Thanksgiving will be on Thursday Nov. 24. Thanksgiving break is from Nov. 19 to Nov. 27. (Bethany Mann via Canva Graphics)
Thanksgiving will be on Thursday Nov. 24. Thanksgiving break is from Nov. 19 to Nov. 27.

Bethany Mann via Canva Graphics

Thanksgiving feast: traditional or nontraditional

Thanksgiving meals become nontraditional over the years

November 15, 2022

For traditional food

Turkey, mashed potatoes,ham–these beloved dishes that Americans have grown up with when having annual Thanksgiving dinners is a big reason why this holiday is loved so much.

Some people want to break tradition by eating other types of food during their thanksgiving feast. However, it’s better to value the traditional values of the holiday meal.

These meals, which commonly consist of turkey, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, which are the most traditional, and most popular foods, are eaten by hundreds during this time of the year. People love chowing down on a turkey leg, or digging into a plate of mashed potatoes. 

These foods, which have been on our Thanksgiving tables for centuries, bring a smile on everyone’s faces as they sit down at their table.

Many people enjoy eating turkey and drinking apple ciders with their families. Some people say that it’s the food that makes Thanksgiving such a special holiday, and why they enjoy it so much. It’s also a way for people to hone their cooking skills.

Because there is a familial and traditional aspect to customary Thanksgiving dishes, people should stick to serving them when enjoying the holiday.

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Out of 67 people surveyed, these are their favorite Thanksgiving foods.

For nontraditional food

For many, Thanksgiving is a very important American Holiday– a celebration of everything they are thankful for in our lives.  When  people think of Thanksgiving, it’s very common to think of traditional dishes– turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes–but it’s wrong to force those traditions onto others. 

Different people have different traditions, and no one  has any jurisdiction over what others should do to celebrate.  Whether eating takeout food, homemade dinners or different cultural meals–it doesn’t matter. 

Thanksgiving isn’t just about the big dinner feast. It’s about the people and the appreciation of all that’s good in life.

People can believe that traditions should be honored– it doesn’t hurt anyone to chow down on a delicious turkey leg–but the main thing is to not force their traditions onto others.  

Traditional Thanksgiving meals– with turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce– are still delicious. These foods have established their place at the Thanksgiving table for decades. 

However, not only is disregarding the cultural traditions of others self-centered, but it’s also extremely disrespectful to the centuries of significance that these traditions hold to the people who pertain to said culture.

No matter what people are eating–Chinese, Mexican, Greek or any other type of food–as long as they’re sitting down with loved ones, then they’re honoring Thanksgiving.

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