Thanksgiving Dinner Styles

The big day is coming up but what time will people celebrate?

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Thanksgiving Dinner Styles

	A turkey prior to being selected for the meal. (https://blog.nature.org/science/2017/11/20/tracing-the-wild-origins-of-the-domestic-turkey/ )

A turkey prior to being selected for the meal. (https://blog.nature.org/science/2017/11/20/tracing-the-wild-origins-of-the-domestic-turkey/ )

A turkey prior to being selected for the meal. (https://blog.nature.org/science/2017/11/20/tracing-the-wild-origins-of-the-domestic-turkey/ )

A turkey prior to being selected for the meal. (https://blog.nature.org/science/2017/11/20/tracing-the-wild-origins-of-the-domestic-turkey/ )

Joshua Brookes, Staff Writer

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So many families in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving and they do so in many different ways.  From houses nationwide, there are home-cooked meals and loving conversations or there is the tradition of eating out at the same restaurant that everyone enjoys.  One thing that many people don’t realize is Thanksgiving dinner varies for almost every family out there.  While some people choose a normal dinner time, other families eat dinner as early as 1 p.m.

Most of the students I have spoken with told me that they had dinner earlier than they normally do but also after the average lunch time.  Senior Caleb Mears has Thanksgiving dinner with his family at about 4 pm.  To him this is an ideal time because it’s not too late for a post meal nap and it’s long enough away from breakfast that he will be hungry.  Due to this planning, his family skips a meal, but this is no problem for the Mears family because they always have a lot of food for Thanksgiving dinner.

Another ELHS student, junior Logan Sheppard, celebrates Thanksgiving by going to a nice restaurant with his family.  They pick a new one every year and it tends to be a nice restaurant where they can eat as much as their heart desires.  Last year they went to a nice restaurant in downtown Clearwater called Cristinos at 6 where they dined on four 24-inch pizzas for their family of four.  While to the average person this might seem like a situation where one’s eyes are bigger than their stomach, the Sheppards know what they’re doing.  They order so much for the Thanksgiving leftovers, which is one of the best parts of the holiday.  They brought home two pizzas from Thanksgiving last year and ate them intermittently for the rest of November.

Americans nationwide celebrate in a variety of different ways and no one is bothered by that because Thanksgiving traditions are specific for each individual family.  This means that no family’s Thanksgiving is the exact same as another and it adds differences in how people spend the holiday with their family.

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