One of my favorite Thanksgivings

One of my favorite Thanksgivings


One of my favorite Thanksgivings was in 2016. I was living in Edgewater, Maryland at the time and I was a junior in high school. When I was living in Guam, although we still celebrated Thanksgiving, the environment around us lacked the fall weather and surroundings I grew up associating Thanksgiving with. On Guam, 200 miles from the equator, there was no changing leaves or crisp fall air. It was also impossible to grow a pumpkin, so we had those shipped in!

Before the holiday, my father received orders to Hawaii, an assignment we were all looking forward to, and we were set to move in December, right after Christmas. My family and I knew that this would be the last time we would experience Thanksgiving in this traditional fall atmosphere for a while, so we tried to make it as big as possible.

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My entire extended family was invited to the house, a number totaling somewhere in the thirties. There were two rather large turkeys prepared due to a competition between my uncle and grandpa on who could make it better. Although my uncle won that particular challenge, my grandfather will always dominate when it comes to sweet potatoes. There were rolls, four different kinds of potatoes, stuffing, green beans, mac and cheese, and that was just dinner. My sister and I, who were on dessert duty, made four different kinds of pie, even including mincemeat, even though no one eats it except my mom and grandpa. We also made cookies, brownies, cupcakes, cake pops, etc. Even though everyone took home some, we still had leftovers lasting us until Christmas.

Surrounded by my loud, fun, and huge family on this holiday, I thought I would feel sad knowing that we were leaving soon and I most likely would not be able to do this the next year. However, I realized that just because it was not going to happen the next year, did not mean it was never going to happen again, and how fortunate I was to have such a close-knit extended family who put so much effort in making a holiday special for us. And I was right because, for Thanksgiving in 2018, we are all gathering again!

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10 Things To Do If You Are In The D.C. Area This Holiday Season

There's nothing like Christmas in the Nation's Capital.


Looking for something fun to do during the holidays? Well, if you're in the D.C. area this holiday season, here are 10 fun things to do to get in the Christmas spirit!

Go see the National Christmas Tree.

The National Christmas Tree

A beloved tradition, the National Christmas Tree in Washington gathers spectators from all across the nation, and is truly a marvelous sight.

Visit the National Zoo at night to see the festive event, ZooLights.

The ZooLights

After many of the animals have gone to sleep, the zoo comes to life for the holiday season, with light displays sure to evoke that true spirit of Christmas.

Attend a Capitals game.

A Capitals Game

After last season's win of the Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals have contagious energy that brings spirit to both the season and the game.

Go to a performance of The Nutcracker at the Warner Theater.

The Nutcracker

Witness Clara's journey with an American twist, as George Washington takes the role of the famous Nutcracker.

See the holiday display at the Botanical Gardens.

The Botanical Gardens

Enjoy festive floral displays, filled with poinsettias galore!

Visit the National Harbor to see the Gaylord’s ICE exhibit.

ICE at The Gaylord

Sculptures of ice make art a part of the holiday season at the Gaylord in the National Harbor. This year's focus on Rudolph is sure to excite all onlookers!

Stroll through the Downtown Holiday Market.

The Holiday Market

Open noon to eight daily from November 23rd to December 23rd, the Holiday Market, which is located on F Street between 7th and 9th and across from the National Portrait Gallery, has tons of gifts made by local artisans and small business owners.

Go ice skating at The National Gallery of Art.

Ice Skating at the National Gallery

Located in the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden, the ice skating rink makes for some good holiday fun in downtown D.C.

Walk through the D.C. City Center.

D.C. City Center

The City Center, which is home to many shops and restaurants as well as decorations that change every season, is a great place to experience some holiday lights and snag some great holiday photo opportunities.

See the holiday train display at Union Station.

Union Station Train Display

The wreathes and train displays in Union Station bring travelers and spectators alike Christmas cheer, with beautiful flowers and Christmas trees littering the station!

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