The Crusader Online

November 20, 2009
Vol. 51 No. 10

Top Stories
News
Living & Arts
Forum
Sports

Current Issue

Archives
Search the Archives

SU Home Page

Editorials

Student reveres, rejoices in holiday

Stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, corn, sweet potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie: mmmmmm. These are some of the dishes associated with my favorite holiday of the year: Thanksgiving. Not only was I born on the day nearly 22 years ago (this year it falls on my birthday), but it also represents one of the best traits of our society: giving thanks.

Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November and, surprisingly, did not become a federal holiday until 1941. The first Thanksgiving feast featuring the pilgrims and the Native Americans and the turkey was replaced by any sort of bird that was hunted by the pilgrims. There were no pumpkin pies or bread due to the lack of ovens and limited supply of flour. Instead of the feast we are accustomed to today, yesteryear's dinner included foods like fish, clams, dried fruit, squash and duck.

To say the least, the holiday has come a long way from its roots, and while it is celebrated religiously by some, the majority of people view it as a secular holiday.

Families come together for this day and that is what makes it so important. There is no lusting for a new PS3 or a $400 Prada purse. These artificial objects can be replaced, but what Thanksgiving emphasizes in family cannot. Plus, during this economic crisis, who really wants to shell out that kind of dough so little Johnny can sit in front of the TV all day and play "Rock Band?" Why not get a replica Prada purse? I sure as hell can't tell the difference. It looks real enough to me.

Another great part of the day includes sitting in front of the TV and watching America's sport: football. America's holiday meets America's game during these annual pigskin showdowns. Even if you're not a fan of the sport, a stomach full of turkey and stuffing will surely put you to sleep. Or you can just watch the Detroit Lions play whoever is going to beat them and fall asleep by the second quarter. Lions jokes never get old.

Now, I don't condone drinking to excess at all, but the day before Thanksgiving is considered, if not the biggest, one of the biggest nights to go out in the year. It is just a well known fact that bars across the country are absolutely packed the night before the holiday. Almost everyone is off of work and almost everyone does not have to work the next day. People are gearing up for a day of sitting and eating, as well as possibly dealing with some interesting family members (we all have them). It's like a homecoming for some people, visiting the places they grew up and going out with those same friends that night.

Despite Black Friday shopping, which is absolutely ridiculous on every point (I don't like feeling like a piece of cattle), Thanksgiving gives off the vibe of a down-to-earth, good-spirited holiday. It provides people a chance to ditch their problems, step away from their careers and spend some time with the people who love them the most.

WEEKLY FEATURES

News

Living & Arts

University Update

Forum

Sports

Top Stories | News | Living & Arts | Forum | Sports