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  1. Paige says:

    Ugh. Can’t stand turkey….will never cook a whole one again. Yik….. am slightly ‘kosher’ about pork, but do cook a ham at Christmas for the fam, but don’t eat it :-O Traditions in flux this year. Oldest #1 son is hosting & roasting (the turkey).
    Used to put on a waffles and strawberries and whipped cream brunch on Tday, but we’re all low and no carb now….hahahahha so much for tradition!

    Happy and blessed day friends!

  2. Ixtlan says:

    Well, since its required:
    Turkey, smoked to perfection.

    Personal tradition: All the bad memories always come back this time of year. Hoping to slay the dragons rather than to turn around the 2nd week of January and wishing again that I could have a “do over”. Gotta head into town to fight some tourist over the last drumstick.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Michael…….. and everyone else.

  3. DavidM says:

    ALWAYS turkey! Lots of traditions, with children and grandchildren all around.

    Also, this year, we are putting on a Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday in our church building for wives and children of the crew of one of the nuclear submarines in our area, which is now deployed. Looking forward to helping out. My wife and I are bringing one of the turkeys.

  4. filbertz says:

    big traditional meal with all kinds of side dishes…fun to explore with a safe backdrop of turkey and mashed spuds…and an open door policy–anyone is welcome. Part of the fun each year is meeting someone new who tagged along with a friend or relative. Also, the kids table is populated with adults who have a hard time ‘growing up.’ They are the best seats in the house. 😉

  5. stu says:

    There are some traditions that are too good to discard. Being with family on Thanksgiving is one of them. My wife makes killer turkey. It takes 2 days to make. She brines it for 24 hours and cooks it overnight. She makes the best dressing in the known inhabited world. My mom prefers prime rib. I do too but not on turkey day. Some traditions aren’t that important. We haven’t watched the Macy’s parade in years. We don’t care too much for football anymore, but it is traditional background filler. But I must have my traditional breakfast of clam chowder, whatever is on the tube. It’s usually an old Christmas movie.

    I like to fill our Thanksgiving table with as much cheer as I can be thankful for. We serve Martinelli’s cider, Mrs Fanning’s bread ‘n butter pickles, big black olives, Hungry jack biscuits, buttered yams, the missus’ best mashed taters and gravy… “The mind boggles.”

    When I say the blessing I mention things I’m thankful for over the last year. After dinner we sit around a warm fire and share fond memories of blunders past.

    This year we are blessed with our first grand child.

    We’ll have wonderful leftovers for days!

  6. Ricky Bobby says:

    Thankful for another day with my wife and kids and friends. One day, it’ll be the last and then we’ll see what’s next (if anything).

    Turkey, ham, tri-tip and all sorts of sides. I feel fatter just thinking about it…but that won’t stop me 🙂

    Family traditions: generally football watching and throwing the football around with my kids.

  7. Bob Sweat says:


  8. Bob Sweat says:

    If it were my choice, prime rib.

  9. Michael says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    Trey’s grandma will be making both for all of us, then I’ll be on Phil Naessens show for #freesaeed.
    I wish I had the time to sneak over to fils…

  10. Jim says:

    Turkey AND Ham!

    1st half of the day with my wife’s parents and her side of the family, then 2nd half with my local kids and grandkids.

    My daughter in Georgia is driving up to spend the weekend with my son in NYC.

    Everyone’s covered on one of the best days of the year.

  11. London says:

    Turkey. Ham is for Christmas

    Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday in some ways. Makes me miss those who are missing and I usually just want to sit at the table and cry but pretend that I’m happy instead.

  12. erunner says:

    I much prefer ham but my boss likes turkey so it’s turkey! 🙂 We have a tradition we bounce between Thanksgiving and Christmas where we have all Mexican food which we’re doing on Christmas this year. A tradition each year is I make a sweet potato casserole that everybody loves and as a matter of fact the taters are in the oven right now!

    Football will be on as long as the boss allows it! 🙂 Our kids always come over with the grands and it’s a nice day to relax and enjoy each other”s company.

    This year will be sad as a tradition is our close friends would either host us or we’d host their family for one of the two holidays. Gunilla’s family will be there tomorrow but we will be dropping off some casserole and pull bread that they love.

    This year more than any I am more conscious and thankful for the things and people we have been blessed with. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.

    I think it would be quite awesome to eat with Filbert’s family as I suspect they prepare some awesome food as well as being awesome hosts from reports I’ve read here!

  13. If it were up to me it would be fried eggs on toast… but nothing is ever up to me. 🙂

    No family tradition anymore. My kids all live locally, so when they married and had kids I told them (or at least gave them permission) to do the holidays with the in laws who all live further away and don’t get to see the grand kids as often.

    So we will get together with my wife’s sister and her husband. Now, there is a good Modern Family marathon tomorrow, so that may be the new tradition. 🙂

  14. Michael says:


    Thanksgiving is the day before my depression begins, so I eat and drink to the glory of God.

  15. No real tradition. It changes every year, and I always eat a whole bunch.

    I think it is my favorite holiday now, as it doesn’t offer me the stress of Christmas and Easter, the disenchantment of Independence Day, Or the “Why is this a holiday?” of Halloween.

  16. Dude says:

    Will simply spend the day with my mother and brothers.What kind of food we eat is not important.The love for my family makes turkey or ham a moot point.

  17. j2theperson says:

    Turkey. Sometimes my husband’s parents will make ham for Christmas, but I think most of us prefer turkey. We go and have Thanksgiving at my parents’ with however many siblings of mine are in town on Wednesday. Then we go and have Thanksgiving again on Thursday with Rob’s family. I make cranberry sauce and SCD legal pumpkin pies.

  18. My wife has a lot of this already fixed, because an evil corporation has her working during the day. 😉 But hey, many have no jobs this Thanksgiving so we are thankful.

    During the day while she is working, I plan on eating at my Mom and Dad’s house with my sister and her kids.

    My wife’s planned meal:
    Turkey, dressing with gravy, brussel sprouts, green beans, corn on the cob, deviled eggs, cornbread, cranberry sauce, and sweet potatoes.

    For desserts: Pecan pie and pumpkin pie.

    I feel fatter just writing it! :))

    No real traditions and trying to get everyone together at one time becomes harder every year.

  19. Usually big traditional SOUTHERN Thanksgiving meal.

    This year just a quiet day with my wife. Kids all gone, no friends around and just a day to be together and be happy.

  20. stu says:

    Southern fried turkey? KFT?

  21. Oh, forgot potato salad.

  22. jlo says:

    Turkey and Ham.

    With all the fixins

  23. gomergirl says:

    Not my favorite, but yeah, turkey, multiple sweet potatoes and mashed ones and stuff. When I was little I’d get a lamb chop and a plate of whipped cream. Don’t like Pumpkin pie, but always have Marie Callender’s french apple. When I was in college I worked there and would volunteer to hand out pies cause I was usually alone (my family moved away and it was too far to visit) So the extras or unclaimed pies would come home withe the workers and that is my favorite.
    Like all holidays, its pretty low key just the family and anyone who needs a place.

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