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10 Reasons That Prove Thanksgiving Is The Best

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at WVU chapter.

The moment Halloween ends, the Christmas decorations come out, signaling the traditions to start. However, there’s one holiday that everyone seems to forget about: Thanksgiving! People jump straight to the winter festivities and start decking the halls. But autumn’s not over just yet. We can’t skip over the day dedicated to giving thanks, and here’s why:

1. It’s a day to spend with your family and friends – One of the best parts about getting a week break for this holiday is that we’re given the chance to return to our family and remind them how much we love them.

2. You’re back home – Whether your home is here, at your parents’ house, or with your boyfriend or friends, you get a break. You’re with the people you love and spending time relieving the stress that comes with school.

3. A pile of food – Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberries; it’s time to feast! Thanksgiving is known for the crazy amount of food you get to eat, so forget about meal plan and dig in. 

4. Pumpkin pie – Even if you forgot to leave room for dessert, there’s no way you can pass up a slice of the traditional pumpkin pie. So undo a button on your pants and enjoy yourself.

5. The turkey coma – How can we forget that amazing sleep you get after all of that food? You’re stuffed and sleepy, which means you’ll probably be knocked out by 10 o’clock at the latest. But who cares, it’ll feel great.

6. The leftovers – Once Thanksgiving’s over, you’re still fed for the next few weeks. Your fridge is completely overflowed with leftovers, so it’s almost as if it’s a holiday that never ends.

7. The Macy’s Day Parade / TV specials – Watching all of your favorite celebrities ride down the streets of NYC is a great way to start off Thanksgiving. Not to mention, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is bound to be on, it’s a classic!

8. Football – Fingers crossed your favorite team is playing, because spending Thanksgiving afternoon watching the game is always fun. Especially when Cousin Michael and Uncle Jimmy start fighting over who should win.

9. Traditions – Maybe every year you watch a certain movie, or play a specific game, or go visit your grandparents. Whatever your traditions you have, you can’t help but look forward to it.

10. Preparation for Black Friday – Sales, sales, sales! Even with filled bellies, you might join the midnight riot or get some rest and wait until morning to take advantage of those low prices. Just try not to get trampled. 


A junior at West Virginia University, Erin is majoring in Journalism (emphasis on Print) and working to achieve a minor in Creative Writing. Erin is currently the president of the Alpha Pi chapter of the national service sorority, Omega Phi Alpha, and is a member of the Alpha Pledge class. She plans to pursue a career in journalism and focus on arts & entertainment.
  I grew up in Charleston, West Virginia. Growing up here I knew there was a possibility of going to West Virginia University my entire life. Although I decided to start my college career at the University of Kentucky, those country roads led me back to WVU in the spring of my sophomore year. This was also the point when I decided to establish myself as a Broadcast Journalist student. Since this point I have strived to become the best possible journalist I can be. I am currently working as a weekend reporter for WDTV-Channel 5 in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Prior to receiving this position, I worked as an intern with WCHS-tv/FOX11, in the summer of 2014, where I learned critical editing, interviewing, writing, and speaking skills. I worked closely with anchors, reporters, editors, directors, producers, and even the web team. Aside from the television industry, I am the Campus Correspondent for the West Virginia University Chapter of the online entertainment magazine, Her Campus. Another position I currently hold is the Social Media Chair of WVU’s Radio Television Digital News Association Chapter. In the Fall of 2012, I became a sister of the Alpha Phi Fraternity, in which I held the position of ‘Big Sister Chairman.’ My other passions include horse back riding, scuba diving, being outdoors, and running. I am very adventurous and I try to stay well rounded. My goal in life is to live life to the fullest and be the best possible version of myself. My ultimate goal would be to earn a spot as a reporter/anchor for Fox News, New York. I plan to graduate in December of 2016 and look forward to my future.