Thanksgiving–what is it really all about?

Dalee Barrick, Staff writer

Fall is in full swing. The temperature is dropping, and the leaves are changing colors. Pumpkins decorate front porches, and Fri. nights are for high school football. The harvest season is known for all of these things. However, there is one specific holiday that everyone thinks of when they hear the word “Autumn”—Thanksgiving.

Photo: A traditional Thanksgiving meal ready for family and friends.
A traditional Thanksgiving meal ready for family and friends.

The first Thanksgiving is most commonly known to have taken place in Plymouth County, Massachusetts in the early 1600s. With a good harvest, both Pilgrims and Puritans participated in a festival and feast. In 1941, it was officially made a National holiday by President Lincoln, and is now celebrated every fourth Thurs. of Nov.

When thinking about Thanksgiving, many conjure the smell of turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. However, not all people actually celebrate with these foods. America is a melting pot of diverse cultures, so it is no wonder some people celebrate this holiday differently.

“My family will be having white dressing with oysters for Thanksgiving because my mother-in-law is from Ohio and it’s a Yankee tradition,” Teacher Danielle Neble said.

Although many get wrapped up in the idea of the food, the real logic behind Thanksgiving is to bring families and friends together to enjoy each other’s company, and to offer thanks for all life has to offer them.

“I like to go to Texas and eat with my family there for Thanksgiving since I don’t see them very often,” Junior Samantha Horner said. “The meal is great, but just getting to see my family and converse with them is what really matters to me.”

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular U.S. holidays, and on Thurs., Nov. 24, millions of Americans will partake in this celebration. However, due to the various traditions of all ethnic groups in this country, not all families will be observing the holiday with the same meal or in the same way. But in all likelihood, they will enjoy the meals offered, the company of family and friends and thanks for this day.


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