Why Thanksgiving break is the worst

Thanksgiving break: no school, an excess amount of food, and not leaving your bed for a solid four days. It sounds like heaven, but in reality, there are so many reasons why Thanksgiving break is the worst.

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The questions

The absolute worst part about Thanksgiving is obviously having to interact with your most distant relatives that you aren’t even sure are a part of your family. What’s even worse is having to answer the most awkward questions for your third cousin twice-removed’s sister’s aunt’s nephew’s son’s brother’s daughter. 

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

This is a classic question that is not only awkward to answer, but also reminds you just how nonexistent your love life is – or how nonexistent it has been. Additionally, there is no way to win in this situation. If you answer no, you get hit with the “maybe it’s because of that unflattering haircut!” or the “I’d blame it on those extra few pounds you still haven’t got around to losing!” If you answer yes, be prepared to have the whole female population of your familial existence bombard you with inquiries about your upcoming wedding and how many kids you plan on having.

Where do you want to go for college? What do you plan on majoring in?

Something that grown adults do not understand is that teenagers are beyond indecisive. I can’t even decide what I want for breakfast the next day, much less where I’ll be in two years. Not only this, but attempting to share your desire for a major can only result in extreme judgement. Luckily, I have found a way to avert the disapproving looks from an Indian family. The trick is to have at least two out of the three following keywords in your answer: mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and electrical engineering.

The unrealistic food goals

If just thinking about Thanksgiving food makes you gain an average of five pounds, watching a Buzzfeed video on how to make hash brown potato casserole with roasted garlic rosemary pumpkin hummus probably added an extra 10. Thanksgiving season means researching more about cranberry pie than you’ve ever researched for your AP Seminar paper. Unfortunately, having this unrealistic mental image of stacks of fattening dishes laid out on your dinner table can only lead to eventual disappointment, embodied by dry, over-salted turkey and carrot sticks.

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The attempt to lose the Thanksgiving pounds

It is inevitable to get fat over Thanksgiving break. It really is refreshing to see everyone return on Monday with their now too-short SAS shirt barely covering their food baby and shorts that won’t quite zip all the way up. Of course, trying to lose this weight is beyond frustrating. Now you can only get one Subway cookie instead of your usual five, and actually have to go to the American Club to work out instead of ordering your daily red velvet cake. What ends up happening, however, is that this attempt to lose this weight is very short lived. Don’t be alarmed if you find that you have no motivation nor do you care that you can’t even see your toes anymore– Christmas is coming up, and you’re going to gain weight anyways, so what’s the point?

The realization that you still go to school and finals exist

Thanksgiving break puts you into this nice, cornbread-scented bubble and makes you forget everything you learned in the past three months and what the term “Singapore American School” means. The worst feeling in the world is waking up from your food coma Sunday night and realizing you haven’t done a single productive thing the entire long weekend. 

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Your stress levels rocket as you attempt to finish all your assignments, study for tests, and prepare plans for your upcoming funeral when you realize finals are quickly approaching and you can’t remember what the Pythagorean Theorem is. If you’re currently at your peak weight, trying to remember how the English language works, and planning to eat dried turkey leftovers for the next three weeks, don’t worry – you’re not alone.

The part when you have to actually vocalize what you’re thankful for

Trying to think of something thoughtful that you’re thankful for to say around the dinner table is probably more stressful than taking the new SAT. You obviously can’t say something that your fifth cousin’s uncle’s grandfather’s daughter’s sister already said – and trying to come up with something original that you’re truly thankful for only contributes to this generation’s growing stress issue. However, don’t feel too bad if you end up saying “I’m thankful for my family and friends.” It’s hard to think of something creative amongst the other 800 family members residing in your home.

The family drama

Sitting at a dinner table filled with an excess of very passionate Indian people is something that cannot really be explained in words. However, it is a universally accepted concept that if you confine your extended family in a single room, there is bound to be an entire conversation consisting of passive-aggressive comments and insults.

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The mental image of Buzzfeed-esque food, meaningful discussions, and loving interactions is often completely shattered once the inevitable topic of either politics or the Kardashians come up.

Despite this, the benefits of Thanksgiving break still outweigh the cons, and you will now try extra hard to strengthen your dating game so you can prove all your aunts wrong next year.

However, now that Thanksgiving break is over, hopefully everyone will be able to recover and survive the next three grueling weeks of exams and leftover potato stuffing.

Author: Namrata Ray

This is Namrata’s second year on the Eye! Currently a senior, she’s better known as Nimi and is originally from Dallas, Texas. This is her fourth year at SAS and in Singapore. She enjoys playing tennis and eating chocolate lava cakes. Namrata can be contacted at ray45882@sas.edu.sg.

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