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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but I’m not talking about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or even winter solstice. I’m talking about how a couple of glorious months of the year, us Americans are blessed with the best sandwich to come out of fast food — the McRib.

The McRib returned this year Oct. 31. The next day I called the Maryville McDonald’s to confirm if they had the blessing of a sandwich in stock. That’s right, I call McDonald's more often than I call my parents. Within minutes I was speeding through the streets to order my first McRib of the season. To sweeten the deal, McDonald’s lets you throw in an extra one for only one dollar when you buy a McRib meal. I have gladly purchased one each time I roll into the drive-through, which is more times than I’d like to admit.

I’m sure the McRib is made out of material from a variety of substances, resulting in something that barely qualifies as meat anymore, but I simply don’t care. The taste of it is so mesmerizing and euphoric to me that I’m more than willing to put my own best interests aside until I finish my delicious meal. 

The warm slab of meat doused in that special sauce, with onions and pickles on top is not only special or unique, it’s a priceless gift. It’s a good thing that I don't live in a place where the McRib is offered year-round, because if I did, I might have faced the consequences of the afterlifes by now. Even though I wish it was a permanent menu item, its seasonal status only makes it more special.

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