As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, many Penn State students have started to recall family traditions and favorite movies or TV episodes of the season to air – where and how they can celebrate this year.
Dominic Pozo said he plans to “eat with family and see friends”.
Pozo (undergraduate division) said some of his favorite movies to watch with the family are “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” with Jim Carrey, as well as “The Polar Express” – two holiday classics.
Erica Prushinski is also a fan of “The Grinch” and has said she will start watching Christmas movies during the Thanksgiving holiday until the end of December.
While watching “The Grinch” and other holiday movies, Prushinski (a first-year engineer) said his family sets up their Christmas tree on Black Friday.
“It’s relaxing,” Prushinski said.
Camryn Chaffee also tunes in to holiday favorites, and she said “constant Christmas movies” play while her family decorates the house.
“On the Friday after Thanksgiving, we help [my mom]take our 14 bins of Christmas decorations upstairs, ”said Chaffee.
She said that while they decorated for three days, holiday promotions play in the background.
Some of Chaffee’s favorites include “The Year Without Santa Claus,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Santa Claus Is Comin ‘to Town” – all products of Rankin / Bass Animated Entertainment and her puppet animation, she noted.
By traveling to new places for the Thanksgiving Vacation, William Engel and Molly Gould will keep vacation traditions and favorites alive, even when they are away from home.
Engel (freshman-finance) has said he will be heading to New York for Thanksgiving, but he is still planning to air his favorite holiday movie – “Free Birds”.
“If you’ve never seen it, it’s hilarious,” Engel said.
And, Gould (a first-year criminology and psychology student) said she would be traveling out of the country with her family.
“We go around Iceland and end in Reykjavík, which is the capital – and that’s where we have our Thanksgiving dinner,” Gould said.
Despite the change of scenery, Gould said the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade” will always be one of his favorites.
Katherine Maloney said the televised parade “is still airing for [her family is]cook the turkey.
Plus Emily St. Laurent (senior nurse) agrees, and said that in addition to the parade, she enjoyed watching “all the Charlie Brown movies and football”.
Rayna Seidenfrau (freshman-communications) said she also goes for the Charlie Brown and Snoopy movies – “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” being one of her top picks.
Maloney (second-year chemical engineer) said it was hard to pick favorite movies when it came to seasonal movies, but “the nerdy Hallmark [specials]are so good.
Even when it’s not the time to celebrate the holidays, Maloney said she loves watching her favorites for the season.
“I’m going to watch [holiday movies]whenever.”
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