Nov. 16, 2015
Meanings change over time, and so do holidays.
In America, days like Thanksgiving and Christmas are considered a special day for many people in our culture.
But that doesn’t mean they are the same.
For one person, Thanksgiving can be a day to watch and celebrate their favorite football team. For another person, they may not give a rat’s hat about football, but feel Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate their friends and family.
Whatever a holiday means to you, let that be the meaning behind it.
Your Thanksgiving does not have to hold up to a stereotypical holiday. You don’t have to eat turkey, ham or mashed potatoes. If that is your tradition, great, if not, that’s OK.
If you go all out for Thanksgiving, great. If you have a simple turkey sandwich, wonderful. Holidays are not about what you do, it is about who you are with, even if that’s just you.
Make that your priority.
People always stress out about making the day perfect, when you should relax and enjoy the time you get to spend with people you don’t see every day.
We tend to get caught up in the holidays complaining about our problems.
Holidays give us the opportunity to slow down our hectic lives and enjoy each other’s company (even if they are your in-laws).
These days also remind us what we have to be thankful for – food, people, shelter, a job, school, etc.
Instead of complaining that you can’t find a parking spot on campus, be thankful you have a car to park in the first place.
Holidays put life into perspective. The small issues we face on a daily basis are pushed aside so we have the chance to see what’s really important.