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DH and I dont live close to our families since we moved to a new military post. This year DH is adopting a tradition of mine that I used to do when I was in service.
There are hundreds of soldiers who live in barracks who would otherwise spend thanksgiving eating in the dining hall because they couldnt afford to go home and visit their families. When soldiers in my unit who had no place to go, I would invite as many as I could hold and let them have dinner at my home.
Now DH has decided that this year he will invite 5 soldiers who dont have the money to visit their family to our home for thanksgiving. We think its a wonderful idea. Its our way of giving back to the people in my husbands unit and to make their holidays less lonely.
What is everyone else doing for thanksgiving?
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Aww I love that!! My stepfather retired from the Army and every year he orders 50 turkeys and sends them to soldiers that are deployed. I love the idea of bringing local soldiers into your home though!
This year my DH and I are going to my stepsister’s house for dinner. Usually we go to his or my parents’ house so this is a first. She is having 20 people over and has never, ever held Thanksgiving. Not even for just her, her husband and her son (they normally go to my parents’ house or some other family member’s). She has never even cooked a Turkey and as much as I hate to say this… she’s never been that great of a cook in general. It should be interesting 😛
Post # 4
@adoc86: That sounds fun..just tell her to follow the directions on the turkey lol!!!! You might also want to bring a back up turkey in case something happens to that one!!!
Post # 5
@TexasSpringBride: that sounds like a wonderful idea!
We are taking our (delayed) honeymoon to Turks and Caicos! I’m a bit sad because it’s the first time I won’t see my family for Thanksgiving but I’m also very excited!!
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@MrsBeck: that sounds lovely!! Sad yes but all those beautiful beaches and alone time with your DH sounds like a nice way to spend the holiday!!!
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@TexasSpringBride: The sad thing is my mom is making an entire Thanksgiving dinner the night before so that if my stepsister’s sucks her and my stepdad (and whoever else wants some) will still have good leftovers. Hahaha. We’re prepared 😉
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We are going to my parent’s house to watch the parade in front of the woodstove and eat tons of food 🙂
Post # 9
@TexasSpringBride: What an absolutely wonderful idea. God bless you 🙂
We spend it with my family typically because we don’t have to travel as far (his mom still spends holidays with her mom and dad who live 3 1/2 hours away). We have all the traditional food (ham, turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberries, etc) and play gamers all afternoon.
Post # 10
@TexasSpringBride: That is a wonderful idea!!
We will be going to my husband’s father’s home for dinner. They have a large group of people over for dinner every year and his stepmother is a great cook. I still miss spending it with my family though, but we do Christmas with them.
Post # 11
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@TexasSpringBride: That is so kind! Very in tune with the holiday:)
My grandma died a couple of months ago, and we would always spend a really chilled out thanksgiving dinner/ day at her house. I know my mom will be a wreck missing her over the holidays, so for Thanksgiving weekend we are going to VEGAS! We even have tickets to see Justin Timberlake! I think that should perk her right up.
Post # 12
You guys ROCK! That is so awesome! Thanksgiving is such a family holiday & to give that sense of family & good food is awesome!
i don’t have any family near me, but my FIL live an hour away in the next state. We’ve started a tradition of going away a few weeks before the holiday. So I usually cook for our favea on the actual day. he almost always has to work so we’ll eat, he heads to work & I had to volunteer at a shelter or church.
Post # 13
OP, I love that idea…it truly makes the best out of everyone’s circumstances. 🙂
Most likely, I will spend Thanksgiving with my aunt, parents, siblings, their SOs, and my niece. I’m secretly dreading it – I don’t feel at home with my family because I’m so different than them. If I could, I’d spend Thanksgiving with DBF, but that wouldn’t fly, especially since his European family barely observes Thanksgiving. I’ll survive, and at least I’m close to one of my brothers.
Post # 14
we’re doing the same thing as usual-
my parents “host” thanksgiving dinner. my grandfather and aunt on mom’s side come for the day. so there’s a total of 7 people. i know, it’s not a lot.
then the day after, we drive up and spend the weekend with my father’s side (grandfather + wife, aunts, uncle, cousins). do thanksgiving dinner again, and hang out. there’s usually a bonfire one night, and we bake things. it’s boring as anything, but i get to see my cousins. and that’s what i care about.
Post # 15
We’re going to my inlaws. I really miss going home for Thanksgiving :-/
Post # 16
@TexasSpringBride: That’s wonderful!! SO and I will be cooking Thanksgiving dinner for my newly divorced mom (it’s a good thing!) and little brother 🙂