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Stuffed – alyssa calbert

Ready. Set. Cliche’. This is my Things I’m Thankful For 2015/ obligatory Thanksgiving Day blog post.

Let is be know that I am holiday hater. I don’t know what it is, but I am one of those Americans who groans when stores start setting out their holiday decorations and themed paper plates. Yes, I am talking to YOU, Hobby Lobby! Stop. Just stop.

This dislike is not only for certain holidays, it for nearly all holidays. Valentine’s Day is a waste of money and effort. Why do we need ONE day to share love? We don’t. The only 364 days are just a decent. Now, don’t even get me started on Halloween. I don’t just dislike Halloween. I hate it. Worst holiday ever. What is the point of it? Here is an expert from an opinion article I had published in The Sunflower in 2012.

*I hate Halloween. I’ve tried to understand why people are so into it, but for the most part I don’t know why people even bother?

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m sorry that I refuse to dress in a pleather Cat Woman costume just to have some drunk pirate grab me booty in search of me treasure. I’ve never understood this phenomenon with dressing up as someone you could never be, dropping $50+ on haunted houses, hospitals, forests, barns, jails, treehouses, fields, shacks, schools and bathrooms, or encouraging your children to dress like the cast of Jersey Shore.

I mean to offend any of you who still think trick-or-treating is acceptable. People think you’re an idiot. Past sixth grade trick-or-treating is no longer acceptable. I’m sorry that I had to break the news to you. If you’re above the age of 13 and still want to celebrate Halloween, do it in your room watching Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th not pushing little kids down to get the best candy. *


Also, I can’t stand Christmas decorations or music. It’s terrible. The only good part about Christmas, other than the wonderful meaning and birth of Jesus, is giving gifts. I love it.

However, there is one holiday that I do enjoy almost all the aspect of: Thanksgiving. The other day while I was planning what I would bring to the family meal, I looked at Jared and said something along the lines of how I could not wait to have a home and children and hosting Thanksgiving. I love being with family celebrating just that, family. I love the laughs. I love the Calbert’s Thanksgiving for the booze. I love the pie. Most of all… I LOVE THE STUFFING.

With that, I present to you. What I’m Thankful For 2015.

  • The ability and knowledge to cook based on help and good genes from my grandma.
  • A family that supports my endeavors… even if they are really bad ideas.
  • Jared. All of him. I don’t think anyone can understand how much he means to me.
  • As frustrating as it might be, school and work are a privilege.
  • Friends… because I wouldn’t want to give thanks and get drunk with anyone else.
  • Katelyn. She teaches me so much.
  • Heated blankets. They are just so wonderful.
  • Netflix. Always Netflix.
  • Socks and shoes
  • Deodorant… Trust me.


Happy Thanksgiving. Please stuff yourself. You deserve it.