Aren’t you glad you’re not a turkey?

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Aren’t you glad you’re not a turkey?

Turkey is typically the main dish of an American Thanksgiving dinner. (Jim Ridley/ Flickr(

Turkey is typically the main dish of an American Thanksgiving dinner. (Jim Ridley/ Flickr(

Turkey is typically the main dish of an American Thanksgiving dinner. (Jim Ridley/ Flickr(

Turkey is typically the main dish of an American Thanksgiving dinner. (Jim Ridley/ Flickr(

Molly Grosswald, Staff Writer

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Thanksgiving is the day to be grateful, eat a ton of delicious food, and watch football. The American holiday is always on the last Thursday of November. The warm colors, cool breeze, and falling leaves create the perfect fall setting for the day. Thanksgiving is a fun, enjoyable, and well spent holiday with family and friends. 

Thanksgiving began about 400 years ago when the Mayflower, a ship from England, landed in present day Cape Cod. The people aboard the ship, now known as Pilgrims, came in contact with Native Americans. One, in particular, spoke English. Him and other Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. In November 1621, the Pilgrims first corn harvest was successful. The governor organized a three day celebratory feast for this special occasion with the Pilgrims and Native Americans. However, there was conflict between the Native Americans and Pilgrims, which resulted in thousands of deaths. Thanksgiving is controversial for this reason. Thanksgiving took many years for all the states to celebrate it, but it eventually became a national holiday that many people have grown to love. 

Every family has their own Thanksgiving tradition, whether that is waking up early to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, spending time cooking in the kitchen, or going Black Friday shopping. Ms. Clark, a math teacher, shares her plans for Thanksgiving. She stated, “I’m going to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving. My three other siblings and their families are also coming to visit.” She continued, “My favorite Thanksgiving food is corn casserole because it is delicious.” Ms. Clark’s family tradition is “to eat soup for dinner the night before either Thanksgiving or Christmas.” Their family tradition is unique to their family, which makes it even more special. 

Maya Lewis, a freshman, has a family tradition of going to New York City for a few days before heading to Long Island to spend the holiday with her family. Maya says her favorite Thanksgiving food are “these cute little pumpkin muffins that taste good, that a distant relative of mine makes every year.” When asked what she is most thankful for, she responded sincerely, “I am grateful for all of my friends and family and all the opportunities I get in life.” Frankie Glazman, a sophomore, said she is also thankful for her family and friends. She started her Thanksgiving week off in Las Vegas. She then said, “I took a tour around the Grand Canyon and it was really cool. Afterwards, I went to Toronto and had Thanksgiving dinner with my family.” Frankie says, “My favorite Thanksgiving food is stuffing because I love it and it’s very yummy.” Maya and Frankie both had an amazing Thanksgiving with their family and got a fun little trip out of Georgia too.

Thanksgiving is different for all families. My family usually hosts, but we never make any of the food. Our family always brings delicious, filling dishes. My personal favorite is sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top. After the meal, we always get together in the living room and play some sort of game, for example, Taboo. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of the delicious food and being able to spend time with my family. It is the time of year to think of what you are thankful for and be appreciative of everyone and everything in your life, and lets not forget about eating delicious food.