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Christmas Might Be The Better Season, But You Can't Top Thanksgiving Day

"Thanksgiving reminds me of a special kind of coziness and warmth that no other day of the year does, even Christmas Day."

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I love all holidays. For me, a holiday always means hanging with my family and eating really good food. But, one holiday in particular embodies this more than any of the others: Thanksgiving. As someone who absolutely LOVES Christmas and always has, it's been weird for me in the last few years to realize that, while the Christmas season can't be beat, Thanksgiving is the best holiday as an actual day.

For one thing, Thanksgiving is an entire day set aside to be thankful for what we have. I've discovered that the older I get, the more thankful I am. I love that we take time out just to celebrate that we have more things to be thankful for than we deserve. Thanksgiving always brings up these lovely and warm memories of watching the Macy's Day Parade with hot apple cider in the mornings and of baking pies with my mom, grandmother, and sister. It makes me think of excitedly waiting for our large family to arrive at our house (Thanksgiving being the only time that we officially gather there instead of at my grandmother's). Thanksgiving reminds me of a special kind of coziness and warmth that no other day of the year does, even Christmas Day.

Christmas is great; I love the season where it's a little colder outside, but everyone's hearts seem to be just a little warmer. I love all of the decorations and the lights and the music. I love the atmosphere surrounding Christmas. I love that I get to celebrate it as a Christian. The Christmas season is amazing. Christmas Day itself is great, but I've still got to give the best day to Thanksgiving. When else could I take whipped cream "shots" with my cousins and grandmother standing around my kitchen? Could we really wait until Christmas Day to build our gingerbread house that, as a part of tradition and not at all due to faulty workmanship, consistently falls apart about 10 minutes after we step away from it?

Maybe it has something to do with Thanksgiving being the "official" start to the Christmas season too. I mean, personally, I start listening to Christmas music on November 1st (and yes, I still respect Thanksgiving, so slow your roll), but for a lot of people, that extra warm heartedness and cheer and goodwill toward others doesn't really begin until Thanksgiving or the day after. Maybe this day when we're thankful for what we have fuels us to go out and spread a little more kindness in the world. I have no clue. But I do know that it's the only day of the year where it's acceptable to do nothing but eat, watch football, and enjoy the fact that you simply exist in a life as wonderful as this one and that's enough for me.

So, Christmas season, I can't wait to see you in a couple of weeks, but for now, I'll be getting hyped up for Thanksgiving Day — the single best holiday there is.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Summer = Rest?

Sometimes it feels as if we need a vacation... from our vacation.

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Ah summer: Popsicles and sun burns, mixed with fresh-squeezed lemonade that local kids are pandering to make enough money for Roman candles and Black Cats. The crack of the bat can be heard among the simmering charcoal grills and Troy-bilts humming through the ever-lasting sun. School is out and children are wild. It's a paradise.

Or is it?

But after countless sports camps and tournaments, other camps, vacations, school (?) events, traveling teams, VBS, summer seems to have been sucked fun-free.

Maybe it's Hollywood and Harper Lee's fault for giving us this utopian view of what summer should look and feel like (I'm looking at you Sandlot). But how can we really rest this summer? Because everyone needs some actual rest, even adults.

First thing is do NOT pack your summer full. Say no to some things. Coaches and Families can expect too much and it's okay to say no to them. You have to. There is no time for kids to be kids anymore.

Work can take a backseat. Vacations need to be taken. Families need to reconnect.

And for all my super-scheduled people out there, please PLEASE don't schedule out your vacation. Just enjoy it.

Another bit of advice would be to put away the technology and spend some time outside. When was the last time you tried to catch lightning bugs? Or went for a swim? Or listened to birds on your front porch?

I may sound like I have an old soul, but I really feel like we have lost this connection to the outside world. Summer is all about getting a farmer's tan and getting stung once or twice. I can guarantee you that's some of the best therapy in the world.

Maybe this sounds all over the place. Maybe this sounds like me ranting. And it probably is.

But I'm telling you that this stuff matters. Don't let summer whiz by and you arrive in August more drained that you were in May. Enjoy this time with family and friends.

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