Today’s 10 on Tuesday topic is as easy as it is timely, given that Thanksgiving is pretty much my favorite holiday!
1. Family & friends. It’s an unusual holiday for me this year – my siblings are with their spouse’s families and my mom and I are separated by 300 miles of highway neither of us want to drive on the busiest travel weekend of the year, so I’ll be celebrating with friends here in DC. (As will Mom in Binghamton – she’s not abandoned.) This is only the second time I’ve ever been away from my family for Thanksgiving and I have a feeling I’m gonna miss ’em, but I know it’ll make the Christmas gathering all the more fun.
2. Food. While I’m especially partial to stuffing and anything involving cranberries (especially this), there’s not much in the way of Thanksgiving food that I don’t like. In fact, the only things I can think of are giblets and this green bean casserole my mom makes (or used to – she hasn’t done it in a while), so other than those two things, I like it all!
3. A long weekend. I’m not gonna lie, the extra two and a half days off from work is damned appealing.
4. A reminder to be thankful. While I am always grateful for the usual things, I’m not gonna lie – it’s pretty passive gratitude, so taking time to actually reflect on what I value in life is important.
5. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s totally cheesy, what with the lip-synching and celebrity cameos, but nothing says Thanksgiving morning like a cup of coffee and the parade on tv.
6. Football. I know – surprising coming from me, the non-football fan, but back when we all used to go home to Binghamton for the holiday, my brother would sometimes organize a road trip up to Syracuse for a game at the Carrier Dome. And, of course, there’s also the time-worn tradition of the menfolk watching football while the ladies clean up from dinner. (Sigh.) With both things taken into account, football just feels like part of the day.
7. Baking. I’m not responsible for bringing any baked goods to dinner this year, but I’m still planning to bake anyway. My plan is to be feasting on fresh cranberry pecan bread during the parade.
8. Exchanging traditions. As our family has gotten bigger, we’ve picked up some new traditions along the way, like Jen’s grandmother’s cinnamon rolls and Chris’s mom’s sweet potato casserole. I’ll be missing those this year, but I’m looking forward to seeing what I pick up at my friend Lori’s this year.
9. The official start of the Christmas season. As I mentioned the other day, I’m a big fan. First order of business will be loading up my iPhone with Christmas music.
10. Small Business Saturday. It might be cheesy to include a work tie-in here, but seeing as I totally hate Black Friday, I think it’s super-cool that shopping local is being promoted as an alternative to big box stores and pre-dawn “doorbusters.” I’m planning on participating – and making it a new holiday tradition.
What do you love about Thanksgiving?