This Thanksgiving, we thought it’d be fun to share some of the things we look forward to the most. From favorite holiday traditions to food items, each of us has something different to be thankful for.

Grant Wright

Thanksgiving in Canada isn’t nearly what it is in the US, so sadly ‘tradition’ for me is pretty much just eating turkey and hanging with family. Not very interesting I’m afraid! But I can say Brian and I will try not to get underfoot and/or help Julie with the cooking however we can, and I’m very happy Brandon is coming home from school tomorrow night who we miss tons!!

Favorite food for me is turkey for sure, and sweet potatoes with lots of marshmallows on top!

Julie Wright

Warm pumpkin pie with whipped cream is my favorite food item. My favorite tradition is hearing what the kids are grateful for. As little guys, they were grateful for things like food and being allowed to watch their favorite DVDs. As big guys, they’re still grateful for food—that hasn’t changed.

Molly Borchers

I hate turkey so my favorite tradition is to make a non-traditional meal. This year we’re doing an Indian feast with homemade butter chicken, basmati rice, naan and chana masala.

Shae Geary

Every year, I run in the Oceanside Turkey Trot (when I’m in town) and look forward to eating cheese pie. It’s sort of a cross between cheese cake and pineapple upside down cake, but delicious nonetheless.

Chance Shay

As an Irishman, my favorite food item is au gratin potatoes. My gramma always makes them, but she never uses the exact same recipe. Sometimes the recipe turns out fantastic, other times it’s a bit disappointing. What I appreciate about au gratin potatoes is that even when it’s pretty bad, it’s still pretty good. A childhood tradition in my family was riding motorcycles early in the morning before returning home to help finish out cooking the meal. This is my first Thanksgiving with a son and I’m looking forward to creating new traditions with him!

Keely Smith

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite Holiday! It’s the one time during the year that my whole family gets together, needless to say I have a lot of cousins and it’s quite the riot. Traditionally, there’s usually a game of Bocce Ball taking place, endless laughter, and a whole lot of inappropriate jokes being thrown about. My mom is the queen of the green bean casserole, it’s my favorite dish and usually the first to go!

Danielle Cobb

Apple pie and vanilla ice cream is what I look forward to the most. I feel like it’s socially acceptable to eat large amounts of pie around the holidays and not be judged for it #dessertfirst. If I had to pick a real food item, it’d be my mom’s mac n cheese (now that I’m lactose intolerant I’ve let that go). One tradition I look forward to is spending the holiday with my second family in SD. Ever since I moved here, I’ve spent the holidays I don’t go home for at my good friend’s house with her family. I’m on a first name basis with her mom – that’s when you know roots run deep.

Kara DeMent

I don’t have a favorite Thanksgiving dish, I LOVE it all! If I had to choose one though, it would probably be my mom’s homemade potato dish. My favorite tradition is going to the movies after Thanksgiving dinner. The entire family goes and we usually see a Christmas movie.

From the entire WOC team, happy Thanksgiving!

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