it always happens quickly — you’ll be armed and ready to tackle whatever casserole or cookie comes your way!

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Pumpkin Gingerbread

Pumpkin Gingerbread

This pumpkin gingerbread is one of our favorite treats for fall!

We almost always have extra pumpkin sitting around this time of year, either puréed and in cans, or fresh. Two of my favorite sweet quick breads are pumpkin bread and gingerbread.

This recipe started as an experiment to combine the two. The result? A tender, richly flavored loaf—spicy, molasses-y, and pumpkin-y. 

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend had the ultimate summer getaway in Bali

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Can you say vacation goals?

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend and little Luna had the ultimate family getaway last week on the island of Bali in Indonesia.

Much of this was documented on the couple’s well-followed Instagram accounts, showing them enjoying the lush scenery: 

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How to Pick Best Villa Holidays for Families

When it comes to choosing accommodations, you want to make sure that you locate the best property for your family and budget. With some careful planning, you will be able to find the perfect place to make those memories that will last a lifetime.

Here’s how you can ensure the best villa holidays for families no matter where you choose to vacation.

Read about local safety

No matter if you prefer to find a place inside a city or one that’s a bit more remote, you will want to keep your family safe and happy while on holiday. Most cities or regions will publish past crime reports on the internet so you can research the quantity and types of crimes that occurred in the area in which you’re hoping to stay. That information might be scary to consider, but your knowledge will help you find a place where you can focus on fun instead of danger during your visit.

See Also: Strange International Laws Every Tourist Should Know 

Investigate the location

If you’re hoping for a beachfront villa, it will be a major disappointment to arrive at your holiday house to find your villa’s views obstructed by hotels. Avoid any surprises by pulling the address up on Google Maps and doing a quick walkthrough on Street View, noting what types of restaurants, traffic, and shops are in the immediate vicinity.

Map out nearby kid-friendly attractions

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While on a family vacation, you’ll want to have plenty of options for your kids’ entertainment. Take note of which villas are close to the beach or the neighborhood pool and which will require you to haul a load of chairs and snacks to the beach every time want to play in the sand. See where the closest playground is to your villa, as this is always a great way to spend a leisurely afternoon.

It’s also helpful to see how far your holiday home is from indoor activities (like a movie theatre or indoor play park) in case one of your vacation days gets rained out.

Consider the number of bedrooms versus the number of kids

Depending on the ages of the children going on holiday with you, you might need to get separate rooms for them. Younger kids usually don’t mind sharing a room of bunk beds with other kids since they see it as an adventure.

Tweens and teens might need their own space, so consider allowing them to have their own rooms, or, if the budget won’t stretch to include that, allow your older children to share a room separate from any younger kids on the trip.

Ask about the amenities

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Since this property will be your home away from home during your vacation, you’ll want to make sure it is as comfortable as possible. Ask your contact if there is an available villa with a private pool (which is always a hit when traveling with kids!) or enclosed yard so your kids can play safely.

You might also want to see if the villa comes with a grill for outdoor barbecues, linens and blankets (which will reduce the amount of luggage you’ll have to carry), and kitchen accessories. Other popular amenities include free Wifi, cable, and local telephone service.

Read previous reviews

When finding the best value villa holidays, you’ll need to find the perfect balance between reasonably priced accommodations and luxury amenities for a complete vacation experience. Make sure you’re getting exactly what you want by reading the honest reviews from previous visitors. See what they liked and disliked and if you can deal with any issues that came up.

Particularly note if there are multiple complaints about nearby construction, check-in or check-out, hidden fees, or uncleanliness of the property. If more than three or four people point out the same negatives, you’ll want to ask yourself if you can live with that issue during your stay.

See Also: Use Pinterest to Plan Your Next Vacation — Here’s How

Ask for additional photos

Choosing between luxury private villas can be a difficult decision especially if you’re planning to visit a location you’ve never visited before. If you are having trouble deciding if a property is right for you, reach out to the villa’s listing agent and ask if he or she can take or provide more recent photos for you. These updated pictures can help you see how the villa’s upkeep and decor has changed since the listing was first made.

Choose a family friendly floor plan

When you’re traveling with your family, you want plenty of space for everyone but you also want to be close enough to your kids if they need help. A floor plan with adjacent bedrooms can be quite helpful if your children are young and need reassurance during the night when they’re away from home.

Find out how baby and child friendly the villa is

If you’re traveling with smaller kids, it’s important to know what types of dangers you’ll be dealing with. If there is a pool, ask if there’s a safety fence around it. Ask the property manager if the house has baby-proof locks on doors and windows.

With these tips and advices, you should be able to find the best villa holidays for families wherever your destination. Have fun!

 

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The True Staycation: How to Holiday in your Home Town

With the fluctuating currency market and uncertain climate, more holidaymakers are choosing to ‘staycation’ – taking a holiday in their home country. This can be a fantastic thing to do, after all, there are amazing places to visit and fun things to do all across the UK that are often forgotten about.

But how about taking your staycation one step further and actually taking a holiday in your home town? Take a week to get to know the surrounding area like a tourist would and you might find some amazing gems hidden close to home. It could even lead to some fun new activities for you when you return to normal life.

Here’s the best way to take a true staycation and see another side to the place you live.

Check into a hotel

staycation hotel

If you want to feel like a tourist, you should do what tourists need to do and the first step is to check into a hotel. Of course you might be able to enjoy your staycation from your own home but a hotel gives you a week of freedom from making your bed, cleaning and completing household chores – the stuff we take for granted on holiday.

Choose a small boutique hotel rather than a chain where possible, and remember to take any recommendations from staff on things to do.

Pick up a tourist guide

It’s likely that you’ll be able to pick up a tourist guide to your city – if there’s a tourist information office or something similar, they’ll probably be giving away free guides. Otherwise, buy a guide book or get articles online.

It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll find plenty of fun things to do that you had never really considered doing before. And don’t dismiss things outright; if they are popular but you have never done them, it’s worth giving them a try.

Try restaurants and bars you’ve never visited

Eating out is a must on your staycation; this is a holiday after all. You might be tempted to head out to all of your favourite restaurants, and there’s nothing wrong with doing this for a couple of nights. But save most of your meals for places that you’ve never experienced before.

It’s even worth going a little further afield to find brilliant restaurants and bars nearby. Scour sites like TripAdvisor to find some of the most popular places that you haven’t tried yet.

Visit a museum

visit a museum

When people go abroad they always search out the local museums to have a look round – but how often do you do this is on your home town? Well, when you’re on staycation, it’s the perfect time to do it.

Find a list of local museums and art galleries. You might be surprised by just how many there are that are close to you. Take the time to visit a couple during your staycation to sample the arts culture in your local community.

Watch a sports team

Another popular activity when on holiday is to go and watch a local sports team. So now is the perfect time to do the same thing in your home town.

Find out what sports teams play near you. There’s likely to be a hugely diversity of everything from lower league football, basketball, roller derby, polo and more. See which teams are currently playing and see if you can’t get along to a game. Once again, it’s a good idea to choose a sport you wouldn’t usually watch.

Enjoy a spa day

You don’t have to go to Sweden to get a Swedish massage. There are plenty of places where you can relax and enjoy a spa day. Check whether the hotel you’re checking into has a spa. If not, you can always find a local spa where you’ll find a huge variety of treatment options.

Take a class

Another great idea is to take a class in something. Whether it’s drawing, baking, photography or wine tasting, it’s fun to learn something new while you are on holiday. If you can, try to choose something that brings together local elements. This can be a brilliant way to gain a new perspective on the place that you live.

See Also: 4 Smart Ways to Travel The World For Free 

 

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The Romantically Challenged Guy’s Guide to a Successful Valentine’s Day

No matter what your significant other has said about Valentine’s Day, it’s still important to her. Whether you’ve been married for twenty years or just went on a few dates with someone, Valentine’s Day matters.

Even men with the best of intentions need a little help sometimes with this love holiday. This foolproof list will help guide you through this tricky holiday so you don’t end up screwing it up.

Remember the day

Start thinking about Valentine’s Day a few days early so that you aren’t out shopping or trying to make a dinner reservation the night before. Think about what you want to do for her or what kind of gift she might like. Put the day on your calendar so you don’t accidentally make plans with the guys to watch a game or work late. Then, set an alarm on your phone for February 14 so you remember the special day.

Plan something for the two of you to do together

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Talk with her about whether the two of you want to celebrate on the day of, or the weekend before or after. Once that is solidified, make a plan. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or pricey. It just has to be something. Make dinner reservations somewhere, buy tickets to a comedy show, plan a wine tasting day date. Women love it when men put forth some thought and effort. Don’t just pick her up and say, “So what should we do today?”

See Also: Tips In Choosing A Restaurant For A Romantic Date 

Acknowledge it on the day

Whether you celebrated the weekend before or are going to celebrate the following weekend, you still need to acknowledge that it is Valentine’s Day on the actual day. Send her a message in the morning, saying “Happy Valentine’s Day” and share something you love or like about her. Bring her a card and perhaps flowers, but think about doing something a little less predictable. Do something even it’s small. If you don’t acknowledge the day, she will think you forgot and don’t care.

Get some sort of gift

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Again, this doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive. Think about your girl and what she would like. Depending on where the two of you are in your relationship can also help determine what is appropriate to get her and how much to spend. A simple card with a nice handwritten note is always nice. Chocolate, flowers, jewelry, clothes, candles, bath stuff and spa services are all pretty safe bets. Regardless of what you get, she will appreciate that you thought of her and remembered the day.

See Also: Top 6 Reasons to Buy Her Flowers, and What Every Man Should Know

Do not buy her lingerie

You might think getting her lingerie is thoughtful and sexy. And it is—for you. Giving your woman lingerie, however, is really a present for you and could be interpreted as selfish and thoughtless. Lingerie is also very personal and fitted, so it is usually something she should pick out herself. Stick to the items above when thinking about gift giving and let her decide when and what she’ll wear for you.

Some men love the idea of romancing their love on Valentine’s Day and some think it’s a ridiculous holiday full of consumerism. Whichever category you fall into, your partner likely still wants to feel special and loved on this day for lovers. A simple, thoughtful gesture can go a long way in making your woman feel cherished on Valentine’s Day.

 

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Korean Valentine’s Year: 12 Romantic Celebrations Every 14th of the Month

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February 14 is a day for all lovers all across the globe. However, in Korea, the 14th of each month is very important for couples and lovers.

Let’s find out all the special celebrations happening every 14th of the month and Korea’s Valentine’s Year.

Diary Day (14th January)

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Januray 14 is known as a Diary day for Koreans. On this day, people exchange a blank diary with a loved one. If you receive one from your lover, you should write down your feelings and sentiments in its blank pages. You can also mention yearly goals, resolutions, and even annual tasks.

Valentine’s Day (14th February)

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Valentine’s Day is virtually the same in every country. In Korea, however, it’s the women who buy gifts for the man. Women show their feelings by buying chocolates or roses.

White Day (14th March)

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White day is celebrated in the 14th of March in Korea. This day is an opportunity for men to pay back their female gifters. Men usually buy costlier and more expensive gifts like chocolates, jewelry, and other gifts that their partner likes.

Black Day (14th April)

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April 14 in Korea is known as Black day. This day is for single folks who aren’t in a relationship. On this day, single people meet each other wearing black clothes. They eat a Chinese Korean dish called jajangmeyon. This dish is made of pork, vegetables and a very dark soyabean sauce. They celebrate this season as a disappointing day reminiscent of a funeral ceremony.

Yellow Day (14th May)

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May 14 is Yellow Day. During yellow day, people exchange yellow roses or other roses with loved ones. Couples go to the cafe and restaurants and spend quality time with each other. It’s also a good day to be with close friends and family.

Kiss Day (14th June)

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Kiss day is the favorite day of Koreans. It is the best way to express their deep love. Couples and lovers celebrate this day by kissing each other. Obviously it is the best day for the people who have deeply fallen in love. It is actually the best romantic day for couples.

Silver Day (14th July)

 

Silver Day has a kind of engagement ceremony. On July 14, lovers exchange matching couple rings with each other. These rings are also called promise rings as they signify their commitment to each other.

Green Day (14th August)

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Green Day is Nature Day. People meet and go to beautiful lush places to celebrate this day.

Green Day is one of the best times to have a family get-together. Families meet, eat, or drink soju while possibly wearing some green clothes.

Photo Day (14th September)

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September 14 is Photo Day in Korea. As you can guess, it’s a day for selfies and going to photo studios. Couples, in particular, have fun doing memorable photo shoots.

Families and friends go to photo booths or call professional photographers to capture these moments. Some go as far as having a photo shoot party. They prepare photo props and have their pictures taken.

Wine Day (14th October)

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October 14 is a special day for drinkers. During this day, couples and lovers meet to have a romantic wine party. They drink in public events or local bars.

Families and friends also get connected on Wine Day. They give a warm hug to the closest family members on this day.

Movie Day (14th November)

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November 14 is popular and one of the Koreans’ favorite days. Koreans celebrate this day by meeting each other at the cinema and watching movies. Some people stay at home, rent DVDs and pop their own popcorn.

also arrange to cinema settings at home. Some people rent their DVD rooms to cut the cost of movie ticket.

Hug Day (14th December)

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We end the year with a Hug Day. As you can guess, Korean people embrace the person they love. Couples meet to give each other hugs. Single people are not left out though and give their warm hugs to each other or to friends and families.

Do you have something similar in your countries, too?

 

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Korean Valentine’s Year: 12 Romantic Celebrations Every 14th of the Month

Korean-Valentines-Year

February 14 is a day for all lovers all across the globe. However, in Korea, the 14th of each month is very important for couples and lovers.

Let’s find out all the special celebrations happening every 14th of the month and Korea’s Valentine’s Year.

Diary Day (14th January)

korean-Diary-day

Januray 14 is known as a Diary day for Koreans. On this day, people exchange a blank diary with a loved one. If you receive one from your lover, you should write down your feelings and sentiments in its blank pages. You can also mention yearly goals, resolutions, and even annual tasks.

Valentine’s Day (14th February)

korean-valentine-day

Valentine’s Day is virtually the same in every country. In Korea, however, it’s the women who buy gifts for the man. Women show their feelings by buying chocolates or roses.

White Day (14th March)

korean-White-day

White day is celebrated in the 14th of March in Korea. This day is an opportunity for men to pay back their female gifters. Men usually buy costlier and more expensive gifts like chocolates, jewelry, and other gifts that their partner likes.

Black Day (14th April)

korean-black-day

April 14 in Korea is known as Black day. This day is for single folks who aren’t in a relationship. On this day, single people meet each other wearing black clothes. They eat a Chinese Korean dish called jajangmeyon. This dish is made of pork, vegetables and a very dark soyabean sauce. They celebrate this season as a disappointing day reminiscent of a funeral ceremony.

Yellow Day (14th May)

korean-Yellow-day

May 14 is Yellow Day. During yellow day, people exchange yellow roses or other roses with loved ones. Couples go to the cafe and restaurants and spend quality time with each other. It’s also a good day to be with close friends and family.

Kiss Day (14th June)

korean-Kiss-day

Kiss day is the favorite day of Koreans. It is the best way to express their deep love. Couples and lovers celebrate this day by kissing each other. Obviously it is the best day for the people who have deeply fallen in love. It is actually the best romantic day for couples.

Silver Day (14th July)

 

Silver Day has a kind of engagement ceremony. On July 14, lovers exchange matching couple rings with each other. These rings are also called promise rings as they signify their commitment to each other.

Green Day (14th August)

korean-Green-day

Green Day is Nature Day. People meet and go to beautiful lush places to celebrate this day.

Green Day is one of the best times to have a family get-together. Families meet, eat, or drink soju while possibly wearing some green clothes.

Photo Day (14th September)

korean-Photo-day

September 14 is Photo Day in Korea. As you can guess, it’s a day for selfies and going to photo studios. Couples, in particular, have fun doing memorable photo shoots.

Families and friends go to photo booths or call professional photographers to capture these moments. Some go as far as having a photo shoot party. They prepare photo props and have their pictures taken.

Wine Day (14th October)

korean-Wine-day

October 14 is a special day for drinkers. During this day, couples and lovers meet to have a romantic wine party. They drink in public events or local bars.

Families and friends also get connected on Wine Day. They give a warm hug to the closest family members on this day.

Movie Day (14th November)

korean-Movie-day

November 14 is popular and one of the Koreans’ favorite days. Koreans celebrate this day by meeting each other at the cinema and watching movies. Some people stay at home, rent DVDs and pop their own popcorn.

also arrange to cinema settings at home. Some people rent their DVD rooms to cut the cost of movie ticket.

Hug Day (14th December)

korean-Hug-day

We end the year with a Hug Day. As you can guess, Korean people embrace the person they love. Couples meet to give each other hugs. Single people are not left out though and give their warm hugs to each other or to friends and families.

Do you have something similar in your countries, too?

 

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