What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
My favorite is putting out all my Christmas decorations including my tree. I always wait until Thanksgiving Day to put up all the outside lights, and then all Black Friday is devoted to decorating the inside trees and wrapping presents. This is of course done after I get back from early morning Black Friday shopping and a nap!
I love to cook and so does my husband. After we got married we claimed Thanksgiving as 'our holiday.' We stay home and cook together for family, always trying new recipes and making new holiday classic dishes - or hilarious disasters.
This year we are starting a new tradition - Thanksgeeking Dinner - held the Saturday after, where we give thanks for the people we are most thankful for, our friends! It will allow for the creative use of leftovers and a chance for people to get rid of some of theirs. Also gaming, singing and watching terrible TG movie 'classics' such as ThanksKilling!
My favorite is watching All The Football on Thanksgiving Day while we cook/eat/whatever. One year we went to a family member's house who didn't let us watch football and Rob and I were depressed. I also love putting up all my decorations on Friday, since I don't do Black Friday - the crowds scare me, Cyber Monday is more my thing...
I was just making my shopping list and remembered something else - Beaujolais Nouveau!
It's the only French wine you're supposed to drink "new" and it comes out the third Thursday in November, so I'll be hitting the liquor stores to find it today or tomorrow. My sister (who lived in France forever) started this tradition years ago and I still do it every year.
My favorite Thanksgiving traditions are the family working together in the kitchen making our traditional dishes together, then we would enjoy the meal we all made. Afterwards, we would usually go outside and enjoy watching the kids play in the leaves while we all raked them into piles for them to jump in.
As the child of a split family, I rotate homes for the holiday every year. Thanksgiving is never the same for me, so I have no special traditions. The only consistent thing I do is drink wine and watch someone else freak out about overcooking the turkey.
When needed, I also serve the cook wine to keep things calm. ;)
We traditionally do a huge late lunch for Thanksgiving with 20 relatives. There are all the traditional dishes and the matriarchs make a roux for the gravy, etc. All the guys watch the parade and football, although last year we ended up watching Far and Away and the Westminster Dog Show.....that made me super happy.
I love Black Friday deals----it's like an adventure for me. This is as close to competitive sports as I get: elbowing folks to get Christmas gifts.
For several years I brought my laptop along to the lines we camped out in and played Star Wars: The Old Republic. I made plenty of allies in the Best Buy lines!