Arts and Culture

What to Be Thankful For

By Sophie Ashley


Crisp early mornings and colorful leaves falling off the trees are all indications of the approaching holidays. It is the time of year where we get together with our friends and family, reflect on what we are thankful for, and continue our annual holiday traditions. For me, every year just before Christmas, my family and I go up to San Francisco to watch the Nutcracker Ballet; having seen this performance so many times, I know all the scenes and have my favorite parts and characters. Thanksgiving is a time where everyone can reflect and be grateful, and Pinewood students are no exception. 

   “I am thankful for being able to go to a great school like Pinewood,” sophomore Nicole Maneatis said. Pinewood is an incredible school, and we are all so lucky to go here, but there are even more things to be thankful for.

   “I am definitely thankful for my amazing family–I have no clue what I would do without them and their support. I am also grateful for my friends, coaches, teammates, and teachers!” senior Ainsley Carpenter said. 

   Every family has their own unique traditions to be shared and passed down among generations. 

   “Since I was little, my mom’s best friend would join us for Thanksgiving every year, so it is now a tradition that we share Thanksgiving together. It is wonderful when your friends become family,” freshman Carolyn Steeg said. 

   It is very special to spend time with friends and family, creating memories that last a lifetime.

   “One holiday tradition my close relatives and I take part in is that every Christmas, we have a huge potluck at my house where everyone both brings and takes something home. Then, while my parents and I are cleaning up the house following the party, we always watch Christmas movies,” Maneatis said. 

   During this special time of the year, we need to focus on being thankful and spending time with those whom we love and care for. Holidays are times to spend with those you love and to give that love back to them. Even after Thanksgiving, remember to be thankful every now and then.