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Do Tell: What Are Your Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions?

Thanksgiving is almost here, and it might just be my favorite holiday. Every year my family gets together for a big party at my aunt's house. I always look forward to the classic food like turkey and mashed potatoes, but I also love the dishes specific to my family, like my mom's spicy jalapeno cranberry sauce or the creamed onions made according to my grandma's recipe. After dinner, we all head to the living room hoping to beat our food comas with a spirited game of charades.

These are the traditions that I will be looking forward to all week. What Thanksgiving traditions do you enjoy?

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nancita nancita 7 years
Our friend-centric Thanksgiving always includes a mustache-growing competition for the guys, as well as honors for best eating effort and best-all around guest.
meglivie meglivie 7 years
My favorite tradition is shucking oysters on the back deck. Family and friends all gather around the table where I shuck and they all tell stories and laugh together as they eat oysters as soon as I can get them onto a plate. Raw oysters are definitely a great compliment to Thanksgiving dinner, and everyone has a great time eating them and watching them get shucked.
jestergirl jestergirl 7 years
The gathering of my family (or at least the kids) around the tv with our beers watching the football games and watching the parade with my parents in the morning.
K-is-for K-is-for 7 years
2 things: Going to my mom's and watching the Macy's parade and later gorging myself with the mother-in-law's stuffing. mmm
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I have a ton of food traditions that I love, like most people do with Thanksgiving, but my favorite non-food tradition is watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on tv, even though it's become a little overly commercial. On the day before Thanksgiving, my mom and I have started to make a tradition out of going to West Side Market in Cleveland to get some great food for the meal the next day. On the day after, we've always shopped. Even though we don't buy that much, it's always fun.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Seeing certain family members.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
I love the James Bond marathon on Spike :) but typically football is on somewhere
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 7 years
Ah yes. The nap! That's a great tradition.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is when all the cousins get together and watch The Princess Bride and L.A. Story, usually in the early afternoon while the food is being prepared.
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