Thanksgiving is awesome. There is just no denying that a holiday centered around giving thanks, spending time with family and friends, and stuffing your face full of delicious food and drinks has all the ingredients for an outstanding annual occasion. In case you are a Thanksgiving-Scrooge and have yet to understand the appeal of such a gluttony-filled holiday, allow me to enlighten you. I now present, 10 reasons that Thanksgiving totally rocks…
I will be the first to admit, turkey is not the best main dish out there. I would not complain if the traditional Thanksgiving dish was filet mignon and lobster. However, you add in mashed potatoes, stuffing, 7-layer salad, sweet potatoes, cole slaw, jello salad, green bean casserole (or hotdish if you prefer), corn, dinner rolls, and the highly-underrated cranberry sauce – you have a formidable feast. Literally everything in this meal mixes well together, so no worries when loading up your plate, two or three layers will just create some interesting combinations. Best of all, there’s almost always enough for seconds, thirds, and fourths, so you can get something new each time around! And heck, if you really dislike turkey that much, make filet mignon and lobster!
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you are not fond of any of the dishes mentioned above. Enter: the true hero of Thanksgiving, GRAVY! It is quite literally liquid deliciousness that can be drizzled on every square inch of your meal. Put it on turkey, put it on stuffing, put it on your pecan pie, hell, dip a spoon in that gravy boat and enjoy it straight-up. Gravy can save you from any dry, tasteless meal that your relatives can cook up.
Some of us have families whom we love to spend time with while others are stuck in a proverbial hornet’s nest of bickering, political debate, and being reminded for the billionth time that you are still single and “not getting any younger”. As one of our founding father, Benjamin Franklin once said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”. Well, on Thanksgiving, this applies to wine, cider, cocktails, shots, and anything else that can provide some happiness and help to either push you through the mayhem or enjoy your dad’s corny jokes even more.
As it turns out, you’re not the only one utilizing booze as a coping mechanism. Before, during, and after the Thanksgiving meal, the booze is flowing freely – and everyone is taking advantage. And as with every gathering of friends or family, someone is bound to take it a little too far. Luckily, the happy and thankful mood of the day typically leads to jolly back slaps and harmless jokes. Of course, there is the possibility that you ARE the only one fully utilizing the booze… which means… maybe YOU are drunk uncle!
Like it or not, in 2015, football is America’s favorite pastime. If you love football, you need no explanation of why having 3 football games throughout Thanksgiving Day makes for the perfect holiday. If you are not into watching pigskin, no problem! While the more aggressive family members yell at the TV, you can play a game, put together a puzzle, read a good book, or basically any other thing you want to do. Including…….
Blame it on the tryptophan, your age, the booze, the football, or the fact that you want to fully enjoy your day off of work – no matter your excuse, should you even need one, you should DEFINITELY take a nap on Thanksgiving. Do some floor laying, grab a couch and a blanket, or settle in for the granddaddy of them all, a full-on “bed nap”. This happens to be my favorite Thanksgiving activity, and I’m an unashamed evangelist of the tradition.
3 or More Pieces of Pie
Apple, Peach, Strawberry, Pecan, Blueberry, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Blackberry, Chocolate, Cherry, Strawberry Rhubarb… Shall I go on? There are bound to be several pie options at your Thanksgiving celebrations, and since calories don’t count on Thanksgiving, you can eat as many pieces as you want! Have some a la mode, have some plain, but however you have it – have a lot.
Nobody Has to Cook
If you come from a traditional family, the idea of not having a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving may be the worst form of blasphemy. However, if your family is open minded enough to think outside the box and you don’t have an expert cook in the family, there are plenty of options to lighten the load. Have everyone bring a dish to share – or even better, go out to eat! Gorge yourself on a Thanksgiving Buffet made by real chefs and have more options for beer and wine than you could ever have at home. Check out this list of Twin Cities Restaurants that are open for Thanksgiving for ideas!
If you thought the food was delicious the first time around, just wait for the leftovers! Warm it all up and eat it as close to the original form as possible. Make mini-turkey sliders with dinner rolls. Eat it cold for totally new consistencies and flavors. Or go the entire-Thanksgiving-dinner-on-a-bun route. There is no wrong way to enjoy leftovers. Pro-tip: Mayo will accomplish the same things that gravy did at the main meal.
Maybe your family is just too crazy, or perhaps they live too far away – no worries, just gather some friends, cook a turkey (on second though, find a buffet), and enjoy the company of people you love.