(Closed) Spinoff: How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

posted 7 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
3063 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

For MY family, we usually stay in our pjs all day. We snack on black and green olives, veggie platters, and chips with cheese sauce all day while dinner is being cooked. We have the traditional turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, corn on the cob kinda dinner. Then watch movies in the living room.

My fiance’s mother’s side everyone brings food and dresses up.

Unsure of my fiance’s father’s side yet. We’re spending Thanksgiving there this year so I will find out!

We have yet to make any traditions of our own.

Post # 4
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re pretty traditional. We’ve always done the turkey, stuffing, veggies, bread, mashed potatoes, salad, pie. Then usually talk about what we’re thankful for. Then either go see a movie or watch sports/play games for the rest of the day.

DH’s family always does Thanksgiving on Saturday (fit peoples schedules for years I guess), but they do mostly the same just slightly different recipes.


Post # 6
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@reginaphalange: pickles? I’ve never heard of people specifically eating pickles on Thanksgiving.

Post # 7
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Thanksgiving this year is just me, my husband, and our daughter, which will be nice and quiet considering we’ve been hosting friends and family the last few years. 

We get up late and watch the Thanskgiving Day parade.  All day, we snack on antipasto, chips/dip, veggies, pumpkin bread, etc… and watch movies and cook.  We’ve officially converted to deep fried turkey, which is super awesome and much faster, so we usually take a walk in the afternoon, before getting the turkey started.  Around 3 or 4 we have dinner withall the fixin’s: turkey, gravy, dressing, mashed poatoes, biscuts, stuffed sweet potatoes, veggies, and cranberry sauce.  Then we sit around and watch more movies/play, and finally eat dessert late at night.

The day after thanksgiving we get up early to go out to breakfast, and then go cut down our Christmas tree.  Then, we spend the whole day picking at leftovers and decorating for Christmas!

Post # 9
641 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Hmmmm, This year will be different since I’m getting married that weekend and my family is only coming in for the wedding (they all spread out all over the country over the last year). We will have dinner, but it will be at a friend’s house.


Ususally, the night before Thanksgiving is a big going out night in both mine and FI’s hometown.  Usually, we will go to a bar in either town to try to get together with some of our high school friends the night before.  

The next day, our days play each other in high school football in one of the longest standing Thanksgiving day games in the state.  We haven’t been the last couple of years, but may go this year depending on which town they are playing the game in (mine!?).

Mom usually cooks in the morning while Dad takes us to the football game.  We eat Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoe casserole, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce for dinner.  Then we are likely to play some texas hold’ em or watch football.  From there, we would generally go over to FI’s parents for dessert.  If they are not doing anything or are away that year, then we would have a couple of friends over to our apartment to hang out and catch up that night.


Post # 11
2408 posts
Buzzing bee

Ours is pretty simple, though it’s more of a Thanksgiving lunch than dinner since my mom usually works that day. I’ll wake up and she’s well on the way to almost finishing the meal (turkey, turkey gravy, this cranberry jelly she makes, Italian bread dressing, green beans, mashed sweet potatoes or regular potatoes or if we’re feeling fancy, both) and we snack on bread and this awesome dill dip she makes and steal some bread crumbs for the dressing she’ll make. We pretty much snack from the moment we wake up/get to the house until lunch. Eat our fill then disperse to different parts of the house to sleep it off. Then it’s on to round 2!

Post # 12
2442 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I grew up having the traditional Thanksgiving turkey and the trimmings.  Then the next day we would all go back to my mom’s for leftovers.  I actually prefer chicken to turkey so the past couple of Thanksgivings we decided to have two chickens instead of one turkey with all the trimmings and will do that from now on if we end up cooking. Preparing Thanksgiving dinner is so much work, I’d really be okay with just having hot dogs or something.  I don’t need to overeat anyway.  

Post # 14
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012 - Catholic Church, Chateau Thomas Winery

Mr. Raccoon’s family drives out to his grandparents’ house and they spend the day visiting and then go out for dinner. That’s crazy talk to me!

For my family, it’s more like what don’t we eat? We buy the pies but everything else is homemade. Any family member or friend that wants to come is invited. Everyone gets up early and helps cook and watch the Macy’s parade. My favorite part is the catching up and joking that happens when we’re all in the kitchen. (Ok. Guilty. I also love digging into the green bean casserole.) It’s cold enough in Indy that we use the cars like extra refrigerator space.

Post # 15
3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Our Thanksgiving is usually a marathon of his sister’s house (where his family congregates) at 2pm and then my sister’s house (where MY family meets) at 6pm.  So yup, that means two turkey dinners… which is fine because we don’t eat too much at the 2pm dinner.  I usually bring oyster stuffing and some kind of dessert to my sister’s.  I’ll make a fancy side for his sister’s house (4-cheese mac and cheese last year), as well as some sort of dip like spinach artichoke or hot crab dip.

The Friday after Thanksgiving, we go out and get our tree, then we have friends over and I cook a ham as we decorate for Christmas.  The ham is because we never have enough leftovers the next day since we’re not cooking the turkeys!

Post # 16
4038 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday (me, Darling Husband, and all of his family). We all go down to his aunt’s cabin on the Chesapeake Bay. The cabin’s up on a cliff, but has an amazing view of the bay from the deck. Aunt Nan puts out a continental breakfast spread…5 or 6 different types of breads and cheeses, half a dozen varieties of jam she brings back from Belgium (where she lives and works most of the year), and tons of fresh fruit and coffee. 

If our nephews are there (DH’s brothers trade off Thanksgiving and Christmas with my SsIL’s families–which happen to be the same family since they’re cousins), most of us walk down to the beach and look for shark teeth. SsIL and I usually get shooed out of the kitchen, but end up sitting on the deck with a bottle of wine. At some point, we’re sent out to gather flowers,leaves, branches and berries to make a “table runner”. 

Food-wise it’s pretty traditional-turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing. Creamed pearl onions, green beans casserole, cranberry sauce (homemade, not from a can), and rolls. She makes some creamed squash dish that she won’t give me the recipe to yet, but which tastes like heaven. She also makes an oyster stuffing, which is mainly fresh oysters, heavy cream, cheese and cubed bread. I don’t personally care for it (because of the oysters), but everyone else loves it. 

For the most part, we’re a pretty agnostic/atheist family, but before dinner everyone joins hands and recites a Moravian Blessing: “Come Lord Jesus our guest to be and bless these gifts bestowed by they. Bless our dear ones everywhere and keep them in their thy loving care.” During dinner everyone shares what they’re most thankful for that year.

After dinner, everyone takes a walk through the cliffs or down the beach. Me and Darling Husband or me and SsIL usually stay behind and take care of cleaning up. Later, Nan brings out a huge box of Belgian chocolate she’s brought back, and there’s pumpkin pie, apple pie and coffee. 

That night, SsIL and I drink more, and the other adults in the family play bridge. 

The day after, we make some turkey sandwiches and go into D.C. to hit up a museum or monument or two, and have a picnic on the mall. 

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