Thanksgiving is such a pretty little holiday, isn’t it? It’s definitely one of my favourites. I actually think I like Thanksgiving more than my own birthday. What is it exactly that makes Thanksgiving so wonderful? The aromatic melange of cinnamon and gravy, the cornucopias of browns and Burgundies that cascade our backyards, the muddle of sweet, plump cranberries swimming in savoury gravy beneath your turkey? Okay, well maybe the last one is just me. With all that being said, I don’t think we can pinpoint one thing that makes this holiday so homey. These are just some of the reasons why I love Thanksgiving. Maybe you’ve heard some of these reasons a thousand times before, and maybe there’s some you’ve never thought of. Either way, sit back and soak in all these reminiscent sensations that I’m hopefully radiating via your computer screen.
Let’s start with the obvious (and best) reason that I’m sure everyone can coincide with: the food. I’ll try my best not to make your tummies rumble with this paragraph– just kidding, I hope you’re all salivating by the end of this. Thanksgiving food surpasses any other holiday food. Now that’s just my personal opinion, but if you disagree, allow me to sway you. Almost any dish you’ll find on your table at Thanksgiving dinner can probably be classified as a comfort food. Comfort food is food that, well, comforts you. These dishes are often simple and traditional and they tend to feast on your nostalgic soft spot. Mashed potatoes and gravy for example- essential to any Thanksgiving dinner. Who remembers being fed that as a kid? Any child architects that tried to replicate Mount Vesuvius using the malleable potato mash as the trunk and the steaming gravy as the lava? Then there’s some abominable green vegetable that every kid dreaded eating at some point or another. Side note to all moms out there that tried to disguise a spoonful of peas into airplane or choo-choo train: we see through your trickery and we would prefer if a plane didn’t make its landing in our mouths. And who could forget the star of the show, the turkey. Nothing thrills you more than when your grandfather cuts that first juicy piece of meat and slaps it right next to your river of gravy that is the aftermath of your volcanic eruption.
The next best thing about Thanksgiving is the absence of gift giving. Christmas and birthdays, and even Easter, all require that each family exchanges gifts or that they bring just one for the special guest. Sure, who doesn’t love getting gifts? But with the joy of receiving gifts also comes the nuisance of getting a gift. Sometimes this isn’t a painful task at all, but for those kids who have every possible possession under the sun, or who are just simply too hard to pick something out for, it becomes a tedious process.
Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Cupid, what do these all have in common? They are all the leading mascots of some of our most commonly celebrated holidays. Thanksgiving doesn’t really have a central character that parades our dinner tables, countertops and front yards. Thanksgiving is so diverse in this sense that its décor doesn’t become monotonous and overdone. You can pick any aspect, whether it be turkeys, falling leaves, pumpkins or gourds, to center your decorations around.