By Lauren E. Prince
Thanksgiving is a holiday U.S. citizens have celebrated on the last Thursday of November, ever since President Lincoln made it a national holiday in 1863.
One of the main ways that people celebrate Thanksgiving is with the food. “I eat a lot of food,” Isaiah in my STAAR time class says and numerous people do. People eat turkey, chicken, or any other type of meat to start their celebration. “I eat turkey, first,” says Nancy in my P.E. I know I eat turkey and since a number of people think turkey was the meat the pilgrims and the Native Americans ate on the first Thanksgiving, many people eat turkey also. However, others eat different kinds of meat because no one is certain what the Pilgrims and Native Americans ate; it could have been turkey, duck, lobster, clams, cod, bass, or partridge. People also enjoy many other food items because, of course, it is a feast. “Then, I eat mashed potatoes with gravy,” says Nancy. People eat sides like mashed potatoes and gravy or other foods like coleslaw, salad, potato salad, or any other kind of food on the side. Afterwards, a dessert is eaten which in most cases is a pie of some flavor. “Later, I eat pecan pie!” Nancy exclaims. Several people eat pecan pies, pumpkin pies, chocolate pies, or any other kind of delicious pie.
“I have relatives over,” says Mai in my science class. That is an additional perk–having family or friends come over to have a good time. The Pilgrims and Native Americans had each other for Thanksgiving, so we have our family and friends come together just like they did. It is great to have them over and be able to enjoy each other’s company.
When you have a combination of delicious food and people you care about, there is reason for a celebration! Jan in my social studies class says, “We play board games.” A lot of families do play games like board games, video games, and any other kind of entertaining game. “The men in my family watch football,” says Christopher in my reading class. In some families, the men watch football while the women do something like talk or play games. “My family and I are going to see a movie,” says Justine in my math class. Yet other families see movies and have a great time. They get to see a fun movie and then get to have the movie to chat about at the Thanksgiving table!
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it gives us as individuals time to be able to give thanks for all the great things we have: family, food, and reasons to celebrate!