Weekly Staff Editorial


Congress officially established the fourth Thursday of each November as a national holiday for all Americans to give thanks. The meaning of Thanksgiving is no longer known or perhaps it has changed over the years.

What Thanksgiving is about: Some people go through the entire year without appreciating all the things they have. Thanksgiving is more than just another family dinner; it encourages you to reflect back with your loved ones. It is a day to be appreciative and thankful for all the good things in one’s life. The meaning of Thanksgiving is to take time to enjoy the blessings in our life. It is the past of this country. Our social identity is formed by knowing the past in terms of holidays and memorials. Sitting down to food with friends, family, and people of different cultures is the meaning of Thanksgiving. On the other hand, it is a day to celebrate the day the pilgrims come to use and abuse the Native Americans as they slaughtered them after they ate their food. Most people think the pilgrims were nice but in reality they massacred a group of people to their benefit and religious goal.

Plans for Thanksgiving: Cowboys football in the afternoon, playing football in the morning and eating at night the first thanksgiving with family in six years after having to work on every Thanksgiving and Christmas; watch football and relax on a day off from school; going to the uncle’s house like every year to meet up with the rest of the family to have dinner and then leave to meet up with mother’s side of the family; watching the Dallas game, doing very little and trying to be more thankful; family road trip to San Francisco; plane trip to Sacramento and Chowchilla; eating Mexican food as a teaser for “tamales” in December; getting ready for an aunt’s funeral; spending time eating with the family with no turkey but plenty of ham, green beans, tomatoes and carne asada; and for the most part just going back home to have dinner with family.

Thankful for: God being there, for everything that we have and everything that has happened, friends, family, and colleagues, our jobs. Every day we are breathing is a good day. We are thankful for family’s love and support, for a sound and active mind, a day off from school, good health of our loved ones, an excuse to eat large quantities of food That most of us are near graduation, for the possibility of love, for cameras as our blind eyes and, of course, we are thankful the Democrats took the House AND the Senate.