What are your non-traditional Thanksgiving traditions?

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
1888 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@TrinityLeeAnn:  My dad and I share the same birthday that always falls within a few days of Thanksgiving and some years on Thanksgiving so instead of having the traditional pies for dessert we have Thanksgiving/birthday cake.  In addiition instead of the usual turkey dinner many years we’ll go out and having a non-traditional dinner (Italian one year, seafood the next, etc.).

Post # 4
234 posts
Helper bee

If you don’t feel like doing a big meal because it’s just the two of you, consider doing a mini-dinner.

1 – Buy two turkey breasts, two baking potatoes, cranberry sauce, and make a homemade gravy. Veggie of choice and just cook everything up. Maybe even consider doing a thanksgiving inspired taco dinner. You have all the thanksgiving works, but in a taco. It’s pretty delicious.

A day or two before, go out to a bakery you have never been too, and the money you saved saving not getting a turkey, and splurge on getting two little gourmet desserts for thanksgiving day. Try something you never had before.

Maybe buy some spiced apple cider, maybe even some spiked apple cider 😉 

Pack everything up in to a picnic basket/backpack and find a very beautiful scenic spot and enjoy your dinner or even a lunch together for thanksgiving. 

2 – Another idea is to have a week of random grocery shopping, and come the day of, have a thanksgiving dinner cook off between the two of you. Make it a fun competition between you two, on who can make the best dinner. Winner gets a special treat from the loser. The meals and treat can be decided by you two.

3 – ORR, if you just want to stay home. Find a movie you both have wanted to see for a while, or a movie you both genuinely enjoy watching again and again, and just make a simple meal or a meal you don’t have too often but really love. Just snuggle up together infront of the tv and enjoy the meal afterwards.

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

All of my Thanksgiving traditions involve large groups of people (or small groups, but still the traditional turkey dinner).  Here’s something my family (i.e. my parents, FI, and I) do on Christmas Eve that might work.  We do a “feast of appetizers”, but it’s really just finger food that doesn’t require a lot of prep work.  Fancy cheese & crackers, smoked oysters, sliced fruit, olives, salami and proscuitto, flatbread, etc.  It’s easy to throw on a platter and eat in front of the TV 🙂

Post # 6
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We usually have a BBQ! My birthday falls on Thanksgiving (as well as one of my aunt’s) so it’s always BBQ and birthday cake 🙂

Post # 7
4638 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We do a dinner with my family, a dinner with his family, and this year we’re starting our own tradition and doing dinner on Monday at Cafe Boulud at the Four Seasons.

Post # 8
1018 posts
Bumble bee

@TrinityLeeAnn:  Mine is pretty unique. In our small group gathering we have one vegetarian (who eats fish) and one allergic to shellfish. So we usually prepare a couple different kinds of fish and some side dishes!

I know I could still make turkey or whatever but I don’t think it’s any fun to skip out on the main meal and fill up on stuffing and vegetables :-/

Post # 9
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014


Research what other countries do for thanksgiving (I know other countries don’t have that or whatnot but something along those lines) does China have a special family food outing? Russia? Japan? Mexico? It may be fun to experiment with other foods from other places (in hopes you cook everything the way they would..lol) 

this would be great also if you have children so they know about the rest of the world 

i dont do this just thought of it

Post # 10
5482 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@TrinityLeeAnn:  Aww but those things are the best, lol 😉 Especially the black friday part! I’m not sure if this is what you’re looking for, but we started a tradition of watching all the holiday cartoons on Thanksgiving morning. 🙂 We get some coffee and settle in for the seasonal Charlie Brown cartoons, etc., which we have on DVD …

Post # 11
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@renwoman:  +1 !! This is the same for us. My bday is the 24th, my aunt is the 25th, and my mom’s is the 26th. Always have birthday cake for thanksgiving. 🙂

Post # 12
10454 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Go back to the tradition, and put the emphasis on what you’re thankful for.

Post # 13
6959 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@xoxocheri:  OMG I love the idea of Thanksgiving picnic for two! Too bad we have huge families and 4 different Thanksgivings to go to! 🙁

Post # 14
1197 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I run local Thanksgiving races (either here or back at my parents’).  good way to start the day and a way to catch up with local friends!

Post # 15
1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We never eat turkey. We have had prime rib, lamb, home made pizza, fajitas, smoked beef fillets…all kinds of unique things. Its fantastic. 

Post # 16
724 posts
Busy bee

I read on a blog about a couple who would collect all of their spare change from the year and put it into an anonymous gift to someone they appreciated (a family member, the mail carrier, a neighbor, a barista, a janitor, the doggy daycare supervisor, seriously anyone). With the gift would be some kind of note explaining the gesture, but it wasn’t signed and was delivered discretely. I always thought that would be a nice way to spend Thanksgiving morning.

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