Families prepare for another year of delicious Thanksgiving traditions

Celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday in November, the Thanksgiving holiday is often a time for food, fellowship, and most importantly, family.

It’s the beginning of the week, a day before Thanksgiving, and many families, especially black ones, are already preparing for dinner.

Turkeys, hams, cranberry sauce, stuffings, macaroni and cheese toppings, and every kind of cake and pastry you can think of, among other things, are scattered on kitchen counters and tables everywhere. Although the aroma of fully cooked food is not yet present, you can feel that it is on its way.

The fiesta, held annually on the fourth Thursday of November, is usually a time for food, fellowship, and most importantly, family.

Thanksgiving Traditions with Black Families

Thanksgiving is almost here, and Black families across America are getting ready to come together for lots of fun—and even more food. (Photo: Adobe Stock)

“My favorite tradition is cooking Thanksgiving dinner with my mom,” said Ashley Hollins, Ph.D. candidate at Jackson State University. “From my [maternal] grandmother passed away in 2015, the way we celebrate Thanksgiving had to change.”

Hollins said that after her grandmother died, her mother, Jacqueline, began to take responsibility for the cooking, of course, with her help. Like many other families, they start cooking the Monday before Thanksgiving, and she does the main course.

“I didn’t even know my mom could cook dressings until my grandma passed away, funny enough,” she said. “But we have been able to take what my grandmother taught us and adapt it into our own recipes by tradition. In recent years, I’ve become more of a cook in the family, so I’m always in charge of the mac and cheese, and I’ve come up with the perfect recipe.”

With his family, Hollins said, he also likes to sing, play silly games and watch football at home. His family “sings” whenever they get together, he noted, saying a Baptist song always fits.

The Reverend Dr. Danny Hollins, her father, echoed those sentiments, making it clear that there’s one controversial dish she can’t do without.

“[I enjoy] just being with family,” he said. “The traditional dressing, some turkey, and the regular garnishes. Chitterlings. Ball games, particularly those [Dallas] Cowboy game and Christmas gathering place discussion.

And while it’s still nice to take a day off work and spend as much time as you want with the family, as long as they’re not journalists or, say, frontline medical workers, not everyone will want to carry on the same traditions.

“The only thing traditional in my family is what we eat,” said Keyasha Pace of Waynesboro, Mississippi. “We literally never eat at a decent hour. The same people always do the work, cook and clean. I honestly don’t want to continue with any of those [with my own family] because it is more than exhausted ”.

Thanksgiving isn’t all that different for the Burks family, who gather for exactly that purpose every Sunday after church, except there’s more to feast on.

“I just enjoy the fellowship,” said one member, Samone Morgan. “We’re together every Sunday anyway, so it’s pretty much the usual good time, but we get to enjoy a lot more food.”

Thanksgiving will be a little different for Texas resident Kelani Young this year because her grandmother passed away over the summer. She won’t be spending time with her family like she usually does; instead, she will be with her childhood best friend and some important business associates. Even so, she will never lose the memories of her usual rituals.

“We don’t eat breakfast on Thanksgiving; I have to starve myself until the food is ready,” Young said jokingly. “The preparation starts a night or two before. Old school R&B and blues can be heard only during prep and on prep day. Eating [is done] while I watch football.

Young said it’s always a good time and that he plans to continue the same culinary traditions with his little family one day.

For Texas teacher Destiny Johnson, it’s hard being away from family while raising her son, Tyson, in a state six hours away. But despite everything, she will never miss the opportunity to get home for the holidays.

“I love being with all the people my age that I grew up with,” she said. “We eat at 12 [noon] sharp. Dressing, all the sides, all the desserts. I will always be home by Thanksgiving. I want Tyson to enjoy being with his family over the holidays for sure.”

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