Isaac Montieth, Staff

As the Christmas season approaches with the end of November, it’s always important to look back on the memories students made this Thanksgiving, a humble time of thankfulness for what people may usually take for granted. Turkey day is an iconic American holiday that gives families a chance to come together. However, not all students celebrate Thanksgiving in quite the same way; some families incorporate different parts of their heritage into the holiday adding touches of cultural personality wherever they see fit.

In asking Junior Daniel Hoffman on what it would be like to spend a thanksgiving in his home, he went into detail on how his Germanic background led to a less than standard ensemble of food. “My dad’s grandmother is from Germany, so we tend to have lots of different cultural foods,” Hoffman explained. “We cook balls of seasoned bread into Knodel and instead of the standard ham, my parents like to cook and grill sausages and bratwurst.”

Looking into more Eastern traditions, Junior Juno Thongvasta’s family keeps the turkey, yet still manages to incorporate their heritage with the side dishes. “We use a lot of rice in our meals, especially during Thanksgiving. My whole family comes down to spend the holiday with us, so we will end up cooking around eight pounds of rice for our Thanksgiving dinner,” Thongvasa said.

While some would be bewildered as to why someone would change the iconic Thanksgiving dinner in any shape or way, it’s important to realize the significance behind the differences. America is a melting pot of cultural identities with millions of foreign and home grown citizens, and with this comes the incorporation of different cultural aspects that extends far beyond changing family meal plans on Thanksgiving day. The mix of cultures from around the world makes America what it is. This is exemplified in Grafton’s student body as they embrace diversity on this thankful holiday.