A Thanksgiving to remember

PHS students share some memorable moments from past Thanksgivings.

“A memorable Thanksgiving for me happened two years ago. I spent it with my mom’s side of the family at my grandparents’ house in Fond du Lac. I celebrated it with my grandparents, mom, sister, aunts, uncles and cousins. My grandma is getting older, more senile and rude, but it was a nice Thanksgiving before any of that got more intense. She had my cousin and I go through her boxes, take out and wash old dishes that she owns, including gold silverware, which was really cool. After we ate, we messed around and laughed a lot. We took whipped cream, put some on our wrists and slapped our hands down to make the whipped cream shoot in the air and tried to catch it in our mouths. We ended up making a mess in the kitchen, but it was worth the memory.” – Ava Magnuson, senior

“The most memorable Thanksgiving I have had is one where my family and I went spelunking. We were visiting our grandparents in Arkansas, deep in the Ozarks, and it was a beautiful afternoon, so we decided to take a hike. That led to us discovering a cave, and then exploring said cave for at least an hour. This Thanksgiving sticks out to me because it’s so different to Thanksgivings in Wisconsin, where it’s usually too cold to spend very much time outside, and we usually just end up staying inside. That year, we got to be outside, in the moment, and enjoy the nature surrounding us, and it made for a great memory.” – Josey Wiggins, freshman

“I haven’t had any special different Thanksgivings. They’ve been the same every year, but I like that they’re the same. I go to my great-grandparents’ house and the whole family shows up and we eat and laugh and spend time together. Our family on that side is really big so getting to see everyone in one place is really nice. There’s never a time when there’s no one to talk to. I’m a little bit sad because this year is going to be a bit different due to COVID and the age of my great-grandparents along with preexisting health conditions they have. I know I’ll at least be able to see a different side of the family for the first time for Thanksgiving in 10 years though!” – Zoey Gross, freshman

“For the last couple of Thanksgiving’s I was able to go visit my grandma in Florida and catch up on everything. I don’t get to see her very often but when I do she always makes me and my family amazing traditional Pakistani food, and tell some of her stories from when she was a child. Even though she wasn’t born in America, she loves the holiday very much because it allows her to see us. An activity we would often do is go mini-golfing because she loves to play golf very much, and it’s one of the ways our interests can meet in the middle.” – Aiden Loya, senior

“Every four years my birthday falls on Thanksgiving. This year, I will be turning 18 on Thanksgiving! A memorable Thanksgiving for me happened five years ago when my family, including my grandparents and my parents, visited my extended family in Texas. We stayed for about a week and soaked up the warm weather while it was snowing back home. I have always had a fairly small family, so it was really enjoyable to be surrounded by all my family on both sides. With this Thanksgiving in particular, we rented a giant waterslide and celebrated the holiday a bit more casually. It was a nice break from dressing up every year and it will always be my favorite Thanksgiving to remember.” – Ellie Adams

“My last couple Thanksgivings have been different then the past. Due to my families moving, I have only been able to spend Thanksgiving with my immediate family. When I lived in Washington, I would have a huge Thanksgiving with my mom’s family during the day which included about 15 people. Seeing all of my aunts, uncles and cousins was really what made it special. Later in the evening, I would go to my dad’s family Thanksgiving for dinner which included close to 30 people. Those dinners were where some of the craziest, weird and funny things would happen. I loved it! Not having those crazy Thanksgiving days with the games, food, and laughter are what I miss the most around this time of year. All those years are my most memorable Thanksgivings.” – Madison Reeves, senior

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