Sabrina Ripke

Thanksgiving is a very popular holiday in the United States.

Lindsey McDonald


Many people every year celebrate Thanksgiving without knowing the origin or meaning of the holiday. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is mentioned these days as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated with the aid of character colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held on the fourth Thursday of each November. The holiday continues to be a day for families to gather for a big Thanksgiving meal, and many Americans spend the day watching football and, in the South, many people go hunting.

Some of the most common foods people make to eat for their Thanksgiving meal are turkey, ham, dressing, cranberry sauce, candy yams, sweet potato casserole, chicken and dumplings, pecan pie, peas, beans, corn, mac and cheese, key lime pie, pumpkin pie, rolls, cornbread, apple pie, cookies, gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, butternut squash, cheese cake, chicken tenders, and, most importantly, sweet tea. Although many people serve those traditional foods, some families prefer to have seafood, Chinese food, or even hamburgers and french fries.

On this day, people reflect on their lives and what they are thankful for. Today I interviewed people around my school to see some things they were thankful for. Students replied with many various things such as family, education, technology, food, water, pets, clothes, showers, life lessons learned, teachers, cosmetics, doctors, cars, therapists, breaks from school, clean air, children, parents, friends, and some replies were even things like netflix, hulu, cable, and the new Disney+. Flomaton High School will be out for the holiday from November 25-29 to spend time with their families and appreciate all we are thankful for.