By: Kaila Trowbridge

Every family celebrates Thanksgiving in a different way and every family has different traditions they do each year. For some, that can mean watching the football game while eating turkey and stuffing, while others make crafts and eat enchiladas or lasagna.

“We are super old-fashioned and I hate it,” USM student Raymie Churchill said. “We eat the same traditional meal every year.” The traditional meal includes turkey or ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, rolls, and so much more.

According to a recent survey I conducted, 45% of those surveyed said that their family’s Thanksgiving tradition is watching the nationally televised football game, while others said watching the Macy’s Parade or Black Friday shopping is their holiday tradition.

“Our Thanksgiving is not for the adults, its’ for the kids, student Mel Robles said. “If you don’t participate in any of the activities we do, you don’t get to eat.”

Families make crafts, play games, and go outside and toss the football around. It is a time for families to take time out of their busy schedules and come together and catch up. Of those surveyed, 60% said they typically have 5-8 people at Thanksgiving celebrations and 30% had more than 12 people present. Families are able to reconnect with members they don’t get to see very often.

“I get to see my grandma over break and I’m excited because I have had long days this semester and haven’t gotten to see her very much,” Churchill said.

Regardless of their Thanksgiving traditions, students will enjoy having a break from school and look forward to seeing their family for the holiday. Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for the people and the things that we have and to be surrounded by the people who you love the most.

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