Carlmont students express their excitement for Thanksgiving break


Daniela Reyes

A supermarket sells multiple varieties of turkeys in preparation for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is the most popular holiday in the United States. Thanksgiving has a popularity rate of 81% in the U.S., as of 2021. Thanksgiving is the main holiday to catch a break and reconnect with family and friends. It is a holiday filled with different family traditions and fun events that we all look forward to coming around once a year.

Although Thanksgiving is a holiday to spend time with family and friends, it can also be a big stress reliever for many students. This break has its upsides, having the joyful feeling of getting together with loved ones and taking time to dedicate to family, along with having the opportunity to take a break from school and the thought of upcoming exams.

“I would consider Thanksgiving break a stress reliever because I get a whole week off to hang out with my family and reconnect,” said Daichi Holland, a junior at Carlmont. 

Holland also explains his family’s traditions during this time of year.

“My family and I usually go up north by car, and we go to a nice hotel, eat a delicious meal, and enjoy our time,” Holland said. 

Freshman Vincent Wong also expresses his favorite part of Thanksgiving.

“Every year we will go to one of our family friends’ house in Idaho and have a huge feast with everyone, family, friends, and relatives, and it’s just an overall fun time,” Wong said.

Thanksgiving traditions don’t always have to be about dinners or quality time, but sometimes about who and what you cherish. Leah Balsam Ashling, a sophomore, shares her favorite annual tradition.

“My grandma and I go for a walk, and we pick up pretty leaves that we see,” Balsam Ashling said. 

Students all have a diverse way of celebrating this holiday with their families but many families’ celebrations fall into the category of eating a hearty dinner. However, not all families stick to the traditional turkey, such as sophomore Henna Batnagar’s family.

“I go to my aunt’s house, and we don’t eat turkey. We eat chicken,” Batnagar said. 

Students actively express their excitement for the coming holidays. Overall, for its reconnections with family and friends and the days off of school, Thanksgiving is a time to relax and enjoy life.