No gifts and less waste – why I’d take Thanksgiving over Christmas any day

Without fail, this is my favourite time of the year. That’s not because it’s one of a handful of times in the year you can get a slow cooker or an air fryer for an absolute bargain on Black Friday. The real reason I love this week so much is that for the past decade on the last Thursday of November, I’ve been lucky enough to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. Although we don’t officially celebrate this American holiday in Ireland, I can hand on heart recommend it as being way better than Christmas. The reason it’s so much more enjoyable? No gifts.

nyone with a decent bone in their body enjoys giving gifts and we all love receiving them. But hear me out. There is something extremely wholesome and perspective inducing about gathering family and friends together with the sole objective of sharing a special meal and expressing gratitude. The simplicity of Thanksgiving is what makes it so enjoyable. Removing the act of giving gifts changes the dynamic in a way that optimises pleasure and promotes happiness.

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