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Bisons reflect on Thanksgiving memories

Thursday, November 28, 2013
by Mark McGee

Compiled by Mark McGee:

Thanksgiving is time for families. It is the gateway to the Christmas season with shopping a high a priority for many, but it is a holiday with no need for gifts except for Grandma’s sweet potatoes or pecan pie or mother’s turkey or ham.

It is a busy time for many of the athletes at Lipscomb University. But several of them took some time to talk with Lipscombsports.com about what the Thanksgiving holiday means to them.


Carter Sanderson, redshirt junior basketball player, Nashville, Tenn.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“Ham. I'm not a fan of turkey at all. I love the fresh country baked ham with sweet potatoes (extra brown sugar) and rolls. I could eat plate after plate with those three items only; complete satisfaction.”

2.      Where do you usually celebrate Thanksgiving?

“We always spend Thanksgiving with Dad’s side of the family. Usually everyone heads to Birmingham to good `Ole Wimp’s’ house because it's a central location and can fit the whole side of the family.

“Sometimes we will host everyone here in Nashville depending on schedules, but for the most part, we always try to go to Alabama and spend it, which we will do so this yearon Wednesday and Thursday. Very excited to see my family. 

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“My favorite memory is simple because the day is simple. The day is all about family. A huge breakfast made with Nana’s famous sausage balls, NFL games all day, relaxation and conversation with the cousins and then after a huge dinner, we head to the yard to build a huge fire. The fire is always the best part because we are just kicked back around the fire catching up, making s'mores and talking about our all-nighter plans to get to Black Friday. The whole day is a memory.”

 

O’Neisha Smith, senior basketball player, Douglasville, Ga.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“Baked macaroni and cheese and honey baked ham.”

 2.     Where do you usually celebrate Thanksgiving? 

“At my house.”

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“We would all get dessert and gather around the television in the living room and watch a    movie!”

 

Savanna Schubert, senior golfer, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“My favorite Thanksgiving food is a strange one. While most other people are gobbling down turkey I love my mom's honey baked ham. She puts a strange combination of Coca Cola, brown sugar and pineapple on top of it. It's literally the best food I've ever had in my life!”

2.      Where do you usually celebrate Thanksgiving?

“I normally go to my house, but my family all lives within 10 miles of my house. I guess it's an East Tennessee thing. My mom’s parents live in the neighborhood beside ours and my aunt is no more than five minutes away.

“We usually have Thanksgiving at my house and Christmas at my grandparents. My cousin Kelly and her husband Chris just moved out to Colorado so hopefully they will come in. My other cousin Kaitlin (who just got married) will have dinner with us and her husband’s parents (who also live within 15 miles of us). My dad is an only child and both of his parents have passed. They used to come over from their home which was also less than 10 miles away. As you can tell from the amount of miles between us we are very close.”

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“My favorite Thanksgiving memory is odd. My aunt Deana was in charge of making the stuffing at Thanksgiving one year. This job is usually done by my grandmother however one year this just wasn't the case.

“Brenda (who is my grandmother) didn't want to make stuffing one year so she put her daughter Deana in charge of this task. But by accident my aunt put one cup of salt instead of sugar into the stuffing and she and my mom made a pact. And in the pact it said that they would never tell my grandmother what happened. So they threw away the bad stuffing with the salt in it extremely fast before my grandmother got to my house and they made mashed potatoes instead. And my grandmother still doesn't know...until she reads this.” 

 

Brianne Welch, junior softball player, Canton,  Ga.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“Deep fried turkey and gravy.”

2.      Where do you usually celebrate Thanksgiving?

“At my granny and papa's house in Ranger, Ga.”

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“My favorite memory is more of a series of memories. Every Thanksgiving morning my dad and I go on a father-daughter deer hunt together. Normally, we hunt by ourselves, so this morning is special because we hunt like it used to be when I was little. Plus it's not as boring.”

 

Ashley Southern, sophomore basketball player, Tuscumbia, Ala.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“My favorite food would have to be my grandma's chocolate cake.”

2.      Where do you usually celebrate Thanksgiving?

“We always celebrate Thanksgiving at my house with all of my family.”

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“I don't really have a favorite Thanksgiving memory. I really just enjoy Thanksgiving every year because I get to spend time with all of my family.”

 

Hunter Brothers, redshirt junior baseball player, Chapel Hill, Tenn.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“Definitely honey baked ham. “

2.      Where do you usually celebrate Thanksgiving?

“We always go to my grandparents’ house. “

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“I killed a big buck Thanksgiving morning four years ago.”

 

Maya Dillard, freshman basketball player, Dillard, Ga.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“I love all food, so I can't choose a favorite.”

2.      Where do you usually celebrate Thanksgiving?

“My family celebrates Thanksgiving at either our house or our cousins' house where I live. All of our extended family comes up to celebrate together.”

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“My favorite memory is every year, before and after we eat, all of my cousins and family play a huge game of football in the backyard.”

 

Sami Khan, junior golfer, Saint Peters, Mo.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“My grandma’s recipe for stuffing! It's the best! And turkey of course.”

2.      Where do you usually spend Thanksgiving?

“At my family's house in Gallatin with my parents, sisters, brother-in -law, and two nephews.”

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“My favorite memory was three years ago. It was my last Thanksgiving in St. Louis with my mom’s extended family and my best friend, and my sister was pregnant with her first child. It was an exciting time for my family, and we all had a great time spending quality time together. Family is so precious, I cherish every minute I get to spend with them.”

 

Tanner Sanders, sophomore softball player, Flintville, Tenn.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“Cranberry sauce and green beans. I'm odd.”

2.      Where do you usually celebrate Thanksgiving?

“My granny's.”

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“My great grandmother. She was such an inspiration to me and she loved Thanksgiving. She always cooked and her dressing was the only dressing I have ever liked. I always think of her and miss her most on Thanksgiving.”

 

Dustin Wilder, senior golfer, Brentwood, Tenn.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“My favorite Thanksgiving food has recently become dressing!  I was reluctant to try it my whole life until a couple of years ago, and now I absolutely love it!”

2.      Where do you usually celebrate Thanksgiving?

“We normally have Thanksgiving lunch at my great aunt's house on Lipscomb Drive in Brentwood.  We typically have around 40 family members come in from all across the country!”

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“My Thanksgiving memory is more of a tradition.  Every year after a big family lunch, we play the board game Trivial Pursuit.  I have never been good at it, but many of my extended family members are really smart, so it is fun to watch them play!”

 

Madi Talbert, sophomore cross country runner, Charlotte, N.C.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“My mom makes the best pie! Her apple pie is my favorite.”

2.      Where do you usually celebrate Thanksgiving?

“We usually spend Thanksgiving with my grandparents and extended family; we rotate every year to different houses!”

3. Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“I have so many great memories from Thanksgiving with my cousins. We're all around the same age so we have fun.”

 

Jess Reece, senior basketball player, Weaverville, N.C.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“My favorite food for Thanksgiving is definitely my mom's sweet potatoes.”

2.      Where do you usually celebrate Thanksgiving?

“I usually go home for Thanksgiving and my siblings and grandparents and everyone comes over to our house and so it's a big family get together!”

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“My favorite Thanksgiving memory is just of me and my mom cooking all day together! It's usually just the two of us who do all the cooking and we spend time together while cooking and making sure we have everything set for Thanksgiving.

“We usually have basketball so I don't get to be home for a long time so it makes the time I do get to be home much more meaningful. Also, we start putting up our Christmas decorations.”

 

Malcolm Smith, junior basketball player, Clarksville, Tenn.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“Sweet potatoes. My grandma cooks them. She doesn’t do too much of the cooking because she is older now. But we make sure she does the sweet potatoes because nobody can make them like she does. I enjoy those thoroughly.”

2.      Where do you usually celebrate Thanksgiving?

“We usually go to my grandparents’ house in Camden in West Tennessee.

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“All of them are a favorite. We have a large family. Everybody comes together. I get to see everybody. That is always fun.”

 

Jewell Dobson, junior volleyball player, Shepherdsville, Ky.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“Pumpkin Pie.”

2.      Where do you usually spend Thanksgiving?

“We usually spend it at my grandma’s house. But this year my aunt just moved into my grandma’s house so we will be spending it there. It is right down the street from my house.”

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“I don’t have a specific memory. It is just getting together every year as a family. I guess two years ago would be my most memorable because it was the last one with my grandma. Our family is so big and so close. We all live on the same street.”

 

Sally Larson, freshman cross country runner, Falls City, Wash.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“Sweet potatoes.”

2.      Where do you usually celebrate Thanksgiving?

“Extended family's houses/ grandparents cabin.”

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“One time after Thanksgiving dinner my cousins and siblings and I ran two miles to a lake nearby in driving rain and wind and 30 degree temps and went out on the dock and jumped in! It was sooo cold. People thought we were crazy.”

 

Scout Monteith, freshman soccer player, Charlotte, N.C.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

“Sweet potatoes.”

2.      Where do you usually spend Thanksgiving?

“Grandmaw’s house.”

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“Going deer hunting every Thanksgiving.”

 

Bri McCombs, sophomore volleyball player, Franklin, Tenn.

1.      Favorite Thanksgiving food:

 “We ate at Cracker Barrel for Thanksgiving last year. I ended up getting fried shrimp and fries.”

2.      Where do you usually celebrate Thanksgiving?

“At our house. Everyone comes over and has a family feast. We tried a new thing with Cracker Barrel. It was fun, but I think we are going to go back to the traditional family get together because we didn’t feel like we got to spend as much time together because we were at a restaurant.”

3.      Favorite Thanksgiving memory:

“Two years ago, before my grandma passed away she made all these pies – cherry pies, chocolate pies, apple pie and peach pie. It was just awesome. We were all impressed with the pies. They really brought us together.”