There’s something about Thanksgiving that makes it my favorite holiday. Whether that be because of the crisp fall air, the good food, the amusing table conversation, or a combination of it all. Regardless, every year I look forward to sitting down with loved ones and inhaling piles of stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole.
A few years back, when I was still in college, I wasn’t able to make the trip home for the ‘Johnson Family Thanksgiving’. So instead of Skyping my folks back home while microwaving up a frozen turkey dinner, I hosted a “Friends-giving” with my roommate and a large number of our friends. Although it wasn’t perfect, and I don’t think we even had turkey (no one wanted to take on that battle), it really gave me that Hallmark Holiday warmness. Because even though I was away from all of my family I was with the people that had become my support system and that I loved.
What I’m trying to say is that the Friends-giving I had 4 years ago is the Thanksgiving that I learned what being thankful truly is. I was so grateful to have created a home away from home and have found a group of people that felt like family. And the next year when I actually did make it home to spend the holiday with my family I realized how much I truly took it for granted.
So whether you’re spending Thanksgiving with your relatives, or with the family you’ve created, I wish you the warmest holiday.
Nora Johnson, Editor