– David Marine Senior Director, Consumer Engagement, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC
The old holiday tune There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays is a classic melody, but to many of us the lyrics are more than just a catchy song. While many associate this holiday classic with Christmas, if you look at the words it’s actually more applicable to Thanksgiving. See for yourself:
Oh! There’s no place like home for the holidays,
‘Cause no matter how far away you roam,
If you wanna be happy in a million ways,
For the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home!
Take a bus, take a train, go and hop an aeroplane,
Put the wife an’ kiddies in the family car!
For the pleasure that you bring when you make that doorbell ring,
No trip could be too far!
Now that’s a Thanksgiving song. The closest competitor would be Adam Sandler’s Thanksgiving Song, but that’s a separate post for another day. In any case it was the thought behind this original holiday song that got us at Coldwell Banker to think about just how much a home truly means during the holidays.
If you talk to anyone about their holiday plans, I guarantee the vast majority of people will be going to someone’s “house.” When you think about holiday memories of years past, is it the presents or meals that you recall or is it more about the times you had with family and friends while gathered around a table in someone’s home. For me, it was always about going to grandma’s house. Didn’t matter what holiday it was, we were headed to one of my grandmother’s home to be stuffed until we could eat no more and then hear Grandma ask “Why?” when we would tell her we couldn’t eat any more.
Now with a family of my own, my wife and I enjoy creating our own holiday traditions. Because my wife is such a great cook/baker/dessert maker extraordinaire, they usually involve food. For Thanksgiving, my wife makes a pumpkin cheesecake and a mean chocolate pecan pie while our home is decorated in pumpkins and cornucopias.
This Thanksgiving whether your stuffing your plate with extra dressing or armchair quarterbacking with family and friends, take a second to appreciate the concept of home that is allowing you to experience the moment. Truly, there is no place like home for the holidays…especially Thanksgiving.