Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving!!!!!! The food day of all food days. Today should be pretty fun – the parade, food, family, friends, good times. I’m definitely thankful for everyone in my life. Now you probably thought I would include a video from Snoopy’s Thanksgiving. But I’m not! (It’s not really my favorite Snoopy movie anyways – too much Peppermint Patty) But I am including a video from one of the classic “Friends” Thanksgiving episodes.

This is one of the best Thanksgiving episodes of “Friends.” (But let’s be honest, all the Thanksgiving episodes are fantastic. I particularly like the one with a guest appearance by Brad Pitt)

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. I’m not really sure why. I mean, yes, I love all the food, but I don’t think that’s it (I mean, I didn’t even like stuffing until middle school!). Every year when I was younger we would have Thanksgiving at my house (now we alternate with another family member) and I always loved the preparation the day before, especially since my Grandma would come over to help. Thanksgiving is all about togetherness and that is something that is definitely emphasized at our Thanksgiving. It’s that last peaceful moment of fall before the craziness of the holiday season (officially) begins. I hope you’re all with someone you love this Thanksgiving, and I hope you eat just enough turkey and trimmings to fill you up. Happy Thanksgiving!

Cold

It’s cold. Cold, cold, cold, cold.

Don’t get me wrong – I like winter. Hot chocolate, sweaters, scarves, holidays…but I only really like the cold when it snows. And so far, it has not snowed. Unfortunately, yesterday, it was calling for ice and rain today, which would be bad since I’m driving home for Thanksgiving! But the weather seems to have changed and now it will only rain. We’ll see.

But this is how I felt getting ready to go to class today:

Here’s hoping we get some snow soon – not too much. Just enough to delay my morning classes. We don’t need a repeat of the giant snow storm of 2010. Here’s a little snowy reminder:

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I don’t want that much snow. Just a light dusting to remind us all what the season’s about (I’m paraphrasing from “The Ultimate Christmas Present”). But anyways, wish for snow and stay warm!!

About Me: Snoopy

Happy day after Halloween! I made this special pumpkin last night and I thought I’d use it as inspiration for my blog post!

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I’ve mentioned the Peanuts gang several times throughout my posts and that’s because I have always been a huge fan of Snoopy and all his friends.  My mom has always loved the Peanuts and she definitely transferred that love to me and my siblings.  The Peanuts are always full of wisdom and frankly, they’re just really cute!  The comics are always really clever and I always love watching the holiday specials.  I remember there also used to be a TV show that was on really early in the morning when I was a kid.  When I liked getting up super early, I would go downstairs (And usually everyone else was still asleep) and watch the show.  So many of my childhood memories involve Snoopy and I’m glad they do.  The comics taught me a lot about life and made me very grateful that I never got a rock in my Halloween candy bag.

It’s Fall!

I have always loved the Fall.  Changing leaves, Halloween, cooler weather, my birthday, Thanksgiving – all of which are some of my favorite things.  Mary Washington is beautiful all year round, but it is especially beautiful during the Fall.  All the trees on campus change to vibrant colors that match the colors of the brick buildings and walks perfectly.

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Some of the beautiful trees on campus

It really is a fantastic time of year.  It’s even better since I don’t have to help rake leaves! Honestly, though, raking leaves and jumping in leaf piles are some of my favorite memories from childhood.  As I got older, however, the idea that any kind of creepy crawly could be hiding in that pile made it a little less fun.  Of course, I learned some leave-jumping wisdom from the classic television special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

As always, the Peanuts leave us with undeniable wisdom and humor.  This special is another one of my favorite childhood memories - It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! is one of my favorite holiday specials (the Snoopy Christmas special, however, is number one) about a holiday that was never exactly my favorite.  Halloween is great when you’re a kid and get bucketfuls of candy, but as you get older, it gets a little less exciting.  In college, however, I’ve rediscovered my love of Halloween.  I’ve dressed up (to an extent) every year, and watched silly Halloween specials.  I’m not into scary Halloween shows, but I have always loved the slightly scary, but fairly silly, Disney Halloween shows.  In particular, the movie Hocus Pocus is a classic that used to scare me as a kid, but I now love.  And the Disney channel original movies of the late 90s - the Halloweentown series, and Don’t Look Under the Bed are some of my other favorites.  Last year I re-watched Don’t Look Under the Bed, a movie about the boogeyman, and it is actually pretty scary for a children’s movie.  It deals with serious issues too – growing up, childhood cancer, and the idea that imagination is more powerful than reality.  It’s not surprising that it scared me so much as a kid.

Even with all the mildly scary shows and movies, Halloween is still fun.  Even if I don’t get buckets of candy anymore – now I just have to buy them.