Thanksgiving: The forgotten child

1621: the year that started everything. The first Thanksgiving. The first turkey time.

When people think of Thanksgiving, one thing that comes to their mind is family. Certainly, that’s true. Thanksgiving is an opportunity for everyone to get together, catch up, and eat great food. Grudges are momentarily set aside as they gather together to give thanks to everything, no matter how big or small.

Then comes the food. From turkey and mashed potatoes to that very stereotypically-Utah Martinelli’s, the food is what makes Thanksgiving iconic. Oh, and let’s not forget about the heavenly mouthfuls of goodness that is pumpkin pie. Topped with whipped cream, this gift from the gods is the perfect way to end an already perfect meal. And yes, while I am aware that Christmas has pretty good food, let’s face it; Christmas dinner is basically just a second round of Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving dinner is the first time that everyone gets to truly experience angelic food. By the time Christmas rolls around, the food is still good, but you just don’t get that same heavenly experience.

We know about the god-tier food you can eat, but let’s not forget the festivities. Much like Christmas, every family has different traditions they carry on. Some watch football, some play it, and some do both. Either way, it’s an opportunity to bond together as a family, and it gives those sports people a chance to prove why they think they’re good enough to go pro. But even if you’re not into football, there’s still a tradition for you.

Now let’s take a step back for a second and look at Thanksgiving as a whole. Compared to Christmas, Thanksgiving is a stress-free time: no school, nice weather, and no pressure to find the perfect gift. In fact, it’s the perfect time to go treat yourself. Get the gang, stuff your face, and buy whatever your heart desires with no (immediate) regret the next day. Treating yourself while also bonding with family and friends? Nothing can top that.

Thanksgiving is a great holiday and should not be ignored for the sake of Christmas. Thanksgiving should be given the whole month of November so it has a chance to shine. Then, once December starts, the focus can change to Christmas. Don’t just overlap Christmas into November because you’re impatient. Thanksgiving has a lot to offer. While it may not be in the form of songs, Thanksgiving’s impact is more important than people give it credit for.

So let’s raise a glass and make a toast. To family and thanks. To food and traditions. To what is, and will always be, turkey time.