Thanksgiving: the middle child of holidays

We should be celebrating this forgotten holiday

Ah yes, it is that time of year again. The days are shorter, nights get colder and Christmas music is consistently jingling in the distance. This is one of the best times of the year. Well , this and spring semester final exam week.

Going through the school year, it seems as if we go straight from Halloween to Christmas, but ,“wait ,” you might say, “isn’t there some holiday that we used to celebrate with Pilgrims and turkeys?” You would be correct.

That smaller holiday is known as Thanksgiving and is often overlooked as people take their spooky Halloween costumes off and put on their Santa hats.

The most obvious answer to why Thanksgiving is so left out is that it is right between the two most anticipated holidays of the year. For Halloween we go around dressed in essentially whatever we want. People either party or eat candy, and let’s be real, people will always find an excuse to do either. For Thanksgiving, we are surrounded by our loved ones and eat a big meal, but we also do the same exact thing for Christmas.

What makes Christmas so much more exciting is one simple word: presents. Sure it’s great that we eat together and appreciate one another in our family, but everybody loves to receive gifts. Another thing that makes Christmas awesome which Thanksgiving lacks is the amazing Christmas music. Thanksgiving is one of the only major holidays that doesn’t even have a song to represent it. Don’t even get me started on when people start playing Christmas music in early November, it drives me bonkers.

It’s bad enough that Thanksgiving doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, but a day after we appreciate what we have in our lives, we run to the stores and participate in a day that terrorizes all Walmart employees: Black Friday.

Don’t get me wrong, I love going out with my friends and buying things I want at discounted prices, but I think it is very ironic with the holiday it follows. “Thank you to life for allowing me to have a great family and allowing me to have all of my current possessions,” (24 hours later) “THAT’S MY XBOX ONE, YOU *****”.

Thanksgiving is a great holiday and deserves more recognition. So often in our lives, we forget what really matters and take everything that does matter for granted. Thanksgiving is a time when we can be with the people we love and appreciate all that life has given us.


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