Be conscious in giving thanks

Staff Editorial

It’s November and we’ve made it to the final stretch of the semester.

Once we hit the middle of the month, the few remaining weeks melt together in a mess of final exams, projects, readings and essays, then, finally, some rest.

But, one week in particular can feel especially long — and that is the one we’re about to experience, Thanksgiving break.

In the Hallmark version of events, Thanksgiving is all warm candles, crisp linens, mountains of mashed potatoes and gleaming pies.

This festive scene is all enclosed behind the door of a suburban home, adorned with a classic autumnal wreath.

Everyone gathers around a full table and chats, smiles, laughs.

There are no arguments and everyone is happy to be there, to celebrate, to be thankful.

We all know this a myth, that Thanksgiving isn’t a cookie-cutter family in coordinating sweaters with no worries.

Thanksgiving can take on a variety of forms.

Some of us don’t go home for the holiday, either because we’re unable to or because we choose not to.

We don’t all get along with our families, or our families don’t gather in the traditional sense during Thanksgiving.

Some of us aren’t from America and the whole concept is an unfamiliar one.

And yes, the holiday is a positive and enjoyable experience for a lot of people in our community.

It provides a much-welcome week of rest and relaxation during a stressful time in the semester for some.

But it’s important to recognize that Thanksgiving is not a universal experience.

Don’t assume everyone is excited for the upcoming week, or that they are all returning to a welcoming home.

Instead, be thankful for those around you, inside and outside of your community.

Give to those who are struggling right now or having a tough time.

Host a friendsgiving to offer everyone an opportunity to enjoy the traditional concept of the holiday, regardless of how they normally experience it.

Offer someone a ride if they can’t get home this week on their own.

If you’re able,  invite them to come with you if they feel unwelcome going back to their family.

The holidays can be just as divisive as they are unifying, especially in our current political climate.

And remember to take care of yourself when you’re taking care of others.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help or let your friends know if you’re struggling during this week.

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