Gravy and Turkey and Sweet Peas, Oh My!

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by Maddie Cowan, Turner Carter, and Hannah Amburn

Thanksgiving! It’s right around the corner. Thanksgiving is a holiday when Americans make a lot of food and watch football. On Thanksgiving, many people meet with their families and reconnect.

Thanksgiving is also a time to reflect on how thankful we are for the many blessings we receive in life. Most of us are thankful for our houses, life and most importantly our family. Family is a special gift and we honor our family on Thanksgiving by continuing traditions our grandparents before us made. Traditions, however, are not the same for everyone.

Dana St. John, a librarian and English teacher at Bishop Sullivan, shares her Thanksgiving memories from when she was a child.

“When I was a kid, we drove to my grandma’s house for Thanksgiving every year.  We lived in Kansas and my grandmother lived in New Mexico, so it was about an 8-hour drive.  This was in a 4-door car— 6 people—3 in the back, with the unluckiest one “on the hump” and me between my parents in the front seat. No one wore seat belts, and the only stop was for lunch and gas in Tucumari, New Mexico. The best part of the drive was lunch, which was always at the same drive-in restaurant and was always the same thing: hamburger, french fries, and the best milkshake in the world. Then back in the car for the rest of the trip. My sisters and brother used to tell me there were Indians hiding behind the bushes on the side of the road, and if I wasn’t quiet, they would get us.  And I would get car sick about a half hour before we got to my grandma’s house.  And my dad would always  miss the exit because driving in Albuquerque was so confusing— there was nothing larger than a four-lane street where I grew up. Ah, happy childhood memories,” writes Mrs. St. John.

Sometimes, Thanksgiving traditions can be as simple as taking a car ride every year to visit family. For other people, Thanksgiving traditions include making a dishes every year that the whole family loves.

“I have to make two separate dressings, an oyster stuffing that goes in the turkey and then the other which has no oysters that doesn’t go into the turkey. I have to get a pumpkin pie and we always watch the Macy’s Day Parade. We don’t eat dinner in the afternoon like a lot of families; we eat dinner probably around 5 or 6 o’clock because we like to watch football. We usually have not just our family, but invite people over people who don’t have family in town,” said resource and English teacher Deborah Deppe.

A common theme about Thanksgiving is being thankful for what we have, celebrating with family and giving someone else a chance to be happy on Thanksgiving.

Every year Bishop Sullivan has students bring in non-perishable foods to give to a local church to feed less fortunate people at Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not always about just ourselves and our families; it’s about looking outside of ourselves and seeing everyone as our family.

Thanksgiving is a time to gather the family and surround ourselves with the ones we love. We should thank God for the blessings in our lives and reach out to those less fortunate. Thanksgiving is filled with making memories and traditions, both new and old, that will be passed down for generations.

No matter how we celebrate the holiday — whether it is having a huge feast, traveling to visit relatives, or even volunteering at a local food drive — Thanksgiving should be a time to appreciate everything in our lives and to cherish the ones we love.

Have a blessed holiday!  

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