This time of the year really is some of the best times. I mean who doesn’t love fall clothes, eggnog and a little bit of snow fall to set off autumn. With football on tv and pumpkin spice latte’s back at Starbucks, what could go wrong?
Amidst all the uncertainty that has plagued our world for the last year due to the corona virus, I wanted to see how the world would deal with the holiday seasons that were upon us. Instead what I ended up finding out was how thanksgiving tradition was beginning to fall to the wayside.
When taking a poll on campus with a variety of twenty students, 13 of them said that Christmas was their favorite holiday of the end of the year group (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas). Halloween had four votes and lastly fell Thanksgiving with three. A mix of 18-21-year olds called Christmas their favorite, go figure? I enjoy Christmas as much as the next guy, but even I’m not blind to see the transition of this holiday has become so commercialized. We’re guilty to it. When asking student Jacob Hawkins on why he liked Yuletide, he replied “Christmas means we’re on break and if we’re on break that means no class. That’s a win for me!” he laughed.
And I concur that winter break is synonymous with no class and the Christmas season. This year due to COVID-19, Presentation College has decided to encourage an option to return home early for Thanksgiving and stay through January. Students will then complete the final weeks of school while they are at home before starting their actual break. This long break is meant to be a preventative measure against the virus that gives people a chance to stay in one place, rather than bouncing back and forth. This being the case, it is only fair to put thanksgiving in the same association as Christmas and winter break. Which is the start of its case for the best of the three-holiday season stretch.
Thanksgiving is a day that has slowly shifted as I have grown up. I can remember the times of waking up and helping my mom cook meals. My mom always asked me to flip on the tv
and turn it to CNN so that we could watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade together. The smells of my kitchen that flooded to my room. At times it felt like I was in a cartoon as the aroma from the meal would beckon me over with its wispy fingers. The sight of orange décor that filled my house. I can see it all now when I close my eyes. My family always made sure to celebrate Thanksgiving.
It seems like most people around my age are more interested in Friendsgiving then their own family. In my generations defense, the event makes for a great Instagram post! Rather than saying its right or wrong, I am here to say that Thanksgiving has the power to promote togetherness between all people in the spirit of the holiday. Being able to allocate time into being thankful for all the things in this life that we seldom do. Then best of all, you can eat until you can’t anymore, that sounds like heaven!
However, you end up spending your holiday season, what matters more is who you spend it with. Whether it is Halloween, Christmas, or anything in between, the people make the holiday special. My final take on Thanksgiving is that it hasn’t necessarily fallen off the boat yet. Does it look the same as it used to? Not a chance, but rarely do things after 10 years. The world is finding new ways to spend the important moments with important people. Growing up isn’t the same for every kid, yet seemingly everybody grew up the same. I can’t say that I’m thankful for COVID but there is definitely a silver lining through all the fog of uncertainty.