By Briana Brady—Asst. Features Editor

Now that Halloween has passed, I am looking forward to my favorite two months of the year: November and December. 

I love this time of year; I await the cool, brisk air, the blustery breezes, celebrating the birthdays of some of my favorite folks, and both the Thanksgiving and holiday seasons. I love the apple cider, the hot chocolate, the cozy sweaters, and the thick blankets. I anxiously await all the joy (and certainly stress) to come in the weeks ahead. Call me a holiday purist, but I think that we do ourselves a disservice when we skip straight from Halloween to the commercial holiday season; walking into the mall on Nov. 1 and hearing holiday music just doesn’t feel quite right. 

These days, Thanksgiving can certainly be easy to overlook. Even this morning, I had numerous emails in my inbox promoting “Christmas Décor” or “Holiday Extravaganzas” to check out. Or, if I scrolled through those emails, my inbox would still hold troves of messages with “Black Friday Previews” and “Doorbusters to Seize.” 

All holidays have some degree of capitalism tied into them, but I find that companies and retailers have difficulty capitalizing on Thanksgiving, because no gifts are expected, no cards are necessary, and few stereotypical necessities are associated. In some senses, I think that’s why I love Thanksgiving⎯it’s people-centered, gratitude-focused, food-filled, and there are no frills about it.

While Thanksgiving might not be the most flashy or glamorous holiday, it is one that I deeply cherish: a holiday that, at its essence, reminds us of the importance of gratitude, the abundance of blessings found amongst those we love, and the opportunity to appreciate both what we are given and what we can give. 

By taking the time to first anticipate and celebrate Thanksgiving, we are able to treasure the present season, exercise patience for the future, and prepare for the gratitude that shall come in the holiday season to follow. 

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