“Thanksgiving may be my favorite holiday,” writes journalist Rob Nikolewski.
After all, any holiday where you can watch football while the lovely ones in your life ply you with food and drink is, by definition, a great holiday in my book.
But it’s also a wonderful holiday for what it is not.
It’s not a holiday that comes with an attendant production number, such as the “Christmas season.”
It’s not a holiday of forced sentiment such as Valentine’s Day.
It’s not a holiday that has morphed into an excuse for excess and associated dopey behavior like you see on New Year’s Eve or St. Patrick’s Day.
It is not accompanied by a sense of false piety … that often comes with Easter.
It does not require the purchase of neckties like Father’s Day.
It does not include the use of fireworks, sparklers or any other explosive, flammable or incendiary material as seen on the Fourth of July.
It’s a holiday that hasn’t been ruined by adults who have co-opted it from children and used as an excuse to indulge in ludicrous dress and/or activity like Halloween.
It’s more fun than Arbor Day and less sanctimonious than Earth Day.
[Rob Nikolewski is a three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist with a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a master's in public administration from Columbia University.]