Why We Love Thanksgiving
Over the years, Thanksgiving has proceeded to become the one of most popular American holidays. The copious spread of turkey, stuffing, and pie, makes the infatuation with Thanksgiving almost inevitable. The holiday is a quintessential example of the American spirit, providing Americans with an opportunity to do whatever our little hearts (and big appetites) desire. Through our shameless over-eating and family bonding, we are simultaneously giving thanks to our country; after all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The holiday provides us Americans with a chance to experience and indulge in all that is great about our country and lives.
Thanksgiving’s popularity is mostly attributed to the vast amount of food associated with the holiday. The turkey, succotash, pudding, stuffing, and potatoes make it hard for anyone to say “No thanks, I’m full”. The holiday is great because it gives all Americans a free pass to spoil themselves and eat whatever they want. Forget dieting and exercise; the only obligation is to enjoy yourself! All thoughts, worries, and chores can be shoved aside and swapped for profuse amounts of pie and turkey. There are no religious services, tree-lightings, or decorations to worry about, the only requirement is to simply eat your heart out- a thing which we Americans do very well.
Perhaps another reason Turkey Day is great is the accompanying winter spirit it imposes. Come Thanksgiving Thursday, the official holiday season kicks off. No more do you have to feel ashamed for listening to holiday music, for after Thursday, all traditions of the holiday season are encouraged and appreciated. Go ahead; sing along to “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, Enjoy your Starbucks Peppermint Latté! Thanksgiving brings with it the official winter spirit, full of warm Turkey, creamy pies, cold weather, and holiday cheer. Without Thanksgiving, there would be nothing to ring in the new season with; no transition from boring fall into the bright, exciting winter.
Perhaps the most important aspect of Thanksgiving is the celebration of all that we have in America. We are privileged that there is a holiday in American that allows us to pay homage to all of our freedoms. On Thanksgiving, all that we love and cherish is displayed before us. In the generous spread of food, bonding time with family, and great winter spirit, it is easy to notice all of the things that our great about our lives.
How can one possibly dislike a holiday full of so much food, good spirits, and family? It seems difficult to pick out anything negative about Thanksgiving. The scrumptious food relaxes and revives us, the quality time with family brings us closer, and the incorporation of the winter sprits makes everyone happier. Lastly, Thanksgiving is so vital and important because it provides Americans with a time to reflect and give thanks for all of our privileges. We have so much here in America, and it is only right that we celebrate and give thanks to our enormous opportunities through our appreciation of Thanksgiving.