Colton Swanson, Online Reporter
While some families sit down together Thursday with a traditional Turkey, others will find themselves eating a variety of different things. From “Turducken” to crab legs, Thanksgiving dinners and celebrations have evolved since the it was declared a federal holiday in 1941.
A common Thanksgiving dinner consists of a turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, stuffing, casseroles and a pumpkin pie to top it off. The list can go on, but for student Victoria Moon, thanksgiving dinner tends to be a bit different.
“I eat popcorn and toast like Charlie Brown because my mom is addicted to the Peanuts series,” Moon said. “We’re Italian so all we do is scream at each other in the kitchen.”
Moon’s tradition comes from the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movie where the dog, Snoopy, serves a dinner of toast, popcorn, jelly beans and pretzel sticks. The movie came out in 1973 and has become a mainstay of the Thanksgiving season and won an Emmy in 1974.
While Moon and her family continue their tradition, another student may be starting a new one. Talia Holtmeyer will be leaving home and heading north of the border.
“I’m going to be in Canada,” Holtmeyer said. “I’m going to Whistler to go snowboarding and skiing. We’re having Canadian bacon and I think we’re going to get a small chicken but I’m not sure.”
This will be the first year that Holtmeyer and her family will be taking the trip over the Thanksgiving holiday. Holtmeyer will be staying in the Whistler-Blackcomb resort, a popular spot on the mountain during winter.
November has become a time to give gifts and thanks to important people. For student Morgan Pasquier, one traditional gift stands out to her each Thanksgiving.
“My grandma buys really cheap, tiny foam turkeys and like stickers so we can decorate them,” Pasquier said. “Even though I’m 20, she still buys me one.”
Family traditions on Thanksgiving come in many different shapes and sizes. For some, Thanksgiving can just mean a day to stay at home and relax. For others, it can be a great time to catch up with family and friends that haven’t seen each other in awhile. One trend that has become very popular over the last few years is a “Friendsgiving.” After a traditional Thanksgiving day with family, Friendsgiving is a dinner on a different day for just friends. The makeshift holiday has become so popular that is has found it’s way onto the Snapchat Discover page.
The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday. It’s been around since 1932, but retailers have just started opening earlier and staying open overnight. Some people will even camp outside of stores from mid-Thanksgiving day through the night just to be the first one through the doors to get that mega deal. From TVs to socks, people will have Thanksgiving dinner earlier in the day or just skip it all together just so they can follow their new tradition of shopping the following day.
The different holiday traditions could go on and on. For some, Thanksgiving is just a long weekend. For Pierce students especially, it means an extra few days to relax prior to the upcoming finals. Whether a person is celebrating a long standing tradition or starting a new one, the options are endless.
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