Thanksgiving: The gift the keeps on giving

Kiersten Beecher
Opinions Editor

As far as holidays go Thanksgiving is continually overlooked year after year. It is not surprising when it is stuck between the costumes and candy at Halloween and all of the gift giving winter holidays.

Thanksgiving is just as important as these more advertised holidays and, in my opinion, it is the best holiday. Sure there is a lot of controversy over the origin of the holiday, but we have come a long way from the Pilgrims and Indians and now Thanksgiving is about being thankful for some good food, some good friends, and some football before the winter holidays start.

Thanksgiving is non-religious and ultra-American, and that means it’s an all-around crowd pleaser.

It all starts with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Of course it is the same floats and balloons every year, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. It’s just one of those Thanksgiving traditions that hits the spot once the turkey is in the oven and you’ve got time to kill. Plus it always ends with Santa, starting the ACTUAL Christmas season. No matter how early Walmart starts selling their Christmas decorations, it’s not the real Christmas season until Santa brings up the rear of the Thanksgiving Day parade.

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is being able to be with your friends and family. But compared to Christmas it’s a much more relaxed atmosphere, you don’t have the pressure of hoping that someone liked your gift or not because you are all just there for the food. True, you don’t get any fun gifts like you do for Christmas or Hanukkah, but is there really any better gift than homemade food? I don’t think so.

Being with friends and family is great, but Thanksgiving is really about the food. It is not called “Turkey day” for nothing you know. You get to sit around a big table with all your family and friends as you all gorge yourselves on all of the finest comfort foods known. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, all kinds of casseroles and then for dessert, just about any type of pie imaginable.

The whole holiday is really an excuse to ignore your diet and give in and let the calories consume you. After that, you can sit back on the couch and watch a football game. If football isn’t your thing, you could watch a movie like some of my family does. Or even take a nap after dinner, and no one is going to judge you. It is hard to judge anyone when you are so contentedly full of food.

And if you think that your Thanksgiving feast ends on Thanksgiving, you’re wrong. I might even dare to say that a leftover Thanksgiving day sandwich is tastier than the dinner that preceded it. It’s the real gift that keeps on giving. Especially if you are lucky enough have a nice four-day weekend, to sit back and be thankful for everything in your life.


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