Katie Wolfendale, CSSH ’23 //
Ah, mid-November. If you had to choose, what would be your favorite thing about this time of year? Maybe it’s the foliage, or that Starbucks is starting to come out with their winter flavors (I’m looking at you, venti peppermint mocha w/ oat milk). For me, though, my favorite part about this time of year is that it’s practically the holiday season! Although this holiday season certainly looks a little bit different than previous years, my roommates and I have been determined to make the most of it nonetheless.
Given everything that’s going on, we’ve had a bit of an unconventional holiday season. One of my roommates is from San Francisco, so when she goes home for Thanksgiving, she is just going to stay there until she comes back for Spring semester in order to travel as little, and as safely, as possible. So, since she’s leaving early, we decided the best, and only, way to truly celebrate the holidays would be to squeeze them all in before she left.
Of course, we had to start off with Thanksgiving. For us, Thanksgiving took place on November 6. We spent the whole day cooking way too much food, and that evening we had our Friendsgiving! We live off-campus, so we were able to run around the house setting up some decorations, and use our kitchen all day. Although you can definitely do this if you live in an on-campus apartment, too!
We started off our evening with some apps. I also strongly encouraged/begged/forced my roommates to do some arts and crafts. Remember those hand-turkey things you used to make in elementary school, where you trace your hand on a piece of paper and it looks kind of like a turkey?
Apps and turkey hands! I promise we colored our turkeys afterward, we’re not totally boring.
Two of our roommates are vegetarian, so this was also my first Thanksgiving without a turkey (not that that’s even a bad thing, comment down below if you are someone who actually likes Thanksgiving turkey). We subbed the turkey out for a cauliflower turkey-esque main dish. Would honestly rate the cauliflower a solid 10/10.
Our cauliflower dish. I mean, even the presentation alone is kinda good.
We also made a ton of sides, because what’s Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes, stuffing, and the works? I was able to use my mom’s stuffing recipe, which definitely made her happy, and we also made truffle mac and cheese which was just *chef’s kiss*
Our stuffing and mac and cheese. Also, absolutely not us eating dinner at 9:37pm.
This past weekend, we celebrated Christmas. This was definitely less of an event, but we listened to our favorite Christmas songs and did Secret Santa with our friends who are in our Covid bubble!
Even though things look a little different this year, the holiday season is truly about being able to spend time with the people who you love! I feel so thankful that I was able to still celebrate with my roommates and our bubble people, and I’m so excited that we were able to get a headstart on the most wonderful time of the year!