Oven roasted juicy turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, bread rolls and delicious pumpkin and pecan pie; Thanksgiving foods have always been an important part of tradition among American families.
Since the very first Thanksgiving in 1621 with the Native Americans and pilgrims in Plymouth County, food and family have been a large part of the true meaning of giving thanks for the blessings in a person’s life.
With SFA students traveling across the state seeking that once a year glow of tradition, it is clear that food and family is the only thing on the minds of the SFA campus. And it’s clear why.
With the budget of a college student, whether living on or off-campus, gas and food are expensive and getting home every weekend is not an option. That’s why there are breaks and holidays.
“I love just hanging out with my family and eating a lot of food,” Matt St. John, SFA senior, said. “We don’t really have a set tradition as long as we’re together.”
And it seems that togetherness and food is what this traditional holiday is all about according to SFA students. But it is said that food brings everyone closer, especially during the holidays.
According to Kasey Snyder, SFA senior, the Thanksgiving tradition that is most important to her is having her father home.
With a military chief warrant officer as a father it sure is hard to carry on a yearly tradition, especially when the head of the household isn’t there to celebrate it with you.
However, Snyder’s family traditions include food, of course, board games, watching holiday inspired movies and TV specials and then sleeping the food off while Mr. Snyder continues watching the television screen.
All in all, the important thing about Thanksgiving isn’t just about the turkey, dressing, who brought what or what television special is on. Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for what you have, not what you want or what kind of life you would have if you had gone down a different path.
With families like Snyder, who’s father has been in the military since she was a little girl, Thanksgiving, Christmas and even birthdays are all about being together as a family, whether it’s a family of blood or a family of friends.
Even though Snyder has a Thanksgiving dinner with her family during the holiday break, she also had a dinner with her close friends that she has made here at SFA. Instead of just one person, or couple, buying everything and cooking the entire meal themselves, the group of friends decided that each person would bring a side dish or dessert. Hosted by Nixon, Trevino and Pace at the Talesin Apartments on North St., the three friends and roommates brought the turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy.
“I love eating all of the food,” Pace said. “Mashed potatoes and gravy are my favorite.”
Hill, Snyder and Anderson brought pumpkin pies, sweet potatoes with walnut and cinnamon topping and rolls. Hickman brought green bean casserole.
“We used to have Friday night dinners, all of us together,” Synder said. “But with all of the homework, we don’t really have time. That’s why we have Thanksgiving dinner. It brings us together. “
With friends like these, Snyder was able to receive a Thanksgiving dinner without even leaving Nacogdoches.