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By Angie Wiggins

Thanksgiving dressing. Black Friday. Macy’s Day Parade. Most Americans have strong opinions about Thanksgiving traditions like these. 


While students in the Migros Aid community know that they get Thanksgiving off from school, they are often not familiar with the age-old traditions that mark the holiday for many of us. At Migros Aid Academy this week, we set out to help students understand how Americans mark this holiday.


We explained traditions like football, parades, pies, and even Black Friday. Since many students are unfamiliar with turkeys, we watched videos of them and then had a hilarious gobbling contest!


And, of course, we focused on the attitude of Thanksgiving that should characterize us. The students made hand turkeys and wrote their blessings on each feather. 


A highlight of our celebration was introducing students to American Thanksgiving food. The macaroni-and-cheese received nearly universal approval. Like in my own family, opinions were sharply divided about the stuffing and cranberry salad! 


This week when I sit at my Thanksgiving table, one of the blessings I will be most thankful for is the students and tutors of Migros Academy who make every Tuesday memorable and worthwhile. 


“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”  Psalm 107:8-9


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