By Emmanuel Moss
My family and I like to celebrate this holiday by appreciating what we have. In the US, Thanksgiving is a widely celebrated holiday and holds many traditions such as the Macy’s parade. However, in my family, we keep it simple. Thanksgiving is a time to spend with friends and relatives, so we usually have a guest over, either a family member or a friend.
The central part and most important tradition is the Thanksgiving feast. We have foods like ham, sausage, carrots, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and of course, turkey. However, before we eat, we take turns around the table and say something we are thankful for that happened that day and in general.
Although my family’s Thanksgiving evening is simple, there are still several other traditions. Some say that the time you spend with your family is the best part about Thanksgiving.
Many people, especially in Dubai, live far away from their loved ones and travel large distances to reunite with them. The days prior to Thanksgiving are some of of the busiest travel days of the year.
Oftentimes, families get together and prepare the Thanksgiving feast as a family and use this time to catch up and bond. Another typical Thanksgiving tradition is snapping the turkey’s wishbone. After the feast, two people hold on to two ends of the wishbone, a bone in the turkey’s breast, making a wish while pulling on it. Whoever ends up with the larger side has their wish come true. Some generous families like to feed the homeless and less fortunate, some people volunteer to serve food at homeless shelters on Thanksgiving Day, and others donate to shelters or participate in canned food drives.