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Turkey Traditions

Emma Baader, Crown Writer and Photographer

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The front door opens by the force of the wind, and the smell of dewy leaves floods into the home. A candle is lit with a vanilla pumpkin aroma that lies next to a bowl of half-eaten candy corn. A burgundy dress with black booties is laid out on the bed for what will occur on the last Thursday of the month. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and enjoy quality time with friends and family. Many people have special traditions that make their celebration different including diverse locations, unique foods, and fun-filled activities. The holiday season is always shared by all with joy and happiness.

Every year a day must be set aside unlike the rest to celebrate blessings with loved ones. Many families rotate between cousins on the location of the party, but some families go to grandma’s house every year for pumpkin pie and warm conversation. Whether the celebration is a small get-together or a big family reunion, spreading thanks for blessings is a great way to start off the holiday season. Olivia Thielsen (11) shared that, “My whole family celebrates together at my house; however, sometimes we go to my aunt’s.” Every host celebrates thanksgiving differently; however, everyone looks forward to celebrating with close friends and family. Some families decide to pack up and travel with their family. Katie Hopp (11) tells about her travels during the holiday, “My family decided to celebrate turkey day in the big apple this year. We normally go to Florida for Thanksgiving, but we wanted to try something different because my grandparents like New York.” Each family celebrates Thanksgiving in their own unique ways whether it’s a big vacation or a specially made cultural treat.

The smell of buttery corn and fresh bread exudes into the front living room where a toddler is sketching a hand turkey. Every family looks forward to cranberries, apple pie, warm mashed potatoes, and crisply cooked turkey during the holiday. However, many families have unique traditional foods either made over time or a cultural food passed down through the family. A fellow Marian student Colette Moczalla (11) stated, “I love all the foods my family makes on Thanksgiving; however my favorite dish is my grandma’s cornbread casserole.” These traditions have brought generations of young and old together. Not only do traditions apply to adults, but children as well. Every year thousands of pumpkins are carved and native hats are made by kids to celebrate the Mayflower story. As the sky dims and the bellies of the families become full of content. A numerous amount of activities happen during Thanksgiving with both adults and children of any age.

I love all the foods my family makes on Thanksgiving; however my favorite dish is my grandma’s cornbread casserole.”

— Colette Moczalla (11)

Once the cousins are finished with their homemade meal; they put on their cleats and head out to the field. The first ball is caught passed the orange cones and the catcher hits the ground with such force; out of the corner of their eye they spot their sister laughing hysterically and a worried mother rushes to their aid. Flag Football is a tradition with broken fingers, frostbite, and runny noses; however, it is all worth it when that game-winning football is caught. Families play many games on Thanksgiving for all ages from woodchips on the playground to poker for adults after hours. Zachary Simmons (11) said, “My favorite time of the year is to sit on the couch and listen to my grandpa tell stories as we watch football.” These activities like many others help strengthen the bond between family and friends for years to come.

The holiday season starts with a roasted turkey and a smoked ham meal. Many families celebrate their blessings with all different kinds of family traditions. Whether the cousins’ tussle around some pigskin, the moms cook pies, or a friendly card game between the grandfathers, every member attending has a fun time. Friends and families become closer due to all these traditions. Families are all about togetherness and that’s where the best new memories are made.

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