Riders prepare for Thanksgiving

| November 17, 2017

By Desiree Flores | Photo credit: Txema Aguilar via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND |

Many Thanksgiving dinners include turkey. Photo credit: Txema Aguilar via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. As it begins to sneak up right around  the corner, not every family shares or has the same traditions on this very day. Comparing staff to students everyone celebrates differently it is not just being able to have each family member present and share memorable and funny memories around the table.

“Unfortunately, my family doesn’t really have any traditions for Thanksgiving because I have family scattered all over the country and my parents are divorced so every year is something different,” counselor James Spencer said. “Some years I stay in San Antonio, other years I’ll go to Dallas, or Arizona, or New Jersey or Maryland; this year I’m going to New Mexico. I guess you could say I have a tradition of traveling for the holidays.”

Traditional foods for Thanksgiving include the following:

  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Corn Bread
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Cranberry Sauce

As one of the many traditions founded of this grateful day, you would do what is called “breaking the wish bone:” you and another person take the wish bone which is shaped into a ‘V’ and take one side or the other and began to pull each of the sides. Whoever ends with the top of the middle piece than will be able to make their own wish, with the wish bone.

“In my family we usually do the tradition with the wish bone with the oldest and younger cousin. We set a timer for about 15 seconds and who ever does not get it than we switch it to the oldest adults, usually that is where the bone ends up breaking,” senior Brena McCoy said. “It is always just a ball of laughing when this happens.”

It’s football season so families get together watching the game cheering on rival teams, making bets on who will win. As all the adults are inside watching the game, the boys are outside tossing around footballs, the girls have chalk out coloring pictures of hearts and rainbows! Thanksgiving is the type of important where you just get so excited just being thankful and loved by so much family.



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