By: Mariah Wilson
Thanksgiving is a holiday that has brought laughter and memories into the homes of many Americans. It traditionally guarantees a needed break from school and an opportunity for students to spend valuable time with their families. When hearing the word Thanksgiving, the first things that come to most people’s mind are turkey and football. “Food, sports, and more food,” Eric Procter, a student at Fort Mill High School, stated when asked what first comes to mind when he thinks of the holiday.
Students use the Thanksgiving holiday away from classes, athletics and clubs in countless ways. Often, it is used as a time to spend with family that you may not get to see very often, giving each member a moment to recap the past year’s events. When asked about her views on Thanksgiving break, Stephanie Proctor, sophomore, replied, “It’s important because you get to spend time with your family.”
At times, a family reunion over turkey leads to some unintentional comedy or drama. Whether it is Uncle Larry having too much to drink and lighting his pants on fire or Cousin Pat falling through the ice on the lake, one thing is certain, memories will be made. When asked about a Thanksgiving gathering gone bad, Freshman Caleb Hinkley quickly stated, “The worst had to be my mother burning the turkey,” proof that a man’s heart truly is through his stomach.
Food is never far from anyone’s mind during this time. Although each family may have different dishes at the table, there will undoubtedly be lots of them. From the traditional oven-roasted turkey and cranberry sauce to other not-so-traditional items such as Cornish hen and Brussels sprouts, a good meal is in the taste buds of the beholder. When asked about her essentials of a good Thanksgiving dinner, Lauren Anderson Junior said, “Green bean casserole, turkey…duh, mash potatoes, rolls, and a lot of other stuff,” proving that she not only loves the traditional but that there better be turkey on the dinner table.
Thanksgiving can be about whatever you want it be. It can be about the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys, the Macy’s Day Parade, or just sitting around the fireplace reminiscing about the good old days. Whatever your plans may be, remember, that at the heart of it all, it is about those who surround you. It is about family.