Post by emptynestmom on Nov 2, 2017 11:13:22 GMT -5
We live in Nebraska and travel to the St. Louis area to visit my husband's family. We have been taking our granddaughter with us the last few years. Thanksgiving Day is at my b-i-l and my m-i-l cooks...then Friday after is the local Santa Parade followed by a couple hours at the large craft show. I am going to try to be off and get back on Wednesday early to help with the dinner. Usually we don't get there until dinner time on Thanksgiving...
So what do you do and do you have any traditions?
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A day, like any other, pretty much. We may splurge on a fancier cut of meat or buy something available only at this time of year (turkey thighs!!) but that's about it. I don't envy anyone having to fly during that time, especially when weather doesn't cooperate. Safe journey to those of you traveling!
Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'
We find other times of the year to visit with family so it's usually just the four of us. I expect it will be the same this year, but DH and I will be out of town until the day before TG, so I won't have much time to get everything together.
Since I'm the one who gets to make everything, the guys watch football, eat fast, and then resume watching football, I really want to go out for dinner this year. I need to look into places!
It is just DH and me so we don't do anything too special. I usually make a large breakfast and for the main meal since he dislikes turkey, we'll either have a roasted chicken with a couple of traditional sides or I'll do something totally non-Thanksgiving-y. I did just see that the Napa Wine train does a special Thanksgiving event so I might run that by DH.
We've been invited to my sister's in the Seattle area but as much as I'd like to see everyone, I HATE traveling over the holidays so probably won't do that.
Post by erin elizabeth on Nov 7, 2017 10:21:44 GMT -5
Thanksgiving morning my mom and I make pies (she makes the crusts while I mix together the fillings) while we watch the parade. My dad usually makes us a big breakfast. This was going to be a strange year as my cousin's high school band was going to be in Chicago over the holiday so my aunt and uncle would not be able to host, but the trip was canceled so we are back to our usual gathering at their house for dinner in the afternoon. This year, another aunt and uncle and two of my cousins and their partners will join us--normally they celebrate on their own. My hosting uncle's family is there as well, but they always leave as soon as the meal is over.They help clear the dishes, but then they are gone--before dessert! Friday my mom and I go shopping--not too early, but early enough! We meet my dad for dinner out that evening. Saturday or Sunday we go get our Christmas trees as I usually have my holiday gathering the first weekend of December. This year I think I will try to get to some of the craft/artisan/local stores/shows. And I am hosting my supper club on the Monday after the holiday weekend so I will have to be organized the week before.
I love reading about the different ways people celebrate.
We're going to be on the road from mid Nov to early Dec so it will be very different from normal. We are heading south to do some birding at Conowingo Dam in Maryland and around Fort Meyers. We will spend Thanksgiving with friends in Atlanta. No turkey feast planned. She asked me to make my Dad's fish cakes and she will make one or more of her specialties. Both she and her husband went to Kate McDermott's Pie School two years ago, so I'm hoping that they will make pie. The fish cake recipe uses salt cod and fresh cod, but I'll probably do them with all fresh cod because the salt cod needs a few days soaking and we won't get there in time to do that.
This will be only the second time I haven't spent Thanksgiving with my family. Our feast is a collaborative meal. My mom and sister do the turkey, stuffing (in the bird!), and mashed potatoes, and apple pie. Then everyone else brings dishes to fill out the meal It is a fun day with lots of delicious food.
For the last, oh, 8 years? or so The Husband and I have traveled over Thanksgiving week - Edisto Island, SC; Hilton Head; Vegas; Puerto Vallarta; we've bumped around. The last year we were in Michigan in Oct so we did T-day at my Folks place with my Sister and her family.
This year I have no idea what we'll be doing: Sister had a baby four weeks ago, parents have been bouncing between the passing of my paternal Grandpa and the sisters place, and they just got back from hauling their trailer to Tuscon. Plans are still to be determined.