Article by Seo Young Oh
Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November every year in Canada and the United States. Originating as a harvest festival, it can be traced back to 1612 at the Plymouth Plantation. The pilgrims, or the religious refugees, from England invited the local Native Americans to a feast to celebrate a successful growing season. However, there have been many changes to the typical Thanksgiving feast. The only meat confirmed to have been present in the 1612 dinner was deer meat or venison. Now, during Thanksgiving, turkey is the main source of meat. It is said that around 46 million turkeys are consumed over the weekend. Although it is traditionally a North American holiday, people all over the world celebrate Thanksgiving.
Sophomore Rocio T. says, “Usually towards the end of the year, every member of my family is busy. Whether it’s through school or at work, we tend to lose touch sometimes. Thanksgiving is a way for my family to reconnect over a nice home-cooked meal. Before dinner, we go around in a circle saying things that we are grateful for and things that we love about each other. It sounds sappy, but it reminds me that out of all the families in the world, I am most grateful that I got to be a part of mine. My mom takes a lot of pride in her Christmas decor and makes sure the table setting matches it.”
Another sophomore, Katya Z., says, “My family and I like to celebrate Thanksgiving simply by having a sit-down dinner. It’s nice to have time to have a proper conversation with my family because most times, we’re all busy. For me, Thanksgiving dinner is kind of a reminder to be grateful for what I have. Oh, and the turkey is just a great bonus that comes with it!”
Evidently, Thanksgiving is truly a time for people to reconnect with their families. Even those who do not celebrate the holiday should make sure to find some time in their often hectic days to be thankful!