It’s Turkey Day! *gobble gobble gobble*
If you’re as excited about Thanksgiving as Boyle from Brooklyn Nine-Nine is, you know that everyone has their typical Thanksgiving travel plans, recipes, and family traditions that they look forward to every year. At least it’s the beginning of the holiday season where nothing gets done at work, and you know you’ll be eating home-cooked food and sleeping in soon.
For my family, we celebrate Thanksgiving over three days of food and board games. Our week begins with Wing Wednesday where the menu is BBQ, followed by Thanksgiving Thursday, and then ends with Fried Friday where we fry anything that you can imagine. Some years we hunt our turkey, other years it’s store bought, but we always fry it up (which IMO is the best way to cook a turkey). I asked a few of my friends what their favorite Thanksgiving traditions are every year, and I got so many different answers outside of the stereotypical Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. It’s baffling to see how the holiday can be celebrated in so many different ways when it’s a national holiday! Most of my friends live in the south, but it turns out we all celebrate Thanksgiving a little differently.
Alexandra T. Texas
We go out to my family’s ranch on Thanksgiving morning and watch the sunrise and the deer feed. Then we go back to my grandmother’s house, get cleaned up, and wait for the rest of the family to trickle in. I have a huge family, so by mealtime, we have everyone from toddlers playing with the cats outside to teenagers playing pool upstairs and aunts and uncles reminiscing about growing up in the house together. After the meal, everyone heads home to their own families, splitting the pounds of leftover turkey, sides, and desserts we always have!
Alex G. Virginia
My family loves to cook and food plays an important role in our traditions. We use recipes that have been passed down from other family members and all take part in cooking the food on Thanksgiving. My dad handles the turkey, I make the pies and mashed potatoes, my mom takes the lead on the dressing and cranberry salsa, and my brother makes the brussel sprouts. My mom has pictures of us cooking together on Thanksgiving from the time I was little. Spending time together while we all prepare food for our meal is my favorite Thanksgiving tradition.
Growing up, we would have both sets of grandparents come to my house for Thanksgiving dinner. While we don’t have any super special Thanksgiving traditions, there is one Thanksgiving that sticks out. Because my mom works for a hospital, she sometimes has Thanksgiving as her holiday. One year when she had to work she put me in charge of cooking. Like the ENTIRE meal. Why she thought that was a good idea, I’m not sure. She left detailed instructions, but I still had to call her every five minutes because I was so stressed that I would mess something up. Luckily, all ended well. Does this mean I can add “cooked Thanksgiving dinner” to my professional skills?!
Christy H. North Carolina
As far as I know, I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t like classic thanksgiving food. Fortunately for me, my family has transitioned over to a nontraditional thanksgiving meal because several of my siblings are married and it’s easier to coordinate having thanksgiving on Friday. We play board games, family football, and have ribs and onion rings. The one tradition we’re always maintained is going around the table and expressing what we are especially grateful for in light of the past year. This is my favorite part of the evening: taking the time to reflect on my personal growth and experiences over the past year and share my thoughts with the people I love most in this world.
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