It’s November 1st! Halloween is over and now the holiday season is going to get serious. While some chose to skip straight to decking the halls, and sipping eggnog, I personally like to give Thanksgiving the attention is deserves.
It was only a couple years ago that I decided to make Thanksgiving my favorite holiday. This was actually a surprise to my family since growing up, I never really liked Thanksgiving. I can only assume that was because I wasn’t a huge fan of the food. The turkey always made me so sleepy, I did not like mashed potatoes, and don’t even get me started on gravy and cranberry sauce. As I have become an adult, however, my understanding of this holiday have changed (and so have my taste buds!)
Before ultimately deciding that I loved Thanksgiving, I tried to figure out why I didn’t love the other holidays we celebrate at years end (not including New Years)
As a kid, I could wholeheartedly say my favorite holiday was Halloween. The day was always filled with excitement! Waiting impatiently for the sun to go down so I could get into my costume to go trick or treating. Then to come home and dump all the candy I got on the living room floor to see what I wanted to keep or trade with my siblings and/or friends; so much fun!
Really, I was raised to be a Halloween fanatic. My mom is obsessed with the holiday! And when she married my stepdad her obsession only grew stronger since, he too, loves Halloween. Every year they start counting down the days until Halloween, and to their annual Halloween parties, probably around June; and they have no shame in that.
When I think about Halloween, in present time, I think of my mom and stepdad and how that is their thing. Sure, it could me my thing too, but I don’t get that same excitement from the holiday as they do, and I feel I should if it was my favorite day.
I really enjoy the Christmas season! Baking, decorating, Christmas movies and carols, the cold weather. What I don’t enjoy, is the headache that seems to come along with it. Whoever can prove to me their Christmas holiday is not stressful will get an extra batch of cookies from me this year. Especially as a blended family, then getting married and trying to balance all sides of the families, it gets extremely overwhelming. Also, during Christmas time, there seems to be more tension, stress, and pressure to give the best gift. I personally don’t like the obligation to buy Christmas gifts. It always feels like you have to outdo the year before, or the family member that always spend more money. It just takes away from the joy of the actual holiday. What I like doing instead is creating gifts for others. Whether its baked good or some sort of useful DIY gift, I feel they come more from the heart. There is a lot of joy in what Christmas is about and I wish people could focus more on that than the hustle and hustle of the season.
Thanksgiving is a day to truly be grateful for what you have and who you share it with. Sure, you should be Thankful every day, but most people really emphasize it on this holiday. At Thanksgiving everyone seems a lot more relaxed and looks forward to just enjoying the time with family and friends (and the food, of course) Unlike Christmas, where the gift giving in expected, during Thanksgiving, all your expected to bring is yourself (and maybe some pecan pie)
Also, football! In my family, we love football! So, how could a holiday that football is a major part of, not be my favorite holiday?!
Last year (2017) I was able to have my side of the family, cram themselves into our two-bedroom apartment and share this great holiday with us. It was stressful, and draining, but in all the good ways! It was my first time ever cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner and I am thankful (no pun intended) there were no major disasters. And even if there were, it would just add to the memories that we could all look back on at future Thanksgivings and [hopefully] have a good laugh at.
It was hosting last year that definitely solidified my reasons for loving Thanksgiving. It may have been a tight fit, and it may have been different than past traditions, but at the end of the day, I know we were all very appreciative to have spent that time together.
Do you have a favorite holiday? Let me know in the comments below.