Jones students and staff share what Thanksgiving means to them

It’s finally November, and Jones students are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. For some students, Thanksgiving entails large family gathering, and for others it means a quiet celebration at home. 

Audrey Ringle ‘24 says that her Thanksgiving traditions differ depending on which side of the family she is celebrating with. 

“When I celebrate with my Mom’s side, relatives from everywhere come together for a massive gathering. But this year, that didn’t seem super COVID-19-safe, so I am seeing my dad’s side instead,” said Ringle. “Everyone on my dad’s side are big foodies. They like to cook, and that’s sort of the highlight of Thanksgiving.” 

Class of ‘24 student Aminat Rosenje’s family also considers food a prominent part of their festivities.

“We have a big party with my mom’s side, and in the evening we gather around and carve the turkey. Then we eat. It’s really nice getting to be with my family, and that makes it one of my favorite holidays.”

For Jones Athletic Director, Frank Griseto, Thanksgiving celebrations also focus on the meal.

“I have family members over and we eat the usual fare: turkey, stuffing, potatoes,” said Griseto.

However, some Jones students experience Thanksgiving differently than others. Chloe Miller ‘24 goes to her large family gatherings, where she often witnesses family squabbles.

“There’s always a fight that I love to watch. It could be about how someone’s raising their kids or who gets the cranberry sauce. Sometimes I add commentary. But I don’t think they appreciate that,” Miller said. 

Amisha Anand ‘24 usually doesn’t experience as busy of a Thanksgiving as some of her peers. 

“My relatives don’t come to Chicago often. They say it’s too cold. But we sometimes eat at a restaurant to celebrate,” Anand said. 

Generally, students at Jones view Thanksgiving positively, and are looking forward to the upcoming break to rest, relax, and enjoy with family.

“Even though I don’t celebrate [Thanksgiving], it is nice to get a break in the fall, and a weekend to relax and have no homework,” said Anand.

Griseto believes the merits and values Thanksgiving commemorates are worth celebrating.

“I like the idea of giving back, reflecting on the year and enjoying the day with your family,” Griseto said.

Ringle also loves the values that Thanksgiving is based on.

“It is one of my favorite holidays because it is more focused on appreciation and giving rather than getting material goods. It feels more wholesome that way,” said Ringle.