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(Editor’s Note: This is part three of a three part series where The Arrow Appeal staff talks about what types of traditions are present in their own family.)

Breana Norton, Sports Editor

There are six of us who celebrate Thanksgiving together – me, Mom, Dad, my grandmother and grandfather, and my 96 year old great-grandmother.

We always go to my grandmother’s house, because she lives about a block away.

We have lunch with the usual: turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, and pecan pie.

Afterwards, we celebrate with Christmas themed poppers.

After we finish eating, we all get these poppers that hold a toy, a cheesy joke, some trivia, and a paper crown.

The poppers sound like fireworks going off and smell like it too.

We all go around saying our corny jokes – our favorite is “What did the alien say to the garden? Take me to your weeder.”

Then we take a solid 10 minutes on the trivia questions, trying to get it first or outwit everyone else.

Toys include paper dominos, mini horseshoe, and a sticky man, among others.

After we finish eating and popping, my grandfather cleans up the kitchen, while the rest of us watch football.

We plan our lunch and dinner around when the games come on.

After football, four of the adults go play Spades until Dad decides it’s time to go home.

At the house on Thanksgiving night, until about 2 AM, we decorate our house and watch the family favorite: Christmas Vacation.

 

Hyerin Jeong, Staff Writer

Thanksgiving is the day reserved for family, relaxing, and the exceptionally good food.

In my family, this day is a very laid-back and fun time, so there is no rush in getting up and getting ready.

Every year, my entire family joins together at my house in the afternoon and prepares for the feast coming up.

My mom and my aunt are responsible for the food, and they always make sure that it’s a meal that everyone will enjoy.

Being raised in a Korean household, I am used to eating Korean food, but unlike the typical turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie on the dining table, my family likes to make this holiday special with a Korean feast.

Our Thanksgiving menu is different every year, but we enjoy it all equally.

My family doesn’t have any real traditions, so after the food, we typically spend the rest of the day relaxing and catching up on our lives.

When everyone leaves at the end of day, my parents, sister, and I like to go Black Friday shopping.

Even though we never have a set list of things to buy, we still enjoy going out and watching the chaos in stores.

Although my family’s Thanksgiving may seem like any ordinary day to others, it’s a special day for my family to spend time together.

 

Bryce Sims, Senior Sports Writer

Thanksgiving is the time for family to get together and give thanks for everything they are blessed with. For my family’s ritual, we get together at my grandmothers house to eat.

Many of my close family members come with different food they make every year.

My mother makes banana pudding, grandmother makes the turkey, and my auntie makes the best-deviled eggs.

The kids sit at one table and the adults at the other. We all have fun by talking and playing games. The kids go outside and play catch while the adults get mad while playing dominos.

Thanksgiving is one of the few times my family gets together. This is a time where we get to reminisce about the past years.

 

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