For some people the glory of Thanksgiving is the crispy bite of Turkey skin that is cooked so perfectly it almost shatters when you try to cut it.
For others it is the cornucopia of side dishes that accompany the aforementioned Turkey, perfuming the buffet table with scents of childhood memories.
But then there is a third group of Thanksgiving feast lovers that could skip the dinner entirely, because as far as they are concerned, Thanksgiving dinner is merely a soupçon before the main event. Yes, there are those who come to Thanksgiving for one reason and one reason only: for Thanksgiving desserts!
You can spot a Thanksgiving dessert lover by a few characteristics. Often times during dinner the addict will look anxious and possibly dab at the beads of sweat forming on their brow. Others get shifty eyes, always looking around for when the desserts will officially be served. You might even catch someone in the kitchen, furtively pinching just a taste of flakey, buttery pie crust and then nodding with satisfaction as they slowly nibble at their sweet fix.
Are you nodding your head and smiling softly to yourself because you know exactly what I am talking about? Well then you, my friend, know exactly what I am talking about because you are addicted to Thanksgiving desserts.
It might seem obvious to you that the only point of Thanksgiving is to engorge yourself on the sweet and lightly spiced confectionaries that are served after dinner, but for those of you who haven’t seen the light of Truth behind what I am describing, then let me share with you six reason you should be addicted to Thanksgiving desserts.
Has there ever been a Thanksgiving meal without the ubiquitous pumpkin pie? To have a Thanksgiving dinner without serving pumpkin pie is like eating a hamburger without the fries! But pumpkin pie isn’t the only Thanksgiving dessert to feature this glorious squash. There is pumpkin mousse, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin tarts, pumpkin cake, and even pumpkin bread pudding.
Because There Is Always Room For Dessert
Have you ever eaten so much at Thanksgiving dinner that you were too full to partake of the treats served afterwards? Me neither!
No matter how much you gorge on stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts, caramelized carrots, and decadent turkey, you know as soon as the Thanksgiving desserts appear you are suddenly ravenous as if you haven’t eaten in weeks!
Because Calories Don’t Count
It is a scientific fact that calories don’t exist on Thanksgiving. I am pretty sure that was proved by Einstein in 1943. As a side note, calories don’t count when you are flying in an airplane either.
Because It’s Socially Acceptable To Eat More Than One
If you are addicted to Thanksgiving desserts, then you must also struggle at a regular meal when you see at least two desserts on the menu that you have to have, but you also don’t want to completely embarrass yourself by getting them both. Of course your spouse already knows he is going to take one for the team and order the one second one so you don’t have to.
But on Thanksgiving it is perfectly respectable, dare I say encouraged, to have more than one helping of dessert! If that alone doesn’t make this the greatest holiday in the world, I don’t know what does!
The Pilgrims would want you to have as many and a much dessert as possible. Do it for America!
Because Nobody Likes A Quitter
Everyone knows there are three parts of the Thanksgiving feast.
1. Appetizers and drinks so you can get a nice buzz going so you can actually deal with your extended family.
2. The Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.
Notice number three? Thanksgiving isn’t supposed to end when the turkey has been so thoroughly ravaged it looks like the carcass of a gazelle that has been stripped clean by hyenas. It is your duty to continue to the bitter end, which obviously includes dessert.
Now that I have schooled you on the majesty of Thanksgiving desserts, I know that you now must be in the third category of Thanksgiving lover- the one that waits with sweaty palms and a racing heart until they finally get their fix.