This year I am super excited for Thanksgiving aka Turkey Day. I have always loved this holiday, but I am especially stoked for it this year for one particular reason. I am a poor college student and I don’t always get my three square meals. It’s not often that I get to sit down to a nice hot, big meal with all the food groups. Knowing that I will get to feast on Thanksgiving makes my stomach sing. Or maybe it’s just growling. Regardless, free food and beverage is the way to this girl’s heart.
The only thing I still have to decide is who I am going to feast with this Thanksgiving. I have been invited to three different Turkey Day celebrations and they all have their pros and cons. I could go home to Reno and have Thanksgiving with my parents, sisters, grandma, and uncle. They are most likely going to break tradition of a home-cooked meal this year and go out to one of the casinos for an all you can eat buffet. Or my dad also said he was thinking my mom and him would cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, so they could still take it easy on Thanksgiving and just watch football and not have to cook all day and eat the food cooked the day before. The perks of this choice are: obviously, I will be well fed if I go home to my parents. I could even stay the whole weekend and get free food for four days. Plus, they’d probably send me back to Sac with plenty of leftovers. The downside to this choice is it’s dependent on the weather. If it’s snowing over the pass at all I can’t go. I don’t like driving in the snow with ice, and my dad pretty much forbids me from doing it. The other downside to this option is the money I have to spend on gas. I drive a Chevy Tahoe. It will be a lot of gas.
My second option is staying in Sacramento. My brother invited me to his house for dinner, since he can’t go home for Thanksgiving because he works in retail and therefore must work Black Friday (the poor guy!). The perks to this are I don’t have to drive as far, which means less money spent on gas, and it will just be a super relaxed and chill time of hanging out with my brother and friends. The downside to this is I will have to contribute some sort of food and beverage, but because I won’t be paying as much for gas I’m thinking it evens out in cost. It’s possibly even cheaper depending on how much food I end up needing to bring.
My third option is to go to San Jose. My Jamba friends have the annual tradition of a Turkey Bowl in the morning. We all meet up and hang out and play some tag football and it’s an awesome time. Afterwards, I was invited to my friend’s house for dinner. His parents are going to be out of town and he’s cooking a turkey and hosting a Friendsgiving dinner for his friends. He also said I could sleep on the hide-a-bed, so I have a place to stay too. This option’s perks are of course, Turkey Bowl, and getting to see all my friends, who I really miss and don’t get to see enough. The downside to this option is the cost of gas and I would also feel compelled to contribute a side dish or dessert of some kind, which is more money. I’m thinking this option is the most costly, since it’s gas plus food to pay for.
I now must make the difficult choice of picking where and how to spend it. There’s a lot of factors to consider. My situation is definitely preferable to having no where to go for Thanksgiving, so I consider myself extremely lucky and thankful for so many amazing friends and family. If anyone has suggestions or opinions on which option I should choose please feel free to comment and share. Thanks and I hope all of you have a very happy Thanksgivings filled with food, love, and good company!
JoanBon is a DJ with Sacramento States KSSU