Thanksgiving…celebrating on Friday

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

You can still cook a nice dinner on Thanksgiving if it makes you feel better.  We’re going to a theme park for Thanksgiving because we’re too exhausted from the wedding to drive to or host Thanksgiving dinner.  But since my husband loves turkey I am making a turkey on Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving for us to eat while putitng up the Christmas tree and decorations.

Post # 4
10454 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Here, I think it’s almost a 50/50 split whether people celebrate it on Sunday or Monday.  It’s easier to have the big meal on Sunday when people are travelling back home Monday evening.  When DH and I lived with our parents, my mom would try to do the opposite day of DH’s family and BIL’s family.

Post # 5
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Oh, absolutely.  When my dad was a paramedic, he’d sign up to work on Thanksgiving to a) get holiday pay and b) give the other paramedics with less flexible families a break.  It’s just the four of us when we celebrate a holiday with my family, and we never minded the switch.  Actually, we really appreciated that the grocery store was open on our “Thanksgiving” in case we needed a last-minute ingredient!  On Thursday we’d just cook whatever we wanted and rent a movie.

Post # 6
48 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

The holidays are a crazy time and it’s so hard to get everyone on the same schedule. The last 3 years, DH and I have Thanksgiving with my family and on Friday we go to his family. It has worked perfect. We still do the traditional foods at both. I actually like it much better. I love the holidays and this allows us to spend quality time with both families and relax instead of having to rush from one to the other or being to full to enjoy both sets of food. Also, his family knows to take off that Friday, so everyone can still come. It doesn’t feel any different. Great family, great food, just a different day. Enjoy and relax!!! It’s still Thanksgiving to us!!

Post # 7
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsD41503:  We have had Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day etc on other days over the years because of scheduling at work.

There are millions of shift workers who have to do the same.

Post # 8
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MrsD41503:  We have done it in the past because my brother was in the military and couln’t come home for the actual holiday. We still did all the traditional fixings and foods, so it was just like having the actual holiday. The year that happened he was home after Thanksgiving so we ended up just eating a regular dinner on Thanksgiving. It was fine, lol.

Post # 9
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I do Thanksgiving on a different day every other year.  I am divorced and my ex and I split holidays.  I do want to celebrate Thanksgiving with my kids so in the years that I don’t have them on the actual day, we do Thanksgiving the weekend before.   

Now that I am re-married and my DH has family in the area, we will be doing Thanksgiving the weekend before with my kids and the actual day of we will be with his parents.  I’m actually not looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving on the actual day as it will be hard that my kids aren’t there. 

But yes…even if we do it a different day, it still feels like a holiday to me!

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