Thanksgiving Does Not Get the Appreciation it Deserves.
It's November. Which means that the Christmas decorations are out in full force, Michael Buble and Mariah Carey are dusting off their festive red outfits to become relevant for the next two months and the trees are getting nervous about who will be sacrificed to the humans to be dressed up.
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
But, before we can queue up Elf and smash a champagne bottle against our box of tacky holiday sweaters to christen their maiden voyage, I want to take a minute to talk about MY personal favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.
Don't get me wrong, I hoard Starbucks holiday cups, I sing Jingle Bell Rock in my sleep and can recite "A Christmas Story" verbatim. BUT, Thanksgiving is tragically overlooked and it breaks my heart.
Below, let me break down why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and why we should all hold off on Holiday Cheer until the turkey carcass has been tossed in the trash (other than the fact that the phrase "turkey carcass" effectively kills any holiday cheer anyone had).
1. THE FOOD. There have been great debates waged over whether turkey is actually good but I LOVE turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, the abundance of casseroles, the pies, all of it. It really doesn't matter what kind of food it is. What DOES matter is that you eat so much that you have a food baby for the next 48 hours.
2. The Parade! I'm one of those weirdos who wakes up extra early to make sure I don't miss one minute of large balloons, bad lip-singing and Al Roker screaming commentary into his microphone.
3. The Smells. There's something so cozy about waking up in my childhood bedroom, hearing my family already bickering about who gets to make what and smelling all of the spices that signal it's time to get uncomfortably full.
4. The fact that I dress up to sit around my house all day. I do my hair and makeup just to lie down on my couch and nap. It's my two favorite things, being extra while doing the bare minimum.
5. Being with loved ones. Whether it be blood relatives, friends, a found family or your dog, as long as you're with people you love, that's all that matters.
6. Being able to take the time to reflect on what I'm grateful for. I can barely remember to drink enough water daily, so it's hard for me to take moments out of my day to be grateful as all the self-help books recommend. So having a whole day that forces me to reflect on how much there is to be grateful for is incredibly helpful.
7. Getting to hear the family secrets. As you get older, family members start to reveal things that explain so much about why your family is the way that it is. Always wondered why everyone gives Aunt Shirley a dirty look when she brings up her green bean casserole? Wonder no longer, all will be revealed as soon as the wine gets flowing.
8. The Dog Show!!! I get more into the Dog Show than Captain Raymond Holt does on Brooklyn 99.
Any other reasons Thanksgiving is The Superior Holiday? Let me know down below!
P.S. We have tons of Thanksgiving shirts to keep those grateful vibes flowing all year.
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