The Ty-Rade: Forget Santa Claus, don’t forget about the turkeys

By: Ty Wilson, Staff Writer

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, some would say. There’s a chill in the air, and the days seem short, but not short enough to cozy up by the fire with a warm cup of hot chocolate. It’s that special time of giving that we all know and love -- a time when we should be thankful for our friends and families. It’s almost as though we should have a separate holiday before Christmas to observe the special feeling.

Oh wait. We do. It’s Thanksgiving season, people. Christmas can wait.

Every year, the same thing happens: Nov. 1 arrives and everyone wants to act like it’s time to put up the tree and string the lights. But there is still a whole month before December, so give it a rest for the love of St. Nick. Thanksgiving is easily the most overlooked of the major holidays. But how? Is it because there are no catchy songs about turkeys and cornucopias?

It’s my opinion that everyone just wants to skip Thanksgiving and get right to Christmas because of one thing and one thing only: gifts. People are clambering for Dec. 25 because that’s when they get to open their new toys. No one wants to sit down and enjoy the company of family anymore. They just want something shiny.

We need a cultural reset. Take back the ideology that family comes first no matter how expensive or cool the present is. Take the time to sit down and enjoy a meal with the ones you love, and talk politics with your crazy Aunt Susan. C’mon, everyone has one of these relatives, the one who can ruin the meal with just one utterance.

The Thanksgiving meal is by far the best out of the year anyway, so good that Christmas basically copied the menu and got away with it.

We should be honoring the pilgrims who came together to break bread with the natives, who were here first. At least they were real people, not some mythical dude with a weight problem who breaks into houses.

If you’re reading this Santa, that red suit isn’t getting any bigger. You might want to tell the elves to work on building a stairmaster.

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