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Thanksgiving Can Be Celebrated In Many Different Ways

Beautiful table with thanksgiving food

by Jessica Bentley

Halloween has come and gone. We have stuffed ourselves full of candy, and now it’s time to prepare for the next holiday. Everyone has their own way of celebrating Thanksgiving, but one thing that is the same amongst all, a grand feast.

The traditional feast is the one you usually see on T.V. It includes: a turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and the list goes on. While some have that traditional feast, others have their own traditions when it comes to food or what the family and friends do on the day.

Senior Sydnie Grossnickle has a big family that celebrates the holiday, “We have anywhere from 45-70 people at my great grandparents’ farm. We do dinner in shifts, and after we eat we watch whatever football game is on. Then we all go out and play football for a while. When we finish our game of football we all go out to take care of the animals. Then we finish up the night playing whatever card or board games my great grandmother wants to play.”

“Personally, I don’t think Thanksgiving is that great [of] a holiday. My family and I don’t usually celebrate it by making a big meal. We usually go to some restaurant and eat there. Oh and most places give a free slice of pie on Thanksgiving so that’s nice too,” commented senior Quinn McHood.

Some families have different activities they do to commemorate the holiday. Some play a game of family football, or watch the football games on T.V. Others have the tradition of sitting around the table and sharing what they are thankful for this year. When it comes to food, some might not do the traditional feast most people think of. They might have their own tradition and do something different.

“My family and I go all out for Thanksgiving. My mom makes all the food the night before, so she doesn’t have to stress Thanksgiving day. On Thanksgiving morning we watch the Thanksgiving parade together while we make the desserts for the day,” commented senior Jasmine Bradley on her Thanksgiving traditions.

Now Black Friday starts even earlier, with sales starting the week of Thanksgiving and the night of Thanksgiving. Some families have the tradition of doing an early dinner so they can go hit that sale for the hot ticket item this year.

Whatever your Thanksgiving traditions are, the holiday is sure to be a great one, with many things to be thankful for.