by Mia Dusenberry
Almost every American celebrates Thanksgiving, but not everyone celebrates it the same way.
America has a larger immigration population than any other country in the world and is a melting pot of culture and life. With around 14.4 percent of the population being made up of immigrants, changes and differences in Thanksgiving meals are inevitable.
Most of us recognize the traditional Thanksgiving feast to include a roast turkey, sweet potatoes, turkey stuffing, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. However, this meal can be different for each household.
Senior ChiArts creative writer Alex Friedrich said that their Thanksgiving meal includes mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, stuffing, fried rice, turkey (of course), homemade apple sauce, shrimp, a charcuterie board, green bean casserole, pumpkin fritters, pumpkin pie, and an apple pie. The pumpkin fritters are Friedrich’s favorite.
Ania Swift, a senior creative writer, said that her family’s Thanksgiving is a Hispanic Thanksgiving that includes traditional foods like posolé with limon, tostadas with crema, ceviche, radishes and agua de jamaica. She said that her favorite food from her family’s Thanksgiving meal is ceviche.
Josh Williams, another senior creative writer, described his family’s Thanksgiving as including traditional soul food. His aunt is the main cook for Thanksgiving, where she makes baked mac n’ cheese, green beans, turkey, sweet potato, and hazelnut pie. Josh said soul food isn’t his favorite but he still likes to celebrate the holiday.
There are so many differences between these students’ Thanksgiving meals, but they each celebrate it with their families in their own unique ways.