Family importance of Thanksgiving
Isaiah Freedman sports editor
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to indulge in heavy, sleep-inducing food and warm, cozy family time around the blazing fire as the winds howl outside. (I have always thought Thanksgiving is better when it is cold outside and toasty warm inside.) But most importantly, Thanksgiving is a time for family.
Food is a huge part of Thanksgiving, and the the servings are comforting, piping-hot and soft. Juicy and hopefully tender turkey that invokes food coma, cotton-candy-like gravy and sweet potatoes covered with toasted marshmallows are beautifully spread out on long tables.
The delightful conversations that take place during the cafeteria-like walk around the table are mellow. The assortments of tangy tarts and creams are a joy to consume once you are done stuffing your face.
While the food is always a major draw to Thanksgiving, the true allure is the ability to be with family, and no amount of the most tender turkey or tasty (yet faint-inducingly expensive) caviar on the planet is more important and comforting than good old family time.
You can play catch-up with cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents and random family friends who you have not seen in awhile. You can find tranquility, a place where you can forget about all the outside noise, kick back and chill. A place for love, food and family relaxation.
And it does not matter where your Thanksgiving festivities takes place. Whether located at a mansion or a hovel, whether your food is expensive or cheap, none of that matters one bit. It is all about who you spend your time with, and how much you enjoy yourself doing so.
Take me for example: I despise all kinds of turkey; whether it be all-organic, free-range, hormone-free or whatever, but none of that nonsense means anything to me. I’m not a fan of gravy or sweet potatoes with marshmallows either. In fact, I rarely eat anything for Thanksgiving at all. But that’s okay, because I can always eat before. And besides, I already have all I need to fill me up: family.
How to make a delicious Thanksgiving turkey
Priscilla Hopper staff writer
Keith Stone co-editor-in-chief
Highlights illustrates how to make a turkey in a few simple steps for a fantastic Thanksgiving feast. Remember to find your favorite recipe and follow these guidelines. If we can do it, so can you!