Stop Making Thanksgiving the Holiday ‘Middle Child’

Okay, we get it.

Christmas is just around the corner.

Five Mondays from yesterday, actually, as I was kindly informed by a Buddy the Elf GIF of Will Ferrell whirling through a department store revolving door in pure holiday ecstasy, disrupting my Twitter newsfeed and not-yet-prepared sanity for Christmas music on constant loop.

Call me crazy, but the Season for Giving can wait, because ’tis (always?) the Season for Eating.

Thanksgiving turkey, that is.

As a self-proclaimed “foodie,” it’s an alarming notion that society is willing to bypass one of the most carb-rich, lean protein-abundant holidays of all-time.

I mean, can I get an Amen for warm, buttery mashed potatoes and tender turkey breast.

And trust me, if Thanksgiving were a child in the Holiday Family household of two adults, three kids — stuck right in between Halloween and Christmas — s/he would be equally as horrified.

Just as I was horrified when I walked into a nearby Biggby coffee shop after class today and the pop song “All I Want For Christmas is You” was softly playing throughout the shop in mid-November.

While America dotes on crafty pumpkin seed recipes and clearance candy sales à la Halloween, like the oldest child that it is, and Christmas receives a surplus of youngest child-attention in both the form of cinematic spotlight with 25 Days of Santa-this, cartoon snowman-that movie specials and obnoxious home decorating that takes place a month too early, Thanksgiving once again defeatedly sinks lower into its seat at the table for another year while everyone ignores their recount of how school went that day.

At this time I am going to have to ask everyone to please silence their Christmas music while Thanksgiving is talking.

Call me crazy, but the Season for Giving can wait, because ’tis (always?) the Season for Eating.

Please take time to celebrate what Thanksgiving has been trying to iterate the importance of for all these years: togetherness.

Please savor the passed-down family recipes and drink in each other’s company.

Please relish in gratitude that many of us lead remarkably privileged lives that all too often are taken for granted, taking into account what you have, rather than what you don’t.

This Thanksgiving, cook up memories of your own and pause to give the holiday “middle child” a chance to shine bright this calendar year like the others before it and those that are yet to come.

And if you just can’t seem to slow down enough to enjoy the occasion, well, eat more turkey.

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