Thanksgiving Day is a nationally celebrated holiday in America. Every family celebrates differently from home to home. The first-ever recorded Thanksgiving was a story about the Pilgrims seeking religious freedom and their celebration of the first harvest after months of disease. On Thursday, Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day, families gather around the table, sharing their home-cooked meals and stories throughout the entire day.
Traditionally, Thanksgiving originated as a harvest festival to give thanks to God for blessings, like a stream of water after a drought. Often, foods native to the Americas are shared such as turkey, potatoes, squash, corn and stuffing. For some students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the food-sharing holiday is done differently.
“We [just] have a regular dinner,” sophomore Mariana Mesa said. “We don’t go totally festive unless we’re invited somewhere.”
Despite keeping it simple, other students like to go all out.
“My family goes to my aunt’s house with my cousins, grandma and family friends,” sophomore Samantha Bross said. “[Last year] we celebrated at our house, [so] we’re going to my aunt’s.”
However this year, festivities have been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, limiting big family gatherings. The CDC recommends avoiding groups of more than 10 people to slow down the spread of the disease. Although most celebrations have been postponed, the holidays are still rolling for families safe in their homes.