Turkey, mashed potatoes, and green beans – all are foods that come to mind when thinking of the Thanksgiving holiday. But the occasion isn’t just about the food. It’s a holiday filled with gratuity and love, family and friends. It’s a time for reflection and appreciation. For all families, Thanksgiving brings a moment of celebration. But for some, it is a time to celebrate in a way different from the rest.
Kaitlin Power, a senior, recounted how her family spends their Thanksgiving holiday, “My family always gathers at my grandparent’s house. My dad always smokes a turkey and my grandmother always bakes one.”
Though their day is traditional in a sense, Power’s mealtime is taken with a different approach, “Depending on where Thanksgiving falls, we can sometimes deer hunt during our meal. We sit near the windows and watch,” she said. “ And sometimes we are lucky enough to clean a deer before Thanksgiving is over.” Power and her family celebrate and bond in a unique way. However, some families bond over other things, such as the love of fulfilling holiday food.
Eddie Clement, a new member of Scott County High School as an Assistant Principal, isn’t originally from the United States. Clement is originally from Britain. But after many years of living here, he and his family have taken on some American traditions. “My parents moved from England, they live in Scott County and since they’re not going to be here for Christmas, we did a Thanksgiving-Christmas. So it’s like the American one, just better.”
Eunseo Kwon, a foreign exchange student from Korea, celebrates something similar in her home country. Korea has a holiday called Chuseok, “Chuseok is usually in September. I’m not at home this year. And the food is absolutely different.” Much like Americans, they like to spend it with their family and focus on being grateful.
However, instead of showing gratitude for the just the people alive today, Koreans show gratitude for their ancestors, “We do kind of traditional things, like writing down our grand grand grand grand family members’ names, and then we say thank you to them. Like somebody who has already passed away, we say thank you to them, not each other. I think that’s the biggest difference,” says Kwon.
Thanksgiving can be celebrated in many different ways and not every family does the same thing as the next. Diversity is a major component for Thanksgiving, whether you’re deer hunting with family, celebrating a dual holiday, or in a completely different part of the world, experiencing a new culture. No two Thanksgivings are the same. But one thing holds true: it is a time spent appreciating the important things in life.