The colorful world of Thanksgiving traditions 


Brynlee Beckstrand, Writer

Whether you’re in Alaska or Florida, Thanksgiving is celebrated nationwide here in the U.S.  When you think of Thanksgiving, your mind probably goes straight to the delicious food you eat, your family and maybe even the things you do with your family. 

Not every Thanksgiving is the same for everyone though, some people eat the turkey, others don’t and some even use that turkey to go turkey bowling. Whatever way you want your Thanksgiving to go this year, here’s some ways to spice things up a little, and even see what others are up too. 

The most common Thanksgiving tradition is the feast itself. Some like to home cook it, others eat out, but they eat, nevertheless. If you’re like my family, we start the holiday with the classic Macy’s Thanksgiving parade and then cook all the food for the feast later that day.  

 Many traditions around the nation include watching football, breaking the wishbone, going around the table and saying what you’re thankful for, playing games with your family, and even taking a nap. Here’s what some people had to say about their family traditions: 

“Me and my family just all take a nap after we feast on all of our food.” Jaxson Schwebach said. 

“I’m not sure about me, but one of my friends, they once went to 7/11 for Thanksgiving dinner.” Tessa Hannon answered. 

“My dad’s side of the family always makes gingerbread houses after we eat. We also make a lot of pies.” Kate Moulton replied. 

“We have pie the night before Thanksgiving, then on the actual day we feast, and the little kids look through the Christmas catalogs and circle what they want for Christmas.” Keslee Pinson responded. 

“My family and I feast, then I eat all the pumpkin pie I can handle.” Isabella Martinez said. 

“Me and my extended family all have a foosball tournament.” Caroline Wilson answered. 

It’s random, but me and my siblings always have a competition to see how many rolls we can eat for Thanksgiving dinner.” Helen Glaze replied. 

“Usually extended family comes up and we just eat regular Thanksgiving and hangout with each other and catchup with what everyone.” Reese Jones responded. 

Now, whether you have fun traditions or not, Thanksgiving is a special time of year to remember all the things we are grateful for. Not having traditions doesn’t mean that you can’t remember all the things you’ve been blessed with in your life.  

“We don’t really have many traditions other than the feast, but I always love that we reflect on all the things were grateful for.” James Romney said, putting it perfectly.