Columbia residents share Thanksgiving traditions, memories

Monday, November 22, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 2:32 p.m. CST, Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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Columbia residents have a variety of traditions and memories about Thanksgiving, but they all agree on what's most important: food, family and friends.

COLUMBIA — As cold weather finally arrives in Columbia and turkeys fly off the grocery store shelves, it is clear Thanksgiving is near. Here, residents share what they're looking forward to and their most memorable turkey days.

Martha Hanson, retiree:

"Thanksgiving to me is family getting together, spending time with each other, and getting closer. The kids, you know, are gobble gobble until you wobble."

Sara Huacl, owner of Carlito’s Mexican Food, who moved from Lima, Peru eight years ago:

"The first two years we didn’t do anything on Thanksgiving. But since everything was closed and no one was around and everyone was busy, we decided to get together with our closest friends and family and do something. We don’t do turkey on Thanksgiving, we do chicken or something else…quesadillas."

Eva Moore, Break Time convenience store employee:

"It's basically just me and my daughters cooking together and learning how to make dressing, that was my mother's specialty. My oldest daughter does potato salad and coleslaw, and my other daughter does the rolls. I like turkey, but only once a year. Turkey makes you lazy."

Kyle McFetters, 10:

"We watch the parade, the dog show, some football. It's always a tradition. Of course we have turkey. Cranberry sauce. Have to have that."

David Bones, Rock Bridge High School assistant principal, who previously taught in Montevideo, Uruguay:

"I taught at an American school (in Uruguay) and a lot of the teachers and faculty, celebrated Thanksgiving so I was invited to three Thanksgiving dinners that afternoon and went to all of them. Then, a Uruguayan friend of mine wanted to help me celebrate…when I got there it was my fourth ginormous Thanksgiving dinner. There was a lot of turkey and stuffing that day."

Matt Burkemper, nursing technician at the University Women’s and Children’s Hospital:

"My family typically goes to my grandmother's, Lola, house in Mexico, Mo. We eat with about 40-50 family members, a pretty big family, yes, and we watch football. That's what we've been doing since I was little."

Kathryn Fishman-Weaver, Rock Bridge High School English teacher, who  previously taught a multi-grade elementary class in Oakland, California:

"I was teaching a really diverse class so we decided to have a Thanksgiving dinner together and we did it potluck style. It was a very multicultural class. We had the best flautas I've ever had next to a chicken dish that I've never had anything like before, with spaghetti and sweet potato pie."

Greg Elbel, Tiger Barber Shop employee:

"Everyone needs to have pizza or barbecue or something better than turkey. No one likes dry turkey. They need to get rid of it. I'm changing traditions."

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