Everyone has different traditions for Thanksgiving holiday, and Southeastern students are no exception.
Student Kailey Aveton said her mother keeps tradition going in their family by having everyone around the dinner table stand one at a time and say what they are thankful for in detail. No short answers are acceptable. A friend of Aveton’s, student Gina Arnold, said her sister will be coming in from Texas with her children, and they will be spending some quality family time together.
Several students will be celebrating the holiday with a traditional dinner with family. Candace Vander Pol and Brett Burchfield will both be going home for the holidays, and are thankful just to be with them. Steven Smith and Amy Edwards commented that they were also happy for opportunities afforded them this year.
From the great voyage of the pilgrims on the Mayflower until the present, Thanksgiving represents a time of harvest and blessings. “In 1621, when their labors were rewarded with a bountiful harvest after a year of sickness and scarcity, the Pilgrims gave thanks to God and celebrated His bounty in the Harvest Home tradition with feasting and sport (recreation),” according to plimoth.org a Smithsonian affiliated website. Much like the pilgrims of the past, Americans today also celebrate blessings with feasting and recreation.
The turkey is still the guest of honor at most families’ tables this Thanksgiving as many students expressed going home and eating dinner with family. That dinner mostly consist of turkey and dressing. The turkey is not the only star of the day, especially for Louisianians. Another favorite dish that is particularly unique to Louisiana will also be celebrated this holiday and that dish is gumbo. One freshman commented that his family would also serve up gumbo and rice along with their turkey and dressing.
Many stores are preparing to greet shopper’s after their meals have been consumed and family time has been shared; Black Friday will start a little earlier this year with stores like Walmart, Stage, Radio-shack, and Toys R Us opening their doors at 8:00 pm the evening of Thanksgiving.
Shopping and eating are common highlights of this holiday, but the true meaning of Thanksgiving can be found in the love and appreciation that is shown among families nationwide on this day of thanks and Southeastern students were careful to express thanks for their families when interviewed about their holiday plans.