Feeling Thankful

People all over the country use Thanksgiving break as a time to travel and spend time with their families, however, this year’s holiday may be a little different than others.

COVID-19 has affected the typical traditions of Thanksgiving, making traveling much harder due to the risk of contracting the virus and spreading it.

“My normal tradition is to travel down south to visit my dad’s family in Georgia and Alabama,” stated senior Elle Moore.

Moore explained her family’s usual tradition for Thanksgiving, yet due to the current state of the virus, they decided to not risk her older family members’ health.

Additionally, junior Ella Angel shares who she will be with during this holiday.

“I will be spending Thanksgiving this year with my parents, sister, aunt, uncles, cousins, and grandparents,” stated Angel.

Angel’s family will be staying in Ohio to share Thanksgiving festivities with nearby extended family.

Both girls are spending Thanksgiving with their families, though, Moore’s appears to be more complex than Angel’s.

“I will be starting the day with my dad’s side and going to my step mother’s brother’s home. Then, I will be driving, later in the day, back to my mom’s house,” said Moore.

Moore plans to split equal time with both her mother and father’s sides of the family to have opportunities to see everyone.

Moore’s favorite part is being able to spend time with her family as much as possible, while Insolia’s is a mixture of that and getting free time.

“My favorite part about the holiday is probably getting school off, or having extended time to spend solely with family,” stated senior Franny Insolia.

Insolia explained how getting Thanksgiving break relieves her stress and allows her to focus on her family.

Insolia typically has chicken paprikash, pumpkin and apple pies, mashed potatoes, and stuffing along with Angel. 

“The food I have during Thanksgiving is usually turkey, stuffing, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and ham,” said Angel.

Angel explained the various dishes that show up during her Thanksgiving meals each year.

Many families cook similar dishes, yet some of them have significant meaning.

“I always make my grandmother’s mac and cheese. In normal years, I would be down south with her making it, but this year I will actually be making two batches. One for my mom’s side, even though she no longer has a connection to my dad’s mother because of the divorce, it is still a tradition. I will also be making it for my dad’s side at my step mom’s brother’s house,” said Moore.

Moore will be making more of her grandmother’s mac and cheese this year to keep its holiday tradition for both sides of her family.

Although COVID-19 has impacted Thanksgiving this year, people are making the most of it and trying their best to maintain a sense of normalcy.

“I’m most thankful for the people that love me,” said Insolia.