Why Thanksgiving is the Worst Holiday

Why Thanksgiving is the Worst Holiday

Sofia Bierhorst, Staff Writer

So, Thanksgiving is one of the bigger holidays, I mean, you get time off school and usually families meet up to eat. But in my opinion, Thanksgiving is the weakest holiday. 

First of all, I’m not a big fan of big family gatherings because large groups make me nervous. I also don’t know my distant relatives very well, so it’s kind of awkward. As one of my friends put it, “It can be awkward because of seeing family members you hate.”

Secondly, I’m a super picky eater. I also don’t like trying new foods, and most of the foods at Thanksgiving dinner I haven’t tried. So, it’s not very enjoyable for me.

Third, it’s a colonizer holiday. Many people don’t even learn the horrible history of the holiday, which is

bogus. The pilgrims and the Wampanoag people had lots of bloody conflicts, unlike the wholesome sweet history most kids are taught. It just feels weird to me to celebrate colonization, especially when we, for the most part, aren’t even taught the horrible history. I asked one of my classmates to comment, and they stated, “When I learned about those colonial roots, my views on thanksgiving changed. I still enjoy spending time with my family on that day, but knowing the awful truth on what really happened makes my stomach curl whenever i hear someone toasting to ‘our forefathers.’”

Fourth, all the other holidays are just cooler. New Year’s is celebrating a new year, and usually you get to have a fun party. Easter is always enjoyable, as you usually get candy and hunting for eggs is always a fun thing. Christmas is basically Thanksgiving but with gifts and it’s Christian, like you spend time with family and get a ton of food, with the added bonus of gifts! Halloween is very fun because you get to dress up, eat candy, and trick or treating is always enjoyable. Hanukkah has great food, gifts, and games. Diwali is a five day Hindu festival where Hindus can celebrate their gods, and there are plenty of fun things to do during it. Eid al-Fitr is a celebration that comes after fasting, so those celebrating get plenty of amazing food, and it’s also an important religious holiday in Islam. See? Compared to these, which are only some of the major holidays out there, Thanksgiving is weak.

So, overall, Thanksgiving is awkward, unenjoyable for picky eaters like myself, celebrating colonization, and the WEAKEST of the major holidays.