In the United States of America, Thanksgiving is portrayed as a time for friends and family to come together to celebrate the harvest, share stories and good food, and look forward to the future.
But. Traditions, like everything else in modern life, only get more complicated the more we learn about them, and in a country like the United States, we know that this is certainly the case.
What could be more ideal than having an entire day to oneself to do whatever your heart desires, whenever you like, in this day and age when so many people are feeling overconnected, overstimulated, busy, and hassled?
It's safe to say that almost nothing about this year has been the typical, and there doesn't seem to be any relief in sight. That leaves you vulnerable to spending Thanksgiving alone, perhaps more so than in other years. There won't be any laid-back Friendsgivings when everyone just brings a dish and drinks are the main attraction. This means you won't have to take time off work, endure long airport lines, or rush through your commute to make your flight. No big family reunions where everyone acts like they're still in grade school and tensions run high.
The idea of spending Thanksgiving by oneself may sound like heaven to some people. The year 2022 will be full of joyous celebrations for some, but for others the hardships of the year will be too much to take. Whatever your feelings about spending Thanksgiving on your own may be, there are ways to make the day more enjoyable than lonely.