A few weeks ago, I mentioned giving holidays their time in relation to still talking about Halloween.
We have Thanksgiving this week, and I’ve tried with this one.
I went looking for a Thanksgiving story to talk about, and there just aren’t any worth mentioning.
“Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” exists, but it’s not a classic like Halloween and Christmas are.
I went looking for something to talk about and came across “The Oath,” a 2018 movie that takes place over Thanksgiving week and focuses on a family’s political debates.
Honestly, I just wasn’t impressed. It was a lot of yelling, and I wasn’t satisfied with the ending.
When I’m struggling to find something to watch, I usually go to a favorite from growing up, the “Gilmore Girls.”
Even the “Gilmore Girls” Thanksgiving in season three isn’t very memorable. It’s good, but it was a filler episode.
The biggest message is to let your high school senior make her own decisions about where to apply for college.
It’s not a very holiday-themed message, but that didn’t matter.
While I wanted something new and creative to enjoy, in a year where the holidays are looking like a lonely affair, going back to a childhood favorite was nice.
I won’t be able to travel back to Florida for Thanksgiving or Christmas with my family.
It’s not worth the risk when my sister works in a hospital, my mom had two surgeries this year and by the nature of my job, I have to go out and talk to people.
We can video call, and for this year, that’ll have to do, but it isn’t the same.
And, so I turn to the comfort of the dysfunctional family that is the Gilmores for a sense of normalcy.
What’s my point?
First, Thanksgiving deserves some movie/TV show love with something more original than families arguing.
Second, in times of struggle, it’s OK to turn to something familiar and comforting.
Michael Shine is a staff writer at the Daily American Republic. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.