fullsizerenderThanksgiving is just around the corner. For me, this means Princeton, New Jersey, where I see my dad’s entire side of the family. One of my favorite parts of the weekend is our annual family talent show. Those who do not have a talent prepared to perform must pick from a bowl of suggestions and act them out. We have a traditional meal with turkey, all the trimmings, and many pies, including pumpkin.

I spoke with other Ellis students and they shared their traditions. Nesta Collins (sophomore) is looking forward to Thanksgiving because she is “ready to have no school even if it’s just for three days.” Raleigh Mechling (sophomore) says her Thanksgiving is special because “[her] grandpa tells stories about when he was young.”  Lauren Jasper (sophomore) is skeptical of “[her] dad always insisting that he goes out early in the morning and catches the turkey himself.” Emma Trimbur (senior) spends her time “playing stupid card games in front of the fire with [her] cousins” and “fighting over the last bread roll.” Although Alison Taylor (sophomore) is not nearly as excited for the food, she is “looking forward to attempting to make new dishes” and shopping on Black Friday.

What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Any favorite recipes? Email me at snydermanl@theellisschool.org.