21 Reasons To Be Excited That Thanksgiving Is Over

Ban turkey.

1. For a few days after Thanksgiving, there are leftovers to look forward to.

Recipe: Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich With A Moist-Maker

And in case you need convincing, here are 19 Reasons Leftovers Are The Best Part Of Thanksgiving.

2. But after that, you don’t have to think about turkey again for a whole year.

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Because let’s be honest. a turkey is very annoying to cook. And actually, you’ll have to think about buying a turkey in a year minus two weeks. Then you’ll have to think about thawing your turkey in a year minus one week. Then you’ll have to brine your turkey in a year minus three days. But still, those things are way off.

3. Or about eating the gross, mushy green bean casserole your aunt always brings.


4. And you can finally stop arguing about what kind of sweet potato casserole is better.


For the record, I am #TeamPecan.

Recipes: Easy Marshmallow Casserole (pictured on left), Sweet Potato Casserole (pictured on right).

5. And whether or not to serve a salad.


Because so many people are so very offended by the presence of salad on a Thanksgiving table.

Recipes: Mixed Baby Greens with Pecans (pictured on left), Kale Salad with Acorn Squash and Pomegranate (pictured on right).

Because seriously, everyone has such strong feelings on Thanksgiving food, and you are so very over it.

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6. You can stop pretending stuff like this is cute.

It’s not. And like, is a turkey even shaped like that? I don’t think a turkey is even shaped like that.

7. You don’t have to field your grandma’s relationship questions again until Christmas.

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8. Pumpkin Spice Mania will die down. At least a little bit.

That said, prepare to be assaulted with all things gingerbread and peppermint.

9. Pumpkin beer will go away, too. Which is good, because it is mostly awful.

Bon Appétit did a taste test of 11 popular pumpkin beers and only found three worth drinking.



First there was Black Friday. Then there was Cyber Monday. Now, the week after Thanksgiving is pretty much just a haze of sales and discount specials.

11. The food magazines will start talking about SOMETHING. ELSE.


12. Your favorite playlists can come out of hiding.

I know you’ve been secretly listening to them since Halloween, but now you can play Christmas on actual speakers, in front of other people.

13. Ditto all of your favorite movies.


14. For the next month, you can eat as many cookies as you want.

FACT: Cookies have no calories in December.

Recipe: Roasted Almond Thumbprints

17. And don’t forget about cookie DECORATING.

Learn how to decorate your cookies here.

18. There are also cookie swap parties in the very near future.

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Learn more about how to host a cookie swap party here.

19. BONUS: There will be eggnog at these parties.

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An excuse to get drunk off of dessert.

Recipe: Eggnog

20. All of the cheesy holiday attractions you secretly love are now in full force.

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21. And poinsettias are everywhere, and it is wonderful.

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I guess what I’m really getting at is this: Be thankful that Thanksgiving is over.

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Because it is the most ridiculous holiday.

And know that the best way to get over your Thanksgiving hangover…

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Like seriously WTF, Thanksgiving.

… is a big, obnoxious overdose of CHRISTMAS!!!

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The best holiday.

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