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Gucci

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I love Thanksgiving.  I run a 5K Turkey trot every Thanksgiving morning then try to put up the outdoor Christmas decorations if the weather is decent.  In the afternoon the whole family goes to my middle brother's house for the rest of the day.  For the last few years he's been frying the turkeys, so a group of us hang out with him in the backyard (we get a fire pit going and have a few drinks.)  After dinner, my SILs and I pursue all of the sales ads from the newpaper trying to get idea for presents.  And of course, football is on the TV all day long.

What does everyone else do for the holiday?



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My hubby and I host both of our families together for one dinner every year. I make a different martini for us every year before dinner time, and it is always a secret leading up to Thanksgiving. After dinner my mom, sis and I look through the flyers too, to decide where we want to shop the next morning.

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We have lunch at my mom and dad's house. Then we will go home take a nap, wake up go to the movies and then shopping at midnight! 

I hope you all  have a Happy Thanksgiving!! 



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I make a different martini for us every year before dinner time, and it is always a secret leading up to Thanksgiving.

I would love an invite. Kthx.

BTW Boots you started this same thread last year! You really do love Thanksgiving.

Same as many of the last decade plus. We'll go to my in-laws and be polite and quiet while we watch them dismember a dead bird (sorry, I know I'm a killjoy, but the massive loss of life for the holiday affects me, particularly since my client just did an undercover investigation in a bunch of Butterball facilities and documented pretty shocking cruelty).

I will spend a day and a half making several different desserts for them that they eat up while wisecracking about our ethics. (Apple pie does not need animal products to be delicious, it's fricking apples, sugar and flour. Apples, sugar and flour are already vegan. Get over it already.) (I will be screaming that last bit in my head.)

Then if it's not too late by the time dessert is over, this year we'll go to a friend's house and catch the end of a vegan "Thanksliving" potluck (because nobody had to die, haha). She and a few of my friends are collecting toys for homeless kids for the holidays, so I bought some goodies for that today. That will be the highlight. Then we will come home and I'll probably clean up dog poop in the kitchen from the dogs being left alone too long while DH lolls on the couch as if he's exerted himself somehow. Then I will drink red wine until my liver weeps from the torture.

 



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We always go to my inlaws in IL. I LOVE it because I LOVE them so, and they are such good fun people. So we'll go tonight and sit around and catch up, then tomorrow my BIL and SIL will come, and this year my niece! My SILs Brother comes too, since their family is in Deleware, and we love him too.

We all eat too much, tease my MIL about how she tortured her sons growing up. Play with the kids, play some wii and by the end of the night my FIL is playing acoustic guitar and sets up a mic and sings, and lets the kids sing. He's really good, and I always enjoy this part the most sitting there thinking how incredibly lucky I am to be there in that momment watching my girls singing and laughing with my FIL.

Then the kids go to bed and me, MIL and SIL drink Baileys by the bottle, and talk about how neurotic our husbands are and how much the sons are growing up to be thier Dad. And it's all in jest because we know what good men they really are and how our normal boring lives are just perfect the way they are.

Friday afternoon my MIL and I will drive in to Geneva,IL and do some shopping, after all the crazy shoppers are back home in bed. We'll talk about how much we loved when we all lived in Geneva. How fast the kids are growing up. How much we love Crate and Barrel LOL.

This year a new tradition will start. My niece was born just after Thanksgiving last year. So Saturday we are having her 1st Birthday. Wich means more family from southern IL will travel to my MILs to celebrate with us.

I really can't wait! And thanks Boots I'm glad I typed this out, because it really turned my mood around from kind of a rough morning. I'm once again grateful and excited for all these upcoming activities!

-- Edited by itsapinkthing on Wednesday 21st of November 2012 12:26:43 PM

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I am reading all of the replies with a bitterswwt feeling, since they remind me of my first Thanksgiving in the US (it was the year 2000), the first time I had to cook the bird (it was intimidating but I made it, and it came out pretty tasty), and the good times I had with my american friends.

Unfortunately we don't have Thanksgiving in Italy, which is a shame, since for me it is a chance to sit and think of all the good things that happened this year - some of which will not return.

I thought about starting a little Thanksgiving tradition here with my husband, and I even bought two small turkey legs to cook tomorrow. I researched some american side dishes on the November issue of Bon Appétit, and decided to make some pie too.
But I hadn't considered that tomorrow, Thanksgiving day, I have to go to the therapist right after work, and won't be home before 8:30 pm (at the earliest). In the meantime, husband has to leave for work at 9:30 pm. So we won't really have all that time to feast - or to cook!

Oh well.
May be this year we'll celebrate on Fri instead (is it too unrespectful?), and hope next year we can have an almost proper Thanksgiving.

Happy and safe Thanksgiving to everybody!

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Suasoria wrote:
greendiamond wrote:
I make a different martini for us every year before dinner time, and it is always a secret leading up to Thanksgiving.

I would love an invite. Kthx.

BTW Boots you started this same thread last year! You really do love Thanksgiving.

Same as many of the last decade plus. We'll go to my in-laws and be polite and quiet while we watch them dismember a dead bird (sorry, I know I'm a killjoy, but the massive loss of life for the holiday affects me, particularly since my client just did an undercover investigation in a bunch of Butterball facilities and documented pretty shocking cruelty).

I will spend a day and a half making several different desserts for them that they eat up while wisecracking about our ethics. (Apple pie does not need animal products to be delicious, it's fricking apples, sugar and flour. Apples, sugar and flour are already vegan. Get over it already.) (I will be screaming that last bit in my head.)

Then if it's not too late by the time dessert is over, this year we'll go to a friend's house and catch the end of a vegan "Thanksliving" potluck (because nobody had to die, haha). She and a few of my friends are collecting toys for homeless kids for the holidays, so I bought some goodies for that today. That will be the highlight. Then we will come home and I'll probably clean up dog poop in the kitchen from the dogs being left alone too long while DH lolls on the couch as if he's exerted himself somehow. Then I will drink red wine until my liver weeps from the torture.

 


 LOL!  As I was typing it out I thought I might have done it last year too.biggrin  I love that it's a holiday that is all about taking a moment to reflect on everything, large and small, that we take for granted every other day.  Plus there's food & booze, so that's always good too.



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ico wrote:

I am reading all of the replies with a bitterswwt feeling, since they remind me of my first Thanksgiving in the US (it was the year 2000), the first time I had to cook the bird (it was intimidating but I made it, and it came out pretty tasty), and the good times I had with my american friends.

Unfortunately we don't have Thanksgiving in Italy, which is a shame, since for me it is a chance to sit and think of all the good things that happened this year - some of which will not return.

I thought about starting a little Thanksgiving tradition here with my husband, and I even bought two small turkey legs to cook tomorrow. I researched some american side dishes on the November issue of Bon Appétit, and decided to make some pie too.
But I hadn't considered that tomorrow, Thanksgiving day, I have to go to the therapist right after work, and won't be home before 8:30 pm (at the earliest). In the meantime, husband has to leave for work at 9:30 pm. So we won't really have all that time to feast - or to cook!

Oh well.
May be this year we'll celebrate on Fri instead (is it too unrespectful?), and hope next year we can have an almost proper Thanksgiving.

Happy and safe Thanksgiving to everybody!


 I have a few friends who celebrate Thanksgiving on multiple days because if family obilgations, so I say have your Thanksgiving whenever you want!  I think it's a sweet thought to start this tradition with your husband. 



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Thanksgiving is a hodge-podge of events that seem to change every year. Between DH and I living in NC, my family living in OH (except for my sis who lives in NC), and my husband's two sets of families (parents are divorced), we rotate between places and faces every year. Lately, though, we've been doing Thanksgiving at DH's dad and stepmom's in Charlotte. It's easy, the food is great, and the people are nice.

I was in Ohio by myself last year, and my mom had Thanksgiving for the extended family at her house for the first time ever. My mom lives in the house that she and my dad had built in the 1970s. My dad died in 2010, and, after, my sis and I had the house renovated and moved my mom back into it (divorced too). She likes it there. It was nice to have an event there. She's doing it again this year, only I'm not there this time.

In the past, we would all go to my grandparents'/grandmother's house (Mom's mom). She's 84 now. And, though she's in good health, preparing and hosting Thanksgiving is a bit much for her.

My sis usually decides to not hang out with us on Thanksgiving if she's in Charlotte even though she lives 5 min away. She works crazy long hours and is usually looking forward to spending the day on her own in the kitchen or volunteering. This year, she's not getting back into town until Thanksgiving anyway (from a business trip), and she'll be sleeping the whole day (taking a red-eye from CA).



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We have no tradition, working on it. After 11 years in  USA, we naturalize next Tue. We have friends here & distant relatives, not close, so this year I feel a little sad, as everyone is with their families & we are at home, just us, me, my husband & the kids. So, the dinner is rather minimal. However, we celebrate yearly, each year is different, with either a different family of friends, a few times on our own, so...same is this year.

I wish all of you to have a great delicious dinner, great company & a lot of warmth!



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None! The two sides of my family always get together and have a great time, but other than that we don't really have any specific traditions. Our holiday traditions are more based around Christmas.

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Yana wrote:

After 11 years in  USA, we naturalize next Tue.


Wow! That's huge!



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Thank you, Suasoria!



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Suasoria wrote:
Yana wrote:

After 11 years in  USA, we naturalize next Tue.


Wow! That's huge!


 Congratulations! 



-- Edited by Boots on Monday 26th of November 2012 12:23:12 PM

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Thanx! Tomorrow:)



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