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Mooresville Shares What Makes Thanksgiving Special

Thanksgiving is a time of year that brings about a lot of traveling, traditions and thanks. Many Mooresville High School families utilize the three day break to either travel to see relatives or relax before the busy day that is Thanksgiving. The day can be very stressful because many families host lunch/dinner and have to prepare lots of food, and students often use their days off to help their parents cook. Even if they aren’t hosting, it can still be stressful because of dealing with travel issues and other things. With all this chaos it’s nice to have some of the normalcy that comes with annual traditions and MHS Students were happy to share theirs.

A lot of these traditions center around making food. Whether it be preparing the customary turkey or baking desserts with grandparents or parents, food is a big part of the holidays. Most families make a large lunch or dinner, but MHS Teacher Alicia Richhart has a slightly different way of spending time with family.

“For Thanksgiving, for one side of our family we have breakfast. It’s so fun, we all bring breakfast items and just hang out, have food, coffee, and then we look through all the Black Friday ads,” Richhart said.

Another common tradition is gathering around the TV and watching something every year. For many families this would be the Macy’s Day parade, Thanksgiving movies like A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, or even the customary Thanksgiving Day football game. Whatever it may be, sitting around the TV to watch something entertaining is usually a part of the day. However, sometimes families have more of an obscure thing they like to watch. Sophomore Syana Lopez said her family watches a show about the military because of her brother’s active duty.

“Our biggest tradition is watching Band of Brothers all over again every year,” Lopez said.

Here’s a description of the show:

Another tradition that comes about with this time of year is Black Friday shopping. The day after Thanksgiving Thursday is when several stores list their items with extreme discounts to kick off the holiday shopping. Sophomore Liliana O’Brien says that this is her favorite part of the holiday.

“I really like to spend all my money Black Friday shopping,” O’Brien said.

Thanksgiving is one of the most relaxed holidays because all people have to do is prepare food and visit family, which lots of people enjoy. This Thanksgiving be sure to spend quality time with family and be grateful for everything.



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Cash Kidwell, Pulse Reporter
Cash Kidwell joined the MHS Student Media team in 2023. Besides being on the student media staff, Cash is a part of the Student Council and enjoys listening to music.
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