Top 5 Favorite Things To Be Thankful For On Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, and it has nothing to do with the turkey. Sure, I don’t eat meat, but even when I did I never enjoyed meat so dry it was only palatable if covered with “healthy” douses of gravy, cranberry sauce, or any other flavorful side dish. No, my favorite things about Thanksgiving are quite different. And not only are they not very obvious, but they’re not very honorable either. Nevertheless, if I can swallow down dry turkey, I can swallow my pride as well, and share my five favorite Thanksgiving things with you.
1. Carbtastic eats.
On no other day of the year can you guiltlessly get away with eating mashed potatoes, candied yams, corn, and rolls for dinner, followed by a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. Dr. Atkins may be rolling over in his grave, but I’m just rolling back to the kitchen for more. Yum!
I’m not all that big of a football fan, but there’s something about seeing John Madden and Howie Long–especially Howie Long–in their holiday best handing out turkey legs that just makes me happy. I realize this makes me a terrible vegan. But I also love that this is the one game that I can fall asleep during and no one cares: it’s expected.
3. Pie Control.
No one in my family makes the pies but me. This gives me a tremendous amount of power. Power that I relish. Whatever type of pie I choose to make, be it vegan or just super healthy, you have no say in it, I do. So shut your pie hole!
4. Saying What I’m Thankful For.
Unlike some people, I appreciate being forced to sit and tell twenty members of my family what I’m thankful for. It ends up being like one of those Christmas newsletters when I can just brag about all the awesome things that I’ve done in the past year, like finally taking care of that ingrown toenail and tricking people into eating vegan pies.
5. I Can Start Celebrating Christmas Without Shame.
No matter what retailers would like you to believe, it’s just not right to put up decorations or pull out your Carpenter’s Christmas album until after Thanksgiving. But once you finish your Thanksgiving dinner, all bets are off, and you can start making your Christmas list right then and there. Or tinsel your house. Or plan what pie to make for Christmas. Muhahahaha.