OPINION: Pro-Thanksgiving


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Thanksgiving. It’s the time of the year that rings in the holiday season, with Christmas and Hanukkah right around the corner. Spirits are high, the food is scrumptious, and everyone is brought together on this special day. How could anyone hate it?

Personally, I absolutely love Thanksgiving; it’s one of my favorite holidays. I thought that this was a shared sentiment throughout the vast majority of our country, but sometimes, it doesn’t seem to be.

My family’s Thanksgiving is always a time to look forward to. Every year, we gather at my father’s parents house, have a great meal with delicious food, and then watch some of the Cowboys game before we doze off from our post-turkey slump. Our feast consists of stuffing, rolls, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, fruit salad, various desserts, and of course, turkey. Most of this delicious food is prepared by my grandmother every year, and she never fails to set the bar higher than she did the previous year. The dinner table is where my family and I can catch up on each other’s life from the last time we’ve seen each other, which, especially now, is not extremely common.

If time allowed, we’d also go up to my mom’s parents’ house, who lived in Wise County, and have even more dessert, like my aunt’s delicious sopapilla cheesecake. With so many different dishes to choose from, you absolutely cannot say that you don’t like any Thanksgiving food without outright lying.

Besides, Thanksgiving has always been a time of bringing people together, and that is undoubtedly my favorite aspect of Thanksgiving, despite the food, which is a tough thing to put aside. I absolutely love my family, both my mom and my dad’s sides. I enjoy catching up on my cousin’s lives, and Since the one’s on my dad’s side are right around my age, we have plenty to discuss. My cousins on the other side are significantly younger, but they provide plenty of entertainment for my brother and me. I also like filling my grandparents in about what’s happening in my life, as their wisdom and experience is unmatched, even if somehow every conversation turns political.

After some further thinking and writing, I still cannot comprehend how anyone couldn’t at least like one aspect of Thanksgiving. It’s always been such an enjoyable time for my family and I. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!