If you think about it, Thanksgiving is exactly like The Hunger Games in a lot of ways. Seriously—hear me out. The story of Katniss, Peeta, and their experiences in a dystopian world bear some pretty striking similarities to the holiday, ones which seem weird until the day approaches and you realize that, oh my god, they are totally comparable, and you’ll be left wondering how you could not have seen it before.
The similarities are impossible to go unnoticed if you’ve seen the movies lately (or— actually read the books, if you are a better person than I am). Thanksgiving dinner is theoretically supposed to be about gathering together and eating cheerfully surrounded by loved ones, but underneath all that goodwill are some competitive vibes that jive very closely to the ones you see Katniss’ story. The feast is captivating as a main event in the way that the games are, and, for your cholesterol levels, kind of deadly if you think about it for over a long period of time (though no one is actually going to die on Thanksgiving. I repeat: no one is going to die.) And that’s just the beginning. Here are seven other ways Thanksgiving dinner and The Hunger Games are exactly alike, challenges and all.