Family and friends: A Thanksgiving tradition

Forget about Pilgrims. Forget about Indians. Forget about turkeys. Forget about all of those clichés that make up Thanksgiving. That is not why it’s important to me.

Thanksgiving is a reason to celebrate family and friends.

Sometimes, that means families that live far apart have the chance to spend time together. It’s a time to celebrate a brother, a mother, a grandpa or a cousin. It’s the time of the year to take a moment from your busy school schedule to ask someone how they are doing or share a laugh or have a heart-felt conversation.

For some, spending time with friends is just as important as spending time with family.

Thanksgiving is also a time for old friends, good friends and long lost friends.

This year, I will be spending Thanksgiving with some of my closest friends who I do not get to see on a regular basis.

Naturally, I would love to spend Thanksgiving with both my friends in Indiana and my family who recently moved to Arkansas, but I can’t be in two places at once.

However, seeing good people whom I care about and love is the single most important reason for the holidays.

In a world where the holiday season is becoming more and more commercial, I like to think of Thanksgiving as a holiday built around conversations. It’s about being real with the ones I love. It’s about being thankful for the people in my life. It’s about realizing that I am not alone in this world.

I don’t need turkey. I don’t need stuffing. Just put me in a room with the people I love and my holiday will be complete.

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