Thanksgiving is like the middle child of holidays. It lives between Halloween and Christmas, not as flashy as its spooky elder and doesn’t make as much money as its younger. People enjoy it when it comes, but don’t seem to remember it exists. When they do, it’s only significant because it comes right before the biggest shopping day of the year. One cell phone provider’s tagline for their sales this year is “Thanks-getting”. Which, honestly, pisses me off.
Despite the fact that Thanksgiving is based on a mythic story of Native Americans and their soon-to-be white oppressors coming together over turkey and corn, I actually really enjoy this holiday.
To me, Thanksgiving isn’t a stepping stone on the way to Christmas. It’s not a precursor to Black Friday, although I do enjoy shopping. It’s a day to gather with the people you love and reflect on all the things you’re thankful for.
This year, my family is spending the holiday at my great aunt and uncle’s house in the cities. We usually spend it with my entire extended family and I’m really excited for something more low-key. We also don’t have to cook, which is amazing.
So, dear readers, time for a list. This year, I am thankful for:
- The opportunity to live and work at home for the past six months, which has enabled me to spend lots of time with my family.
- My job. I know that I complain about it a lot, but having a job is better than unemployment.
- All my friends, near and far.
- Being done with college, which means I have a lifetime of pleasure reading that I’m still giddy about.
- My cats. Because it’s gotten cold, they’ve all been super cuddly lately, which I love.
- Direction. Even if it’s only until the end of March, I love knowing where I’m going to be.
- The fact that I’m going back to England in a little over a month.
- This blog and all the lovely people who read it (including you!)
What are some of the things you’re thankful for?