Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday because it has a message that we can really get behind - that we should all take a day to give thanks. But when it rolls around each year, we often get too busy with travel plans, cooking, cleaning, eating turkeys and chocolate turkeys and being driven nuts by our families to take a moment to think about what it is that we are thankful for.
We're obviously thankful for our health, the roof over our heads, and all of that gluttonous food on the table, but there are plenty of other things that we should probably stop taking for granted. This year, we would like to give thanks for all of the little things that make us smile on a bad day, as well as all of the giant things that make the world a better place. We encourage you, too, to think about everything that you are truly grateful for this year. To help you brainstorm, here is our list.
1. 2008 Is An Election Year
The '08 election will bring change one way or another, and we are grateful for that. We are also excited to see different types of candidates leading the pack in this election. So whether you're a blue state or a red state, go out and vote this year. We are grateful for the opportunity to do so, and for the change that it will bring!
2. Dancing With The Stars
We don't love most reality shows, but we are madly in love with this one! It's good old-fashioned entertainment. We don't really care who wins or which dancing couples are hooking up offstage - we just love how the beautiful ballroom dancing makes us feel. Besides making us want to get up and dance, it helps us actually look forward to Monday nights, and we are very thankful for that.
We love frozen yogurt pretty much more than life itself and consider ourselves fro-yo connoisseurs. And we have to say, this new Pinkberry trend is actually quite good. The best part is how they fill their counters with all kinds of fresh fruits and nuts. They have the most beautiful, perfect, genetically manipulated berries on the planet - and they taste amazing. We are grateful for this healthy new variation of our favorite food.
4. The Green Movement
We are so thankful for everyone who is doing a better job than us of living green. (We're trying really hard, but we know that we can do better.) But we are so glad to see the country embracing this movement! NBC's "Green Week" was awesome, even if Al Gore's 30-Rock cameo fell a bit flat, and all of you Prius drivers and wind-powered peeps are the bomb! Keep it up, and we'll try to catch up to you.
5. Ryan Gosling
Whether he's playing a Neo Nazi in The Believer, a romantic hero in The Notebook or a creepy dude who's in love with a sex doll in Lars and The Real Girl, we ladies love Ryan Gosling! He is not only a great actor, but he also has a natural charisma that we don't see a lot of from our leading men these days. Thanks, Ryan.
6. Celebrity Incarcerations
Now, we are not applauding tragedy, but we are thankful that these people are being punished for their bad behavior. It freaks us out that panty-less celebs serve as role models for our youth, so we think it is a good message for the kids when they are forced to do time, even if it's just 6 hours.
7. Tell Me You Love Me
Oh dear, we really love this show. It's not just for the sex, but for how real and raw and right this show is. It is written, produced and directed by women, and we think that this thought-provoking show is groundbreaking. Thanks to the creators of Tell Me You Love Me for making us feel and for using your hour on HBO for love.
8. Our Troops
Most of us Americans can go on about our lives without even remembering that we are a country at war. This is great for us, but it is also terrible because it allows us to become complacent. This Thanksgiving, we want to remind ourselves that we are at war, whether we agree with this war or not, and that it is thanks to our troops that this is so easy for us to forget.
9. No Christmas Hats At Starbucks
You may have missed it, but for about a week at the beginning of November, the Baristas at our local bucky's were wearing those awful Christmas stocking hats! We felt so bad for them that we could barely look them in the eye when ordering our coffee, but somehow, mercifully, they are gone. Thank you Starbucks, for ceasing to be cruel to your employees, and let's hope they don't reappear after Thanksgiving.
As the weather gets colder, we appreciate our Uggs more and more! We know that some of you anti-establishment types claim to hate Uggs, but we swear you've never tried them on. Once you do, these boots are very hard to ever take off! We are looking forward to a long winter spent curling up in our Uggs, which is basically the only thing getting us through until spring.