Moran: Why I’m thankful this year

Ben Moran

What’s your favorite holiday? For some it’s Christmas and for others it’s Valentine’s Day or maybe something else. Personally, my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is, in my opinion, the best holiday because it’s so unique compared to other holidays. It’s a time where we don’t have to worry about giving or receiving, where we aren’t setting goals or reflecting on the past. Instead, we are focused on the now and we’re thankful for what we have.

Every year, my family and I travel to Omaha and we meet at my Grandmother’s house. My grandma and my aunts usually begin cooking the meal the morning of Thanksgiving and it’s a day long task.

After all of my relatives arrive and we’ve settled down for our meal, we catch up with one another. This can range from watching football in the living room to playing board games in the kitchen, it really doesn’t matter. 

Overall, there’s quite a few occasions during Thanksgiving to be thankful for and what I’m usually thankful for is The Three F’s: Food, Football, and Family.

Traditionally, a feast is a common occurrence on Thanksgiving. Common foods present are stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberries, and an array of other options.

Most importantly, turkey tops the list of food present for Thanksgiving meals. The U.S. Census Bureau has forecasted that 228 million turkeys were raised in the U.S. this year, a sizeable portion of which will be served this Thanksgiving.

On top of food, many Americans have grown accustomed to watching football on Thanksgiving. Every year, the NFL has six teams play on Thanksgiving Thursday in three games instead of the usual two teams in one game.

Personally, my family and I bond over football. We talk about fantasy football, the league and many other aspects that relate to the NFL.

Most importantly though, the biggest thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving is family. According to AAA, nearly 47 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for their Thanksgiving festivities.

I love this holiday because it’s so family oriented. I don’t have to worry about anything and I can just be thankful for the time I have with my family.

The bottom line is, Thanksgiving is simple and I believe that’s why I like it. You don’t have to stress over anything. It’s a time to be thankful for what and who you have in your life and that’s why I believe Thanksgiving is the best holiday we celebrate in all of our 365 days a year.