Thanksgiving is such a fun holiday to celebrate because we get to spend time with our families, do exciting traditions, and eat some good food. The other great thing about Thanksgiving is that we see how different families and cultures celebrate it. Some families have traditions like going around the table before eating and saying something that they are grateful for. Another fun tradition is playing games like Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt (with themed clues to lead you to a location in the house) or Turkey Hunt, which involves hiding turkey images all over the house so people playing can try to find them for a prize.
One tradition that my family and I have is taking a yearly trip to Boston, Massachusetts. We spend time with our family and also go see the city. We also, like many other people, love to watch the Thanksgiving Parade.
Traditional Thanksgiving meals usually consist of turkey, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce, green beans, potatoes, and biscuits. However, for my Thanksgiving meal we usually have Dominican foods. We have three different kinds of rice, then we have chicken, turkey, pork, salads, potatoes, and lasagna. For dessert, we usually just have different kinds of pie. It’s really cool to see how different the holiday can be depending on your culture.
After eating, another tradition is watching a good movie or one of the football games (or even playing football) then going black friday shopping at midnight. Another tradition actually happens after Thanksgiving is over. My friends and I celebrate a “friendsgiving” which is another tradition that many people like to do. You basically have another Thanksgiving dinner, but just with your friends.
All of these traditions and yummy foods are great, but how thankful are we for all those things? The original purpose of the holiday is to formally give thanks for all that we have and all the blessings we were given throughout the year. We often forget that most important part of Thanksgiving. This month’s theme here at BCS is also gratitude. This should encourage us to not only think about our fun traditions or the yummy foods, but to also give thanks for everything that we have and all the blessings we have received this year.