I’m more than three months into this “post-a-day” nonsense, and today is my favorite holiday of the year: Thanksgiving! Yes, yes, I know the story of the first Thanksgiving is a bunch of crap and that there’s no real validity to the holiday from a historical standpoint, but that’s not what I like about it. Let’s face it–most people who celebrate Christmas don’t REALLY enjoy it because it celebrates the birth of Jesus (which actually was probably in April anyway). Most people enjoy Christmas because they enjoy presents and getting the day off work.
I enjoy Thanksgiving for similar reasons–in other words, the reasons I love Thanksgiving have nothing to do with the historical “reasoning” behind the holiday. I love Thanksgiving because there are two things that matter to me more than anything else in the world: family, and food.
Absolutely everything served on Thanksgiving is delicious. I love turkey. I love stuffing. I love pie and cranberry sauce and green bean casserole. I especially love the food coma that comes later.
I also love spending time with family. Every year growing up, Thanksgiving was a day for us to focus on one another. As an adult, not a whole lot has changed except that I get to spend Thanksgiving with a much larger group of people.
Another one of the reasons Thanksgiving means so much to me is because it was the only time my entire family ever had the chance to get together. In 2010, we spent Thanksgiving not only with my husband’s family, before we were even engaged, but with my family. Only two short months before, Mom had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
She died the following June. I never got to have another Thanksgiving with her.
That being said, this post isn’t about being sad. It isn’t about dwelling on things I cannot change and getting myself down. Like I said–it’s Thanksgiving, and I freaking love Thanksgiving.
So go out there, spend time with your families, and stuff yourself with delicious food until you feel like you’re going to pop!
Tomorrow, we’ll start talking about writing again.