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Thanksgiving: The Forgotten Holiday By: Marlee Sorrells

Despite the controversial beginnings, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Perfectly nestled between Halloween and Christmas, it gives Americans a reason to be reminded of what they are grateful for and eat some good food. Plus, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is really fun to watch and I am always excited to see what floats and balloons are in it.

The best part of Thanksgiving is that people are provided an opportunity to take a step back and be thankful for what they have. Gratefulness is something not practiced often enough nowadays, when in reality it should be practiced more. There is a lot in life that people are blessed with including family, friends, opportunities for education, jobs, easier ways to communicate with people far away and so much more.

With Christmas following the holiday, Thanksgiving often gets overshadowed by the anticipation of what is not already owned. However, it is a beautiful holiday because it opens the doors for appreciation of what people already have and prepares them for the thankfulness when they receive what they do not.

In my opinion, Thanksgiving has the best food associated with it. I find myself waiting all year to eat dressing and deviled eggs. While candy corn is fun and chocolate is nice, food at Thanksgiving parties perfectly embodies fall and kicks me off to cozying up in front of a happy Christmas movie with hot chocolate and fuzzy socks. Halloween just does not hit the right notes to prepare me for the Christmas season.

While I know that Thanksgiving is not very popular in modern America, it is still one of my favorite holidays because it slows me down from my busy life. Plus, who would not appreciate almost a full week off during the craziest time of the semester?

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