Claudia Estevez and Christina Russel – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Thanksgiving is here. This means that Mustangs of every grade will gather with their families, near and far, to celebrate a day of contentment and unity.

In 1621, Pilgrims and Native Americans gathered for a “three-day festival of eating, hunting and other entertainments in honor of the Pilgrims’ first successful harvest” according to Surprisingly, turkey, pumpkin pie, and potatoes were not part of their menu. Mustangs may also be shocked to read that Thanksgiving didn’t actually become a national holiday until the 19th century.

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“My favorite part about Thanksgiving is putting up the Christmas tree with my family,” said sophomore Lily Johnson.

With so many Thanksgivings celebrated, families have each developed their own traditions, making the holiday that much more special and memorable. For example, Johnson’s favorite family tradition is putting up the Christmas tree with her family.

“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is sitting round a fire pit and eating chili with my family,” said sophomore Manoela Dos Santos.

Every year, the President pardons a turkey from becoming the main meal of a table and according to The Huffington Post, the first Presidential Pardon was actually in 1989 with President George H.W. Bush.

Sophomore Chloe Nelson stated, “My favorite part of Thanksgiving is being able to see my mom whom I haven’t been able to see in five months.”

In case you didn’t know, Canada celebrates Thanksgiving with the same cuisines as Americans, like stuffing and sweet potatoes.

“My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is cooking with my mom,” stated sophomore Lindsey Hyer.

According to LRHS English teacher Michael Wood, his favorite Thanksgiving tradition is “the day after, because I get to make a white bread, mayonnaise, and turkey sandwich with a touch of salt.”

AP Human Geography and World History teacher Kathleen Soles said, “My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is spending time with family and friends that I don’t get to see during the rest of the year.”

English Teacher Michael Johnson’s favorite Thanksgiving tradition is “passing around a ‘thankerchief’ that my daughters made when they were younger and saying what we’re thankful for that year.”

Senior Jonny Mitchel said “My aunt hosts our family party at her house and my favorite thing to eat there is the turkey.”

Sophomore Briana Pierson said “My family does a potluck dinner and everything tastes so good! It’s hard to choose just one.”

Some families however enjoy going to restaurants. Freshmen, Selina and Christopher Walker said “Our family goes to ‘Bob Evans’ every year and we all order the ‘Turkey Lurkey’ dish!”

Senior Alex Brown stated, “Pumpkin Pie is my favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving no matter where I am.”

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