Thanksgiving Day Traditions

Xandra Lancaster and Kesslyn Cousins

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It’s that time of year again where the stores are packed with holiday shoppers and families are preparing for out-of-town relatives. Turkeys are being defrosted and hams are being peeled. Pumpkins and apples are being turned into delicious desserts. It’s the time of year to give thanks for all we are grateful for. It’s Thanksgiving and we thought we should share some of our Thanksgiving family traditions with you.

Xandra Lancaster: In my family, Thanksgiving Day really starts the night before. We all spend the night before helping to prepare for the following day’s feast. A few of my siblings will be peeling potatoes for mashing, others will be grating cheese for Mom’s cheese fondue, which she makes every year, and I’ll be making pies. On Thanksgiving Day, we start our day off with cinnamon rolls and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. My favorite part is when Santa is on his way. After the parade is over my dad switches the TV to the football game; “It’s not Thanksgiving without some football,” he says. My mom and I spend most of the day in and out of the kitchen finishing up odds and ends for the meal. At around 3:30pm to 4pm, dinner is finally done and we all pig out on the food before us. Everyone’s favorite, though, is the fondue. There’s hardly ever any left over. After dinner, we clean up our dishes and then we can finally eat some pie. We, in the day, watch a movie that most of us pass out while watching.

Kesslyn Cousins: My family’s Thanksgiving traditions involve going to my grandma’s house and spending time with our families. We always talk with family and catch up with those we haven’t seen in a while. When we go to my dad’s side, we always pray before we eat. We eat all the traditional food for Thanksgiving. We thank God for everything that we have and we talk with everyone at the dinner table. After we eat, we have strawberry pizza and then we all just keep talking and catching up with each other.

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