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    Political discussion should be embraced by families with conflicting views

    Thanksgiving was opportune for awkward political discussion with relatives. Since many students at East likely spent time with extended family over the break, it is not inconceivable to assume that many students were faced at some point with the decision to brush aside a snide political remark from a relative, or to snap back with their own wisdom. For any students who encountered relatives living outside the “liberal bubble” of Chapel Hill, the likelihood of familial divide regarding politics was probably even greater – notably amongst elderly relatives, as they tend to see things slightly differently than their millennial descendants. In any case, the prospect of these discussions is no…

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    The (tur)key to a great Thanksgiving in Chapel Hill

    By Isaac Rosso Klakovich and Brooke Bauman Celebrated by people across the nation, Thanksgiving is a classic American holiday which unites families through food, football, and traditions passed down through the generations. In recent years, many young people have forgone the authentic Thanksgiving traditions in exchange for their own quirky customs. Thanksgiving is celebrated in varied ways throughout the US, and Chapel Hill is no exception. Families can participate in walks for hunger, volunteer at their local food shelter, cheer their favorite football team on, or attend a parade. Even with all of the activities available to the public, food will always remain the main attraction of Thanksgiving. Many people use…

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    Hanukkah traditions put a new spin on Thanksgiving

    By Emma Brodey Thanksgiving: the quintessential American holiday. Popular culture would have it that we all do the same thing on the last Thursday in November. We sit down with our friends and family, and eat a banquet consisting of exorbitant amounts of turkey and mashed potatoes. But this isn’t the reality for everyone at East. Different cultures and family traditions make Thanksgiving a unique experience for everyone. “For Thanksgiving my family always eats lots and lots of Russian food,” said sophomore Sam Vinogradov. “We have borsch, olyve salad, and pilmeni. … My huge family is always there, and the house is totally full.” Many students like Vinogradov have their…

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    Materialism During the Holidays

    By: Leah Meshnick  Each year before the holidays, as lights and trees are being put up, something else rises up as well: materialism. As the years go by, the holiday season is pushed back further and further until people go from eating turkey and saying what they are thankful for, to rushing to sales, still partially in a food coma. This speedy transition from being thankful to going into a shopping frenzy and trampling others to get the best prices is insane. This year, two people were shot, fighting over a parking space in front of Walmart. In 2008, a Walmart worker was crushed to death in a stampede. That…