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Dinner Takes All

We’ve stashed our costumes, hidden the ghost decor, and eaten the last of the candy corn. With Halloween long-gone, families are now preparing their own unique ways to celebrate Thanksgiving with special food and fun.

For Thanksgiving, people typically think of turkey, stuffing, and gravy. For senior Runal Patel, though, the word Thanksgiving means something a little different in terms of food. “A lot of my family doesn’t eat meat, so we can’t have turkey for obvious reasons,” Patel explained. “We decided to try different foods; each year we decide on a different cuisine, like Italian or Thai. It’s all kind of sporadic, but it’s fun because each year means something new to look forward to.”

Freshman Angie Galvez, on the other hand, celebrates what she calls “the American way,” with just one small variation. “We never have gravy on Thanksgiving. It’s not really a sauce we use; we like spicier things instead.”

Like with Galvez and Patel, food is a big part of junior Paul Harayo’s Thanksgiving traditions. Because of his heritage, Filipino cuisine plays a big role in the festivities. “We always have lots of Filipino food,” Harayo said. “My favorite food is called lechon. It’s a whole roasted pig.”

For junior Derek Pace, Thanksgiving does not mean any out-of-the-ordinary foods, but he still has his favorites. “Everyone brings a dish, and we all get together at my grandparents house. There’s turkey and ham; my favorite [food] is the pumpkin pie,” Pace said. “Nowadays I think people just use Thanksgiving as an excuse to eat a ton of food.”

No matter what the food, many students agree on the value of Thanksgiving as a time to share with and show your appreciation for friends and family. “[Thanksgiving] gives a chance for families to come together and share memories and give thanks for all that’s good in life and all we have,” Galvez said.

Though traditionally Thanksgiving is thought to be a family holiday, Patel believes otherwise. “It’s not exclusively [a family holiday]. With the emergence of things like ‘friendsgiving’, it’s become more. Thanksgiving Day is about family, but it can be about friends, coworkers, and even acquaintances. It’s all about the spirit of the season,” Patel said.

Harayo feels that Thanksgiving can be celebrated with anyone, “whether they’re family or not. It’s something everyone can take part in. You just have to focus on doing good things for other people and others will do the same.”



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