Thanksgiving

On the fourth Thursday of every November, many people celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was traditionally the day to celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the past year. At this time of year, you get to gather with your family and feast on turkey and stuffing. For most families, Thanksgiving is the only time of year they see each other which makes it so special. Thanksgiving is full of traditions.

According to whitehousehistory.org, there has been a tradition of the president receiving a turkey for Thanksgiving dating back to President Lincoln. After 1981,  the sending of the presentation turkey to a local farm became the new norm under President Ronald Reagan. The ceremony of pardoning a turkey peaked by 1989, when President George H. W. Bush under pressure from animal rights activists, stated, “But let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey, that he will not end up on anyone’s dinner table, not this guy — he’s granted a Presidential pardon as of right now — and allow him to live out his days on a children’s farm not far from here.” However, many families still have turkey on Thanksgiving and still have common traditions.

Another tradition involves the “wishbone.” Some may or may not have heard of the wishbone tradition. The turkey wishbone would be snapped apart by two people while they were each making a wish. The person holding the longer piece was said to have good fortune or a wish granted. If the bone cracked evenly in half, both people would have their wishes come true. Some people have unique family traditions.

8th Grade student, Tavi Marroquin said, “ our family will gather at our house to feast and then play games like spoons, charades, and mafia.” Another 8th-grade student, Teagan Fletcher stated, “Our tradition is nice and simple by eating, watching the football game, and sometimes walking to the pond.” Mrs. Vargas shared, “every year after Thanksgiving meal we begin to decorate for Christmas.” There are many more traditions but these are just a few family traditions that local families have.

Thanksgiving is an important holiday for many families. Keep in mind the past year and don’t take it for granted. Hug your family and make the most out of your time together, because nothing is guaranteed. As crazy as 2020 has been there still is a lot to be thankful for.