Thanksgiving Traditions and Black Friday Madness

Thanksgiving, the time when family gathers together over turkey dinners and pumpkin pies, has come and gone, kicking off but the start of the holiday season.

Written by SABRINA FANG / Published November 30, 2012  

Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln. He declared the last Thursday of November to be a day of thanks, in honor of the time-old tale of the Pilgrim and Native American’s successful cooperation.

Since then, many have developed their own traditions in celebration of the holiday.

Sporting events, most prominently football, has become a common tradition in American culture. Annual parades in celebration of the holiday, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City, have also become a popular tradition. Many travel during the holiday weekend, making it one of the busiest traveling periods of the year. But the most common tradition during this time of year is the Thanksgiving dinner, spending time with the family.

“Every Thanksgiving, my family likes to have a bunch of family and friends over,” says Temple City High School Sophomore Lusa Yang, “and we all eat hot pot together at my house.”

The day following Thanksgiving, the battle for cheap deals begins at midnight when stores open their doors to customers who have been lining up for days. Black Friday marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, promising amazing deals at the lowest prices.”

“The things I want to buy are too expensive,” says Temple City High School Junior Kyle Ku, “so I usually wait for Black Friday to come.”

However, Black Friday has become known for its crazy shoppers hunting for the best deals possible.

“The craziest thing about Black Friday is the stampede. As soon as the doors open, everyone in the front starts sprinting inside, the middle of the crowd starts pushing each other and then everyone else pushes to get inside” recalls Ku, sharing his personal experience with the Black Friday crowds.

Instead of being a part of the Black Friday crowd, some chose to stay home and enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend, such as Temple City High School Junior Benita Cruz.

“I’m just not a fan of shopping,” says Cruz, “I spent time watching horror movies with friends.”

As Thanksgiving comes to an end, many are now preparing to celebrate the upcoming holidays, continuing on with their traditions.

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