Can we talk for a minute about how much I love Thanksgiving? Because outside of my birthday, it’s the best holiday out there. A day that not only symbolizes togetherness and gratitude, but also emphasizes the cultural importance of eating carbs in excess.
I admit Halloween has a good thing going with the candy, a really good thing. But let’s be serious—a Kit Kat’s got nothing on sweet potato casserole with marshmallows. Yeah, Thanksgiving is so avant-garde it prompted the combination of marshmallows and root vegetables. Hallelujah!
You know, I also appreciate Thanksgiving for being so inclusive; anyone can celebrate and there are very few rules or things to remember. The whole basis of the day is that a long time ago, different cultures overcame some pretty dreadful first impressions to ultimately live and learn together. I’m not naïve enough to think it was as tranquil or picturesque as modern textbooks would have us to believe, but still, it represents a blending of ideas and I dig that. Although there are no reports of marshmallows at the first Thanksgiving, it’s believed to have taken place in 1621 in present-day Massachusetts –> home of the Red Sox –> more points to Thanksgiving’s coolness tally.
This year is the first occurrence in a lifetime when Hanukkah begins on Thanksgiving, and at first, I was skeptical. Could these two glorious occasions really intermingle without any drama? It seems they’ve worked out their differences, though, and hello—we’ve found a way to tactfully incorporate more potato-based treats into one sitting. Win!
So maybe I’m a bit too passionate about Thanksgiving, but the reason I find it necessary to SHOUT a little is because some people—no one I know personally, thank goodness—are pre-empting Thanksgiving this year. Yep. Bypassing it like it’s not a HUGE deal—like it’s Columbus Day or something.
This week I noticed Christmas lights already up around my neighborhood, and Christmas décor was in stores before the Halloween candy had a chance to take a final bow. And don’t get me started on Starbucks—they released red holiday cups on November 1, you know, 55 days before Christmas.
You guys, I’m nothing if not a freak about winter festivities, but I think we’re rushing just a bit. I vote we slow down just a smidge to make sure all the special occasions get their day in the sun (or snow).