Thanksgiving traditions: Loy family edition
BY COLLIN LOY ON NOVEMBER 25, 2014
That time of year to stuff your face is right around the corner. What could be better than a holiday where all we do is hang out with family and eat as much as possible? It’s so close you can almost smell the pumpkin pie, or is that the pumpkin spice latte sitting on that desk?
Regardless, Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time of year for loved ones to gather and be thankful for all they have. Thankful not only for what they have, but also for those who allow them to have those things.
Thanksgiving at my house is always full of traditions. These traditions are what shape my family and what makes Thanksgiving such a happy and joyful time.
One tradition in particular is chowing down on Bojangles Cheddar-Bo biscuits the morning before Thanksgiving day. With a Northern family who does not regularly get to experience the joy of Bojangles, Cheddar-Bo biscuits are a must-have when they are down south for Thanksgiving.
Another tradition at the Loy house is leaving indentations in the couch after watching the annual football game. Plus, screaming at the television serves as great exercise and helps us to work off some of that food.
Then there’s the infamous Apples to Apples card game. This game causes many belly aches due to the absurd amount of laughing. Memories are made at the kitchen table during these games. The inappropriateness of my family surmounts any other.
But one of my favorite traditions we do as a family is watch the ultimate Thanksgiving show. No, not “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” This is “Punkin Chunkin:” the high flying, pumpkin dying, epic of a show. The show is recorded footage of the World Championship Punkin Chunkin, where individuals from all over bring their hand made contraptions to launch a pumpkin as far as they can. There’s something about a pumpkin smashing into a billion pieces that just resembles family to me.
We have a lot to be thankful for as American citizens. There are soldiers in the corners of our world, fighting for our freedom, and our right to gather as a family to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. The same soldiers might have families of their own, praying for their loved ones to return home safely.
I am thankful to be able to attend a fantastic school with outstanding teachers and students. As students here at Rose, we don’t realize how much our teachers do for us and our academic paths.
In the end, we all have a lot to be thankful for. So while you’re sitting down at the table this Thanksgiving, with an incredible meal sitting in front of your eyes, be thankful for those sitting at the table with you. Be thankful for having the opportunity to be a student here at Rose. Be thankful for being alive, because that is something we can all be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving everybody.