In a few short days, on this Thursday, November 26, 2015, it is Thanksgiving. A few days from this moment is a day filled with family interactions and closeness. A day of giving thanks and rejoicing in this wonderful life together. I cannot wait for this day, for these next couple of days to pass by. One of my absolute favorite things is spending time with my family, and simply enjoying each others company. 3 more days.
After the day of stuffing our faces, football, and family fun, some of you (if you are anything like my family) will pass out on the couch together and take a family nap. Perhaps you may even head out in the early morning or pull an all nighter to attend the madness that is Black Friday. I salute you. I have done Black Friday twice, and both times I have had such a blast rummaging through stores, practically walking around like a zombie (because lack of sleep) with my friends, and after the day is done, passing out for the rest of the day. However, in my opinion, the best part about Black Friday is the leftovers. Every year my family loves to take home all the leftovers and continuously stuff our faces because apparently we didn’t get enough on Thanksgiving.
This year is going to be different than any Thanksgiving we have ever had before. This is the first year that my dad has ever been in another state during the holiday season. I have to admit, it will be rather strange without his laughter filling the room, his sports commentary during the annual Thanksgiving football game, and with someone else filling his spot at the dinner table. However, as the saying goes, we are in each other’s hearts. Although we will physically be in different places, we are family, and therefore, we are never truly a part. Even though we will miss one holiday together, it brings me great joy and resolve to know that my dad will be arriving on December 24th, just in time for Christmas. Keeping this in mind, I cannot spend too much time doing anything other than looking forward to his arrival.
So, what’s next? I’ve covered my utter excitement for Thanksgiving food and Black Friday shenanigans, which means the next order of business is Christmas. Oh, Christmas. A time of cookie galore, never ending santa movies, wrapping presents, and cherished family time. This Christmas, I am so thankful for college. This first semester has given me some of my best friends, greatest memories, and already so many opportunities to get involved. I am grateful for ASU. I am also grateful for the month off from school that comes along with it and the sleep I will get to catch up on, but I’m guessing every college student is.
What can I say… I love the holidays, I love family time, & I love the break it brings. Three of my favorite things in this world. As the season of holidays kicks off on Thursday, I would like to pose a question to you. What is your favorite holiday memory? Any holiday, any memory, anything that is meaningful to you.
Happy reminiscing & happy holidays.