Holiday traditions


Melody Hu

During the holiday season, students each have their own unique ways of celebrating. Different backgrounds, cultures and religions can create traditions for groups of people. 


Allison Lanners

Every year, senior Allison Lanners celebrates Thanksgiving with her family by enjoying Persian food with traditional American Thanksgiving food. The family makes turkey, mashed potatoes and pie but also Persian dishes like lubia polo (a Persian green bean rice), ghormeh sabzi (Iranian herb stew) and fesenjoon (Iranian chicken stew). Additionally, their Thanksgiving feast always includes friends and neighbors.


Gray/Pendleton Advisory

Every Halloween, the Gray-Pendleton advisory buys mini pumpkins to paint. Advisees paint their own unique pumpkins to display in the advisory. Previous pumpkins’ designs have included ghosts, flowers and even Harry Styles. Additionally, the advisory always has large bowls of Halloween candy around throughout October.


Aurora Dunn

For the holidays, senior Aurora Dunn’s family has a tradition called The Pickle Present. Each year, the parents hide a real pickle around the house, and the children are responsible for looking for the pickle. Whoever finds the pickle gets a fun treat or present, so the children always get competitive.


Ava Stern

Every year senior Ava Stern celebrates Rosh Hashanah with her family. Rosh Hashanah is the marker of the Jewish new year, and to celebrate, her whole family gets together and eats apples and honey to symbolize a sweet new year. Another tradition they have is blowing the Shofar, a ram’s horn, over 100 times in a very specific pattern.