Thanksgiving Eve has finally arrived.
As a college student who was away, far away at school, Thanksgiving was always a much needed break from classes, tests, and the whole Miami scene for a few days. It was nice to come home, experience a little bit of Autumn weather, have some home-cooked meals, and catch up with family and friends. But most importantly, I looked forward to coming home for the highly anticipated Thanksgiving Eve celebrations. I’m not sure what it is about TGE that makes it so great – maybe it’s the fact that it’s a night dedicated to drinking solely because we all have off from work the next day. Or that it’s a night of excessive drinking in honor of a day of excessive eating. Or that it’s a night that has been so commercialized that although it’s a Wednesday, it’s still the biggest party night of the year. Hell, who am I kidding? It’s ALL of those that make it so great!!! As college students, it was the night that we got to come home, meet up with everyone we grew up with, and drink to the memories. You’ll take pictures with the people you hated most in high school, drunkenly resolve long-term conflicts with girls in other “cliques,” and seriously consider getting back together with your high school ex-boyfriend.
Yet while obscenely fun, TGE can be a night of mistakes and mistaste. And so, for us mature grown-up college graduates sitting at work this morning contemplating tonight’s events, it’s important to remind ourselves what is and isn’t acceptable behavior for Thanksgiving Eve.
The Do’s and Don’ts of TGE
Don’t think you need to spend a ridiculous amount of money on some “Thanksgiving Eve Special” at an overrated club.
Do spend a little extra dough – visit a classier watering hole, splurge on the fancier drink, or buy a round for your group.
Don’t start Thanksgiving early by drunk-feasting on pizza after you get home.
Do make it a full-night affair. Grab dinner before going out on the town (a.k.a. put some food in your stomach to get you through the evening).
Don’t drink yourself stupid. It’s not worth it. Imaging trying to stomach courses upon courses of delicious Thanksgiving food with a hangover. The stuffing won’t taste as good coming back up.
Do drink enough that you’re not annoyed at how crowded all the bars are.
Don’t go to any place where you used to go in high school, and therefore, have the potential to run into ex-boyfriends, obnoxious girls, or worse…actual high schoolers. Remember, everyone is out tonight. Probably even your teachers.
Do go to some of your favorite current spots where you know you always have a good time.
Don’t AND I REPEAT DON’T plan on getting the 3:00 AM LIRR “drunk train” home. Literally. It is the worst decision you could possibly make. Even if you go all night avoiding annoying, underage, sloppy, wasted, obnoxious partiers, THIS is where they all end up.
Do crash at someone’s apartment or take a cab home at the end of the night. Worth it.
Don’t over-think the night and put too much pressure on yourself to have an “epic Thanksgiving Eve.”
Do go out with the intention of having fun. If you’ve got good drinks and good company, you’re sure to have a good time. Even an “epic” one, at that.
Stay safe, have fun, and ignore your ex’s texts tonight. Cheers!
Have a good Thanksgiving Eve! And a Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂