The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

by SAVANNAH GARZA

Staff Writer

 

When October and November finally come around, my favorite season comes too. I love the fall colors, changing trees, and weather that comes when summer leaves. October and November contain two of my favorite holidays – Halloween and Thanksgiving. I love the spooky cartoon specials, terrifying movies,and delicious candy that Halloween brings; on the other hand, I love the gratefulness, cartoon specials, and family aspects that Thanksgiving brings.

 

This Thanksgiving, my family and I watched Free Birds, and my siblings and I went to my Grandma’s house to help her make the feast and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We ate the traditional Thanksgiving staples, and even added tamales, fried chicken, and reindeer chow. Our tradition is to name our turkey – his name was Ranger this year. We watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving before dinner, and we watched the Disneyland Special after dinner. We then packed the leftovers to enjoy them for several meals to come. After Thanksgiving, it is our tradition to listen to Christmas music and set up our Christmas tree and decorations. In addition to Halloween and Thanksgiving, I also love Christmas and truly enjoy getting ready for it.

 

Sadly, many people seem to forget that there is a holiday between Halloween and Christmas. Christmas is advertised as soon as Halloween is over, leaving very little attention for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is, generally speaking, lost in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, and even the feast that sits on the table. The holiday is almost invisible, as Black Friday tends to over take Thanksgiving Day itself. The true meaning of Thanksgiving is to give thanks for what we have, something that we should all do more often and definitely not forget to do.

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