Jasmin Khan, Director of Writing

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and students are excited for their one week off from school.


This fall holiday started in 1621 when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.


For more than two centuries, days of Thanksgiving were celebrated by individual 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 each November.


There are many different types of food that are eaten during Thanksgiving, like turkey, sweet potatoes, cornbread, pumpkin pie, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, along with many other different foods. However, each family has their own different food that is only made during Thanksgiving.


“A new tradition I started was making my Abuela’s bread but one thing we always do is watch the Cowboys game at my aunt’s house and measure my siblings and I’s heights against the door,” said Franice Conde.


“Something that my family makes each year for Thanksgiving is we make five different pies, since we can’t decided on one pie to make,” said a freshmen student.


Another, tradition that is common in US are Parades, which have been presented by Macy’s department store since 1924.


New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience.


It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.


Along, with the those traditions, teachers and students at LT, have their own different traditions they do during Thanksgiving.


“One tradition my family does each year is our family talent show.” said Mrs. Ledbetter PAP English II teacher.


“Every year my family goes to a buffet with all my aunts and uncles.” said a junior. “It’s always really fun.”


As we get closer and closer to our first break of the year, students are working hard to get final test and quizzes done before heading to their hibernation week.