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T HE J IMTOWN J UNCTION 59021 CR 3 E LKHART , IN 46517 Volume 1, Issue 6 Thanksgiving throughout the world by Andrew lawson

Thanksgiving is a traditional celebration that has spread to every corner of the United States. This special holiday is not only in the United States. Many other nations celebrate a form of Thanksgiving around the world. These countries represent Thanksgiving in their own way, often with different traditions. In China, thanksgiving's equivalent is the celebration of The August Moon Festival. It falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. The food they eat during the festival is in some cases very different, but some festival foods are similar to American dishes. The main food custom during the August Moon Festival is moon cakes. Relatives convey their regards to each other by baking and giving moon cakes. In Rome, Thanksgiving is called "Cerelia," which means to honor the Deity Cerus (goddess of corn). They hold a festival that starts on Oct. 4th where they offer fruits, grains, and animals to the Goddess. In Brazil, Thanksgiving is celebrated almost the same as in the United States. It was brought to Brazil by the Ambassador of Brazil as a result of a visit to the U.S during Thanksgiving. He believed it expressed gratitude to everyone through an enormous feast. Koreans celebrate a similar holiday called "Chu-Sok," meaning fall evening. In Korea, women have to do all the cooking while the men prepare for a ceremony honoring the ancestors. Koreans make a dish called "songpyon" which consists of rice, beans, sesame seeds and chestnuts. Before the family eats, the family gathers beneath the moonlight for the ancestral ceremony of giving thanks. Thanksgiving is celebrated differently in other countries, but it always appears to have one thing in common. In all nations, the family is together for a harmonious feast, and a chance to give thanks. Below: Paige and Brianna McGookin share sisterly love at their recent Cheer Competition. Paige is thrilled as always to have her favorite sister around.


Thanksgiving Facts

By Sarah Fulmer

‘Tis the Season by Kayla Brooks

Common thanksgiving traditions today in the United states include a thanksgiving dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, corn on the cob, green been casserole, pies, and rolls. Also many families choose this time to reflect over the things in their lives that they have to be thankful for. Watching football is often a common event in some households. But one thing thanksgiving has a tendency to do is bring families closer together. One fifth of turkeys eaten all year long are eaten on thanksgiving totaling 46 million throughout the united states. The average weight of a turkey purchased is 15 pounds. The first time the Detroit Lions played football on Thanksgiving Day was in 1934, when they hosted the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit stadium, in front of 26,000 fans. The NBC radio network broadcast the game on 94 stations across the country—the first national Thanksgiving football broadcast. Since that time, the Lions have played a game every Thanksgiving; in 1956, fans watched the game on television for the first time. The largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long. It was baked on October 8, 2005 by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio. Though many competing claims exist, the most familiar story of the first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Colony, in present-day Massachusetts, in 1621. More than 200 years later, President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941.

The holidays can be a very stressful time of the year, but also an uplifting season when family's are brought together. Every family has their own traditions that they love to do. Sending out cards, shopping for presents, preparing large meats, getting the whole family together, and decorating all add up and can add stress to the holidays. Almost 50 percent of students who took part in a poll, said they believed holidays were very important.

Mince Meat Pie: What it is really made of

Black Friday

By Nicole Eaglebarger

By Cinnamon Green

Mashed potatoes and gravy, turkey, green bean casserole, and of course pumpkin pie. These are things that people look forward to during the holiday season, but what about the minced meat pie? You know, the one your grandma makes every year but you have never had the courage to try. What is it really made of? A little research was done and you will never guess what it really in it. The typical ingredients are as follows: -lean beef -beef broth -apples -raisins -sweet apple cider -cinnamon -cloves -allspice -salt -sugar This pie has lots of different ways it can be made as do other pies. But almost all of the recipes include these items. The pie originated from Medieval Great Britain and was originally called a Chewet, which was a fried or baked pastry containing chopped liver or other mixed meat with boiled egg yolks, dried fruit and spices. Based on what you now know about this dessert, you can now decide whether to take your grandma up on her offer or

Before you can truly save money on Black Friday, you need to understand how the day came to be, and the retailer strategy behind it. Since the early 20th century, the day after Thanksgiving has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Since many people have the day off, retailers have seized the opportunity to create a shopping frenzy. The frenzy led the day to be dubbed “Black Friday” by Philadelphia police due to the heavy traffic. Black Friday is associated with spectacular deals on coveted gifts, where stores send out ads a few days in advance, highlighting door buster specials and early hour openings. The strategy has paid off, as Black Friday is well known as the busiest shopping day of the year. People often wonder if they really save while shopping during Black Friday, and the truth is, yes in some cases, but no in most. It's true you'll find amazing deals, but the catch is that stores advertise insanely low prices to get customers in the door. In most cases, there are limited numbers of the desired item at the advertised price. If disappointed , some leave in a mad huff, whereas others stick around to buy other items. That's the whole point to get customers in the door. This year store such as Wal-Mart, KMart, Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, Toys-R-Us, Radio Shack, and so many more have great deals. Also a biggie this year, are electronics like laptops, the PSP Go, and the newly priced lowered Nintendo Wii. So where ever you go think of what I have said … hard, and save well!

Turkey Day Favorites By Brianna McGookin

Thanksgiving is truly a holiday to celebrate with your family while laughing around the dinner table telling your funniest turkey jokes or relaxing and watching some football. Asking students and staff what their favorite thing about thanksgiving is, many quickly answered with “eat!”, but others had other things to say. Senora Reed likes to see her grandsons who have

plenty of hugs waiting for her, while Paige McGookin is very happy the long Thanksgiving break gives her more time to spend with her favorite sister (Brianna McGookin.) Mr. Yurko is all about being with his family while enjoying Pumpkin Pie. No matter what your opinion on Thanksgiving Jake Farber knows “Its the food that makes it happen.” So enjoy your feast and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Reasons to love the holidays: -lots of food -quality time with family -a time to give to others -no school However busy the holidays can be, they are inevitable, so we might as well enjoy them.

THE JUNCTION FUNCTION 20 things to be thankful for this thanksgiving By Tradell LeSure 1.Family- When everyone else fails, they are still there. 2.Friends- They know you better than anyone else. 3.School- Because some kids wish that they could get an education. 4.Employment- Job scarcity is so high. 5.Good Health- Your alive, you can breathe. 6.Freedom- We live in a democracy country, not a dictatorship. 7.Troops- We have men and women, who are fighting to protect us. 8.VisionTo see all the beauty all around. 9.Touch- To feel your surroundings.10.Hug- Hugs can turn a sad day into a happy one. 11.Oxygen- You can't see it, but you need it to live. 12.Laughter- Expression of joy. 13.Water- To stay hydrated. 14.Soap- To keep your body clean. 15.Toilets- Once your done, you don't ever have to see it again. 16.NatureIt's everywhere. Best part is it's free and trying to find shapes in the clouds. 17.To Walk- Just a little thing like that, people take for granted. 18.Internet- It contains unlimited possibilities. You can find just about anything your looking for. 19.Sanity- To be in your right mind. 20.Love- Is finding your better half.

Gobble Gobble! By Nikki Littlepage As we're jumping in to the fall season and getting ready for Thanksgiving, here are some funny facts about turkeys that could strike up some interesting conversations. -In Mexico, the turkey was considered a sacrificial bird. -Only male turkeys (toms) gobble. Females (hens) make a clicking noise. The gobble is a seasonal call during the spring and fall. Hens are attracted for mating when a tom gobbles. Wild toms love to gobble when they hear loud sounds or settle in for the night. -More than 45 million turkeys are cooked and 525 million pounds of turkey are eaten during Thanksgiving. -Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead. -Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining. -A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds. -Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey. -Turkey breeding has caused Turkeys' breasts to grow so large that the Turkeys fall over. -The fleshy growth under a turkey’s throat is called a wattle. -June is National Turkey Lover’s Month. -Turkeys’ heads change colors when they become excited. -Turkeys are not as smart as chickens. As new poults (newly hatched turkeys), they have to be taught how to eat. Most people throw a few marbles or strips of aluminum foil into the water dish, and sometimes the feeder, in order to get them to start eating.

Holiday Plans By Zach Gross Thanksgiving is coming up, and almost everyone has certain family traditions that they love. Most people get together with their families and have a nice dinner, and maybe watch some football. Thanksgiving break is a wonderful time for students and staff where everyone is able to get a break from their hectic school schedule for a few days. For Thanksgiving, Mr. Ziegler is going to his aunt's house. He says his whole family has been going there for many years to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including: stuffing, green bean casserole, and of course, turkey. Sarah Fulmer says that on thanksgiving, she goes to her grandma's house, where her whole family gathers to eat a big meal and talk. Everyone is anxiously looking forward to November 25, the day that kicks off our five day break. So, whatever traditions or family obligations you have, have a wonderful Thanksgiving from the Jimtown Junction.


Jimtown Junction Issue 6  

The Thanksgiving Issue