When one thinks about Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving meals, one probably imagines the traditional image of a typical Thanksgiving table: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, and more. The majority of Las Lomas students would probably tell you that that is the layout they’ve come to expect every year, but what about the students who would say otherwise? Maybe to them, their typical Thanksgiving table might not include a turkey, potatoes, and gravy. Some students might have something completely different at the table, while some may not have anything there at all. Everyone is different, and what you have for dinner may be different than what other students have. The following students are all people who eat something non-traditional for thanksgiving.
One of the most obvious issues for some students with Thanksgiving food is the turkey. For vegetarian and vegan students, turkey’s off the table. Students like Raaghav Thirumaligai, who has been vegan for a while, says that for Thanksgiving, instead of a turkey, he eats tofu and other vegan friendly meat substitutes. Another anonymous Junior whose family has recently gone vegan, will have their first Thanksgiving without a turkey this year. They said that they will be eating “really annoying vegan stuff” such as seaweed pasta, black bean burger patties, drinks such as almond milk and soy milk, and lots of tofu.
While some students have completely altered meals with foods that aren’t seen as traditional, other students like to add things to their grand meal. An anonymous 9th grader states that their family includes persian food on their tables to include their heritage into the holiday.
Of course, there are some students who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving at all, for a multitude of reasons. It may be, in the case of Junior Martín Valbuena, that their culture doesn’t celebrate it. As he puts it, “Well, I’m from Columbia, and we didn’t have pilgrims and thankful Native Americans… we had spaniards and conquerors… not too much to be thankful for.” Some other students Thanksgiving don’t celebrate simply because they don’t want to.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it, comes a week that many students look forward to. Whether it is because they’re going out of town, visiting and spending time with family, eating way too much food (traditional or otherwise), or taking a well deserved break from school, everyone has something they can count on this Thanksgiving week.