It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here. We were just ringing in the new year last month. Well, it feels like that anyway. Thanksgiving is a great holiday (My favorite holiday) but is often times very overlooked and pushed under the rug because of Christmas. After Halloween, it seems as though everyone is in full Christmas mode, even decorating in November.
Before you start opening gifts, decorating your tree, or drinking eggnog, you should remember the best holiday of them all: Thanksgiving. This year, Thanksgiving takes place on November 28th and we can already taste the turkey.
Here are the top 5 reasons why Thanksgiving should be your favorite holiday.
Thanksgiving Favorite Holiday Reason #5 – No Pressure to Buy Gifts
You don’t have to pick out a costume or buy gifts or worry about if someone will like your gift. Thanksgiving is literally getting together with your loved ones, eating, and being thankful. Unless you are hosting and have to buy all of the food (ask your guests to bring something), it is a great time to be at home and hang with family. Also, most people wear comfy clothes because you stay in your house and need to make room for all the food you are about to devour.
Thanksgiving Favorite Holiday Reason #4 – It’s Unique to America
Only Canada and the USA celebrate Thanksgiving. They have similar, but not quite the same celebrations in other countries, such as Germany and Japan. Thanksgiving takes place on the second Monday of October in Canada and the fourth Thursday in November in the US. It is not universal, like Christmas is, so it is less commercialized.
#3 – Thanksgiving is Not Religious, So Everyone Can Participate
Christmas, and even Halloween, are rooted in religion. When you celebrate Thanksgiving, you can tell all of your family and friends who are of different religions that you are thankful for them and have them over to eat some turkey and stuffing. Although the Thanksgiving parade does features elements of Christmas and kicks off the holiday season, Thanksgiving is a time to all come together.
#2 – Reflect and Be Thankful for Friends and Family
This may have been a rough year or a great year for you. You may have lost some people along the way, struggled with getting a job, or faced a personal issue. Whatever it is, you can all come together on Thanksgiving and be thankful that you have your loved ones in front of you and that you wake up every day, even if you have struggles. When you have great people supporting you, you have to let them know that you are thankful for their support.
#1 – All the Food
Besides being thankful, Thanksgiving is all about eating until you feel sick, let’s be real. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry, potatoes in many forms, cornbread, and pie, are just some of the foods you will have in your stomach on Thanksgiving. You can eat as much as you want and no one will really judge you or stop you because, let’s face it, they’re doing the same thing.
While you are getting caught up in the Christmas buzz, make sure to really care about Thanksgiving and it may just become your favorite holiday.