24 Reasons Thanksgiving Is the Best Family Holiday Ever

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thanksgivingI love this time of year for many reasons. The cool, brisk air that brings relief from that unrelenting summer heat. The beautiful colors as the leaves change. But what really makes autumn great is Thanksgiving. It has to be the best holiday of the entire year and here's why.

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  1. It's the one time of year you are supposed to eat until you explode.
  2. Getting the whole family together.
  3. Watching football ALL DAY!
  4. You don't have to give anyone gifts to make them happy.
  5. Deep fried turkey. It's out-of-this-world delicious. 
  6. Black Friday. Black Friday. Black Friday. 
  7. You are forced to think about what you are grateful for.
  8. It's the official start of the holiday season.
  9. A day off work for (almost) everyone you know.
  10. Sweet potato pie.
  11. Every single type of alcohol goes great with dinner.
  12. No one will judge if you need to unbutton your pants or change into sweatpants after the meal.
  13. You aren't expected to leave your house the entire day (if you are hosting dinner).
  14. If you are cooking, everyone is more than happy to run out for any last-minute ingredients you may have forgotten.
  15. Drumsticks.
  16. The weather is AWESOME because it's not quite winter and it's much cooler than the steamy summer. 
  17. Leftovers will keep the family fed for days. Translation: NO cooking for awhile.
  18. The unforgettable cuteness of the "kids' table."
  19. Cranberry sauce -- canned or homemade.
  20. Everyone is in a good mood.
  21. Debating who should get the wishbone.
  22. You are expected to break your diet.
  23. A nap after dinner is perfectly acceptable for grownups too.
  24. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

What do you love most about Thanksgiving?


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johnn... johnny4ever

Hangin out with family!

lalas... lalasmama2007

I like watching the Macy's parade, looking at Black Friday ads and spending time with family.

elasmimi elasmimi

Being with friends that are just likefamily. And the dressing and gravy.

timon95 timon95

i love how my kids get so excited about the big feast!

TerriC TerriC

I love being in the kitchen cooking while DH decorates for Christmas.  The girls will help him and then come help me a little also.  Football going in the background.  DH fabulous bloody Mary in hand.  It is just a fun day and a surprisingly relaxing day for our family.

godde... goddess99

The Macy's parade.

mrswi... mrswillie

Time with the family. Me and my youngest son do a lot of baking.

Leele... Leelee1008

The great food!! 

I look forward to it once September hits.

Leele... Leelee1008

Sad thing is Black friday has turned into Thursday and it keeps getting earlier and earlier.. Nobody cares that its a holiday anymore, nobody cares about family anymore... :( 

I was always an avid black friday shopper... 12 am start times were pushing it, but Now I dont think I will even be going out.

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