By: Keegan Brandon
Most families have Thanksgiving traditions that are passed down through the years. In past years, it is expected that everyone will gather at a grandparent’s house or another designated relative. (However, because of COVID-19, this year may be different.)
The traditional foods are usually turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cornbread, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. What a feast! During the feast, one tradition involves breaking the wishbone from the turkey’s breast. Two people make wishes and pull, and the person with the longest bone gets the wish. Also, during earlier times, the turkey was killed by the farmer. Of course, now the turkey is purchased at a grocery store or at the meat market. Furthermore, during the dinner, it is a custom for each person to give a reason to be thankful. Because of this tradition, some say Thanksgiving is a positive holiday.
Additionally, there are many activities for the families on this holiday. Among them are watching the Macy Day Parade and holiday movies or playing flag football or board games. Others might prefer taking walks if the weather cooperates. However, some people choose to volunteer to help local food banks. Thanksgiving can be a wonderful family time!
Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863.
U.S. Presidents usually pardon a turkey for Thanksgiving.
That's Strange! How Thanksgiving Foods Came About
By: Gwen Kreate
If you have ever wondered how the United States began serving these odd dishes on Thanksgiving, then you should keep reading. This will cover the strange concepts of these holiday must-haves and how they came around. A few foods that Americans eat on Thanksgiving are turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole.
Green bean casserole, which is a combination of canned soup, green beans, and fried onions, is a popular dish. Yeah, it's a weird dish that doesn't sound very appetizing, but it's a favorite for a lot of Americans. Now you may be thinking, this doesn't sound like something that would be around in the 18th century. Well, you would be right, green bean casserole did not become popular until 1955 by a woman named Dorcas Reilly. She was known as the mother of comfort food, and worked for Campbell’s.
Another side dish is cranberry sauce. This dish is a cranberry jelly that people eat primarily at Thanksgiving time. The side can be in jelly form, or it can be made with fresh cranberries. It is normally served with turkey or some other type of meat. Cranberries have been served on Thanksgiving since 1612, however, cranberry sauce with sugar did not become popular until the 19th century.
The concept of mashed potatoes is kind of strange. Butter, milk, salt, and potatoes all mashed into one. Although, many Americans eat this dish weekly. Mashed potatoes originated from the United Kingdom. For nearly 300 years this dish has been served on Thanksgiving. They are healthy and affordable so people will choose to serve this yummy dish for many more years.
Now there is one dish that without a doubt is the main meal of Thanksgiving. Turkey. Wild turkeys were a very popular bird for colonists to hunt in the fall of 1612. As a result of the popularity of hunting these birds, colonists began to enjoy the taste of turkey. Another reason turkey was a hit on Thanksgiving was that turkey was large enough to feed many people at once.
In conclusion, there were many foods that people celebrate on Thanksgiving, but what it's really about is family and friends. I wonder what strange new foods will come around?
“Marie? Can you go to the store?” Aaron called from the doorway of Marie’s bedroom.
“But whyyyyyy…? I’m tres fatigue….” Marie replied groggily from her bed.
“I’ll give ya 5 Euros~” Aaron said, smirking. (5 Euros = $5.87 USD) Marie sat up on her bed and grabbed her glasses from her la table de nuit beside her bed. She walked up to her tall brother and stared at him.
“Make it 10.” She said indifferently. ( 10 euros = $11.75 USD ) Aaron sighed.
“What if I make you coffee?” He said. Marie thought for a moment.
“Okay, good now go buy us some pain de ble.”
Marie went and got dressed, and she grabbed her bike to ride to the grocery. Her shirt had some rayures colorees on it, along with some blue jeans with a patch shaped like a citron. Her bike was baby blue and sort of old-school. Soon enough, she arrived. Okay, She thought. Bread, eggs… She scanned through each aisle trying to find the food. She spotted cotton candy. Aaron won’t mind...She thought once more. She kept spotting different nourriture and she kept grabbing it. Soon enough, she had spent a lot of money on food. How much, you ask? Too much, that’s how much.
She soon came hurdling in the house, her arms full of heavy paper bags. “AAAAAAAAAROOOOOOON!!! I’M BAAAAAAAAAAACK!!” She shouted. No reply. She saw a note left on the counter that read, ‘Out with friends, be back later. Love you lil’ sis! -Aaron.
“CURSE YOU AAROOOOOONNNNNNNNNNN!!”
She was, again, talking to no one. Except of course, their chat and chien, Rex and Minette. Minette meowed in response, and licked her white little paw.
Marie sighed. “Guess I’ll have Aaron put these away as payback for leaving.” Marie muttered as she threw them on the living room floor and flopped on the couch. Minette pounced onto Marie’s stomach, creating a loud “OOMPH!”
Did you understand the French I used in the story? Answer these questions and then check your answers below to see!
1. What did Marie say she was in the morning?
A. Very tired
2. What did Aaron want Marie to buy?
C. Wheat bread
3. What was the patch on Marie’s blue jeans in the shape of?
A. A sloth
B. A heart
C. A lemon
D. The letter M
4. What does Minette mean in French?
5. What was the pattern on Marie’s shirt?
A. Polka dots
B. Nothing; a blank shirt
6. What animal is Rex?
a) A goldfish
b) A dinosaur
c) A dog
d) None of the above
Author’s note- I’m really sorry if I did something wrong, it’s my first time writing an article for the school newspaper--- Any school newspaper, in fact. Have a good day :^)
How did you do?
Answers to “A Trip to the Grocery:" 1. A, 2. C, 3. C, 4. D, 5. D, 6. C
By: Anna C. Kelley and Makenna Vangen
You’re walking through a peaceful savanna nibbling on leafy plants and fruit here and there, then all the sudden BOOM! a gun fires and accurately hits you in the side! Then your killer starts cutting off your horn . . . this is what it’s like to be a black rhinoceros. Now, when we say “black” we don’t mean literally black. That’s just what they’re called, they’re actually a brown-gray color. But they’re a critically endangered species, and there are only about 5,465 of them left in the wild. People kill them for their horns. People use black rhino horns as a symbol of wealth and in Asian countries as medicine.These animals need our help. So stop poaching them and encourage others to stop.
Amur Leopards or as scientists call them, Panthera Pardus Orientalis, have beautiful spotted fur and live from 10-15 years.They live in southeastern Russia and northern China.But unfortunately Amur Leopards are a critically endangered species and are decreasing.
Amur Leopards are killed because of their soft, beautiful fur. Their fur can be sold for up to 1,000 dollars per pelt. Another reason they’re endangered is because of illegal wildlife trade. The final reason that Amur Leopards are endangered is that there is less prey because people poach them too, for cash and food. These amazing animals need help. So stop poaching these amazing animals and help save the community.
A terrifying creature approaches you with a dangerous weapon,a gun. So you curl up in your bulletproof shell-like skin, hoping to be left alone peacefully. But that didn’t work, it carried you over to it’s home. Pangolins are an endangered species. They are killed for their scales in China. They make medicine out of them, even though it is not a proven cure to anything. Even if pangolin scales were a cure they’re made of the same material as human fingernails, keratin, and you could use fingernail clippings to make medicine instead of killing pangolins. In Vietnam and China pangolins are considered luxury food. And are now an endangered species. Even if you don’t care about pangolins, you don’t want to eat them.
Bengal Tigers come in many different colors including the usual feisty look, fire-like orange with black stripes, pure white with black stripes, or even the amazing black on black look. They are found in India and are often called Indian Tigers. Bengal Tigers do surprisingly good in captivity and live from 18-20 years. It is hard to believe that these fantastic felines are an endangered species.
Bengal Tigers are scared of humans and will only attack if a tigress ( female tiger) has cubs. Bengal Tigers are endangered due to poaching and habitat loss caused by deforestation ( cutting down forests). Bengal Tiger skin is used in in Asian medicine and is one of the reasons why people poach Bengal Tigers. There is only about 2,000 Bengal Tigers left in the world! And even I can’t believe this, Bengal Tigers are the most common species of tiger in the world.
Election 2020: For Kids
By: Andrew Garland
November 3rd, 2020. Every 4 years, a U.S. citizen over 18 votes to elect the next president. It could be a Senator or a Congressman or a president rerunning. This is the vote for who is making decisions for our country. We vote on who we think would represent us the best.
“The President is both the head of state and head of government of the United States of America, and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.” This is what the U.S. website says is the president's role in our country. He commands the military, passes and proposes laws, works with the Senate and Congress, and the Governors of states. He makes policies, works with other countries, and should do his or her best to do what's best for our country.
Here were the two choices this year:
Donald Trump (R)
About Him (Personally):
Donald Trump grew up in New York City, in New York. He graduated from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He’s a retired real estate business man, taking after his father in that market. He also hosted the NBC show The Apprentice from 2004 – 2015, until he started his political career.
About Him (Politically):
Donald Trump is a Conservative Republican. He ran against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, and won. Therefore, he was elected the 45th president from 2016 – 2020. He’s famous for his border wall along the Mexican border, his foreign policies, and his booming economy, and low unemployment rates.
Joe Biden (D)
About Him (Personally):
Joe Biden was born in Scranton, PA. When he was 13, his family moved to Mayfield, Delaware. Later, he went to law school and began a career in politics. In 1972, Biden’s wife and children were in a car accident and his wife and daughter were killed.
About Him (Politically):
Joe Biden is a Moderate Democrat. He was Barack Obama’s (the 44th president) vice president the entire time Obama served, from 2008-2016. During the Democratic debates, he ran against 11 main other democrats. After becoming the chosen candidate, he chose Kamala Harris as his vice president.
I’m a kid. You, the one reading this article, is most likely also a kid (unless you’re a teacher). Politics is an important part of American life, but shouldn't be what you put all your focus on. When you grow up, don’t focus all the time on politics.
Also, don’t become biased to one side and listen to one news outlet that only says one thing about political beliefs. In America, we have freedom of speech. Listen to what everyone has to say, not just one person or news outlet. Give everyone a chance to speak, and listen to them.
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