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Not so holiday special

November 28, 2013 - Nick Dutro
There is nothing like a good holiday special. Not necessarily “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” or “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer,” but the episodes of sit-coms and TV dramas that celebrate the three major U.S. holidays in style.

And because today is Thanksgiving, I’m thinking mostly about the ones related to the holiday, the “Slapsgivings,” the “One With” the trifle and cameos by Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner (for those who can successfully guess all three references, congratulations, you win all the bragging rights).

There are some familiar tropes in your typical holiday-themed episode, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, in which one of the characters is almost always not a fan of the holiday, but they are shown the spirit of it by the end of the episode. New show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” had such an episode this week, which was mostly old hat, but conducted in a fun way nonetheless.

I’ve never thought of myself to fit in any of those sit-com roles when it comes to my views on the holidays. Christmas is not my favorite time of the year, but that’s only because I’m not a fan of all of the commercialism that comes with it -- the holiday itself has only ever been a pleasant one for my family and me.

Sadly, this year I’m working at the office to produce the next day’s paper, an extremely important task and not one I complain about, but that means I don’t get to have that moment where someone convinces me that the holiday has high importance while asking me to pass the potatoes. I guess I will just have to miss out on those sappy Thanksgiving moments I always see being portrayed on my favorite TV shows.

It’s easy to see why TV loves to bring it’s characters together for a Thanksgiving episode, because at the very least it’s a good place to show what the holiday is really all about: being with the people who are most important to you, be them friends, family or something in between.

So, I cannot be there with my friends or my family today, but at the very least I can sit here knowing that they are important to me and for whom I’m very thankful. Especially my fiancee, Jen, whom I can hope to spend the day with next year, as well as a whole new family I’ll get to call my own.

Well look at that, I managed to make this just as sappy as a TV holiday special after all.

What I’m reading: “Infinity,” written by Jonathan Hickman, Published by Marvel.

What I’m listening to: A polka album that I thought was produced by UK band “Klaxons,” but is really from polka band “The Klaxons.” Spotify, and therefore I, am very confused.


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