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"What's your 'once a year' thing you can't miss?" –– This was today's burning question from Redditor onions*ut, and we have to say that the responses are quite wholesome.

We all need a reason to smile each day, so if your thing is getting together with the family for the holidays or waiting all year for Halloween so you can watch your all-time favorite scary movie, then you've found your spiritual home.


"Every fall..."

Annual friends weekend in Galena IL. Every fall (usually October) my group of friends rents a big house out in the rolling hills of the territory outside of town. We've got a solid group in their 30s who have been holding this tradition for about 13 years, we cook big meals, play drinking games, have family style dinners and soak in the stars from the comfort of the outdoor hot tub. We also play a series of party games in which each group of three or four must compete while finishing a box of cheap wine. The Tour De Franzia!

emojimjitsu

"The annual consumption..."

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The annual consumption of the day-after-thanksgiving leftovers sandwich. Hellz yeah! I look forward to that bad Larry ALL year.

Katie_MacDonut

"I live in NY..."

Manhattanhenge.

I live in NY and there's something that happens every year called Manhattanhenge, which is the sun setting along the east west axis of the NY grid creating an amazing opportunity to see the buildings bathed in light. It's become far too instagramy now but if you get a good vantage point it's really great.

whereegosdare84

"I have attended..."

Our local Renaissance Faire. I have attended every year since it's opening, minus the year I had just given birth. Gets better every year!

Heffenfeffer

"It's a non-stop party..."

Dragon Con.

Huge nerdy convention in Atlanta, GA over Labor Day weekend. It's a non-stop party and I love it. This will be my 10th year going!

FlameFrenzy

"Without a doubt..."

Every St. Patty's Day I have to watch The Boondocks Saints. Without a doubt, my friends and I will drop everything and be together to watch this film.

kds1596

"One of the vendors..."

It's fairly recent for us, but there is a huge Pet Expo in our city that I now make a yearly pilgrimage to.

One of the vendors breeds dogs for the sled racing in Alaska and every year you can pay five bucks that gets donated to a rescue and you can lay on the ground while the puppies all snuggle you for a few minutes.

It is the greatest thing in the entire world.

SalemScout

"My friends and family..."

The start of the NCAA basketball tournament in March. My work knows I'm off and unreachable that Thursday and Friday. My friends and family know I'm going to be hunkered down on the couch with a bunch of food and beer and watching the games from Thursday at noon until midnight on Sunday and not to expect much from me. Any other days of the year I'll happily help with this or that but those 4 days are my days. It is known.

SteveM19

"I try to go..."

I try to go on one solo, out of state trip per year. Doesn't have to be anything fancy, just a pretty place with a couple good hiking spots and hopefully some yummy food to try.

ALilacColoredDream

"I have two young kids..."

Super Bowl party.

I have two young kids, so the house is always a mess, and we rarely see our friends. The Super Bowl is the one party I host a year. The house gets mostly cleaned, and I get to see friends that I've been neglecting.

The funny thing is that none of us care about football. It's just an excuse to throw a party. I need deadlines to get anything done, apparently.

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***TRIGGER WARNING. CONTENTS ARE SENSITIVE ***

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