Time to Talk Turkey

December 16, 2022


Thanksgiving pumpkin decorations. (photo taken by Kristyn Muncy)

Around Fair Grove, every family has their own holiday traditions, and Thanksgiving means something a bit different for everyone.

Thanksgiving means a lot to many people. Allison Findley (11) described what it means to her, “Thanksgiving to me, is a time for my extended family – like my cousins, nieces, and nephews who live in different states whom I rarely get to see – all come together to fellowship. Thanksgiving is a day for me to really be in the moment with my family and thank God for the people he has blessed me with.” 

Mrs. Dunning, a science teacher at Fair Grove High School said, “Thanksgiving to me is just a time to reset and focus on the good things in my life and what matters most.” 

Findley describes her favorite parts of Thanksgiving, “My favorite thing about Thanksgiving this year was getting to spend time with my niece, Brecken. She is a one year old, and I only get to see her about once a year. As the youngest of four in my family, I didn’t really get to experience having a younger sibling. So I enjoy getting to play, color, and just spend time with her.”

There is some debate over what Thanksgiving food is the best. “My favorite Thanksgiving food is probably the sweet potatoes,” said Mrs. Dunning. However, Findley argues, “My favorite Thanksgiving dish, hands down, is stuffing. I don’t know what it is, but I just love it so much! I think it’s because I eat ham, corn, rolls, and mashed potatoes all through the year but stuffing is a Thanksgiving only kind of thing.”

Thanksgiving looks different for everyone, whether they travel or just have a small family dinner. But Mrs. Dunning gave some intel on hers, “Our Thanksgiving dinner is pretty low-key. My immediate family is pretty small and dispersed around the country. This year it was me, my husband, daughters, my parents and my aunt and uncle.”

However, Findley’s was a little bit different, “Other than the big Thanksgiving meal and family festivities, I did the 5k Turkey Trot. Let me just say, It was a blast! Although I did get up at 5:30 a.m and was literally crafting turkey hats in the car, I enjoyed getting to have quality time with my sister and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

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