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Thanksgiving, the most underappreciated holiday

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It’s that time of year again, time for families to come together and celebrate the joy of giving thanks. No, I’m not talking about Christmas, but instead the often forgotten holiday known as Thanksgiving.

The American holiday is often  pushed aside by the jolly old Saint Nick. It seems like each year the Christmas music starts earlier and earlier. The temporary Christmas tree stores start popping up almost the moment Halloween ends, along with your neighbors Christmas lights.

“It annoys me how Christmas is overriding Thanksgiving,” junior Daniel Maas said.

Christmas makes a total of $465 billion a year and thanksgiving makes $906 million each year. So it should be no surprise that megacorporations like Target and Walmart love to start shoving Christmas decorations down our throats the first chance they can get.

“I think Christmas is more popular because it’s a worldwide religious event,” Maas said. “While thanksgiving is a mostly American holiday”.

The first recorded celebration of Jesus’ birth dates to the early 4th century. While the first time Thanksgiving was officially celebrated in America as a national holiday was in 1863 during the civil war.

Since then it’s been a national holiday–and the source of countless political arguments at the dinner table amongst family members. But besides the occasional crazy uncle, Thanksgiving is usually a very enjoyable holiday.

What’s not to like? You get to catch up with your loved ones and you get a hot meal. But Christmas just has more going for it. Not only do you get to see your loved ones but you also get presents.

So what does this mean for our turkey-based holiday? Well, one high schooler has a solution that I think we could all get behind.

“I think Christmas shouldn’t start till after Black Friday,” senior Andrew Bowyer said.

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Thanksgiving, the most underappreciated holiday