It’s Thanksgiving, apparently

I’ve only ever liked one holiday of the year. I usually can’t stand Christmas, mostly because I find it shameful that the celebration of winter solstice has devolved into a consumerist holiday. Halloween is just annoying; although it’s cute to see little kids in their funny costumes, I see more young adults dressed like fools desperately trying to recapture the magic of their childhood. Easter is a waste of my time. But if there’s one holiday I could always get behind, it’s Thanksgiving.

I’m Canadian, and we celebrate around October. My American friends wait ’til the end of November to celebrate theirs, and as far as I understand, it’s a much bigger deal than it is up here. The act of celebrating harvest makes sense to me. It’s a time when you get together with your family and eat. There’s no bullshit ‘Thanksgiving carols’, or anything overly commercial. It’s all about family, friends, and food; the three Fs that I care the most about. It makes all the holidays seem like overly commercialized shadows of their former selves.

So, this is the one holiday that gets my big thumbs up. I wanted to give thanks to all the fans of the site who keep making me believe my dream of writing my book is possible. I get so many great emails and comments that I often take for granted how lucky I am. So thanks to all of you that make working on the site so rewarding!

Jacob Fortin

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