I think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, but that wasn’t always the case. When I was younger my favorite was a competition between Christmas and Halloween. But Thanksgiving is rising in the ranks as I get older, and as I slowly but noticeably turn into Ebenezer Scrooge.
I like Thanksgiving because all it requires is sitting around eating and talking with relatives. It doesn’t demand anything from you. You don’t have to give gifts to anyone. You don’t have to care if the children are happy or not. Why would they not be? If they aren’t happy you give them a turkey leg, and then they are.
You don’t have to dress up and wander the streets asking for candy. I like dressing up, and I like candy, but on Thanksgiving, you just don’t have to do it. You can wear your pajamas all day if you want to.
And I like exploding things now and then myself, but after a while it just gets loud. You don’t have to explode anything on Thanksgiving, unless you tried putting the turkey in the microwave. You don’t even have to put up a flag on Thanksgiving if you don’t want to.
You don’t have to stay up late or get up early. And all you have to do to remember those special people in you’re life is say you’re thankful for them, which is what most of them want to hear anyway.
You just cook, eat, talk, eat, talk, eat and eat. Sure it also requires some cooking and some cleanup. However, and I’m sure this will rile some tail feathers, Thanksgiving food is not that hard to make. You throw a turkey in the oven, you baste it once in a while, and voila! It takes some time, but it’s not hard. Instant mashed potatoes and instant stuffing looks hard compared to turkey. Everything else we eat on Thanksgiving basically comes from a can.
Compare that to Christmas, when you are expected to make all that and caramel. And cookies. And divinity. And fruitcake. Just kidding! Nobody makes fruitcake any more. But if you have ever tried making caramel, you know how easy a turkey can be.
They are trying to turn Thanksgiving into something that requires you to do something. Some feel required to watch football. And now some feel required to shop. But you don’t have to. And I don’t. Please don’t make it into something I have to do. I need a holiday from holidays, and this is it.
You sit, you eat. You say what you’re thankful for, and everyone is happy. Why can’t every holiday be like this? This year, when I think of what I’m thankful for, Thanksgiving might top the list.
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