On Nov. 25 the nation will celebrate Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to this holiday for too many reasons. Not only do I desperately need a break from school work, I’m looking forward to reconnecting with family, old friends and truly taking in the holiday season.
However, these are just a few of the many reasons why Thanksgiving is so wonderful. I don’t know if you have ever thought about how awesome Thanksgiving truly is, but here is some of my top corroborating evidence.
First of all, we get to eat. A lot. There is nothing better than walking into Grandma’s house in the early afternoon to the smell of turkey and mashed potatoes. But, most importantly, we get to eat stuffing. Now, you may be a little offended that I’m more excited for a side-dish over the main bird, but hear me out. Yes, turkey is great, and I love sweet potatoes and corn. And green bean casserole is delicious as well; but I can get those dishes more than once a year. For some reason, the best part of the Thanksgiving meal, the stuffing, is one of those celebrity side dishes that only makes an appearance on Thanksgiving Day. I can’t wait.
Second, we get to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the national dog show, followed by football. I don’t know if you can beat a TV line-up with Al Roker making cheesy float jokes, little terriers peeing on stage and America’s favorite sport. I don’t know about your family, but those staples of Thanksgiving Day television are always on in the background of whatever we’re doing.
And third, Christmas music is now acceptable to play 24/7 until Dec. 25. I don’t know why 106.5 FM decided to break this rule by starting to play Christmas tunes so early, but after Thanksgiving I can no longer be annoyed by them.
In all seriousness, Thanksgiving truly is my favorite holiday. I think it’s because of the true meaning behind it. It is a day scheduled into our calendars that is dedicated to refraining from activity and reflecting on the blessings that we have in our lives.
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be just once a year though. We should be thankful for life, good health and happiness every day. However, there’s something that can get in the way of that. That something is college expectation.
As college students in the 21st century it’s expected of us (or at least I expect it of myself) to do well in class, stay active in sports and organizations and hold down a job, all the while maintaining a social life that I can be proud of.
Those things can take work, which can cause a lot of anxiety and stress for some people. To combat this stress, it is imperative that more than once in a while we take a breather.
Take a breather and look at the big picture – You are alive, you have friends that care about you, and you have the power to make a difference.
Try to take a moment every day, be it walking to class, waiting in line to swipe your card at the dining hall or while you’re getting ready to go out, to take a step back and give thanks for the blessings you’ve been given.