Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

The first Thanksgiving took place in October 1621 and was celebrated by Pilgrims after their first harvest fest in the New World. Unlike modern Thanksgiving, their table featured a different variety of foods such as duck, seafood, cabbage, onions, corn, and squash. Additionally, the feast lasted a full week instead of one day. The typical, modern Thanksgiving didn’t start until around the 19th century. Most people now eat turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, and roasted veggies; followed by watching movies, football, or playing family oriented games. Families also enjoy watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the National Dog Show together.

While there are national traditions, every family still celebrates differently. Students at STA shared their favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Junior Sheridan Wolfe said, “Every year my family goes to my Grandma’s house and we make dinner and bring all the dogs over too. Although I’m staying home this break, I’m excited to hang out with friends and relax as I also have a break from rowing practice.” Owen Ortiz, another Junior, said, “For the past couple of years we’ve gone to my aunt’s blueberry farm in Tampa. I really like going because we get to tend to the farm animals and pick blueberries. It’s always really nice so I’m excited to go again this year.” 

While gathering with your loved ones and eating delicious food is fun, it’s important to remember what the Thanksgiving season is all about. It is important to give thanks, so remind those you love that you are grateful for them and all they do for you. It can be very rewarding to go out of your way and do things for people around you. So, make someone in your house breakfast or hold the door for a stranger. Happy Thanksgiving! 

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