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Mae Novakoski, Crown Writer & Photographer

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The cool and chilly month of November filled with hot chocolate and apple cider has finally arrived, and the anticipation of Thanksgiving weekend is building quickly. The thought of preparing the Thanksgiving turkey, sitting down for a meal with family, and then cozying up by the warm fire in the living room is such an exciting time to think about. Every student is anxious as ever to be spending time with family and those they love, whether spending time at home or being halfway across the country. Having those everlasting memories with loved ones is something to hold onto forever, and holidays combined with travel can add something different yet special to those memories.       

Thanksgiving is a time of celebration for all, and everyone has their own special way of enjoying the holiday. Each family has their own preference when it comes to where they choose to celebrate the holiday. Whether it’s snuggling up together on the couch at home watching the Macy’s Day Parade followed by hours of football and enjoying a home-cooked meal, or hopping in the car to drive to a nearby restaurant, or sharing the feast at a relative or friend’s house, or jumping on a plane and going on a vacation… spending time with family for the holidays is always something extraordinary to look forward to. Families create their own traditions. It really doesn’t matter where you are, the focus of Thanksgiving is about who you are with.

There are some families that believe staying home for the holidays is something that is very important. It’s a time to settle in and spend quality time with one another; time that is not easy to come by when family members are so busy with school, sports, and work schedules. Being able to sit down and have a meal with your entire family on a regular basis isn’t always possible, but when it happens it sure is a heartfelt occasion. A Marian student that follows the tradition of being home for the holidays is Brad Truckenbrod (10), who comes from a family of 11.  Truckenbrod said, “I would say that staying home for Thanksgiving is always my number one choice. It gives me the opportunity to make the most of every minute with my family, especially my older siblings that no longer live at home. I love all the fun times we have together, it’s something I will hold onto forever.” Other families that stay at home talking about taking the day to disconnect from the daily hustle and bustle, some even laughed about staying in their pajamas all day. They talk about being together and enjoying time with each other, whether they’re preparing food, enjoying the feast, watching television, playing a board game, or decorating for Christmas.  Times like these are what the holidays are truly meant for.

I would say that staying home for Thanksgiving is always my number one choice. It gives me the opportunity to make the most of every minute with my family, especially my older siblings that no longer live at home. I love all the fun times we have together, it’s something I will hold onto forever.”

— Bradley Truckenbrod (10)

In comparison, there are families that always go away for the Thanksgiving. Leaving town for the holiday could mean traveling out of the country on a family vacation or to another city or state. Traveling for a family could symbolize unity for them by being together, away from the normal daily routine, and being able to explore new places with the people that mean the most. Families also travel to spend the holiday with other family members, like grandparents or aunts, uncles, and cousins.  A road trip can be something to look forward to, and it creates its own special tradition.  Sure, road trips might be long and boring to some people, but for others, it’s an opportunity to share special time together, time to be with family, and time to anticipate seeing far-away relatives again. Mrs.Novakoski grew up in Joliet, Illinois, but she lived in New Jersey when her children were born (Mae 12; Tom 10). She shared her memories of holiday road trips, and said, “I have to admit that packing up and taking a 12-hour car ride with two young children and two dogs was a bit stressful at times, but all the worries melted away when we made the final turn into my parent’s driveway. At that point, the 12-hour journey seemed like 12-minutes… I was so happy to see my family again and equally excited for them to see and spend time with my children.” Being together, even captive in a car can be a special time, especially for families whose parents travel a lot for work, or for families with kids that are away at college. Being together for the holiday is special, and adding the experience of travel can create some fun and memorable moments.

If you ask ten different people what they did for Thanksgiving, you might get ten different answers. Traditions are as unique as the individuals celebrating them. When you boil it all down, most people will tell you that they ate turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie;  nothing really that special.  The one thing, however, that makes the food extra-special on Thanksgiving is sharing it with others, whether that means one person or a group of people. Thanksgiving is truly a time to reflect on everything, be grateful, and never take a single moment with loved ones for granted.

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