Students are trudging through the last two weeks of classes before Thanksgiving and are eagerly waiting the long break.
Thanksgiving can mean different things depending on the students and their traditions.
For many people, Thanksgiving often entails spending time with family and eating a big feast.
Many families across the nation tune into the ever-so-popular Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to view the different celebrities, performances and floats that are featured each year.
Some people spend Thanksgiving doing various cultural, religious or family traditions.
“For Thanksgiving, I usually watch the Macy’s Day Parade with my family in the house,” Katelyn McCormick (sophomore, engineering) said. “We stay dressed in pajamas and enjoy watching the parade each year, and it’s kind of like a tradition.
“My mom does a lot of the cooking and makes things like sweet potatoes and veggies. I really like stuffing the most.
“My family doesn’t do much besides making a big Thanksgiving dinner. I enjoy relaxing with the family for the week we have off.”
Thanksgiving is also often a time spent with relatives, and food is often the center of what brings family and friends together.
Many students are looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner by helping with the food preparation, enjoying their favorite food and spending time socializing with their friends and families.
“For Thanksgiving, I spend time with my family,” Jasmine Brooks (freshman, human resources) said. “My great-grandma hosts a giant family dinner where her sister and her family come to dinner.
“It’s like a 100-person Thanksgiving dinner celebration. As a tradition, my family takes pictures in our pajamas. The day after Thanksgiving, we all have matching pajamas and take pictures.
“We do the pajamas every year, but my family isn’t really into watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But I do go to a lot of Thanksgiving events.”
Some students are taking use of the long break and are using this time to travel.
“I’m going on vacation to Greece and Rome this Thanksgiving,” Daine Dupree (senior, marketing) said. “I’m visiting my friend who is studying abroad.
“We are going to stay in an Airbnb and then the university she’s staying at later in the week. We are going to go street shopping and tourist attractions, which I’m really looking forward to.
“I usually go home for Thanksgiving, and I’m going home for a few days and am going to do a dinner and eat with my family for Thanksgiving.”
Many people enjoy Thanksgiving because it’s a time spent with family and friends, but others look forward to it because of the popular Black Friday sales.
“My favorite food is stuffing,” Jennifer Parry (junior, nursing) said. “I’m going to eat Thanksgiving dinner at my grandma’s house, enjoy the break and relax.
“I don’t watch the Macy’s Parade, but my family’s tradition is to celebrate with poppers. We use poppers, which are fun little plastic party toys you pull with a string. It’s a Welch tradition.” Parry said.
Festivities continue that night and the next day with Black Friday shopping.
“I do Black Friday shopping
because there are sales, and I look forward to this event,” Perry said. My family and I get really into Black Friday shopping and shop for Christmas presents.”