Thanksgiving Traditions

By now, the trees have already begun to shed their leaves to blanket the campus grounds in brilliant hues of deep red to bright yellow. The air is filled with the biting crispness of winter’s chill, and some are already scrambling to set out their favorite Christmas decorations more than a month before Saint Nick’s sleigh has taken to the skies.

Because of the bustle of preparing for December’s festivities and the excitement of spine-tingling late October, it is easy to forget about the holiday wedged between in November: Thanksgiving. Yet the aroma of a Thanksgiving turkey always manages to pull Americans across the nation to the dining table to remind us to be thankful for all we have.

With this comes no small measure of tradition. Be it a spectacle viewed nationwide or a small family custom that’s just always been around, a number of Central Baptist College students have many of their own traditions that they will be enjoying with their families next week.

For junior Zach Ferrell, back home in Sulphur Springs, Texas, football often takes center stage for his family on Thanksgiving mornings. On occasion, if the weather is right, the Ferrel and his family also enjoy the pastime of fishing through Thanksgiving week.

“We usually go fishing if it’s not too cold,” Ferrell said. “All the kids are throwing hooks around, and it’s really dangerous, but it’s really fun.”

However, once his family is done with the additional festivities, Ferrell and his loved ones get to head inside to enjoy the classic Thanksgiving spread of ham, turkey, a whole lot of pies and the Ferrell special of peach cobbler with homemade ice cream.

Senior Matt James and his family enjoy many of the same hallmarks of the holiday that many are used to. Be it indulging in the good food and company, catching his favorite professional football team on TV or getting a nice post-meal nap, the only thing that really changes from his family’s typical routine is the spread of food.

While there is nothing wrong with enjoying the vintage Thanksgiving rotation of eat, greet and sleep, there are some students who enjoy their turkey day with a little extra thrown into the mix.

One such student is sophomore Madison Cox, who drives a little under an hour to meet her family in Benton to enjoy a spread of honey-baked ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, homemade pecan pie and her favorite bacon-wrapped green beans.

However, the most unique tradition of the Cox household has less to do with the great food and more with the essence of Thanksgiving. Gathering around the table, each member of her family writes something that they’re thankful for on the tablecloth which continues to be used at each Thanksgiving dinner.

Though the tradition is only a few years old at this point, it has already created some memories for Cox and her family and promises to continue doing so for years to come.

“One year, one of my brothers wrote something about how he’s thankful for Star Wars,” Madison said. “We love that it’s going to be on the tablecloth forever.”

Graphic made in Adobe Spark by Caity Baker-Worsley

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