Thanksgiving is time to spend with family, eat tons of food, and enjoy three days of no school.
There are people like sophomore Kyle Hefner and junior Alyssa Dasca who have, what people might consider, the normal American traditions of a family gathering, the normal turkey, and mashed potatoes.
“Average get-together. It’s the normal tradition every year, nothing special,” says Kyle Hefner.
Others have different takes on Thanksgiving, which combine their unique cultures with the American culture.
Junior Angel Jesudasen has what she says, “Two Thanksgivings.”
She travels to Los Angeles to visit family, as well as Lake Forest for a celebration there.
“I have a big family, around 80 people, so we have two turkeys. An Indian one and a normal one.”
Her family can mix Indian food and American food, for what is sure a memorable meal.
The case might also be true for people of Hispanic, Asian, or European heritage. Though not only does Angel’s family do Thanksgiving different then the everyday American, they also have special traditions.
“[We] pass the plate, we write down what we’re thankful for and put it in a bowl and we pass it around,” Angel Jesudasensays.
Senior Meghan Clevenger’s family also has a special tradition.
“All the women in my family make little deserts. It just kind of happened and we kept on doing it.”
Not to mention Black Friday, the Friday for great shopping deals. Some families wake up “really early” to jump-start on deals like Meghan Clevenger’s. However, some don’t like senior Raquel Friedmann. When asked, it was usually the girls that said they did go to Black Friday.
Other than super deals, no school, and yummy food, people love Thanksgiving for different reasons.
“I get to see people I never see, “says Kyle Hefner.
Alyssa Dasca says, “It brings the family together.”
Sophomore Kenya Avila likes Thanksgiving because it’s “the time to celebrate with family, even though that should beevery day.”
Although you may not celebrate the ideals on what Thanksgiving was founded on, you should be thankful either way. Celebrate and give thanks to the people and friends around you.
As Angel Jesudasen said, “Thanksgiving starts off the holidays.”