Thanksgiving has long been a part of American culture and was first celebrated in 1621 in the United States, according to the History Channel.

“I love being with family and working together to make the meal,” said Bre Palmer, a senior studying special education K-12.

Palmer said she loves the chaos and laughter of everyone in her family cooking together and rushing around trying to time everything perfectly.

“I love all the different dishes that are brought to the dinner table,” said Troy Norton, a senior studying history. “Everyone has their own specialty that they make, and it all accumulates into a fabulous meal everyone can enjoy together.”

Eileen Wuthrich, a junior studying elementary education, said her family owns an orchard and grows a lot of their own food, and Thanksgiving is harvest time for her family.

“It’s a lot of hard work, but it brings our family together, and the reason this holiday started was to celebrate working together and coming together to be grateful for this things we have,” Wuthrich said.

Thanksgiving has traditionally been celebrated as a way to give thanks to God for a good harvest and for families to be united, according to the History Channel.

Thanksgiving does not have to be the traditional turkey dinner with family. For college students, Thanksgiving can be among friends, according to the article, “College Student Thanksgiving Guide” on the About website.

“If you focus everything on a Pinterest-perfect Thanksgiving instead of the people you are with, you are defeating the purpose of the celebration,” Wuthrich said.

Students can volunteer to help others in food drives, dinners for the homeless and perform other acts of service to celebrate the holiday, according to the article.

There will be a Thanksgiving Pie Social for students on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m., according to the BYU-Idaho Activities page.

“Go spend time with the people you love, and be grateful for the blessings God has given you, and take time to serve others this Thanksgiving,” Palmer said.