Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

By Jessica Wuebbolt


Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and for many Americans, that means a day of eating too much turkey, catching up with family, and spending time in front of the television before going Black Friday shopping. Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate what people are thankful for: family, friends, and food.

When people think of Thanksgiving, turkey and pumpkin pie may come to mind. Traditional foods include turkey, stuffing, rolls, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Junior Rachel Hale enjoys preparing her family’s meal for her family’s gathering in Cleveland. What makes Hale’s family traditions different is she has two Thanksgiving Day meals: her family has one meal in the afternoon and one at night. Rachel Hale’s favorite food is homemade mashed potatoes prepared by her grandmother.

According to Seton’s Thanksgiving traditions poll, 181 Seton students listed mashed potatoes as their favorite Thanksgiving food. More students’ favorite food is rolls over the main course of the meal, turkey. The traditional dessert on Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie. Either store bought or homemade, most American families serve pumpkin pie. A total of 89 students that took the survey said any kind of pie was their favorite Thanksgiving food.

Another tradition for Americans is preparing for Black Friday on Thanksgiving Day. One hundred and forty seven Seton students love black Friday shopping every Thanksgiving.

One of the best things about Thanksgiving is spending time with family. Many people live far from family members and travel long distances to spend time with their families. Senior Rachel Richter plans on going to Disney World with her family to celebrate Thanksgiving and work on her senior project field work. It’s no shock that so many Americans favorite part of Thanksgiving is spending time with their families. A total of 263 Seton student’s favorite thing about Thanksgiving is spending time with their families.

Television also plays a large role in Thanksgiving celebrations. Many families watch the New York City Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade includes marching bands, floats, and giant helium-filled balloons. Senior Sami Pragar’s favorite thing about Thanksgiving is waking up and watching the parade. People may also enjoy televised football games. According to the poll, more Seton students prefer watching the parade over watching football, with a total of 56 votes for football and 87 votes for watching the parade.

After the feast, families often participate in a variety of additional activities. Some like to take walks after eating such a large meal. Others sit down together to play board or card games. Pragar’s family favorite pastime after the meal is playing a Texas Hold Em tournament.

No matter what your favorite food or tradition, the staff of the Seton Connection would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

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