Thanksgiving is a time of celebrating family and a time to remember what you’re thankful for. As the holiday season rolls around once more, NHHS is gearing up for another festive break.
In a recent poll, students and teachers were asked what their favorite Thanksgiving side dish is, their favorite kind of pie, and their favorite Thanksgiving traditions.
The side dish options included green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, brussel sprouts with bacon, buttered rolls, cornbread, yams, carrots, and a choice of other. According to participants, NHHS’s favorite side dish seems to be mashed potatoes, which had 34 votes. The second favorite was stuffing with 15 votes. The third favorite was buttered rolls, which had 11 votes.
They were also given a choice of different kinds of pies. The choices included pumpkin pie, apple pie, chocolate pie, peach pie, cherry pie, lemon meringue pie, and a choice of other. Out of these options, pumpkin pie had the most votes, with 39 votes. The second favorite was chocolate pie with 11 votes. The third favorite was apple pie, which had 9 votes.
Finally, students and teachers were asked about their favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Most answers were about spending time with their family or eating the food. However, there were a few answers that were different from the others.
Callie Weatherly, junior, wrote about her favorite tradition: “Once the youngest in the family reaches a certain age, they learn to cook the turkey and ham for dinner and then everyone else will help them with it and cook side dishes.”
Kimmy McDowell, senior, responded with, “We always play a game of dominoes and a round of poker once everyone's done eating. The poker game takes place with pennies rather than any huge amount of cash and the dominoes doesn't involve bets-- it's mostly just for fun.”
Daniel Huff, freshman, said that his favorite tradition was, “Dressing the first person to get knocked into a food coma, in a dress.”
Hannah Knoppe, sophomore, wrote, “My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is probably all the food my grandma makes and the football my cousins and I like to play together after a big feast!”
Kelsey McCroskey, English and journalism teacher, said, “My parents in Nashville put up 6 full-size Christmas trees in their house, and on Thanksgiving, while Mom cooks, the rest of us decorate and put up those trees. It's a long day, but it's fun to do the same routine every year. We make the same bad jokes, tell the same stories, and by the 3rd tree, my younger sister always has a tantrum and refuses to help anymore. 'Tis the season.”
On Thursday, November 23, it will be Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks for what we have and spending time with family. On Thanksgiving, people celebrate by having a feast and indulging themselves with delicious traditional foods. Have a happy Thanksgiving, New Haven!