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Do Tell: What's Your Thanksgiving Tradition?

Do Tell: What's Your Thanksgiving Tradition?

I love the smell of Thanksgiving, and in my opinion, it's the holiday that brings family and friends the closest. Every year, my parents host, our immediate family and close friends come for dinner (we don't eat until 6), and we always keep a few extra chairs handy in case someone drops by. We have the same menu year after year, and while the kitchen is bustling, football is on the background, a fire is burning in the living room, and the phone rings off the hook with Thanksgiving cheers. I love Thanksgiving because I get to see all my friends who have moved away, and it gets me all that more excited for the Christmas season.

Thanks for letting me share my memories with you. Now it's your turn. Ladies, do tell: What's your Thanksgiving Day tradition?


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n_i_k n_i_k 9 years
Working. I haven't had Thanksgiving off work in years!!
mrspiven mrspiven 9 years
my family eats a thanksgiving lunch, then all afternoon we watch football and play card games, and the food stays out all day so you just graze until you go home and pass out. we also have three new babies in my family this year, so there is a lot of ooh-ing over them (and they're all so cute, i love seeing them).
demeter demeter 9 years
Cooking lunch all day long, lazing about, watching movies, setting up Christmas decorations :)
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I was hoping to start a thanksgiving tradition this year with all my friends and second family but since they are all being stupid and unreasonable, I don't see that happening.
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 9 years
bahar - Thanksgiving doesn't really have anything to do with religion, its *supposed* to be about giving thanks for things/people/life in general and sharing thanks with the people you love.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Usually at a normal dinner we don't say grace or anything but on the holidays when we have a big dinner we take turns each time saying grace...
melda melda 9 years
We don't have thanksgiving in my country we are different religion
valleydancer04 valleydancer04 9 years
My family comes to my house. mom complains about having to cook & swears to never cook thanksgiving dinner again. dad keeps saying how we should have just gone to shoneys. someone usually gets mad at someone & we all eat way too much.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
My immediate family & I always have an early dinner together, just the four of us. Then after that, we head out to relatives' or church friends' houses to celebrate with them too. But we always make sure to have family time first! :)
wiciltd wiciltd 9 years
Everyone gets together and throws a huge party about how all the native american women were raped..their villages plundered.. their land stolen.. their people killed.. and not to mention how they were given small pox And how every year we rub it in their faces that we took over and eat like gluttons and pretend we're nice
brdwaystarlett brdwaystarlett 9 years
Wow. A lot of what was said is kind of... depressing. At my house, Thanksgiving is the biggest party of the year. We're all Mayflower descendants so we start with a toast to 1620. Every vegetable in the local region that is in harvest has to be on the table. We begin with a cocktail hour. Then wine and cheese to rest and have conversation. Followed by the first course (tortillini soup), then by the salad, the turkey carving ceremony using a family heirloom carving set, and an hour after the main course, we rest until the table is COVERED in every pie imaginable. We also make it a point not to have anything on tv and just play a good old fashioned Frank Sinatra CD. Depending on who shows up, we may even get a song sung with the piano or two. It's all about welcoming in the new holiday season and paying our respects to our past. Now that I'm living in Europe, I am trying to instate some of these traditions with my own Thanksgiving parties. It's become a beautiful annual event sharing an American holiday with people from all over the world!
wickedk8 wickedk8 9 years
My whole extended family lives in Massachusetts, while my immediate family (for the most part) lives in GA. We have a small family dinner and then the fun start. We have a ton of friends come over for games and dessert and absolute silliness. Sadly that won't be happening this year because of a wedding. It just won't be the same. :(
katlovesclothes katlovesclothes 9 years
At some point my brother-in-law and my dad get into it. Never fails.... I then take my poor, suffering sister to a drive-thru for (escape) a burger and onion rings.
Marci Marci 9 years
Since both my parents are gone, we still haven't regrouped and figured out a new Thanksgiving tradition. We've got Christmas down though, so it could be that is our big get-together from hereonin. This year, my fiance and I are getting together with a group of close friends who aren't traveling and we're going to a favorite restaurant. That'll be a first for me. :)
lemuse20 lemuse20 9 years
Watching my dad or brother try to build a fire and keep it going, haha! Helping with the side dishes while watching the parade then the football game. We eat early around 3, we consider it a lunch and dinner since there is so much food! We usually watch a Christmas movie afterwards. Basically we just cook food, watch TV, and then eat food, and watch more TV... be lazy!
Too_Posh Too_Posh 9 years
I hate Thanksgiving. At Christmas the kids in my family occupy the attention, but Thanksgiving for me is normally avoiding aunts and uncles who are always wondering why I'm not married yet. Its also a family tradition for the unmarried family members to eat at the Kiddie Table, so at 21 I still have the joy of eating with the 2-year olds. I also have the aunt who did modeling when she was my age and she always feels the need to ask me if I really need seconds or if I've gained wait, so when most people are looking forward to eating she's got me feeling like a cow.
sailingstar457 sailingstar457 9 years
even though thanksgiving is a small gathering for me (it's usually just my parents and I), we still have our traditions. My mom and I always watch the Charlie Brown thanksgiving special on TV since it's still so cute after all these years! We also get a bunch of calls from relatives who still live in New England that we don't get to see very much anymore. All in all, it's a great family holiday that also gets me off of the schoolwork for a couple days!!!
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 9 years
RockAndRepublic - agreed I hate holidays...even xmas... especially xmas... I like Halloween a lot...but I guess that doesn't count as a holiday
sarah_bellum sarah_bellum 9 years
Every year after the dinner and all the dishes are done my entire family gathers in the living room to eat pie and watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. It's corny, but that's how we all switch gears and get into the Christmas spirit.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
My dad and step-mom always host Thanksgiving dinner at their house and my dad is busy grilling the turkey and drinking a beer trying to pay attention to whatever football game is on TV. My step-mom, aunts, cousins, grandmas, my godmother and my sisters and I help make the rest of the dinner and set-up for pre-dinner snacks, dinner, and dessert. My sisters and I also try to keep the little ones under wraps and taken care of. After dinner and desserts are cleaned up and put away, we all watch a Christmas movie or play a board game like scrabble or mad gab. I love the holiday season because I love being with my family and eating a ton!
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
Well, I celebrate Thanksgiving and I'm PROUD of it! I thank God everyday for the blessed life he's given me, but on Thanksgiving, I get to do that with my closest friends and family. We eat all day, sit on our porch and look over our land and pond and absorb the beautiful world around us. I can't think of a better reason to celebrate. Well, except for the birth of Jesus at Christmas :gift:
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
My tradition is to not acknowledge it or celebrate it. No reason to.
krEnElk krEnElk 9 years
i spend the holiday with close family friends, drinking tom and jerry's, playing monopoly, watching football and trying to help in the kitchen!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
My father watches the football game and plays with the cat, while my mom glowers at him for not helping. I try to keep the peace. Whee!
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