Thanksgiving Is The Best Holiday IMO And Yes, That Includes All The Family Questions

Thanksgiving Is The Best Holiday IMO And Yes, That Includes All The Family Questions

A few moments of awkwardness is worth time spent with family.

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For some reason, there's this common dread among college kids towards Thanksgiving with family. Particularly, over all the questions college kids get during the Thanksgiving meal. There are articles galore on Odyssey alone that talk about the "dreaded questions." And I, for one, have never understood it.

What's wrong with your family giving a shit about how you're doing?

I get it. Not every family is the perfect happy family, and some families don't get along. But at least don't whine about going home and "dealing with" your family, who don't get to see you while you're at college, asking how you're holding up. I know, it can be uncomfortable when the questions turn to old friends or your love life (two topics that are always uncomfortable to discuss with family), but it's five seconds of dealing with those questions. Once they've been asked, you get to move on to the good stuff: the food.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, thanks to my family.

I love Thanksgiving. Always have. In my mind, Thanksgiving has always been associated with good food, fun, and most importantly, family.

My family has been having Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents' house since forever. It's a tradition that never gets old. And even in the years that we did it at my house, it still felt great because of the people who were there.

Thanksgiving means my little cousins all running around and being loud, having a blast. It means getting to see my aunts and uncles who I don't get to see very often, especially the ones who live out of state. It means lots of delicious homemade food that fills you up–and grandma divvying up the leftovers among the different branches.

Thanksgiving means comfort, happiness, and safety. Warmth and light. Cozy clothes and full stomachs. Just...happiness.

And now, I have new traditions.

For the third year, I'm having Thanksgiving lunch with my boyfriend and his family. He and I watch the Macy's Day Parade (mostly for the floats and Broadway performances), which is something I never used to do. It's just nice to sit down and have a quieter Thanksgiving meal before the loudness of my family's dinner.

Over the last couple of years, my family hosted Thanksgiving dinner rather than going to my grandparents' house. It was a fun new tradition, and an incredible experience to have so much of our family in our home. We're back at my grandparents' house this year, but my father is cooking everything at our house.

Thanksgiving has only good memories for me. And I can't wait to make more good memories this year.

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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Do Not Be Ungrateful This Thanksgiving, Here Are 33 Reasons Why You Should Be Thankful

We do not spend enough time being thankful, and that is unfair

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Thanksgiving is a beautiful, unique and American holiday. Thanksgiving is about food, about family, but especially is about being thankful. I know, we spend a lot of our time complaining about several things, our job, our professor, our boss, our partner, our family, ourselves, our politicians, our favorite artist, our car and much more.

We do not spend enough time being thankful, and that is unfair. We have many reasons to say thanks; I give you thirty-three. Here are my reasons to be thankful (and I think they are yours too):

1. Our family. Even if you don’t like them, they made you like you are.

2. To be alive. You may not like your life, but it is an opportunity.

3. To live in the US. Have you seen all the people in the world who want to live here? The US is a country full of opportunities.

4. Our jobs. I don’t like mine either, but it pays my bill, and it reminds me I can do something better.

5. Our schools/colleges/universities. We are so lucky because we have the chance to study.

6. To vote. It took thousands of years to get the right to vote and chose our representatives, governors, presidents, senator and others (if you’re a woman or part of a minority you must be more thankful).

7. For Facebook. The best way to know our friends and relatives’ lives

8. For our favorite TV shows. We are living in the golden age of TV; we are so lucky (and we have TV Reboots & Revivals).

9. We can dream. We can change our lives; we can choose our destiny. Half of the people in the world do not have that chance.

10. For love. It does not matter if you have a partner or you don’t; enjoy the fact you have your stories and you will have more.

11. For babies, puppies, cats and dogs. What would we do with all those hours watching their videos on Youtube?

12. Free sexuality. We are living in the time where you can be anything you want, and you can love anybody you want. Just think, fifty years ago, we were prisoners of society.

13. “Game of Thrones” is back in April 2019. We have been waiting too long.

14. For books. Reading makes us better people.

15. For Instagram. Food never was more important than now. IG is the best way to know how our celebrities’ lives are.

16. For our friends. I cannot imagine my life without my friends; they are my rock and the best support in the worse moments.

17. For Netflix. How did we spend our Sundays before?

18. We are the last generation who can handle climate change and save the world.

19. For Christmas. 

20. For your kids. I am talking about your own, your nephews, nieces, siblings, godchildren, step kids, even your neighbors.

21. For alcohol and all the good memories (and really bad decisions), it made us have.

22. Freedom of the press. Today more than any other time we must be thankful about freedom of the press (and we must protect it).

23. For our health. Even if you are not completely healthy, you are in the era where medicine is available and improving every second.

24. For #Metoo movement. Finally, we can share our experiences and stop them for the next generations.

25. For traveling. You can go to Australia, Madagascar, France or Chile if you want. There are no limits.

26. For freedom.

27. For second chances. We all need them in all the moments of our lives.

28. For food. Because it makes our lives better and delicious.

29. For memes. Now each picture has a huge potential to be famous.

30. For God or the Gods. Be thankful because you have somebody who listens to your prays.

31. For the Future. Because we can make it.

32. For the past. Because it is our history.

33. For the present. We are living the best of all the times. Today, most of the social movements have had important advances. It is easier to be a woman, a minority, a refugee, an immigrant or have a disability. 

Yes, probably I am missing some important motives to be thankful which means there are dozens of more reasons. By the way, Happy Thanksgiving!

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