The Food

Oh my god, can you say #comfortfood? Thanksgiving is the holiday to over indulge. And how can we not when there’s mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pies right in front of us?! Thanksgiving is the ultimate cheat day, so all the fitness fanatics should get their meal plans in order for the days before and after the holiday because you can’t not cheat on Turkey Day. There’s also the whole nap/food coma scenario after dinner…we all love a nap on our day off, right? And one last thing…Thanksgiving leftovers = turkey sandwiches for days.

It’s A No Pressure Holiday

One of the greatest things about Thanksgiving is that it is a no pressure holiday (except maybe for the cook). There are no gifts to be exchanged, which takes the pressure off of nearly everyone. You don’t have to worry about everyone liking the gifts you gave them or if you spent too little or too much. Thanksgiving is purely about spending time with family, friends, and eating. And then eating some more. Then napping.

Family & Friends

Family and friends are two groups of people we don’t necessarily get to see a lot. Thanksgiving is basically a long weekend of reunions. Whether you have a Friendsgiving or see your friends on Thanksgiving Eve at the bar, you are bound to run into them at some point – almost everyone goes home for Thanksgiving. Reuniting with the extended family will bring the usual holiday questions: what are you doing…who are you dating…you know, all that fun stuff. But we all know it’s nice to see our family on holidays because it means the world to them (especially the older generations…they love us youngin’s). Not to mention they are the ones that know all the family recipes and bake the best pies. Just saying.

It Forces You To Be Grateful For The Day

On a more serious note: Thanksgiving is the one holiday that makes us think about what we are grateful for. We all have something to be thankful for whether it be health, family, friends, employment or shelter. Everyone should practice being grateful everyday and Thanksgiving is the perfect day to start. If you’re feeling super festive challenge yourself to write down at least one reason every day of something you are grateful for from Thanksgiving until Christmas. You might be surprised how it jolly it makes you feel.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Say it with me – SALESSS. Black Friday is a continuation of Thanksgiving for some people. Literally people just stay up to go to the mall at midnight and the wee hours of the morning to get the best sales. Then they shop online during Cyber Monday, which is so frugal of them. And why not take advantage of Cyber Monday?? It’s like sale shopping while laying on the couch drinking hot chocolate in your pajamas.

It Begins The Countdown To Christmas

Once Thanksgiving is over, the official start to Christmas begins (although in many stores it started long before Thanksgiving). It my opinion, the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday *SALESSS*) is when it is appropriate for Christmas season to be in full swing. Cue the Christmas carols, decorations, and hours of gift shopping at the mall!


Kristen Malm is a twenty-something year old Monmouth University graduate with a B.A. in English. After living on the Jersey Shore for 4 years, she is back home in CT looking for what to do next. She is obsessed with coffee, Gossip Girl, and brunch. She is also a seasonal (spring & summer) sushi and fro-yo addict. Kristen has joined in on the crossfit trend and may or may not become addicted…we will see (she probably will). Kristen enjoys history (it was her minor in college), traveling (she went to Ireland with high school classmates and England with college classmates), and watching MMA (there is just something about the anticipation of a person possibly getting knocked out…). She cares for her cat like its her child and loves listening to Spanish music even though 99% of the time she doesn't know what they are saying. Follow her on Instagram @kristenamalm !

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