When I lived with my mom, we never really had the money to put together a real T-day meal, so we usually found an open restaraunt we liked and had lunch or dinner there (chinese, BBQ place, whathaveyou). One year, I splurged and bought one of those pre-cooked turkeys, that was the tastiest one I've ever had. I was working at Boston Market during Thanksgiving another year, so I brought home a bunch of their turkey & stuffing & stuff.
This is my wife & I's 3rd year together, and we're having the festivities at our house this year. She's doing all of the cooking and I'll be contributing absolutely nothing.
"Cocktail hour" a couple hours before the meal. No actual cocktails are consumed (no one in the family is a heavy drinker, and one of us is in AA), but plenty of cheese, crackers, pepperoni, and such is passed around.
Since my birthday is the 25th, and Mrs. Shem's is the 19th, we usually also have a birthday celebration along with the regular holiday festivities.
A viewing of "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" is usually inflicted on the short folk.
(edited by Shem the Penman on 21.11.06 1404) "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?"
My mom's cranberry salad. It's more like a cranberry ambrosia, if you want to be accurate with it, but we always eat it with the meal.
After we all eat as a family, I usually peel off and eat with friends as well (what, I am trying to save some for leftovers at home). That started about 6 years ago for me, as my friends are generally a pack of strays. One year it was with one buddy and his family that had a great grandmother, a grandmother, and his aunt doing all the cooking, one year it was with some friends in their new place breaking the house in, this year it was at another friend's, where we had much alcohol and a Wii to play with. No, I don't pick and choose, but by sheer happenstance I always get invited by a friend for Thanksgiving, so I guess that's a tradition.
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I work at the Hospital and help serve the meals to the patients have to be there. We rent movies for them and try to keep enough activities going if they want. The kitchen staff provides all that have to work with a wonderful spread for ourselves.
Then I go home and meet the wife where she is and say hello to any family members. After a bit we head home for a nap and then a bit more to eat and a movie.
I don't have a lot of family in the area and sometimes switch working Thanksgiving for Christmas so we get at least one together.
The next day I usually start keeping an eye out for eggnog in the markets.
Reading the various replies I just realized.. Dating etiquette is fucked up. Open the door or stand up for the lady is one thing, but having to go online to figure out what flowers or whatever to get her without giving the wrong signal is just crazy.