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From a teenager’s eye: Thanksgiving

“It’s beginning to look a lot like… Thanksgiving.” Sure, it may not have the greatest ring to it, but it is that time of year again. It’s when college kids come home, many of them, for the first time since August.

It is the time of the biggest football game for most high school students in Darien. And probably most importantly, it is a time to give thanks to all the blessings we have around us.

Thanksgiving is one of the greatest times of the year for me because of its constant repeat year after year. The festivities, for a teenager anyway, start as soon as that bell rings on Wednesday at 12:30, which is earlier than the normal 2:20 release from school every other day. After the bell rings it’s time to head over to a friend’s house and just hang out and get excited for the festivities to come.

After hanging out with friends all day, I typically like to go home, watch something on television, and get into bed early to catch up on some much needed sleep. The next day, I get up somewhat early for a non-school day, which turns out to be somewhere around 9:45. Then, I grab a light breakfast, on account of the food later to come that day.

After that I call up some of my friends and decide where to meet for the annual Turkey Bowl. This year, because we are students of the high school, we decided to sit in the student section.

At the game, the intensity is overwhelming. From the freshmen college students seeing each other for the first time since they went away, to the booming voices of the seniors in the student section, it is not a game one would like to miss as a teenager in Darien.

This year, the Turkey Bowl festivities were especially exciting due to the fact that DHS actually won for this year for the first time in over ten years. After the game, the student section tried to storm the field to celebrate with the players, but was stopped by the school administration for safety reasons. Either way, going to the Turkey Bowl is a great Thanksgiving tradition.

Typically after the Turkey Bowl, I go home, get changed, and head up to my uncle’s house up in Orange. Up there, I spend my time playing football with my cousins, talking to relatives, and, of course, packing in the turkey and other Thanksgiving treats.

My personal favorite part of Thanksgiving is leaving my cousins at like 10 p.m. and traveling by the neighboring houses. Each year, there is this one house that is already insanely decorated for Christmas. The most notable decoration, aside from the tens of thousands of lights, is the countdown until Christmas Day.

I don’t know why, but that countdown, though it says over 34 days at the time, puts me into the Christmas spirit. And as Andy Williams says, Christmas time is “The most wonderful time OF THE YEARRRRRR”

Either way, from the Turkey Bowl tradition to getting in the mood for Christmas to come, Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that gives us a day to give thanks and blessings to all we have.

We Darieneite teenagers do have a lot to be thankful for: Our safe and clean town, our safe and wonderful learning community, our home, and, most importantly, our family. Normally, teenagers take all of these wonderful things for granted, but Thanksgiving gives us a chance to slow down and really be grateful for all we have.

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