Meet the Bloggers: Weird Question Weekly
In the spirit of getting to know your bloggers better, we will be answering a string of sometimes serious, sometimes silly questions in the coming weeks. Please feel free to ask us something in the comments. We want to tell you what you’d like to know!
This week’s question: What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?
Joana: As a European, born and bred, I have familiarized myself with the Thanksgiving tradition through Hollywood films. In the past few years, however, I have been blessed to get to know incredible people, and Americans at that. In my school, the Thanksgiving tradition is strong: there is a Thanksgiving dinner for teachers that students can help organize and, perhaps best of all, we get the long weekend off, a much-needed November break. However, a tradition that I’ve never been a part of that I would love to follow in the future is saying what I’m thankful for, because reflecting on the important things in life is key to growing as a person. Apart from the food and pilgrims, appreciating what one has is my favorite tradition on that day.
Quinn: My biggest Thanksgiving tradition is getting up and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. I love bands, balloons, floats and all things parade, so I just love watching everything go by. Lately, they’ve been having performances by various Broadway Musicals, so that’s extra awesome as well. When I was little, my mom and I would make a few things that we’d then take to my uncle’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Now, we usually just watch the parade and go out for dinner. Oddly, my favourite dinner for Thanksgiving is ham. I’ve never liked Turkey!
Elizabeth: My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is spending time with my family. I have far too many cousins and every year they come visit us from down South (well, even farther South than I already am). We always choose one activity for all of us to do- shopping, roller skating, visiting the Austin capitol building- and spend the rest of the break pigging out and playing a variety of board games. It’s the one month of the year when I know for sure that I’ll be able to see them.
Kara: Well, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is having a whole week off school. My school doesn’t have a Fall break until Thanksgiving week, so this is the first time I’ve had a chance to breathe since the end of August. I always think I’m going to get ahead on all my finals projects, but I generally end up hanging out with my family, reading, and sleeping way too late to get much homework done. This week, I also have a whole season of Dr. Who to finally catch up on, so my Beethoven-symphony-analysis is likely to spend some time on the back-burner.
Erin: I love spending time with my family. It’s one of the only times I get to see my dad’s side of the family through the year most of the time (although, this year it’s been two years since I’ve seen many of them…or more). We usually go up to my aunt’s house in Michigan and spend a couple of days there, just all hanging out and visiting. Meal-wise, though, the one bit of Thanksgiving that must be present is my Aunt Anne’s corn pudding. It’s my favorite part of the meal!
Anna: My family doesn’t exactly have any Thanksgiving traditions, not even a particular location to go anymore, though it used to be my grandparents’ house before my grandma passed away. This year, I’m driving through my pappap’s town to pick him up and then through to DC to enjoy the holiday with my parents. I guess I can say my favorite Thanksgiving tradition is that we always make keplets (not sure how to spell it), which is basically tortellini in a soup broth. Absolutely delicious.
Emily: My house hosts Thanksgiving for the whole lot – first, second, and third cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles, significant others – you name it! It is like Home Alone on Christmas. My favorite highlights are beginning the day with a sleepy Turkey Trot to get the blood pumping before a full day artery-blocking, scrumdidleyuptious foodums. Of course, there is the annual fight over how to cook the turkey, the gross factor of canned cranberries, sleep deprivation, and kielbasa eating contest. I already cannot wait.