National Cousins Day – July 24

National Cousins Day is celebrated each year on July 24. This is the perfect day to let all of your cousins know how much you truly appreciate them. Cousins often spend much time together at holidays, family reunions, weddings, anniversaries and many other countless family functions. Celebrate the special bond you share with your cousins this day as they remain true friends for life.

Why We Love National Cousins Day

A. Cousins share our childhoods
Cousins first help us get a taste of independence. Our first sleepovers were shared with cousins. We played with our cousins at our relatives' houses and as teenagers hung out outside the house together. Our cousins have known us through the awkward, geeky high school years filled with braces and unfortunate hairstyles. Eventually, our cousins became our adolescent confidants.

B. Cousins are role models
Many of us had an older cousin or cousins we looked up to. We cheered at their achievements during sporting events and attended their graduations. We watched and learned from their experiences.

C. Cousins are there for the hard times
It is said that when you travel home, it’s the place that when you arrive, they have to take you in. Cousins feel like that. Unlike some 'friends', your cousins will offer words of advice and share their support when you really need it.

How to Celebrate National Cousins Day

1. Text or call up a cousin
Take some time out of your day to reach out to a cousin to keep in touch. A simple text “hello, how’s your day” can go a long way.

2. Hang out with a cousin
What’s better than hanging out with normal friends? Hanging out with cousins! Roll back the clock and feel like a kid again with your cousins.

3. Find those distant cousins and make a connection
Some cousins, you don’t see every year. Make the effort to rekindle those bonds and be proactive with getting to know these distant cousins; you’ll never know how the connection can bring joy to your life until you try.

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