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Why Thanksgiving Is The Best Holiday

I know we all dread the “how’s college?” question our families always ask us on Thanksgiving. If your family is as crazy as mine, you’ve experienced the cousins fighting over food, the adults arguing over politics, and overall everyone trying to talk over each other at the dinner table.

We’ve all witnessed someone in the family screaming at the TV during the football game and then immediately falling asleep on the couch right after. We’ve also experienced being put at the kid’s table with all the little cousins, which makes you wonder if your aunt will hand you crayons and a piece of paper to trace your hand into a turkey.

 But in the end, behind the dysfunction, our families give us so much to be thankful for. There’s way more to Thanksgiving than dealing with our crazy yet lovable families.

While we’re sitting at the table hearing an embarrassing story being retold for the thousandth time or someone going on about what they are most thankful for this year, we realize that we wouldn’t be half of what we are today without our families. We realize that family doesn’t just come and go; they will always be there, no matter what.

Many people prefer the holidays when you’re exchanging gifts and setting up dazzling decorations inside and outside of the house. For this reason, Thanksgiving tends to be such an underrated holiday. However, nothing can beat the warm turkey, the creamy sweet potatoes, the fluffy corn bread, or the delicious pumpkin pie just waiting to be eaten. There’s no denying that we all look forward to the whiff of the turkey right when it comes out of the oven. And the best part is, we get to have another feast the day after with all the delicious leftovers. (Except for the sweet potatoes, which in my family is the first to go)!

Thanksgiving gives us a break from all of the stressful school work and studying. We finally have time to relax, catch up on sleep, spend time with friends, and even read a good book or catch a compelling movie. Those few days away from school can really make a difference.

Another great thing about Thanksgiving are the traditions. I personally enjoy breaking the turkey’s wishbone and watching specials such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Another tradition of mine includes one of the cousins telling the same Thanksgiving joke every year: If April showers bring May flowers, what does the Mayflower bring? (The answer is pilgrims, for future reference.)

On Turkey Day, we also get a chance to show off our magnificent fall outfits. Thanksgiving is the day when I pull out only the best attire from my autumn wardrobe; boots, a warm sweater, and of course a stylish scarf to match! Black Friday gives us great deals on clothes to add to the wardrobe!

There’s no denying that the best thing about Thanksgiving is that the holidays are just around the corner! So go ahead and blast Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and brace yourself for another family get-together!

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