Monday, November 22, 2010

A Non-Traditional Thanksgiving by Margo *Guest Blogger*

A Non-Traditional Thanksgiving

I spend Turkey Day alone. I heard that. Most of you just said to yourself, “Oh how sad.” But consider the perks of spending one day on your own. If you work all day in a busy office or some other hectic environment, think how pleasant it is to be able to sit on the couch or your favorite comfy chair and be able to take deep breaths as you relax for a day. If you are a homemaker and are home with the kids all day, perhaps you dream of a day to go solo. 

The benefits of being by yourself may not outweigh the advantages to the very family-oriented and the social butterflies. For the rest of us, there are some bona fide advantages to this arrangement. If you like movies, you can watch them to your heart’s content. Watching movies alone ensures that you get to see what you want and don’t have to sit through something you secretly hate just for the pleasure of someone’s company. If you are a stamp collector, crafter, scrap booker or baker you can use this day to pursue these hobbies. Readers find themselves on cloud 9 with an entire day to wrap up in a blanket and enter the world of the current novel they are engrossed in. If you play any musical instrument, you can practice and practice and practice and no one will be around to be bothered by hearing the same tune ad infinitum. 

It is possible to slow down, relax and truly count my blessings with no distractions around. I don’t have to cook a big meal. Heck, if I want, I don’t have to cook at all for a day. True, I miss out on a lot of good food, but that is okay. I suppose this set up is not for everyone, but there is a lot to be said for being able to do what I want and not have to please (or fail to please) 20-50 people. It is a day I look forward to all year.

About the Author:
Margo Smith graduated with a B.S. degree from BYU. She enjoys writing about a variety of subjects from scientific discoveries to online classes to holiday celebrations. She draws from her own education, her years in college and an author’s perspective on life when compiling articles.

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