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It's November and we all know that Thanksgiving is around the corner. I thought that I would write about how I spend my Thanksgiving in hopes that maybe other girls and some of the interns would also share their stories with everyone as well.

My Thanksgivings have almost been the exact same for as long as I can remember but they are ones that I love to attend. I come from a large family. My Dad has nine brothers and two sisters. My Mom on the other hand just has one brother. Keep in mind that is twelve total not counting the people in my household. Not all of my family lives in El Paso but some do come down for the Thanksgiving holiday on occassion. With my family of twelve aunts and uncles their wives, my cousins, and even some of their kids things can get a little crazy even when only a portion of the family is here. The day starts early in the morning. My Grandma and I wake up to wash the turkey and prepare it to be made. After we've prepared it we stick it in the oven and then it's time for the events of the day to begin. We start off by attending the parade, well some of us attend, I sometimes march. For a few years I've been in the parade whether it be for the cheer team in middle school, the cheer team in high school, or the dance team in college. I've actually enjoyed the past couple of years that I've gotten to sit and watch. My Uncle has a business along the parade route where we go to have tamales and menudo in the morning. Then after a good breakfast we sit outside and watch the parade. Once the parade is over we then come back home where it's back to the kitchen. Ever since I was little I've always wanted to help in the kitchen on Thanksgiving in hopes that I would learn something new. I seem to be doing more and more each year but soon that will translate into my own family traditions. Around three or four o'clock in the afternoon people begin to show up to my house. The aroma of food is definitely in the air as more people begin to show up. Sometimes there are more than twenty people at our house for Thanksgiving dinner. As the time to eat approaches we gather, join hands, and pray. Once a small prayer is said we go back to what we were doing and begin to eat. These are the moments that I enjoy most because my family engages in story telling and informing everyone on the things that have been going on in their lives. I have always been blessed to have a large family and for them to share many stories with me as well as advice. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful regardless if you're a family of two or a family of twenty. It's a time to be thankful for the things that we have in our lives and I must say that this holiday always leaves me thankful for all the events that not only have occurred throught my life, the year, but in that one single day. I have learned many traditions growing up and I know that I will continue to carry them out when I have my own family.

My question is, how do you celebrate Thanksgiving and are there any special traditions that you have within your family?

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