Ok, maybe we jumped the gun a little bit when celebrating the holiday season. But when Starbucks starts putting out their holiday cups, I think that's when the excitment for the holidays begins to churn. A combination of excitement for break, a craving for mashed potatos and stuffing, and a general love of ugly Christmas sweaters made my friends and I decide to throw a Thanksgiving-Ugly Sweater- Feast. Judge it for what you may, but with everyone's cooking skills on display and an attitude of relaxation in the midst of the semester, it turned out to be a great time.
My roommate and I made a huge pot of mashed potatos, green bean casserole, and apple-yam bake. Everyone contributed by bringing some stuffing or stew or what have you, and we ended up serving a gigantic meal! Our appetites were huge, however, and we somehow managed to devour everything. Much like family dinners, everyone was laughing, cracking jokes, a few played some foosball. Skrillix and LMFAO were blasting (until we realized maybe we should switch to something classier) as we loaded our plates with cranberries and chicken (too poor for turkey!). Afterwards, we posed for goofy pictures before migrating back to our own houses, or Pearl Street, or wherever each one of us ended up. It felt really weird and mature, bringing food and drink to someone's house just to eat, but we had a great time, as we usually do. This is because, as I have witnessed the past 3 1/2 years, college friends quickly mold into a surrogate family. They know your day-to-day business, they can relate to all the stresses you feel, and they are always there to let loose when you need it. As you gradually move through college, you forge new friendships with friends of friends, you realize that someone you distantly knew is in one of your classes or student group that you also are involved in, and, very quickly, your community seemingly gets a little smaller and cozier. It was with this spirit that a few of us gathered together for a meal on Saturday night-- one of many nights that will mark the fun of our college years.
I think we started the holiday season right: with good friends, good food, and plenty of good times.