Differences and Traditions During the Giving Season


Simone Van de Sande, Staffer

Thanksgiving, one of the times of the year that family sit to enjoy food, food is something that is changed in places all over the world with Thanksgiving varying depending on the tradition and culture of the place.

Turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes; all American foods that are often eaten on one of the most festive days according to most Americans during the year: Thanksgiving. For some this differs  adding in traditional food varying on the culture is a big part of thanksgiving. As for Jayden Ryu (9), “we normally eat a lot of traditional Korean foods during the holiday seasons, but we normally always mix it up if that’s eating different soups or even Korean fried chicken.” One of the many ways culture feeding the traditions of the holiday season is shown.

According to Emily Fuina (9) at Smoky Hill, one of her favorite dishes is manicotti, in her words, “it’s like an Italian crepe with cheese.” This shows culture coming in all different types of foods during the holidays.

Many students at Smoky Hill feel that tradition also varies; for some, adding traditional foods to their meals is their version of thanksgiving while other such as Alison Muchirahondo (9) feels that changing it up is the way that tradition is to them, “we normally always try different recipes and styles of cooking during thanksgiving,” she said. Differing traditions don’t always have to be from the same traditional food.

With the giving season varying throughout different families some having home-cooked meals while others look forward to takeout during this giving season, for Amari Norwood (9) this seems to be the case, takeout pizza being a big tradition for him,” My family always gets pizza it’s something we do.”

Foods and traditions always show in different ways around Smoky Hill.  There are other versions of tradition such as helping out communities. As for Nia Pollard (9) who likes to spend her thanksgiving break helping other through charity “the gift of time charity,” happening on the Nov. 25th from 2-8pm. Pollards charity helps by watching kids for 10 dollars per hour, raising charity for Lymphoma walk. According to pollard, “this means a lot to me; my family does it every year to raise money.”

With over 62% of all Americans celebrate thanksgivings according to the Statista Research Department, all of them having differences celebratory ways through the holidays. Everyone always will have different cultures and foods, But no matter the differences; the giving season will always stay the same.