Hey, scolds: Stop telling us to enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 5:13 PM

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Hey, scolds: Stop telling us to enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving

To these overbearing, preachy articles, I say: Stop. Leave me — and my deep-fried turkey and my mashed potatoes and my cherry pie and my two glasses of wine too many — alone. Thanksgiving is not about counting calories or doing 30 extra push-ups if you want to "be bad" and eat a slice of pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving is not about loading your plate up with leafy greens, leaving but a tiny sliver of the china visible for "danger foods" such as casserole or — gasp! — stuffing.

History lessons aside, here is what Thanksgiving is for me: that rare holiday in which giving gifts is not expected, watching football for six hours is not frowned upon, and going back for thirds or even fourths is not judged but encouraged. Thanksgiving is a day when we can give in to that deadly s...

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