I know I am not alone when I say this, but Thanksgiving is my favorite of all the Holidays. At my age, birthdays have lost their luster. And Christmas has turned into a six-month commercial free for all. That leaves Thanksgiving firmly planted at the top of my holiday mountain, strong and steady.
Of course, there are plenty other reasons why Thanksgiving has such a soft place in my heart. Here are five.
Can you say 4-day weekend? I can actually go somewhere. Leave the city. Visit friends and family. Do my thanking in person. Or play a round of golf, or sit around in my underwear all day (apologies for the visual). There is an art to the four day weekend…and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to perfect it.
The meal! Thank you, thank you, thank you…now pass the biscuits please. I unapologetically admit it, but I love my Thanksgiving meal. From traditional to new American to French, I never met a Thanksgiving dinner that didn't make me want to unbuckle my belt and start eating. Rich, savory or sweet, Thanksgiving offers something for everybody’s taste. Fact is, I can spend hours arguing about how to make the perfect turkey, the best sides, the tastiest recipe for pumpkin pie. Go ahead, call me, let’s talk food. Better yet, save me a seat at the table. I’ll help with the dishes.
Raise your glass in thanks! Or just fill up my glass. Either way, I’d be remiss in my duties at the Nation if I didn’t confess that I have a fond affection for that age old Pilgrim ritual of drinking. Let’s just say that from Thursday to Sunday night, the bar is officially open. Bloody Mary's at 11:00 AM, a few beers during the football games, some wine or champagne with dinner, and maybe a shot of something after dinner. Of course, I’m also in bed by 8:30 but that’s another story. Any way you slice it, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to toast those you love (assuming you can still see them). As always, don’t drink or drive. Let Uber or Lyft do that for you.
People. That’s what this holiday is truly about. Friends and Family. Old friends and new friends. Crazy Uncles. Disgruntles In-Laws. Strangers becoming friends. It’s not about gifts. It’s about people gathering to celebrate around a table. To laugh, tell stories, watch games, argue about politics. It’s big, loud, messy and beautiful. And I love it. It seems we spend so much time staring at screens and interacting with buttons and clicks, that we forget that the best social interaction is the simple act of being face to face. Unplug and enjoy it.
Putting the Thanks back in Thanksgiving. As the holiday falls so close to the end of the year, this is the perfect time to stop and be thankful for our accomplishments and what we are so blessed to have received in our lives. What could be more important than to look to our friends and family and say thank you for being a part of my life? Life is too short not to tell others how you feel.
And on that note: I’d like to say thank you to all my friends and family who have been such an important part of my life. I’d like to thank my clients for not only their trust but their friendship. I am grateful for each and every one of you.
Wishing you and your friends and family a very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday.