Hope You Have a Happy Thanksgiving Even Though You'll Be Eating That Whole Turkey By Yourself
November 20, 2010 8:27 PM Subscribe
How can we cheer up someone who will be alone for the holidays, without actually inviting them to a party or something?
posted by joyeuxamelie to Human Relations (21 answers total)
I have a professor who mentioned to my class that he will be spending Thanksgiving alone. He didn't say it in a pity-me kind of way, but I still felt bad that he wouldn't be going to see his family or hanging out with friends. (He's not married, as far as I know.) After class I asked him if he really wasn't going to see his sister and he said no. Then he said "I'll be fine, I spent Xmas last year alone, too"
He's kind of a stuffy professor -- for instance he can be totally anal about paper formatting and stuff but he still has an insane sense of humor. We have a 3 hour class with him and even though it's so long and the material is really boring, my classmates have a good time and laugh a lot. Even so, he's not someone I can see surrounded by friends, because he's so stuffy and by the book (and sometimes a little awkward, lol). We still like him though!
My friends and I were talking about how it's sad that Prof. A doesn't have anything to do during the holidays and we wanted to cheer him up. We're all going places, etc, so it's not like we can invite him to a random holiday party with a bunch of college students (tbh, he probably wouldn't fit it either). But there's still email! We want to send him an email wishing him a Happy Thanksgiving. But just, "Hey Prof A, hope you have a great Thanksgiving" doesn't seem like a very cheering thing.
What else can we put in the email to bring a smile to his face? Links to songs/playlists or videos or whatever? Suggestions please! We're totally stumped! We were thinking that hand drawn cards would be funny and stuff, but we can't mail them since we don't have his address.