Tim's Takes - Living in Christmas's Shadow


Living in Christmas’s Shadow 

Thanksgiving is the underdog of all the holidays. Living in between two powerful holidays, Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving has never gotten its real chance to shine. I believe that we should never overlook the most wonderful time of the year for some other bum holiday, here’s why! 


  1. The History 

Thanksgiving isn’t just an excuse to get together with your family and gain a few extra pounds, this is a holiday based on the togetherness between Pilgrims and Native Americans. On a brisk day in 1621, the pilgrims shot their guns into the air, which caused the Wampanoag people to prepare for a battle. However, this battle was turned into a wonderful feast between the two groups. We now celebrate this day with a wonderful feast. 


  1. The Gathering 

Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends gather, often from far and wide, to share a meal and catch up. It's a time to create or rekindle relationships, fostering a sense of togetherness that is unique to this holiday. 


  1. No Commercial Hype 

Unlike some other holidays, Thanksgiving isn't heavily commercialized. You won't find a frenzy of shopping deals or elaborate decorations. This lack of commercial hype allows people to focus on what truly matters—family, friends, and the spirit of giving thanks. Now Black Friday, that is another matter…


  1. Football 

As in the wise words of The New York Herald, Thanksgiving is the official holiday to watch football.  Since 1920, football has always been played on Thanksgiving for all the people to sit around with their meals and enjoy a great game of football. A great sport that gets the whole family together. 


  1. THE FOOD 

One word: feasting. Thanksgiving is a celebration of culinary delights, from succulent turkey and rich gravy to pumpkin pie and all the trimmings. Food is a universal language that brings people together, and Thanksgiving serves as a platform for showcasing and sharing family recipes and cultural dishes. There's a warm feeling in knowing that countless households are simultaneously savoring the same traditional dishes. Turkey, rolls, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pies on pies, the list goes on and on. This holiday is the #1 excuse to sit around and get fat.


So, as the holiday season approaches, let's not overlook Thanksgiving. Take the time to savor the moments, reflect on your blessings, and celebrate this special day with the people who matter most. Thanksgiving truly deserves a more prominent place in our hearts and in the holiday lineup.