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My Kind of Thanksgiving: Bellamy Young

The “Scandal” star’s favorite way to spend the holiday? With friends and her mom’s famous twice-baked potatoes.

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday (unless we get snow for Christmas: A white Christmas wins, hands down). But Thanksgiving has an ease to it that I appreciate: It’s just focused on togetherness and gratitude. It’s completely stress-free. It wants you to eat and laugh and pause to really appreciate all the blessings in your life. Even when times are dark, it reminds you to take a breath, widen your vision, and remember there is always something to be thankful for. I like that.

These days, I have a new-ish tradition, which is sharing Thanksgiving with my amazing neighborhood. When I moved four years ago, I happened by sheer luck to land in the middle of some of the best folks I’ve ever known. We’ve done different iterations of Thanksgiving: From a progressive party (going around to different houses for different courses) to one huge table for almost 40 of us. This year, one couple is having a baby and lots of us (including me) will have family visiting, so we’re keeping it easy and doing a potluck at Brandrew’s house (our friends Brian and Andrew). Everyone has requested that my mom make her famous twice-baked potatoes, which are a buttery, Southern slice of heaven. I have requested that she make a veganized version of her incredible sweet potato pie (she uses her yummy vegan biscuit dough for the crust!). I will bring wine, because that’s what I’m best at in the kitchen.

I hope that, however you’re spending your holiday, it’s full of love and deep, quiet joy. And maybe we’ll all bring a minute of Thanksgiving into the other 364 days of the year — if not only for the gratitude practice, then for sure for the sweet potato pie.

“It’s just focused on togetherness and gratitude. It’s completely stress-free. It wants you to eat and laugh and pause to really appreciate all the blessings in your life. Even when times are dark, it reminds you to take a breath, widen your vision, and remember there is always something to be thankful for. I like that.”

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