Why Thanksgiving is the Best Holiday

I know this is not a controversial statement, but Thanksgiving really is the best holiday. It has none of the pressure or commercialism of Christmas. I mean these days we start Christmas before Halloween let alone make room for Thanksgiving at stores. In some respects that’s almost a blessing. Though don’t get me started on the fact that there is actually no Thanksgiving anymore only early Black Friday.

Thanksgiving, if done properly, is a great time to stop and remind ourselves about all the things we have to be grateful for. It’s a time to stop work and reflect on all the blessings in our life of which I have many. Some of these blessings come in the form of family and friends, which are an integral part of why Thanksgiving is great.

Thanksgiving is the one holiday that seems replicable over a period of days. People often go to many different types of holiday parties, but there is really only one Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. On the other hand I have celebrated Thanksgiving with friends before the holiday, with family and/or friends on the holiday, and with friends after the holiday. Sometimes it’s with a completely new cooked Thanksgiving meal and other times it’s a potluck of leftovers. Because the heart of Thanksgiving is sharing a meal with family and friends it’s easy to celebrate more than once.

This year I celebrated Thanksgiving last week with a group of friends. We had a wonderful meal together and then lots of fun hanging out and playing games afterwards. Tomorrow I will spend the day with my sister-in-law, her husband, and my niece and nephew, which I am looking forward to.

And of course Thanksgiving is about the wonderful food. Part of what makes it so special is that the foods we eat on Thanksgiving are mostly reserved for that day. For the most part people don’t cook turkeys, stuffing, cranberry sauce, candied yams, and green bean casserole outside of Thanksgiving. It is all insanely delicious that is except for Maryland’s odd insistence that sauerkraut is something that should be served with turkey on Thanksgiving. I do not approve. Luckily I will be celebrating in New York City instead of Maryland so no nasty sauerkraut for me. Just another thing to be thankful for!  I am very much looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow. I wish everyone a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

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