Pamela Paredes, a senior, also loves Thanksgiving and thinks that giving thanks is very important. She says that her family will always celebrate Thanksgiving, no matter what. Her family from San Francisco comes to visit and they go Black Friday shopping together, the day after Thanksgiving. She states, “Talking to everyone and giving thanks to the people who are close to me makes me happy.” Although some family members don’t show up, being with the family who are there and having a break from school is one of the best things for her.
Celebrating Thanksgiving brings so many incredible memories that stay with a person forever. For Blanca Chavez, a junior, one of her favorite memories took place last year when her dad’s birthday was celebrated on Thanksgiving and everyone in her family got together. She also stated, “I like that everyone comes together and enjoys one day together, but sometimes I don’t like how it gets so loud late at night when I’m trying to sleep.” Blanca loves the excitement and chatter that comes from her family, but still enjoys her sleep.
Roxana Ortega, a junior, believes that Thanksgiving is just being with family and being thankful for the things that you have. This year, she is looking forward to her grandma coming to visit for Thanksgiving. “A tradition that my family does is to hold hands, pray together, and say one thing we are thankful for,” she explains about her traditions. Like everyone else, she also enjoys spending time with her family, and devouring all the food that is served at dinner.
Thanksgiving, again, brings people together and has a powerful meaning. Whatever people do during Thanksgiving, whether it is a big or small celebration, it is all about family gathered together and giving thanks.