It's officially November! You know what that means: it's almost Thanksgiving. This holiday is a time for gathering around a table piled high with mouth-watering food, spending time with family, and most importantly, taking a moment in our busy lives to recognize what we are thankful for. Living in the South just allows for an extravagant Thanksgiving celebration and a whole lot to be thankful for. So without further ado, here are 5 things every Southerner is thankful for.
1. Sweet tea
First and foremost on the list of things Southerners are thankful for is sweet tea. It's basically liquid gold in a cup. Whether you take it with a lemon or not, sweet tea is definitely something we can't live without. Bonus gratuity points if you drink it straight out of a mason jar.
2. College football season
Now we all know college football season is the best season of the year. Watching this sport is considered a great hobby to the rest of the country. But in the South, college football is a way of life. Some might even consider it to be their religion. We take it very seriously, and we're so thankful to be able to get together and watch our favorite sport every single Saturday in the fall.
If you're from the South, you know that Chick-Fil-A is God's gift to this Earth. There's just simply no living without a chicken biscuit first thing in the morning. And there's no forgetting their signature Chick-Fil-A sauce used for dousing chicken nuggets. To put it simply, this restaurant is a staple to Southern culture, and we're grateful for every bite.
4. Southern hospitality
The first thing people typically notice about anyone that lives south of the Mason-Dixon is their hospitality. Or, to us, simply acting how your mama raised you. We may gossip about anything from politics to our neighbor's new haircut, but you can bet we're there for you when you need a friend. And we're beyond thankful to have this reputation of having hearts of gold. Think about that the next time you wave at a total stranger up North and they look at you like you're crazy.
5. Our slow lifestyle
If there's one thing Southerners are made fun of for the most, it's our slow-paced lifestyles. Rather than speeding down the sidewalk practically sprinting to get to work on time, we prefer to sit back, relax, and enjoy the little things. Sure, we work hard at anything we do, but we also strive to take a moment to just be still and breathe. Preferably, while enjoying the fresh air and sipping sweet tea on our front porch. Slowing down a bit in such a fast-paced world is definitely something to be thankful for.
Living in the South is truly a wonder in itself. I'm so unbelievably thankful that I was raised in such a beautiful culture. If you were raised in the South, be sure to give thanks this Thanksgiving. And if you weren't, well, bless your heart.