Holiday offers many reasons to be thankful and grateful

Chelsea Weeks, Contributing Writer

Break out the Tupperware because Thanksgiving is here!

Imagine all the delicious foods that is to come; green bean casserole, chocolate pie, sweet potato casserole, potato salad, stuffing, turkey, corn, ham, pumpkin pie and so much more.

There are many ways to celebrate Thanksgiving; whether it’s watching football, decorating for Christmas, eating popcorn, planning your Black Friday excursion, or going to see long lost family members.


“We do the Thanksgiving 5k,” Bella Chiareli, junior sociology major said. “We bundle up and head out together and run. We also burn the calories so we can stuff our faces later.”

Jack Griffith, a junior Interdisciplinary major, said his family has a very non-traditional tradition.

“We grow pumpkins and sketch our names on them, then roll them down the driveway. Whoever’s pumpkin rolls farthest wins,” he said.

Dr. Lindsey Panxhi, Assistant Professor of English said her grandfather’s birthday is right after Thanksgiving.

“One year all the family surprised him and had a huge 80th birthday celebration,” she said.

“We played Jeopardy with facts about his life and his past, just honored him and turned it into a way to be thankful for his life at Thanksgiving. That was really special.”

Charis Whitley, a senior Anthropology major, explains the way her family celebrated Thanksgiving overseas as a missionary kid.


“My parents would cook a turkey, chicken or ham, depending on where we were living. My relatives have similar traditions except with much more food and more people. Generally, [it is] a buffet like layout with different kinds of plates of food, one year there was Indian Tacos.”

Janis Whitley, senior Anthropology major explained how different the food was overseas.

“In Brazil and Romania, turkey and cranberry jelly is very expensive,” Whitley said. “[Thanksgiving Day] was the only time of year we would have the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and cranberry jelly.”

Molly Iley, a senior vocal music major said she is looking forward to going home and spending time with her family.

“We watch the parade together,” she said. “We always watch movies together after and start decorating the house for Christmas the after while we listen to Christmas music.”

Senior elementary education major and music minor Beth Clark said her favorite dish on Thanksgiving is green bean casserole.

leaves“We always watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while cooking all morning, and then having a huge meal in the early afternoon,” she said.

Meagan Hill, junior communication studies major and Spanish minor said her favorite Thanksgiving memory was when she was in fourth grade.

“My whole family was there and my aunt and uncle had exchange students – one from China and the other from Mexico,” Hill said. “Introducing them to the holiday was very interesting and fun at the same time.”

Despite all the fun traditions and food, the Oklahoma Baptist University community said they all have something to be thankful for.

“My favorite part of Thanksgiving is spending time with my family,” Mr. William Crossley, Spanish professor, said.

“I am grateful for God’s mercy every day of my life, and I praise God for His goodness.”

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