What are you thankful for on this holiday season?

Thanksgiving is the holiday where people gather with their friends and families to enjoy a big turkey dinner and reflect on who or what they are thankful for in their lives. The national tradition has been going on since the first celebration in 1621 and has helped gather people from different backgrounds to have a day to be thankful for everything in their lives.

In Cortland, many people are celebrating Thanksgiving in their own special ways as well as thinking about what they are thankful for most. Six people around the city tell us their plans for the holiday and what they are most thankful for.

Raquel Berman is a student at SUNY Cortland studying as a History Adolescent Education major with a minor in Women’s Sexuality Studies. For Thanksgiving break, she plans on going home to see her family in Long Island and eat lots of food while being there with them and her pets. Berman is thankful for having a place to sleep every night, having friends who care for her, and her supportive family. 

Raquel Berman. (Photo provided by Kaitlyn Hession/Cortland Voice).

Dustin Driesbaugh is a Window Cleaner for American Window Cleaning in Port Crane, NY and a new home owner as of August 2019. Driesbaugh is excited for Thanksgiving this year as he will get to have dinner in his new house with his wife and three kids. Dustin is thankful for not only the new house, but for his family and animals, having a steady job, and just life in general. 

Dustin Driesbaugh. (Photo provided by Kaitlyn Hession/Cortland Voice).

Samantha Grzybek is a French Adolescent Education and ESL major at SUNY Cortland. This Thanksgiving, Grzybek is going with her family to the Poconos and then spend the rest of the holiday at home with her cat. She is thankful for her family, friends, and being able to go to college to study something she enjoys.

Samantha Grzybek. (Photo provided by Kaitlyn Hession/Cortland Voice).

Retired couple Betty and Bob Thomas plan on taking it easy during the holiday as they plan on staying at home. The Thomas’s are thankful for their health as well as their family and friends. 

Betty and Bob Thomas. (Photo provided by Kaitlyn Hession/Cortland Voice).

The last person on this list is Scott Thorton, a Bus Driver for SUNY Cortland. For Thanksgiving, Scott plans on having a small get together with his family to celebrate. He would like to thank his family and friends for being there for him.

(Photo provided by Kaitlyn Hession/Cortland Voice).