Thanksgiving Day: What It's All About

Thanksgiving Day: What It's All About

It's more important than you think to spend this day with your family, and seriously show appreciation to the people that will always show love and support.
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It's finally that time of year where one of the most important holidays of the year is coming up: Thanksgiving. It is certainly one of my favorite holidays, and I think it should be everyone else's.

Most people think of Thanksgiving as a day where piles and piles of food can be devoured, or malls will open up and have their stores on sale for 50% off. Even though both of those things are true, that is not what should be remembered after a Thanksgiving feast. It's a holiday of giving thanks, a time where it needs to be spent with family and everyone needs to be shown how much they are appreciated. Malls are now opening up on Thanksgiving Day, taking people away from their families and it's just sad to think that owners of these companies care more about money in their pocket than sharing a holiday with the ones they love. Even though there is nothing we can do to stop this from happening, we need to realize that it is much more important to spend time with your family compared to going to the mall to save a couple bucks on a brand new flat screen TV.

When I was younger, I really had no idea what Thanksgiving was all about. My parents are divorced, so I would go to two different houses and just eat so much food, then watch football. Life was good, but I was always annoyed with family members. I just wanted to watch football and get away from everyone. Looking back, I regret how I acted toward my family members and I wish I could change how I acted. Obviously, I cannot, but now I know how important it is to give thanks. My family has been my biggest supporter no matter what I am going through, and they deserve all the time in the world. No matter how much food is on the table or who is sitting around the dining room table, it is important to know that your family is always going to be there for you. It is extremely important to show the love you have for them by simply enjoying all their company this coming Thanksgiving. The NFL games can wait, they really are not that important. When you need love or help, the NFL is not going to be there to help you. You can easily watch the highlights of the games the next morning, while you wake up from your food coma. The people that surround you when you are eating Thanksgiving dinner are going to be there to help you. In addition to that, going to the mall to try and capitalize on all the sales at 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day is just a horrible way to get out of spending time with your family. Unfortunately, I had to work at the time the past two years, and I never want to do it again. I missed so much quality time with my family, and I hope people realize that when they go out shopping. The time you spend with your family is the best way to give thanks to them and is extremely important. Time is something that can never be given back, we only have so much of it to give. Why not spend it with the one's that you love, the people that are going to support you through every struggle in triumph in your life?

Please remember that this Thanksgiving, this time with your family is much more important than you think.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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To My Best Friend Who Taught Me What True Friendship Is, I Can't Thank You Enough

"To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding."
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Dear Best Friend,

You have been a part of my life for quite some time now. You have seen my good, bad, and ugly sides and have stuck by my side through it all. I don't know if I could ever find the words to truly thank you for everything your friendship has given me, but I am definitely going to try.

Our lives have taken some twist and turn these past few years, but we have stayed strong through it all.

Thank you for judging me just the right amount.

Throughout our friendship, I have made some very questionable decisions. A lot of people would say "thanks for never judging me," but I feel like everyone needs a best friend who's going to tell them how it is, to tell them when they are about to make a bad decision or how to avoid something worse from happening. You have always told me how it is (even when I don't always want to hear it), but I know that I can come to you whenever I need someone to set me straight.

You're always down to do nothing with me.

I think that you are the one person that I can call up to hang out and do absolutely nothing with and have a good time. From the nights sitting in and playing card games to ordering Chinese food and watching an entire Netflix series while I dance around with the cat: I know that we could do anything, and nothing together and it would be fun.

But also, you're always down to get lit with me.

I swear one day we will be two old moms at a bar drinking vodka crans and laughing about the stupid shit our husbands and children do. You're always down to go out and have a good time. Even if everyone else we're with is miserable, we find a way to laugh at ourselves.

You are one of the few constant things in my life.

I've lost a lot of friends in my life, but you have stayed by my side through everything. I can't remember the last time we actually fought about anything, but even when we do we can't stay mad at each other for more than a day. I know we will be in each other's lives until we literally keel over.

I want you yo know that you're the strongest person I know.

You've dealt with things that not many people go through ever in their life. You have always been so mature, and you handle everything with grace. You inspire me every day with your goals and successes and I am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments.

Above all else, you deserve the world.

It's so easy to get caught up in your own mind and think that you deserve the things that happen to you, but please know that the only thing you deserve is happiness. Please settle for nothing short of that. It may take a bit to find your happiness, but I will be there every step of the way. You're a remarkable human being, and I want nothing but the best for you.

To the person who will hold your heart someday, please do not break it. To the person who may wrong you, you will regret it forever. To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding.

You, my best friend, future bridesmaid, godmother of my children, the person to bail me out of jail, the one who lets me cry on their couch for twelve hours,

I love you.

I will cherish our friendship forever. Thank you for being you.

Love always,

Your best friend.

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You Don't Have To See Your Friends Every Day

We all have lives that we're trying to balance.

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For as long as I can remember, whenever I would have no plans and go on Snapchat to see all my friends having fun without me, I would get FOMO. I'd get really sad and think that they didn't care about me because they didn't invite me. It would get me in such a bad mood that it would ruin any chance of going out with someone else who wanted to hang out.

I don't know if it was just my anxiety of people hating me or if it was a fear of missing out (FOMO). Even recently, it has gotten me down. However, over the past month or so, I finally realized something: you don't have to hang out every day to still consider each other friends.

Everyone has a life that they're trying to balance, especially after high school. People work (maybe even more than one job) and go to school. Some have to take care of family members or do things for their family. Some people are focusing on themselves. Some have relationships to maintain. Whatever it is, we all have lives that we're trying to balance.

We all want to have fun, but school, work, and our families are the priorities.

Even if they're out hanging with other people, it doesn't mean that they don't want to hang out with you. Free time is served on a "first come, first serve" basis. It's hard to balance hanging out with multiple people.

I also learned that it doesn't matter the number of friends you have. What truly matters is the quality. Ask yourself, "Who's there for me when I really need someone?" The people who are there for you when you really need someone to talk to are your TRUE friends.

It's not easy to be there for someone and make them feel better. If they offer to listen or give advice, they care!

I know that it may feel like you have no friends sometimes, but that's not true. Life after high school is hard at times. You're an adult. You have to do adult things and take care of yourself first.

You have to realize that everyone has a busy schedule and not all your friends' schedules will align with yours, but that's okay! You don't need to hang out with friends every day to consider them your friends. What truly matters is if they are there for you when you need them.

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