By Jenny Edengard
Assistant Opinions Editor
Thanksgiving is next week and students are looking forward to a couple of days off from classes to spend time with family or friends, and great food. After completing 11 weeks of the academic semester, a well-earned mini-break is upon us. For the holiday, many students seem to be looking forward to the Thanksgiving dinner.
The amount of food consumed during this holiday is massive. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 51,150,000 turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving Day. The total amount of expenses for Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S is $2,875,000,000 and the average household spends approximately $56.18 on Thanksgiving dinner.
With the variety of food options during Thanksgiving dinner, what is the winner on the table, according to students? Is it the turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, corn bread or something else?
“My favorite thing to eat during Thanksgiving dinner is the turkey,” said Megan Draghi, a senior childhood education major. “Because it’s a once a year thing, it makes it more special. Thanksgiving is such a special holiday. It is my favorite because my family hosts it at our house and we usually have 20-25 people come over.”
Melissa Grossa, a senior early childhood education major, disagreed about the turkey. “I’m not a turkey person,” she said. “My favorite is the brown sugar sweet potatoes. In my family, ever since I can remember we’ve had it on our Thanksgiving table; it’s always been my favorite.”
Erin Gallagher, a senior health science major, had mixed emotions on picking out a favorite. “It’s a close call between the stuffing and sweet potatoes,” Gallagher said. “I don’t eat a lot of turkey so that one is definitely out. But ultimately, if I had to choose, it would be the sweet potatoes.”
Eric Birmingham, a junior health science major agreed. “Definitely thesweet potatoes. Nothing beats that.” No pun intended, get it? It seems as if the sweet potatoes won this round.
No matter how much you spend on Thanksgiving dinner or what you look forward to eating the most, students sure look
forward to a break to focus on food rather than exams and to recharge for the last weeks of the fall semester.