Arts and Culture





Have you ever wondered how your friends and
teachers celebrate their Thanksgiving? If this is a

question you often think about, then you will be pleased to know about the interesting Thanksgiving traditions that run through the Pinewood community.   

   Art teacher Caitlin Miller refers to Thanksgiving as “Friendsgiving.” Ever since she moved to California, she spends her evening celebrating Thanksgiving with her friends.

  Junior Morgan Goldstein also shares interesting Thanksgiving traditions with his family.

  “We don’t usually eat the traditional food for  Thanksgiving. For example, we eat steak instead of turkey,” Goldstein said.

   Some people may find this unusual; however, for Goldstein this is a typical Thanksgiving. Goldstein’s mom also prepares mashed potatoes and golden potatoes, a family recipe that has been around for generations. The dinner table is set with a black cloth, and two red candles and autumn leaves are delicately decorated on it. His family also watches a movie every year.

      English  teacher Sabrina Strand hosts a Thanksgiving dinner every year, and she invites friends and family to celebrate the day with her. One tradition she always follows before her dinner is to go around the table and have everyone go around say what they are grateful for. This tradition captures the true meaning of Thanksgiving.   

   Junior Katrina Hough also enjoys celebrating Thanksgiving. Her family hosts a dinner each year, and her mother’s large family always comes over to celebrate with them. Hough’s mom is extremely enthusiastic about this holiday.

   ”My mom always says that she designed the kitchen in our remodel for Thanksgiving, as it has two ovens and six stoves, and this is the only time of year that she can use everything in the kitchen,” Hough said.   

  Sophomore Zarin Mohsenin, like most people,
celebrates Thanksgiving with her family. For their Thanksgiving dinner, her family eats pies instead of
turkey, due to the fact that no one in her family likes turkey.

    “When we were younger, we all used to be in charge of making one special dish,” Mohsenin said.

    Many people also fly out to meet their family for this
holiday. Junior Erik Dabagian goes to North Carolina each year to celebrate Thanksgiving with his cousins, while
sophomore Alia Rubaie visits family in Missouri.

   Every family has their own style of organization and tradition for their Thanksgiving dinner and evening. It is the time of the year when families and friends get together to reflect on the past year and hope for the
coming year.