Giving thanks, but no Thanksgiving

Photo contributed by Annabelle Lyme 16.

Photo contributed by Annabelle Lyme ’16.

Alix Sommers, Assistant Business Manager

The warm aroma of a juicy turkey, baked pies and mashed potatoes fills the kitchen as family members carrying additional homemade goodies walk inside greeting each other with hugs.

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated in the United States during the third Thursday in November. It’s a day to gather and share delicious, once-a-year food with the people you love most.

However, for Annabelle Lyme ’16 who is from Australia, it’s just a normal day. “We do not celebrate Thanksgiving as much as Americans do; we just have a normal dinner say thanks and then a tradition is to watch a movie,” Lyme said.

Since the United States is commonly referred to as a melting pot, consisting of people from different countries and ethnicities, Lyme isn’t alone. According to, 13 percent of people don’t plan to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Since Lyme doesn’t have anywhere to travel, she spends the majority of the time off from school relaxing and catching up on sleep. “It’s mostly a day of rest,” Lyme said.

Lyme has lived in the United States for six years now and has continued this same tradition since her family left Australia.

“I actually really look forward to Thanksgiving even though my family doesn’t do much. It’s a nice break before heading into midterms and finishing first semester,” Lyme said.