Good news! It only took a good night’s sleep (don’t underestimate it – I always do) and a great upper body workout to make me feel like a new person. Who was that bitch from last night?? (My husband is still wondering)
Today’s confession is of course Thanksgiving inspired… Thanksgiving is not high on my list of holidays.
I know – WHAT is wrong with me? Hear me out…
1. I could do without the turkey.
I know, nobody is forcing me to eat it or anything – but it feels ODD to serve anything else on Thanksgiving (PS – I am not a fan of ham, at all). So I oblige. This year I am making a small turkey breast. As in the smallest one I can find. I much prefer other holiday meals – a good roast beef on Christmas Day and lamb at Easter. Food is the epicenter of a holiday (to most people, right?) and turkey is just “eh.”
2. I am thankful EVERY day.
This is so cliché, but there is not a day (even a bad one) where I am not thankful for what I’ve been given and all that I have. I know we are celebrating more than this – Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate traditions, memories, and family – but it often feels like it’s lumped in with Christmas and has become so, so commericialized.
(How great is that episode?)
You might think I am completely un-American (wait – you probably thought that when you discovered this post was a bitchfest about Thanksgiving), but growing up I dreaded Thanksgiving for the football games. There are so many of them! And often the games are SO BORING. I will say that now that I have a Fantasy Football team, I see the allure, but it’s been a long time coming. (And my team REALLY needs a win this week – so send good thoughts my way.)
4. There is no denouement.
With all of the other big holidays (including birthdays) — there’s a storyline and a climax. With Thanksgiving you eat a crap ton of food, drink a little too much, and then sit around watching football trying to figure out what to do the next day with the kids since the gym’s daycare is closed, shopping is out of the question, and you’ll probably have a hangover. I don’t feel a build up like I do for other celebrations and this disappoints me.
That said – I do still LOVE Thanksgiving. I love prepping and cooking meals, watching the Macy’s Day Parade, spending time with family, eating lots of delicious food, and watching HIMYM’s Slapsgiving (because yes – we do). Thanksgiving is day we can spend celebrating everything that’s happened through the year – the people we love, things we’ve accomplished, and of course, for giving thanks. It’s a little downtime to bring us into the insane Christmas season — and just for that alone – I am thankful!
Do you love Thanksgiving? Anything you have to confess?