Thanksgiving takes the cake
Kaila Spencer, Staff Writer
It’s that time of year again! It’s that time when everyone glosses over Thanksgiving and tries to move straight on to Christmas. This is a mistake.
It happens every year and Christmas always seems to start earlier and earlier, yet I truly believe that Thanksgiving is the superior holiday.
Although I’m going to argue that Thanksgiving is better than Christmas, I won’t ignore the fact that Thanksgiving’s origins are murky.
The way the colonizers murdered and enslaved the Native Americans was horrible and unforgivable, but I think nowadays we celebrate the holiday for other reasons.
In the most obvious case against Christmas, Thanksgiving is so great because it’s about giving thanks instead of giving presents.
There’s a sense of relaxation on Thanksgiving day that can’t be said for Christmas due to the highs and lows of gift giving and receiving.
Additionally, I really enjoy Black Friday shopping. During Black Friday, we buy things we need and want for a fraction of the price we would regularly pay for it.
It’s as guiltless as spending can get and, yeah, maybe it’s all just a corporate scam to get us to buy more, but at least we’re inclined to treat ourselves.
One of my favorite traditions is picking up a physical newspaper with my mom — the one day of the year we actually do — and searching through all the deals.
Black Friday gives us something fun to do and I quite enjoy the adrenaline rush I get from fighting to the death for door-buster deals.
Aside from the positive aspects of Thanksgiving, I feel like societal pressures always seem to put a damper on my Christmas celebrations. In the age of digital media, there seems to be so many expectations centered around the holiday.
Film, television and social media show us an augmented version of Christmas that is never really attainable. I end up disappointed, because I never reach the level of euphoria I thought I’d reach and it’s always sad to see the holidays come to a close.
At the end of our meal on Thanksgiving my family puts up all the lights and decorations and I’m filled with nothing but holiday spirit and excitement for Christmas. That feeling falls flat on Christmas itself because it’s over before you know it.
While many others may not agree with my sentiments toward turkey day, I can live with that fact. At least I know “Gossip Girl” queen bee, Blair Waldorf, agrees with me.
Christmas reigns supreme
Kate Bent, Features Editor
Christmas is better than Thanksgiving and anyone who says otherwise is plain wrong or potentially a sociopath — that’s just science.
Thanksgiving as a concept is politically problematic and historically inaccurate.
Wednesday Addams, played by Christina Ricci, was a Native American in a Thanksgiving pageant in the 1993 classic film “Addams Family Values” and illustrated this point well.
“We cannot break bread with you. You have taken the land which is rightfully ours. We will sell our bracelets by the roadside. You will play golf and enjoy hot hors d’oevures. My people will have pain and degradation. Your people will have stick shifts,” Ricci said in character.
Precisely, Wednesday. Precisely.
However, my primary objections to Thanksgiving are having to cook and the awful relatives.
For every other family occasion, I’m able to just bring flowers from my floral design business but at Thanksgiving, I’m also expected to cook. Unlike most of my family, I don’t like to cook.
But on Thanksgiving, cooking together is part of the ritual and I’m morally obligated to join in.
Once the nightmare of cooking is over, you are immediately launched into a prolonged meal with your increasingly drunk, racist and Republican relatives.
If I’m already being forced to cook, I shouldn’t also have to listen to my aunt get hammered, say offensive things and talk about the National Rifle Association convention she just attended.
Thanksgiving doesn’t have the distraction of presents like Christmas does so you just end up getting trapped in terrible conversations with no means of escape.
I’m also one of those obnoxious people who genuinely enjoys giving gifts over receiving them. It is partially because I love to shop and partially because I get such a rush watching someone open a carefully chosen present.
Finally, I don’t really care what other people are thankful for.
Gratitude for the good things in our lives is massively important in leading happy and fulfilled lives but it should be practiced daily and not just once a year.
It’s also possible to be thankful for things without posting about it on social media. It often comes across as disingenuous from people who are embittered assholes during the rest of the year. Additionally, going around the table and stating what you are thankful for seems forced.
When it’s my turn, I usually say that I’m thankful for my cat. Or Beyoncé. I’m extremely thankful for her.