Thanksgiving at DAHS


The first Thanksgiving was shared between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians in 1621. The celebration was more of a harvest festival with sports, games, food, dancing, and singing, which is not very different from what most families in America do today. Many families watch football all day while they stuff themselves to the max with Thanksgiving turkey. Other traditions are sitting down at the table to a lovely dinner with dishes of cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, potato soufflé, cream corn, stuffing, mash potatoes, ham, sweet potatoes, egg noodles, and of course the one and only Thanksgiving turkey. And for dessert: pecan pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate pie, apple pie, and even peanut butter pie.

My dad’s family has all of these dishes and more. Being a Hungarian, German, and Italian family, we have dishes like brat soup, lasagna, jelly sweet meatballs, rye bread, pumpernickel bread, and goulash. In every room of the house, football games play on the televisions, and to work off the delicious feast, we have pool tournaments and card games. While the adults play poker, the kids are at the kids table playing euchre, rummy, speed, and king’s corner. My mom’s family is more traditional with Thanksgiving; they have all the usual dishes and watch football in one room while the women enjoy a Lifetime movie in the other. After the main game of football is over (which is usually whoever the Detroit Lions play) we go outside and get family pictures and ride four wheelers. With my mom’s family, you always have to bring an extra pair of clothes.

This thanksgiving, since my sister cannot take off work, I will be staying in her apartment with her. Ramen noodles, ham sandwiches and, for dessert, Starbucks or Graeter’s ice cream is the current menu; it is not exactly a Thanksgiving feast, but we do not mind. Thanksgiving is not always about having a big fancy dinner, but getting to spend the occasion with who you are thankful for and doing what you can with what you have- or in this case what you can afford.

Like the first Thanksgiving, I wish the DAHS staff and students a happy holiday filled with sports, games, food, family and fun. Even if you are on a budget this holiday season, take what you are thankful for and make the most out of it.