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Opinion: Thanksgiving is for family, food and football


Thanksgiving break is finally approaching, and if your family is anything like mine, it’s about to get crazy. A usual Thanksgiving means I’ll come home to a crowded house with relatives I usually only see once or twice a year. After finding either my sibling, favorite cousins or my dog, it’s time to slip out of the crowded kitchen and find the relaxing peace and quiet I’ve been looking for since getting home. That will last for about five minutes before getting called back downstairs by the little kids wanting to play or being required to help cook. 

As I’ve learned, eventually little kids find ways to entertain themselves or fall asleep, leaving the chaotic, now-smoke filled kitchen as one of the only places left to go. Being the only member of my family who can’t cook, I’m usually more in the way than I am of help, but, for some reason, I’m still not allowed to leave the kitchen. I don’t know about you guys, but watching three adults argue over what foods need to be put in the oven first feels as exhausting as an 8 a.m. class. Usually an opportunity comes up to escape the kitchen into the other Thanksgiving family zone: the football room. 

That’s usually filled with lots of shouting and arguing over the teams in a light-hearted manner. To get out of having to cook or be the babysitter, watching football is the best place to be. That is true until the politics discussions kick in. From what I’ve heard, every family has that duo who are on the opposing sides of some political topic and decide that the holiday season is the best time to have these debates. I’ve learned to just sit back and watch because, usually, they won’t change their opinions anyways.

After surviving the chaotic mess of Thanksgiving and having a ridiculous amount of turkey and bread, the day will finally wind down to a close. Eventually, we’ll all have to go back to school for that last week of class and survive final seasons, but the break was nice. Besides, no matter how crazy or loud your family is, you know you’ll always love them.  

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