Why You Should Be Thankful This Thanksgiving

 

When we think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Is it simply that day when we eat a lot of food before Christmas-the holiday we actually care about? Thanksgiving came about from the the pilgrims who instated the tradition of harvest and gratitude in 1621.

 

Now fast-forward to the present year of 2017, what we see by going to any shopping center-Christmas everything. In fact, this past week I went to pick up some last minute fall kitchen decor to host Thanksgiving, and found absolutely nothing.

 

It is no secret that any business/retailer will focus on what makes the most money. Clearly, Thanksgiving has become the most underrated, gap holiday of all. I say “gap”, because it is often perceived as the holiday in between Halloween and Christmas-nothing more.

 

Often times, life becomes so hectic we cannot seem to catch a breath. I have compiled a few reasons as to why we should be grateful this Thanksgiving-and why gratitude is the foundation of happiness.

 

Reflection

 

People like to think of New Years Eve as the time to reflect back onto the year, but in reality this is the whole purpose of Thanksgiving. To sit back, and think of the great (and not so great) things that happened throughout the year.

 

Just think, every minute someone in the world is receiving bad news. Finances may be bad, they may have lost someone, their health may not be so great, etc. This year, you could be thinking you have nothing to be grateful for.

 

The truth is, it is impossible for things to be perfect all the time. It is entirely impossible to be happy 100% of the time. Things will happen, that is a fact of life.

 

Taking the time to reflect is essential in renewing our strengths to battle whatever life is throwing our way. Take all of the bad, and think of ways to incorporate change and install new opportunities. If you are in need of healing or space, find a way to plan a getaway. Mental health should always be a priority, regardless of what anyone says.

 

Family

 

This time of gathering with relatives may or may not be perceived as a good time to some people. All families are different, you may absolutely love your family and get a long, or there is always drama and you cannot stand them.

 

Here is the thing though- you can’t choose family. They may think differently than you, ask you intrusive questions at the dinner table, ask to borrow money (whatever it may be), but they are still your family.

 

Each of you live entirely separate lives throughout the year, take this time to get to know something about your family members, that you otherwise may have never known.

 

It is so easy to take something we have had since birth for granted.  So many people have no family to gather with on Thanksgiving. If you have your family, do not take them for granted. Life is too short.

 

Food

 

Now arguably the most exciting part of Thanksgiving- the food. You may disagree with this but, I do not believe calories matter  on this day. That’s right, it’s a holiday that literally revolves around feasting. Eat all you want, you deserve it!

 

Each year, I am responsible for preparing the turkey. Sadly, I know that for many this is their least favorite part of the meal. The reason for this is because many do not know how to properly prepare it in a way it retains moisture. Let me help you out!

 

Turkey Tips 

 

Here is what a I do to achieve a juicy, delicious turkey each year. First of all, you want to let the turkey sit in some type of juice. I use chicken stock, add vegetables and seasoning.

 

Secondly, you want to massage the inside of the turkey skin with something that will bring it moisture. I use a mixture of butter with my choice of chopped herbs(typically chopped thyme, sage, and rosemary). This will melt and sink into the turkey in the oven, and add to the flavor and juiciness!

 

Finally, you need to purchase a baster(very affordable) and use this to prevent your turkey from drying. You will use it to soak up the juices from the pan you sat your turkey in, and remember to pour this juice onto the turkey every hour.

 

Although this requires some maintenance, it will prevent your turkey from drying and result in the most juicy and flavorful turkey. I do this every year and I can promise you, it works! Not too shabby for a 22 year old college student, huh?

 

Best of all, these ingredients can vary according to your flavor preferences, and they are things you most likely already have in your kitchen.

 

Gratitude

 

In the end, Thanksgiving is a day to show that you are grateful. With all things considered, we have plenty to be thankful for. Hopefully you will take the time to reflect upon your year, and shift focus from the bad to the good.

 

Happiness is often times forgotten about once you start comparing your life to others. Your mind starts to form toxic thoughts such as, if so and so just got this promotion or bought this house, that you should have accomplished similar things.

 

The truth is, you never know if that person could be envious of something that you have. All envy does is kill happiness, and makes you forget what you have to be grateful for.

 

I hope you all take this Thanksgiving to remember to reflect, and show gratitude for the things your life has gifted you.

 

Alright my lovelies, I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving, and if you use any of my turkey tips, please let me know because that would make my day!

 

14 Comments

  1. November 22, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Happy Thanks Giving!
    I don’t really celebrate it, but went to my first Thanks Giving last year, and my second one this year!
    It’s such a lovely day, and a great day to spend with family and the people you love.

    ^-^

    http://www.thiswayandthatway.com

    • Lily Segui
      November 22, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Happy Thanksgiving Kelly, I agree it is such a heartwarming day! 🙂

  2. November 22, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Great post, I don’t have thanksgiving but always wondered what it would be like. Thanks for sharing x

    • Lily Segui
      November 22, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you Katie! I would love to know where you are from and if you have any similar holidays? 🙂

  3. November 22, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Have a Happy Thanks Giving, it is good to spend time with loved ones and have time to reflect.

    • Lily Segui
      November 22, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Hey Chloe, I completely agree. Happy Thanksgiving!! 🙂

  4. November 22, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    Happy thanks giving!!

    • Lily Segui
      November 22, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      Happy Thanksgiving lovely! 🙂

  5. November 22, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    We don’t do thanksgiving in the UK but I am still grateful for many things. Food, family, etc. They are amazing and always there when i need them! xx corinne

    • Lily Segui
      November 22, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      Do you have any similar holidays in the UK? 🙂 I agree, they are blessings and I’m so excited to eat all I want!

  6. November 22, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Happy thanksgiving! This is not really a holiday I’ve ever celebrated living in both South Africa and the UK, that said, we still get Black Friday. Thanks for sharing xx

    • Lily Segui
      November 22, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      Thank you girly, Happy Thanksgiving 🙂 How cool that you get Black Friday, I wonder if you have any other similar holidays?

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    • Lily Segui
      November 29, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      Thanks Jerome! I appreciate the advice and glad you like my blog 🙂

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