First-Year Column: Yo, It’s Thanksgiving-giving

Well, if there’s one thing I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving, it’s that there aren’t too many people already celebrating Christmas. On my top ten most annoying pet peeves list, people who prematurely celebrate holidays are there at about number nine.

Already there’s one girl on my hall, quite lovely, but with one terrible flaw: She’s already gone about hanging up dangling snowflake lights everywhere. Not only do I have to resist the urge to point out the perverseness of wishing for snowflakes in sunny California, but I just feel like there is a natural order of holidays that should be observed.

I’m pretty sure there’s an unspoken rule written down in some lost holiday guidebook about waiting until after Thanksgiving to begin winter festivities. What happened to hand turkeys and clothespin pilgrims? I understand that cornucopias might have gone a bit out of style after The Hunger Games, but hand turkeys are a classic staple of the holiday.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the rest of the country agrees with me. On a trip to CVS the other week to scavenge the old Halloween candy sales, I noticed that the entire holiday aisle already only contains Hanukkah menorahs, Christmas ornaments and Kwanzaa kinaras.

Now I know that the only way California can even remotely resemble a white Christmas is through a hell of a lot of decorating, but come on guys, Thanksgiving deserves some time, too! However, I think that my hallmate is a lost cause. She recently told me of her plans to buy a plastic pine tree for her room.

Another thing I’m thankful for this November is Nicole Westbrook’s “It’s Thanksgiving” music video. The most wonderfully dreadful video since Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” this song has got it all. A sample lyric for you to enjoy: “Yo, it’s Thanksgiving-giving and I’m trying to be forgiving / Nothing is forbidden, you know we gotta have it / I gotta give thanks to you, and you, and you / Can’t be hateful, gotta be grateful / Gotta be grateful, can’t be hateful. / Mashed potatoes on my table.”

This is rapped by a middle schooler with enough blush on her cheeks to look like Raggedy Ann and enough lip gloss to look like … well, I guess a middle-school girl.

It’s already a hit. As of this writing, the YouTube video has 110,351 dislikes and 7,133,594 views and counting. And with her singing into a plastic turkey drumstick microphone, the video is well on its way to being a classic—at least in the “Oh-my-god-what-kind-of-creature-was-I-in-middle-school” category. At least we finally got a song about Thanksgiving.

But in all seriousness, I am quite thankful this year. Work and stress fade away when you take a second to put it all in perspective.

I’m at an amazing college with four other awesome schools surrounding it. I have friends whom I care about and who care about me. I kind of actually know what I want to do with the rest of my life, which I didn’t think I’d figure out until I was thirty-nine and the need-to-have-babies craze had begun. I have a sprained ankle that I can now actually put weight on, even though I really shouldn’t be going down any stairs (so please stop me if you see me try). I have a family that constantly attempts to FaceTime with me—even in class—and who thankfully didn’t receive any lasting damage from Hurricane Sandy. I have only 120 pages left to go in War and Peace! Each afternoon, as I endeavor to read this behemoth of a book outside on the grass in the courtyard underneath my window, I am thankful for the sunlight even as it fades away. I’m happy, and I sincerely hope you are, too.

To write this column, I took a second to jot down things I was thankful for on a Post-it note. If you take nothing else away this week, I hope it’s this: Spend a minute writing down five or so reasons you have to be thankful. Also please watch that video. And make a hand turkey. You’ll thank me later. (See what I did there?)

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