This time of year, people start to say goodbye to jack-o-lanterns and hello to turkeys and stuffing. Families come together from miles apart to celebrate what they are thankful for. This particular holiday consists of giving thanks and a lot of food. But for every family, the Thanksgiving traditions can vary.

Every year, we have Thanksgiving at my house with  all of my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. It’s one of the only times during the year when we are all together. It’s my favorite time of year because to me, Thanksgiving kicks off the rest of the winter holidays like Christmas and New Years. It’s the start of the best time of the year for me, and it is undoubtedly my favorite.

Junior J.W. Naughton spends Thanksgiving with his family here in Ohio. “I like it because it’s so laid back, and it’s a day that involves a lot of eating and sleeping.” Thanksgiving is many people’s favorite holiday for those reasons, and for the reason they get to spend it with their family. 

Like Naughton, many students at Turpin stay in town for Thanksgiving and spend it with their families. However, other students, like Junior Emily Teter, have gone away in the past. “My grandparents live in Pennsylvania so my family has taken a road trip there this time of year for the past five years. It’s nice because it’s like our little vacation.”  

Both Teter and Naughton enjoy spending time with their families on this holiday. Whether it’s staying at home or going to a different state, they make the most of the holidays with their families.

Thanksgiving is a time of being with your family and giving thanks for all that you have. To me, Thanksgiving is more than the mountains of food and the time we get off school; it’s celebrating with my family all the things we have to be thankful for. It is the beginning of the end of the year, and everyone in my family is together for it. It is my favorite holiday because it reminds me of all of the positive things in life.

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