Thanksgiving Plans & Traditions

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Thanksgiving Plans & Traditions
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Fri, 11-14-2008 - 2:49pm

What are everyone's plans for Thanksgiving this year? Will you be going away, or staying home? Is Thanksgiving a big holiday for your family? Do you have any traditions you'd like to share?

We are eating with my ILs, and each year we kind of vote on who's going to host. . . Well, this year Michael and I got picked/volunteered, LOL! I'm a bit nervous. I'm not great at hosting, and my ILs---with all their kids and spouses---total 18 people!! And that's not including our immediate family, which is another 6. Fortunately, I think my DH will do most of the cooking (And trust me, that's a good thing!). It's still a bit nerve-wracking, but I love my ILs, and look forward to spending the day with them.

The one tradition we have (which comes from my DH's family as well) is to bring a little symbol to the table of what you're thankful for in the past year, and state what it is and why you're thankful. So we'll be doing that. Other than that, the tradition is just to eat, eat, eat, and though we have turkey and all the fixings, my ILs are Italian-American and bring tons of good pasta dishes and pastries. Yum!!




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Fri, 11-14-2008 - 3:33pm

We usually alternate who's side of the family we eat with for Thanksgiving.

 


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Fri, 11-14-2008 - 4:31pm

Hopefully we will be staying home and I will be cooking the turkey.While I love dh's dad and his wife.large family gatherins can get rather stressful if dh's sisiter is in on of her rooms.Plus I can not stand to have dh's sisiter and his dad look at Gabby's plate and comment becasue pretty much the only thing whe will eat is turkey and bread and the turkey can not have any gravy on it.Then I have to hear what a great mom dh's sisiter is because she does not have picky eaters and they put everything on their plate.Just worry about what is on you palte and enjoy each others company.


Anyway sorry for the rant.I really wnat to have dinner here so dh's mom has someplace to go.My mom is going to her sisiters house and even if she was not and we ate at FIl house,my mom would be welcome,but then MIL is all alone.DH kind of likes eating at home too,so we probably will.We can vist FIL and his wife in the Am.Then when we get home I'll pop the turkey in the oven.I can make stuffing and mashed pot too.Not a huge feast like you are having Sofia,but it is ediable.I really envy big ethnic famlies who can cook all kinds of cool food.I am pretty much meat and pot.Although Rache Ray always has some cool recipies,but Gab is happy with meat and pot.

 

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Fri, 11-14-2008 - 8:58pm

I like the "tradition" custom alot,Sofia.

 

 

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Fri, 11-14-2008 - 10:57pm

We'll be eating at your house, Sofia! :o)

We'll be bringing lots of that good Italian pasta, and some good wine, too. And ofcourse a list of what things we're thankful for. I can hardly wait. And you're always a wonderful hostess.

We will probably also go visit my mother's grave site that night because it seems to have become a tradition for Thanksgiving for us.

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Sat, 11-15-2008 - 1:56am

Hey, Sofie, good question.

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Mon, 11-17-2008 - 10:18pm

DH and I just finalized our menu!

 

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Tue, 11-18-2008 - 10:01am

After Julia was born, we decided we should have one holiday that we spend at home, and picked Thanksgiving. I visited my mom last week, and she mentioned how we never had any Thanksgiving traditions growing up, other than the food. That's about it for us too, so I'm looking to establish some traditions. We usually go for a hike, unless it is really cold. We also talk about what we're thankful for, but it never seems thoughtful. Sofia, I like the idea of bringing something that represents what we're thankful for. That might help.


I asked the kids what tradition they would like to start and they said bowling!


The menu: turkey (I think I'll brine it this year), stuffing, mashed potatoes if Peter makes them (I think we have starch overkill, so I skip this), sweet potatoes sticks with feta, cranberries, green bean casserole, rolls, punch, wine and pumpkin pie. Most years, I take one dish and change it, but I'm not sure about this year. Oh -- I forgot -- I decided to let the kids have input into the menu (another weak attempt at a tradition) and they've added salami and Cheez-Its!


The meal is a lot of work even with just the 6 of us, but we don't have to travel or clean the house, so it is a pretty relaxing day.


This year, Eddie is singing in the youth choir at an ecumenical service. It's the first time our parish has done that, and I hope that becomes a tradition.


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Tue, 11-18-2008 - 10:18am

7-Up salad! Does that come from the Dakota-based part of the family? That was a staple growing up. Every holiday had at least two jello salads, and this was one of them. When I moved to Maryland, my East Coast friends thought it was funny that I considered Jello a salad and not a dessert. They insisted that it was a Midwestern thing.


One of them gave me a Susan Werner tape when I moved back, with the song "Midwestern Saturday Night" on it, because it mentions Jello. The Midwesterners on the board might get a kick out of the lyrics:


Thanks for the concert, it was quite enlightening
Although Mahler does tend to make me wanna do myself in
And now we'll top off the night with some cognac and coffee
And we'll talk about all the places we've been

I'm impressed by your French, I'm impressed by your English
I'm impressed that I'll risk what I've got on my mind
I would trade all this in and this Burberry jacket
For a date of a different kind

'Cos I wanna knit you wool sweaters with little deer all over
I wanna feed you from my kitchen till your belt feels too tight
I wanna make love till three and never judge my performance
On a Midwestern Saturday night

Now I can see you're confused when confronted with jello
And I'm certain you're lost when there's four feet of snow
And you think I'm the kind who could tear down Manhattan
But I prefer nights with no place to go

Just a Wisconsin cap and a reliable pickup
Just a vise-grips and a pair of old dungarees
Just a set of four seasons and a good long October
And a good man who's looking at me

'Cos I wanna knit you wool sweaters with little deer all over
I wanna feed you from my kitchen till your belt feels too tight
I wanna make love till three and never judge my performance
On a Midwestern Saturday night

Yes my thinking's as straight as the Panhandle's narrow
Yes my thinking's as straight as the prairie is plain
Let me fix you some oatmeal, let me talk to your mother
Let me try one more time to explain

That I wanna knit you wool sweaters with little deer all over
I wanna feed you from my kitchen till your belt feels too tight
I wanna make love till three and never judge my performance
On a Midwestern Saturday night...


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Tue, 11-18-2008 - 11:17am

We usually alternate between my mom's and two of the three sisters .

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Tue, 11-18-2008 - 11:22am

OK, I give.

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