We know not all Thanksgiving day celebrations are created equal, so we surveyed a variety of people on campus to hear their unique Thanksgiving traditions. Here are the most interesting stories we found.
“My family has a Thanksgiving tablecloth that we use every year. It’s white and ever since we were little we’ve colored what we were grateful for and my mom irons it onto the tablecloth.”
– Christian Gontarz, senior.
“We order pizza every year. One year we were in Rome and we still just ate pizza.” – Keelin des Rosiers, junior.
“I am from Guatemala, but we always do a big American-style Thanksgiving. It’s really just a good excuse to get together with family and eat a ton of food.”
– Elisa Minondo, senior
“We rent out a town hall in Meridian, Texas and all my extended family and their crazy pets come. There’s a pet lemur in a diaper and last year, a squirrel got into the pies.”
– Mary Hinze, freshman.
“We always have stuffed mushrooms for appetizers. We’re all huge Italian cooks.”
– Dominic Del Curto, freshman.
“Every year all of my brothers and cousins move everything out of the living room and have a huge sit-up and push-up competition a few hours after we eat dinner.”
– Cosette Kulda, senior.
“My father-in-law always buys lottery scratch-offs for the whole family. He lays them out on the table and we all get to take our pick. One year, I won $200.”
– Dr. David Godfrey, adjunct professor of the College of Business.
“We always see who can hold a spoon on their nose the longest during dinner. Then we watch college football, drink beer, take pictures and go crab catching. We also have a tackle football game with all of our cousins since there are 12 of us.”
-Beka Hale, senior.
“Because we lived in Mozambique and there weren’t very many of us Americans around at the time, we turned Thanksgiving into a worldwide holiday, including all the expats from around the world who were our friends. Turkey was scarce to come by in those days, so instead of the usual poultry dinner, we would enjoy whatever kind of wild beast my Uncle John and his sons had managed to shoot and kill that year: springbok, reedbuck, antelope, impala, duiker, one year we even had hippopotamus.”
– Isabel Dubert, senior.
“We eat chicken that we raise on our farm.”
– Colleen Slattery, senior.
“We celebrate the Sunday before, so that on the actual day everyone can spend it with their significant others. It’s great because I get two Thanksgivings!”
– John Simpson, freshman.
“My dad’s only responsibility is to make the eggnog. Last year he complained that there wasn’t enough whiskey in it.”
– Maria Jose Herrera, senior.
“We don’t do anything special because my parents never grew up celebrating it in Poland.”
– Danielle Pajak, senior.
“My family goes to my uncle’s restaurant. He invites his friends and then he’ll give food to anyone, even homeless people. Sometimes we get people we don’t even know in there.”
– Ruth Fritz, junior.
“My family makes Jell-O salad every year. I guess that’s pretty weird to other people. It’s just something we’ve always done and I don’t really know why.”
– Brigid McGuire, senior.
“We eat a ton of food at noon or 1 p.m. and then we all unintentionally take naps. You just walk around the house and everyone’s asleep. It’s great because then later you get a lot of leftovers for dinner.”
– Maria Hotovy, junior.
“My mom always invites a priest.”
– Kea Izlar, freshman.