Appreciating Thanksgiving during the Holiday Madness

Davane Gross, Staff writer

What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving? Is it the variety of foods at the dinner table? Is it the gathering of your relatives? Is it the feeling of just being complete with your family?

Well, many of these statements can be a combination into one. When asked what does Thanksgiving mean to you Kennedy Hayes stated, “It’s going to see family that I haven’t seen in forever and getting to eat a lot of foods and desserts. And getting fat and putting on comfy sweats after.”

Americans celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving on the Fourth Thursday of November each year. Many families have gathered with their loved ones and celebrated the value of giving thanks in the world.

One common tradition is a feast of a variety of delicious foods like mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, pies, sweets, greens, turkey and yams.  Many people serve pie for dessert at the end of the meal.

When asked what his favorite meal of Thanksgiving was, Mr. Sinacore exclaimed “Pumpkin Anything” with a bright smile upon his face.

Popular pie flavors are pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato, and apple. Also another tradition is spending time with family. Many people live far from family members and travel long distances by car, train, or plane to be with their loved ones.

Thanksgiving is also named the busiest travel day of the year.

Many generous folks use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to help the less fortunate. Some people volunteer to serve food at homeless shelters on Thanksgiving Day and others donate to shelters or participate in canned food drives. The St. Joseph student body and faculty also participated in a food drive bringing in foods that will be distributed to the less fortunate.

 Television also plays a part in Thanksgiving celebrations. The TV set brings many families watch Thanksgiving Day Parades or People may also enjoy televised professional league football games. Regardless of our tradition each of our families celebrates Thanksgiving in our own special way.