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Is the Thanksgiving meal a treat because we only do it once a year, or would we like it just as much if we did it all the time?

Asked by wundayatta (58377 points ) November 15th, 2011

What do you think? Would it lose its appeal if we did it more often? How much more often would you have to have the Thanksgiving meal before it became ho hum or even sickening to you?

Are there other things in life that would lose their specialness if you did them too often? What are they? Has anything special ever lost its appeal for you because you did it too often?

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john65pennington's avatar

Once each year is enough. It gives families a time to be together to give thanks for the many blessings bestowed up on them.

Also, if family members cannot make it together to celebrate Thanksgiving, then maybe they can make it for Christmas.

It gives people something to look forward to and to also celebrate the ending of another year together.

The two holidays are perfect and that is probably why it has never been changed.

Blackberry's avatar

It already lost its appeal years ago. I don’t like thanksgiving food much anymore.

muppetish's avatar

I can only speak from personal experience and not from a national, general perspective. When I was a kid, Thanksgiving was a big deal because all our families lived pretty far apart and it was one of the few times we gathered together in celebration of one another. We had games, a big meal, and talked through the evening. It was something that I definitely looked forward to. As I neared high school age, however, it lost its appeal. Not because I was sick of the meal itself, but because members of my family started feuds and ceased speaking. The number of seats at the dinner table dwindled and it just became a reminder of how divided we were. Not the type of thing I want to think about, really.

This year, I am looking forward to Thanksgiving. My family is going to attend dinner with my Significant Other’s family (and friends) and it will be a warm and fuzzy occasion instead of a depressing one. It might even be the best I have ever had.

So I think holidays in general are contingent upon the outside factors rather than the event itself. Easter is always fun when my cousins and brothers still hide eggs even though they are all college students now. Christmas, a holiday most people relish, was painful last year when my father was in hospital. For me, at least, it’s never the day itself (or all the traditions that go with it), but everything else that make it something to look forward to or wish it would just pass quietly.

emeraldisles's avatar

I appreciate Thanksgiving more because we only celebrate it once a year. It probably is my favorite holiday because it isn’t as commercial as Christmas is.I look forward to the food that I ponly have a couple of times a year.

deni's avatar

I think it’s a great meal, and I’d enjoy it year round. But then it might lose its pizazz. It’s fun to only do once, but make a big deal out of it. We should do that more often anyhow.

blueiiznh's avatar

It’s great because:
1) There are no gifts to be exchanged.
2) You can eat all you want.
3) You can argue and make it a “Jerry Springer” event.

JessicaRabbit's avatar

Why doesn’t fluther let me delete my answer? lol

Ela's avatar

Family is extremely important to me. I would host a t-day dinner gathering with my immediate family once a month if I could.
I’m a sentimentalist though, if something is truly special to me, it never looses it’s appeal and I never tire of it : )

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