By Elyana Schosek, Student Reporter

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all that you have, that is a universal theme.

However, how a family celebrates it is not. Everyone has their own traditions which lead to the creation of many memories that last for years to come.

When some of the teachers and students at Springville-Griffith High School were asked about their best Thanksgiving traditions and memories, they were not hesitant to share!

Take Diane Waterman for example. Mrs. Waterman is an English teacher at the high school but teaching English is not her only passion. She also loves running, especially a Thanksgiving morning race.

“A crisp, morning run in support of our local food bank is the best way to set the mood of the day on gratitude and togetherness,” she noted, in reference to the Gobble for Groceries race here in Springville.

Food is a central part of most families’ Thanksgivings, the Watermans are no exception!

“I set our big farm table with my mom’s hand-painted turkey plates, turkey salt and pepper shakers, turkey napkins,” she added. “For some reason, we always end up playing Pictionary on the Wii, piled around one another in our living room, still in our sweaty running clothes, coffee cups and hot chocolate in hand, which ends up bringing up a lot of laughs and old memories.” Waterman summarized her family’s Thanksgiving excellently with the phrase: “For us, Thanksgiving is a celebration of family and how grateful we are for: time together, a special meal together, laughing together, and the love we share.”

On Thanksgiving, most families gather to celebrate. Though, some travel farther than others to make this happen.

Michael Spagnola and his family have had a tradition for the past few years of traveling to Southern Texas to visit his grandparents for two weeks around Thanksgiving.

“On Thanksgiving Day, I enjoy watching the three different football games and eating Thanksgiving dinner with the rest of my family,” he added.

Mary DiGangi also travels to visit family around Thanksgiving. “We go to Chicago to visit our cousins that we don’t see much,” she commented.

Olivia Giammarco noted that her family usually has breakfast on Thanksgiving and then watches the Thanksgiving parade with her cousins’ family while Ben Sullivan said that his best memory is playing Mario Kart with his family.

Scott Russell mentioned that he goes to his grandparent’s house for lunch on Thanksgiving and then to his other grandparent’s house later on in the day to eat again.

Cole Myers recalls a previous Thanksgiving in which they didn’t have power and had to make due by grilling their whole Thanksgiving meal.

Sonya Krezmien explained one of her family’s Thanksgiving traditions. “We make a list of things our family can get that’s not too expensive, maybe 20 dollars or a little more. You fold it up and put your name on it… You pick a name and have to get the person you picked what they wrote. Then you give it to them on Christmas after dinner.”

Lexi Moriarty’s family traditions include going around the table saying what they are thankful for and drawing names out of a hat to see who will go against each other to break the wishbone.

Austin Yetter stated, “On Thanksgiving, our family goes to my mom’s side of the family for dinner.” He also mentioned that on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, he goes deer hunting with his dad and his family goes to his dad’s side of the family for dinner that same day.

Brenda Steiner noted the following about her family’s Thanksgiving. “Often times, my family will have whatever football game is on in the living room while my mom makes dinner. For the past couple of years, I have helped her make the food and I feel that it brings us closer. Thanksgiving has a way of bringing people together.”

Whether you are celebrating your fifth Thanksgiving or your 50th, there is little variation in what it is about: being thankful.