What are students at Tarleton thankful for?

By: Kyley Wilhite

Multimedia Journalist

What are students at Tarleton thankful for?

It’s that time of year; there’s pumpkin spice in the air, cool breezes in your hair and everyone is scrambling to keep their grades up before finals. It’s time for the holidays.

What better way to kick off the holiday season than to ask the Tarleton community what they think about Thanksgiving, which occurs on the fourth Thursday in November.

According to google Thanksgiving is defined as, “A day for the expression of gratitude, especially to God.”

Regardless of the religious aspect, it is important to reflect on your past year and be grateful for what you have.

Britannica describes Thanksgiving as a national holiday that began as a day of giving thanks for the harvest and blessings. The first harvest feast was in 1621 between the colonists and the Wampanoag Indians. Today, however, Thanksgiving is celebrated by bringing families together to share food, company and celebrate blessings.

Tarleton students get out for Thanksgiving break on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 12 p.m.

In an online survey about Thanksgiving, 70 Tarleton students responded to express their love of Thanksgiving.

Some explained their favorite foods from the holiday. These answers ranged from the classic turkey to spinach salad which Audra lea Young enjoys, which is a dish that no one else said.

Others like Brenna Frankin said, “Sinful potatoes” were her favorite whereas another student preferred “Naan bread.”

No matter how unique the individual food choices were, however, green bean casserole ended up being the most common favorite dish with 16 votes.

When asked why holidays are important and what does Thanksgiving means to you, students responded with a variety of replies.

One student said, “Thanksgiving means sharing what you are thankful for with your family members while they’re still here. Families seem to be tied together and “put down the pitchforks” for this special holiday. No matter how different a family can be, we can always be tied together through food and fun.”

 “Thanksgiving and Christmas are the few times a year that my family gets all together to hang out, and being with and recognizing my gratefulness for my family is the most important to me,” Kaylee Pippins responded.

Some took the religious route like Jillian Lambert who stated, “Spending time with family and thanking God for the time you have with them.”

Jake Wadkins defined Thanksgiving saying, “Thanksgiving means to give thanks and show thanks that you are alive and well.”

As for the age-old question, what are you thankful for, there was a multitude of replies, from funny ones like “nothing” all the way to the basic answers like “food in my stomach.”

Myranda Baker said, “I am thankful for the ability to attend university and be a first-generation Texan!”

Many people don’t take the time to count their blessings and say a quick “thank you” for being able to have the opportunity to earn a college degree.

Brenna Franklin responded with, “I am thankful for friends who I can laugh and cry with an equal measure.”

The general consensus was that people are thankful for their families and the gifts that God has given them like Julia Pace who responded with “my dog” or “completing my Masters in May” from Audie Renee.

Holidays bring excitement, and according to the Tarleton community, they are most excited for time off from school.

All that to say, the most popular event people were grateful for was the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, which is notorious for being huge.

In regards to the Macy’s event, the Associated Press states, “The parade will be back this year after a brief break due to the pandemic.”

This led to very enjoyable answers like “I am definitely excited to see my mom.”

It was great to see that people on this campus are bringing the “Holiday cheer” alive and are remembering what these seasons are for.

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