(Closed) Let's talk Thanksgiving –

posted 6 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Growing up, Thanksgiving was always at my grandfather’s farm.  We’d eat in the formal dining room, and it was always delicious.  Nothing too crazy about the food.  We’d never watch football.  When we were younger, we’d have a fox and hound chase (the kids ripped up newspapers and led trails through the woods; the adults would have to find us/take a nap and have a drink and follow our obvious trail) before we had dessert.  

My grandfather sold the farm in 2002, so that was the last year we had Thanksgiving there…so I protested by not going home for Thanksgiving in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.  I had Thanksgiving with my current fiance’s family in ’03 and ’06, and with my ex boyfriend’s family in 04 and 05.  THAT WAS SO WEIRD…they ate ITALIAN FOOD at Thanksgiving!!!!  Then in 2007 to 2011 I was either home or with fiance.

This year and for evermore I’ll be with fiance’s family…no more Thanksgiving with my parents!  =(  My mom makes this awesome hazelnut stuffing…and it’s just so calm and nice because no one watches football and goes crazy about that.


OH…every Thanksgiving Fox used to have an X-Files marathon. THAT was awesome.

Post # 4
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’ve spent every Thanksgiving with SOs family. They have dinner at a church hall about an hour away from where we live (there are like 50-60 people that come. It’s crazy). It is so much fun. The kids run around and play and his aunt makes the most delicious pumpkin roll.

Post # 6
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Our Thanksgivings have been so haphazard these past few years. Last year we went to my grandma’s nursing home to have Thanksgiving lunch. A couple years ago we went up to FI’s grandma’s lake house, 4 hours away, and did Thanksgiving there. Three years ago we hosted it. This year, we’re going to his grandma’s house 2 hours away. Yeah, it’s been haphazard.

Football was on when I hosted! I had to have the game. I love me some football. But it won’t be played this year, most likely.

Must have white meat, sweet potatoes, a liiiitttle bit of mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and corn casserole on the plate. I’m not a fan of stuffing or cranberry stuff (I know, I know, shun the nonbeliever). I’ll always go back for more sweet potatoes and turkey though. Fiance hates sweet potatoes, so I never make them. Gotta eat them while I’ve got access to them!

The kitty stays at home, because she’s a cat and she’s awesome like that.

ETA: I must have pumpkin pie for dessert. So yum.

Post # 7
1333 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Sadly, Thanksgiving is and will be for some time, a sh*t show.  I have always been driving to and from families homes, all day.  Now, with my SO’s added families intertwined – both from divorced families, it has gotten even worse!  I have gotten too accustomed to eating small portions at too many Thanksgiving Day tables.  And scheduling ‘times’ / time spent with each family is exhausting.

However, I would not change, nor would ever wish away the time spent counting our blessings, sharing in old memories and stories, and drinking wine with the people whom we love and love us most.  Furthermore, being that i LOVE a good Thanksgiving meal(s) – as all of our families eat the same type of fare – of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, corn, cole slaw, gravy, olives (haha, my family LOVES OLIVES), bread/butter – well, I get enough in one day to last a whole year. 

I am just really really drained at the end of this day.  My SO and I have discussed that when we are more settled in our ‘forever’ home, or even when we have a family of our own, we will takeover Thanksgiving for ALL OUR families to join us at our dinner table.  One day…

Post # 8
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

We usually have massive amounts of food! This year there will be 16 or possibly 18 of us meeting at my grandmothers house (which is only 20 minutes from my house but about 45 from my moms house) and we’ll have turkey, cranberry, ham, veggies, sweet potato, mashed potato, stuffing, cornbread, various types of rolls, usually 6 different types of pie, cheese cake, cookies, fancy fruit and cheeses. I know I’m missing a ton of stuff but I could list things all day! We watch the parade in the morning (Macy’s) and then we put a Christmas movie on after dinner but this year we have to eat and run to get in line for Black Friday.


Post # 9
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Darling Husband and I normally celebrate with his parents since Thanksgiving isn’t big in my family but this year it may be different. We just lost my grandmother a few days ago so we’re talking about all flying to Florida and having Thanksgiving together in her condo before we put it on the market. I think that would be really nice.

As for my plate, I’m boring. Just give me turkey (with skin!), mashed potatoes, stuffing, broccoli casserole, gravy and some dinner rolls then apple pie for dessert and I’m set.

Post # 10
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’m Canadian, but I think our Thanksgiving is virtually the same besides the timing.

I usually go along with my DH’s family for Thanksgiving (My family doesn’t really do much for any holiday). We alternate houses, so it’s always at one of 3 different homes. We have a big family. It’s close family, cousins, second cousins, aunts, uncles, wives, children… a lot of people!

During the day we play board games, play with the dogs or just hang around drinking beer haha. If we’re at the farm, we take a hay ride around the property.

We always have Turkey. There has been years in the past according to my Darling Husband where they tried something else and nobody was happy about it lol. We always have stuffing (the real stuff), cranberry sauce (the best when we’re up north near the carnberry farm), some random veggies (like anyone cares about those pffft) and a HUGE pot of mashed potatoes, and there is still never enough! I love stuffing, it’s my fave. I always get seconds and thirds of stuffing.

We usually go around the table and say what we are thankful for (Saying “family” is always a cop out lol).

Post # 11
3770 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

This year will be interesting — my parents have invited FI’s parents (and his bro and sis; my bro’s out of the country tho) over for Thanksgiving!  We will probably bring our pet bunny over to my parents’ house for the weekend like we usually do if we stay overnight.  I know my mom’s dinner will consist of turkey (probably this soy sauce based Chinese-style dipping sauce instead of gravy.. I don’t think she’s ever made gravy!), jello salad, cranberry sauce (both the jello can kind and the cranberry chunks kind) and cornbread.  No Black Friday for us, probably no Blackout Wednesday either, although my friend is flying in from Texas so if we meet up that night, who knows.  It’ll be a 90-ish mile drive for FI’s family, a little less for us to my parents’ house.  

I can’t believe it’s almost here already!!  FI and I have been so busy at work and with wedding planning and all this other good stuff called life, Thanksgiving has really crept up!

Post # 12
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  Well I live in Canada so we had Thanksgiving a few weeks ago lol.

Usually either my SO and I or my mom cooks a bird, and then we go to one of our places. We didn’t do turkey this year… just a roast chicken, but it was yummy. We always have an assortment of seasonal veggies like squash or brussels sprouts (my fav), gravy, etc.

I love the long weekend part of it the best. Ah sleep.

Post # 13
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The last few years, I have hosted Thanksgiving and we usually have anywhere from 20 to over 40 people.

My plat usually has turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes or potatoes au gratin, green beans. A little of everything.  Seconds include anything I didn’t get the first time: carrots, parmesan broccoli, salad, rice, beans.  Dessert is apple pie, 7 layer magic bars, bread pudding, cupcakes, oreo truffle balls. There is no TV… we set up the car port with tables and chairs and nice linens. It’s all buffet style.  And we keep the pets away. 

We also usually have fmil’s fruit drink and some sparkling cider for a toast an prayer.

Post # 14
1249 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Every year for Thanksgiving, we have lunch at my grandparents house (also my parents, since my Mom is a caregiver for my grandma).  Mom will put the turkey in the oven early in the morning, and people (about 25 cousins and aunts) will start to arrive between 9 – 10 to put the final touches on the meal.  Then around 11, we will eat lunch.  We have all the traditional foods – turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, and rolls.  The youngest in the family makes turkey shaped jigglers (Jello at 2x the concentration).  That used to be my sister Beth, but now it’s my baby sister Kim. 

After we eat, we play a few games, work on a Thanksgiving puzzle, and then it’s time for pie.  There is always a pumpkin pie, an apple pie, and a pecan pie.  This year, my sister Beth is doing pies, so she will probably do some untraditional pies, too.  (She is practicing for her wedding next year, which will feature a pie buffet instead of cake). 

We always do lunch, because my aunt Beckie, who passed almost 3 years ago, used to have to work Thanksgiving nights.  So we did lunch so she could take a nap before working.  It works out nicely, because everyone else has dinner with their other families.  Darling Husband and I will head out to his parents house and have Thanksgiving dinner there around 6. 

Post # 15
1358 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Thanksgiving for us always means a walk for the dogs after dinner to digest. It’s always so peaceful around that time because the air is crisp and everyone’s at home, and the roads and neighborhoods are really empty.

Growing up, my mom, brother, and I would always walk my grandfather’s standard poodle when we went to visit for Thanksgiving. My husband and I are having Thanksgiving with his family this year, but I know we’ll be walking our two dogs!

Post # 16
13010 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We go from DC to South Florida, and my plate is loaded with stuffing and cranberry sauce!  Any sort of pie will do for dessert…. nom nom!  Football is always on the TV, but that’s any fall weekend/holiday with my FILs!

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