Zac Vierra — Co-Editor-in-Chief
I was born on December 25, 1990. You would think that would automatically make Christmas my favorite holiday. For most of my years growing up, Christmas was at the top of the list. I got double presents (most of the time, but that’s a story for another day) so no holiday could possibly be better.
But I have a confession to make: sorry Christmas, but I have moved on. Thanksgiving is simply better in my eyes.
I feel bad for poor Thanksgiving, it never gets its due. The day after Halloween, ads on TV already have the “Jingle Bells” tune. Christmas lights are up before the Halloween candy is finished. ABC Family now has Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas which starts in mid-November, just in case you couldn’t get enough Frosty the Snowman in 25 days. All this hype for Christmas while Thanksgiving is treated like Milton from Office Space, just stuck in the corner mumbling “Guys, I’m still here, I’m coming up, I’m before Christmas.”
There are three reasons why Thanksgiving is the best. I like to call them the three F’s: food, football and family.
There is not a better meal than a Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, not to mention 17 different pies for dessert. And then there are leftovers for days. If the zombie apocalypse came on Thanksgiving night you could survive on Thanksgiving sandwiches for at least two weeks.
Is there a better tradition than Thanksgiving football? First, you wake up early and go see all your old friends from high school at the Thanksgiving Day game. Then after the epic meal I already mentioned, you can enjoy time on your couch watching some NFL action while battling a food coma.
But the most important of the F’s is family. Thanksgiving gives you a time to hang out with your family. Grandparents, aunt and uncles, cousins everyone is there. You are just enjoying each other’s company and that, to me, is worth more than any present ever is.
That’s why Christmas just isn’t the same for me anymore. It’s so commercialized. Black Friday, endless commercials, and too much stress about what to get everyone just isn’t worth it to me.
It’s not that I don’t like giving, it’s that I don’t like giving the same present every year. I can only give my grandpa so many baseball books until I’m out of options.
Last year when I was studying abroad in Rome I got everyone a little gift for Christmas. It was something different and I actually enjoyed picking gifts. This year I have no idea what to get anyone. Christmas is still a month and a half away and I’m already stressing about it.
Lucky for me I’ve got Thanksgiving standing in the way of Christmas. I can’t wait for food, football, and the gift that never stops giving, spending time with the people you love.
I would say I have a lot to be thankful for.