Honesty time? I’ve never loved Thanksgiving. I chalk it up to having to spent the day in the hospital when I was five; I don’t think I’ve been able to separate that memory from the holiday ever since. But this year, I’m trying to be more open to the holiday — I get to eat endless amounts of food, spend time with my family, and be thankful for everything I have in life. I think the message of Thanksgiving is so important: give thanks. I have so much to be thankful for, and I try to remember that every day, but I try even harder on Thanksgiving. Also, I get to eat crescent rolls like there is no tomorrow, and what’s better than that? This week I’m sharing my favorite things about Thanksgiving. Let’s get started!
1. Crescent Rolls
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — I love crescent rolls. I never have them, so it’s the only time of year I get to enjoy them. I’m fully aware that I’m an adult and can bye a tin of rolls whenever I like, but there’s something special about saving these flaky pastries to be enjoyed on Thanksgiving. I fill up on them every year, and I can barely enjoy any of the other sides, but I know I’m 100% going to do it again this year. I’d honestly skip the turkey and just make a bunch of side dishes if the Thanksgiving menu were left up to me.
2. Apple Pie
I know pumpkin pie is the “it” pie at Thanksgiving, but I’m a classic apple pie gal. Last year, I was eating apple pie for about a week straight because no one else wanted any.
3. Going to the movies
My family started this unofficial tradition on Christmas a couple of years ago. We can’t do it on Christmas anymore (it’s hard to fit in a movie when you’ve got three+ celebrations to attend), but we went on Thanksgiving last year, and I loved it. I don’t go to the movies a ton, so going on a holiday makes it feel even more special. It’s also a low key way to keep spending time with family on a holiday even after eating all the carbs and wanting to take a nap. It must be said — thank you, thank you, thank you to the people that work on holidays so families can partake in traditions like this. You are rockstars.
4. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
I’ve actually only watched the parade the whole way through about two or three times in my life, but I love catching snippets of it when I can. There’s nothing better than seeing a blown-up Snoopy making his way down Central Park West.
5. Being thankful.
I practice thankfulness every day, but it’s always nice to hear what other people are thankful for as well. I feel like, as society, we don’t share what’s important to us enough, that includes what we are thankful for. Too often we take the little, and big, things for granted, until it’s much too late. So tell the people that matter to you how thankful you are for them, jot a little reminder in your phone about what other blessings were brought to you in 2018, and show your gratitude this Thursday (or every day)!
Short, sweet, and to the point, unlike Thanksgiving which is long and savory. What are you looking forward to most this year? Let me know in the comments below.