Thanksgiving has been a family favorite holiday for over 200 years. Fifty-five West High School students participated in a poll to see what everyone's favorite holiday tradition is. West High has a diverse community filled with students from all backgrounds that do not always share the holidays or traditions that others celebrate. “I absolutely love Pumpkin Pie and Mashed Potatoes. Eating these foods makes me happy.” Said Tania Roque Castro Approximately 30.9% of students selected food.
While the majority of the 55 students said their favorite part of thanksgiving was food, there were lots of students who enjoyed taking trips during the holiday. Student Paxton Wood exclaimed, “This is my favorite because I love to travel.” Joseph Parrott also likes to travel because that allows him to visit family. He said, “Every year, whether we can help it or not, we talk and catch up with each other and it often leads to us talking about embarrassing things that have happened to us. Of course we laugh off our mistakes and the cycle continues.” Though thanksgiving is mostly an American holiday for citizens born here, Student Yelyzaveta Pinchuk, who moved here from Russia had this to say, “Last year I came to the United States right before Thanksgiving so it was a good chance to meet a lot of my new family members. Also, it felt like a vacation because we went to another state, Virginia.” 10.9% of students said traveling was their holiday favorite.
Following shortly behind traveling, 9.1% of students said they enjoyed going shopping. Student Danairy Garcia said, “This is my favorite because buying things makes me happy, especially when it's discounted.” While Garcia likes shopping for the discounts, Jonathan Sanchez simply said, “I like shopping.” Alexia Ramos had this to add, “I love to have so much clothes and shoes, because it is better to have more than less.”
Though all students replied with different responses, Thanksgiving is still a holiday where people can get together and share food and laughs with each other. From those who do not celebrate, to the students who go all out for thanksgiving meals, this Nov, 25th will still be a beloved day family and friends get together to have a memorable day.