For a lot of people, Thanksgiving is mainly about the food. I mean, when else do you get to eat a million delicious things at one meal? Never, is the answer. Never. So. I can totally understand why you'd be most excited about stuffing your face with stuffing and other assorted goods. That being said, you can make Thanksgiving a two part extravaganza about both food and gratitude. Some families go around the table and say what they're thankful for, which is awesome. That can feel weird and forced, though.

So! If you'd like to make Thanksgiving about something more than food, it's really easy. All you have to do is take some time on Thanksgiving to get introspective (maybe you have a long car ride? Maybe football bores you to death? Maybe you daydream a lot?) and think about the things you're thankful for. They can be big or small things. So adding "My dog is awesome," to your list is acceptable, as is "I have a roof over my head." There's no minimum or limit to the things you can be thankful for and it is definitely not a contest between you and anyone else. That's probably the most important part of expressing your thankfulness. You do not need to be comparing yourself to ANYONE ELSE. Period. Comparison is the thief of joy, after all.

So! Here are a few things from my list:

  1. My dog is awesome.
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  2. I work at this great place you may have heard of.
  3. I've managed to fit a lot of recreational reading time into my life lately.
  4. I'm pretty healthy, all things considered.
  5. I can walk to the library from my apartment. Which means books ALL THE TIME!
  6. Hard cider is becoming a REALLY popular thing in the US. YAY!
  7. Glazed donuts exist.
  8. It is acceptable to dip bread in olive oil with fresh garlic and amazing herbs.
  9. They increased the speed limit to 70 on some parts of the turnpike. GET OUTTA MY WAY SLOWBIES!
  10. Someone has discovered chocolate covered pretzels and shared it with the world.

So, what do you think?