I Hate Thanksgiving

I Hate Thanksgiving

Abby Bozek

Thanksgiving: the worst holiday of the year. Dry food, bad pie, and a depressing environment. Cook a turkey for twelve hours and for what? For people to not eat it? Not one thing comes to mind that makes me excited for this holiday. Pumpkin: nasty. Roast turkey: nasty. Stuffing: nasty. Pumpkin spice: nasty. The decorations look like you brought leaves out from your back yard and taped them to your wall. Don’t get me wrong, I love earth tones. But those colors for a holiday?!? This just reminds me of an episode of the Office, where Dwight decorated the office with deflated brown and grey balloons for Kelly’s birthday. That one image, the one scene, perfectly encapsulates the environment surrounding Thanksgiving. No one gets excited for Thanksgiving; People get excited for the Thanksgiving season to end so the Christmas one can begin. 

 

Sure, it is a traditional and secular holiday where we celebrate the feast between pilgrims and natives. But do we actually think that we should celebrate this by eating turkey and some side dishes? The natives and pilgrims didn’t even eat turkey at their feast, so why are we torturing ourselves with this dry garbage. At most get a day off from school to think about the relationship between natives and pilgrims, which wasn’t always great. The idea of Thanksgiving and how we learn about it in elementary school glorifies the relationship between these two parties. As young children we are taught to believe that natives and pilgrims were great friends, and that this relationship was mutually beneficial. Looking back at this it just shows how ignorant the American education system still is to the injustice that happened hundreds of years ago. The relationship between these two parties wasn’t amazing; It often ended in genocide. So why are we glorifying it? 

 

In my opinion, I believe Thanksgiving shouldn’t even be a holiday. Day after Halloween, we go right into Christmas. My Christmas spirit already ignited, just yesterday I lit a Christmas tree scented candle and decorated my room with candy canes. Now that is a fun holiday. A tree, gingerbread houses, all of the baking, the bright decorations, finding gifts for people; This holiday truly brings unity worldwide, no matter the religion. Thanksgiving is nothing more than a few days off. If you do enjoy Thanksgiving though, have fun. I’ll be over here enjoying my Christmas cookies and candles. But yeah, enjoy your dry turkey.