I know that those of you reading my column this month have just celebrated one of America’s most important and family-oriented holidays of the entire year: Thanksgiving.
Whether you count down the days until you and all of your crazy relatives can gather into one overcrowded location and eat copious amounts of food, or you count down the hours until you can escape the clutches of Uncle Harold and Aunt Marge, who likes to apply her lipstick in generous doses, chances are, Thanksgiving is a holiday your family celebrates in one way or another.
I’m also willing to bet that most of you are thinking about not finishing this article, because all month long you hear nothing but “celebrate what you’re thankful for” and “The 20 best ways to slice a turkey.” But stick with me, I promise I have a good point.
Even with the holiday being conveniently referred to as “Thanksgiving,” most people associate the day with an overload of food, which leads to what we classy Americans cleverly call a “turkey coma.”
However, there is so much more to this holiday than how much food we can manage to consume before falling asleep on the loveseat in an unattractive manner. And by that, I mean we shouldn’t forget to give thanks during the Thanksgiving season.
Being away from home for more than a couple weeks at a time for the first time this year, I have developed a new perspective for this holiday. Especially with the events that have occurred this past year, most recently, Superstorm Sandy, I have become much more thankful for the lot that I have been afforded.
So to celebrate this holiday, I thought it would be appropriate to review the year and explain why I am thankful for its events.