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Pumpkin spice and everything nice

This time of year, when the air turns crisp and the leaf colours change on the trees, it seems there is pumpkin everywhere. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice nail polish, pumpkin spice perfume, and even pumpkin spice vodka. I mean it’s everywhere. I really love everything about the fall season but I don’t need to be constantly flavouring or smelling pumpkin spice.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it can be a great flavour for some things, but I think we’ve gone too far as a society when there are pumpkin spice chips. It’s too much. Leave it for the pie.

I’ve never been a big fan of pumpkin pie but I’ve always loved the smell. Something about the cinnamon and nutmeg really does feel like fall, especially during Thanksgiving. So although I may not be thankful for all the pumpkin spice this Thanksgiving season, I can gladly say I have a lot to be thankful for.

I am thankful for the long weekend. It’s great to be able to spend time with family and also be able to enjoy a three day weekend. Everybody deserves a break.

I am thankful for the season of fall. I know it’s hard to say goodbye to summer weather but you get to enjoy all the beauty that comes with autumn.

I am thankful for my family. We are lucky enough that we don’t have to travel too far to see each other, even if sometimes it feels a little too close.

I am thankful for my friends. The old ones, the new ones, and the ones I have yet to meet.

I am thankful for turkey and I am thankful for Thanksgiving leftovers. Turkey sandwiches or homemade soup is hard to beat. The whole controversy about eating turkey doesn’t really faze me. I understand everyone has a right to their opinion and right to voice it. However, I also have a right to eat my turkey in peace; or at least smothered in gravy with a side of mashed potatoes, stuffing and vegetables. All this followed by a nice slice of non-pumpkin pie. Everyone else may be crazy about pumpkin spice but I’m fine without.  

Now, if you’ll excuse me, the tryptophan is kicking in.