In the United States, Thanksgiving is a holiday about food, family, and gratitude, with an incredibly distorted origin myth (but that's a topic for another post.) At it’s core, however, Thanksgiving is about traditions. Traditions are funny, in that the origins are often murky and they don’t always make sense. Some Thanksgiving traditions are amazing and should never, ever go away, and other traditions are less than stellar.
There are some things about Thanksgiving that are absolutely perfect, most of which involve delicious dishes food or lying on the couch watching TV while succumbing to a tryptophan-induced coma. Thanksgiving is a holiday of gluttony and sloth, which, if you ask me, are the very best of the deadly sins. So before we get to the Thanksgiving tradition that should go away and never come back, it’s important to establish the ones that are awesome and we should consider incorporating into more days of the year (I for one think pumpkin pie should be a year-round treat, agree?)