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So what does your family do on Thanksgiving? I know - EAT!


But beyond that, what are your family traditions?

We are from Houston and every year we would take our six children to the parade in downtown Houston. Stories from those days are now legendary at our house!

We now live in the Midwest (where it's too cold for Thankgiving parades), so we began some new traditions. What are yours?
 

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I do the cooking and everyone comes here. I know it's not original, but we go around the table, each person telling the others what they're thankful for. The favorite thank you is that the family is all together. My prayer is the formal one, and of course, I thank God for many things. So one time one of the little ones was asked to say Grace at another dinner, and she said she was going to do a Jeanie prayer...and for the next several minutes, she thanked God for almost everything under the sun! I think we had a cold dinner that night! :)

We have all of the traditional foods, and the animals always get a treat. This will be the first time in many years that noone will be taking our collie, Beethoven's treat to him. He died this summer. :( But the kitties will have some good giblets! After the dishwasher's loaded we light the candles and have our pumpkin pie by candlelight. Somehow it tastes better that way! :)
 

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After the dishwasher's loaded we light the candles and have our pumpkin pie by candlelight. Somehow it tastes better that way!
Jeanie, that is so cool!


I know a family who's tradition on Thanksgiving night is to always go to the movies.

We have gone to the local park and had a shoe-kicking contest. You know, everyone swings as high as they can then sees who can kick their shoe the furthest. The winner gets the crown until next year (It's a Burger King crown)

 

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We're unoriginal. Just the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, with extra special prayers of thanks. One thing we do, is that often the younger children get a gift they've been especially wanting all year, this is usually done by a member of the family the child does not get to see often. Thanksgiving for us is a kick-off to the holiday season; the gifts are a way for the children have something special to look forward to, along with seeing relatives they don't often see, and give them a little something extra to reflect on being thankful for.

I like seeing family I don't often see. This year, a relative of my deceased mother is flying out to meet the family! She's also bringing her family. She was only recently located and I've never met her. (My aunt has met her, and I have talked to her on the phone though.) I'm very excited about that!
 

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That is so special, Jessica!

Tonkmom, you reminded me of something. While I'm doing the cooking, my son is at the Turkey Bowl, or should I say, "The Mud Bowl?" A gang gets together and plays football, and afterwards, you can't see my son for the mud! It's cold and wet out there....but they think it's fun.
 

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Our Thankgiving Tradition is to not have any traditions at all! =D Sometimes we meet at our family's houses. Sometimes my brothers and I had Thanksgiving with friends while my parents were out of town. I remember one year when my cousins and I went for a walk during Thanksgiving day while our moms cooked... they waited so long to get started - we were starving... and we weren't going to eat for another 2 or 3 hours! So we went to the nearest gas station and got a microwavable borito. :D We never told anyone our little secret!
 

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Both of my brothers and family go to my parents house. (My sister still lives with them.) It's a very typical Thanksgiving. We're from Detroit so we pay extra special attention to the football game. (The Lions play at home on Thanksgiving every year.)

We used to go to my grandma's house and have Thanksgiving with all of the extended family, but the family doesn't really gather like that since Gram passed.
 

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Well, this year will be different because I usually plan the Thanksigiving meal. My mom traditionally does the turkey (free-range organic - mmmmmmmm), and my dad the mashed potatoes and the gravy, but I think up all the appetizers, side dishes, and deserts. But, since I'll be gone the week before Thanksgiving (getting back that Tuesday night), I won't be able to do it this year. So we'll see how things turn out... :roll: :lol:

My aunt, uncle, and cousin come down from Vermont, an my grandfather comes up from Massachusettes. This year, my friend will also be joining us (she's going on the trip with me, and when we get back her family will already be gone for the holiday). There's only 9 of us total, 10 with my friend, so it's not a terribly large affair. We do eat enough food for a small army :lol: But it's soooo good...

After dinner, my younger brother, sister, and cousin dissapear somewhere to play, my mom, uncle and grandfather watch the football game, my aunt and I play cards, and my dad usually floats around, maybe taking a nap or enjoying a book (he's not really a sports guy).

My brother's birthday is always around or on Thanksgiving (27th), so my cousin usually spends the night and we all celebrate the next day.
 

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My wife and I take turns at each others families house for dinner. This year is at my parents house...yeah...My dad makes and roasted chestnut stuffing that has been passed on for 3 generations now. We have all the traditional accompaniments. This is one of my favorite holidays. I love being with the family without the hectic pace that accompanys some of the other holidays.


Jeanie sorry to hear about your collie. I was brought up with collies. They're one of my favorite dogs. Wish I could own one now. I have a huge fenced in yard the dog would love it. But with my wife and I both working it wouldnt be fair.
 

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When I was little, it was a big get-together next door at Grandma's. My mom had six brothers and sisters so you can imagine the gathering with all of them plus the grandchildren. Grandpa would bring home long folding tables from the rec center just so we could all sit down. The best part was playing with the cousins we didn't get to see much. My biggest memory from it all, though, was having to help with the dishes. My mom was the only one that made her two oldest children help with the dishes. Not fun!

The past 5 Thanksgivings have been spent with my bf and his family (he is one of 5 kids). It's become a big deal. We drive down on Wednesday night, eat and watch football on Thanksgiving (with me being the only one rooting for Dallas, of cours), and then he and I usually go to a movie that night. The rest of the weekend is spent visiting friends. It's a lot of fun.

Oh, and he gets to cook the turkey this year! He's really great at it. We actually have turkey a couple of times a year at our house. His mom is letting him take over this year; he's pretty excited.
 

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Rob, I hope someone resurrects your family tradition. What a wonderful day to get together with the whole family! I started when I first got married. I just asked people and they came. My parents had an open invitation. I knew that I had to share them with my broter and sisters. My parents died when I was relatively young, but I had my own children by that time.

Once, I invited my best friend who had seven children, and she was so thrilled. She said noone invites a family with seven children! When you're cooking that much though, it's no problem to add a few more vegetables and another pie or two. I was so happy I invited them when she told me that. :D

Tina, my children had to help load the dishwasher too, and helped with the dishes before we had a dishwasher. I hope you still have your parents. It would make me feel terrible if my children didn't want to come any more. It's nice to take turns with the inlaws, or inlaws to be. I'll bet your parents would be thrilled. :) As a parent, I can tell you that our children are the most important part of our lives until they leave the house, (let's face it...afterwards too!) and it would be crushing if they didn't come here after they got married--when it's not the inlaw's turn, that is!
 

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We don't have too much in the way of tradition except that we pretty much always have it at my parent's house. Both sets of grandparents always come out. Grandma's macaroni and cheese is always in high demand. My brother is now always the one saying the prayer since he's a music minister.
This year will be different since I'm married now. Fortunately my husband's parents also have their Thanksgiving at their house, which is 15 minutes away from my parents. We're looking at two Thanksgiving meals now! I'm not sure what my in-laws do for tradition, but I'm looking forward to being a part of their family also. You never know...they might have some new food for me to stuff myself with... :D
 

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Four of our six have graduated and moved out on their own to conquer the world. The oldest has been married for almost 6 years. (Yes, it was her baby shower you all helped with and I am going to be 'Grammy' in January.)

Anyway, everyone ends up here on holidays still. I suppose after more marry, I will have to share with in-laws, but not yet. :D
 

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We now live in the Midwest (where it's too cold for Thankgiving parades)
Don't say that! I live in Upstate NY and there is always a day-after-Thanksgiving 'Christmas' parade! Talk about cold! Every year something happens - snow, ice, sleet - but the parade goes on anyways! 8O

I know a family who's tradition on Thanksgiving night is to always go to the movies.
I worked at a movie theatre for years... Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days. I used to hate to get stuffed with turkey, then have to go to work! :evil: :evil:
 

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I hope you still have your parents. It would make me feel terrible if my children didn't want to come any more.
Actually, I don't celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. They really don't do much. This year, though, the family (aunts, uncles, cousins) is trying hard to get together the 1st weekend in December. Since my mom passed away this summer, I think they've realized we don't see each other enough.

I never miss Christmas with my family. We don't have the traditions we used to, but I can't imagine not being there. This year, my bf wants me to drive to meet his family for Christmas dinner. My family has moved to mostly celebrating on Christmas Eve, but I'm still not sure I want to leave on Christmas Day since this is the first year without Mom. Of course, it might be easier to get my mind off of it. We'll see...

I don't mean that to sound badly, but for example: My family celebrated last year on Christmas Eve (as far as gifts and hang-out time). On Christmas Day, I cooked a big lunch. Everyone came over about an hour before time to eat and left to drive back home by 3:00. :( I was left to sit home by myself and paint the bathroom for the remainder of Christmas Day.
 

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Mismodliz wrote:
On Christmas Day, I cooked a big lunch. Everyone came over about an hour before time to eat and left to drive back home by 3:00. I was left to sit home by myself and paint the bathroom for the remainder of Christmas Day.
I'm sorry.

Do you think you may want to go to your bf's family for the day after all?
 
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