Sunday, November 7, 2010

Plans...

Today, instead of me doing the talking, I want to hear from you guys!  (Even the lurkers, that have never commented... I know you're there, and I love ya, so jump in!) What are y'all doing for Thanksgiving, this year?  What are you cooking?  (Give me some good ideas!) Do you cook the turkey, or do you travel somewhere?  How do you focus on being thankful... do you write what you're thankful for in a book? (We write on a tablecloth, and keep adding to it each year, with fabric pens!) Do you shop the day after?  (I have never been brave enough to do that!) Do you put your tree up the weekend following? (We put ours up the night of Thanksgiving, after everything has quieted down.)

I want to hear all about your plans!

41 comments:

  1. Our Thanksgiving guest list is up to seventeen so far. I am promising myself to accept almost all offers of help, no matter what... should be interesting.

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  2. I have a large family, (I am one of 8 children) and we used to all get together but that is impossible anymore. We all have our own children and grandchildren. Now my sister and her family come over and we have a much smaller gathering. (Only 10 adults and 4 children) We have the traditional turkey, stuffing, cranberries, etc. After our prayer and before we eat we go around the table and all tell what we are thankful for in the past year.

    And yes, my sister and I do go shopping the next morning at 4am. This will be our 3rd year doing that. I still think it is totally crazy! I honestly go for the entertainment. People are crazy....

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  3. I'm not sure this year... we usually split up the day between my folks and his. But my brother moved to Tx, so my folks may be going to spend it with him, because he won't be able to get off. I'm not sure if we'll go or not....
    I've never shopped on Black Friday... I kinda want too, but we are usually too broke to mess with it. Plus I can't stand crowds. As for the tree, I don't put it up till around December 1st.

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  4. I love Black Friday....best deals of the year! We are having 10 people to our humble abode this year. Frying the turkey and everyone is bringing a dish that is pre-cooked so we can heat them up and get to it!

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  5. We go to the hunting shack and the women-folk cook the traditional Thanksgiving stuff and wait for the men-folk to come in from deer stands spread over 80 acres. We pray that nobody gets a deer at the last minute because it has to be tracked and the meal can get pretty late.

    I've lived in the big city and now a city with no population sign - NO Black Friday for me in either place!

    Decorations go up on December 1; tree a week later!

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  6. Going to IL to visit my in-laws. I've never cooked a Thanksgiving dinner...I'm gonna have to try it sometime.

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  7. We go to my mother in law's house each year for Thanksgiving...it's the only time all year that all of his siblings and mother are together with their families...

    We travel on Wednesday and come back home Friday...

    We pull out our Christmas music and decorations on the Saturday after Thanksgiving....
    {if my husband can keep me from starting on Thanksgiving night}

    I grew up with all the women in our family cooking all day on Thanksgiving day...it's been a transition in the 14 years that I've been married to just show up and have my mom in law do all the cooking...I'd love to help, but she prefers to be the only one preparing the meal....

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  8. On Thanksgiving Day, it's usually just me and my kids and my mom and grandma at my house. I make the turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and dessert. My mom and grandma bring other things. It's a low key day, nice and cozy. We have an extended family get together usually the Saturday after. I have gone shopping on Black Friday one time. It's just not worth it to me. haha

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  9. Everything will change for us this year. I normally do a fat meal with the family, usually at my MIL's house. We put up the tree either the day before or the day after. We just talk about what we're thankful for.

    This year: my inlaws are flying here, we're either going out to eat or ordering a meal from a supermarket because it's my birthday on Thanksgiving and I refuse to slave away in the kitchen. Also, I'm not a good cook. We had to leave behind our tree in the move so I have to track down an inexpensive tree for us to decorate whenever. Also, I might have to work Black Friday, and so will my Hubs.

    But I'm thankful for my family, another year of life, a job that sporadically buys our groceries and your blog.

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  10. We go to my parents house and we have the traditional thanksgiving menu mmmm.... can't wait. There is just nothing like the way mom & dad cook it. I love the idea of your table cloth tradition,I have never done the day after shopping thing not big on crowds, thats the day we usually do the tree,and eat leftovers. P.S. I have to confess I am one of those lurkers luv your blog...

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  11. My husband is from Ohio and I am from Texas. We have typically gone to one or the other place for Thanksgiving, but this year we're hosting. This is my daughter's first year at college, so I've told everyone that I'm not going anywhere since she's coming home, and that is what I will be most thankful for this year.

    The hubs is an honest-to-goodness chef, so he will cook EVERYTHING (control issues) except the cornbread stuffing. My mama is the only one who can cook that. :)

    Last year, I put the tree up right after Halloween, but this year the child and I will put it up after everyone leaves on Thanksgiving. The next morning, I'll haul her out of bed to go shopping with me - did I mention I'm thankful she'll be home?!

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  12. Thanksgiving is MY FAVORITE holiday by far! This year we are going home to spend time with the fam. We always go to my Grandma June's. Love her. This might be our last year with her. She's really old.

    When we have it at our house we do a turkey, with mashed potatoes, scalloped corn, crescent rolls, green bean casserole, punch, pumpkin and apple pie:) We write on our special tablecloth. Didn't use fabric pens so it's a messy permanent marker mess...but oh well. We usually put the tree up over the long weekend.

    Thinking about you this morning. Have a wonderful time;) Love ya!

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  13. Well since our little man was just born we have lots of family coming in for Thanksgiving this year. My sister and her family, plus my in-laws will be here. Not sure what our meal will be like, but it will be so wonderful having everyone here. I always put up my tree the day after Thanksgiving. Not sure if that will happen this year with all the people, but I hope so.

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  14. being English, we don't have Thanksgiving but I love reading everyones blog posts about it. It makes me think about what I'm thankful for and also provides tonnnnnes of amazing ideas and inspiration for Christmas!

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. *love the table cloth idea!!
    x

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  15. Lucky enough to have my Mother still handle Thanksgiving. I buy everything but she cooks it! We go around the table and draw names out of a hat. Then we say why we are thankful about the person who's name we picked ;)

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  16. We go to our neighbor's house. They have a huge kitchen out in their garage, so we put the patio furniture in the empty stalls and all gather round. It is a 'vagabon' Thanksgiving-if you have no place to go (or don't want to) you are welcome there. Having worked in retail, there is no way I go anywhere near a store on Friday!

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  17. I love that you write on a tablecloth and add to it every year. I think I may need to steal that idea. I love it! We are going to be spending it with my husbands family this year at his mom's house. We usually spend thanksgiving with his mom and Christmas with my family. But this year, my mom and dad are actually coming with us to celebrate it with her. I love when we are all together... that is my favorite part of the holidays. I think we are doing your basic turkey, gravy, stuffing, ect. My mother in law will cook - and my mom and I will help :)

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  18. Only have a sec but wanted to chime in!

    We are going to my in-laws. I am contributing by making homemade rolls and pumpkin cream pies. The kids and I are also constructing the table center pieces! Little turkeys that are made of half of a silk sunflower and a button (on a stick). Sounds horrible but looks SO cute. I hope to put it on my blog later this week.

    Also...one thing the kids and I do (since we are on the road in our RV for much of the year). We sent out construction paper feathers (about 10" long) included a postage paid envelope and mailed them to all of our family and special friends. We asked them to write on the feather something they are thankful for. We got all the envelopes back and taped them to a great big turkey that I had drawn and put on poster board. Each year we dig the turkey out and re-read all of our relatives feathers! VERY fun!

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  19. Thanksgiving is always a little tough for me since my divorce. My boys go visit their dad so I spend it with the rest of my family which kind of makes me feel like the fifth wheel. This year, our church is hosting a community dinner and my family has volunteered to help deliver Thanksgiving Dinner to shut ins through out our area. Although I will still be missing my boys, it will be easier for me to focus on making someone else feel better on Thanksgiving!

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  20. Lurker here...My plans are very iffy. There's supposed to be a family gathering that is being pushed upon another family member. I've been invited to have dinner with our Rabbi and his family and other congregants from the synagogue. Supposedly my youngest daughter is coming home but that is still questionable. My husband is working and my youngest son is, too...I am thinking I'd just like a small at home gathering of me and whomever can come by. Turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, perhaps green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and carrot cake would be my choice. Followed by Miracle on 34th Street. No Black Friday shopping for me. I expect I'll be busy enough feeding daughter and sil if they come.

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  21. My husband returned from Afghanistan this past July and we didn't have much of a Thanksgiving last year since we were getting ready for him to deploy. We are looking forward to making new traditions together and kick-starting our holiday season together this year for the first time since we got married.
    Nothing planned yet, the only thing on the agenda is to enjoy each other. :)

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  22. We alternate families every year, so this year we're headed to my parents' house for Thanksgiving. Instead of the usual spread, my mom decided to make a traditional Dutch dinner, instead (yes, we're Dutch). I think it will be fun!

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  23. We always go to my hubs' aunt's home for thanksgiving with the cuzins. Except for the last two years at least one of my offspring has had the pukes, so I have celebrated at home in my sweats reading the BF ads. Fingers crossed for a healthy day this year!

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  24. Our 12 year old son John was born December 3, 1997. My husband and I decided long ago that we wanted John's birthday to feel seperate from all the Christmas festivities including the tree. So we wait until the weekend after his birthday so that he doesn't have to compete with Jesus for celebrations.That is some foersce competiotion ya know.Just sayin.

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  25. Ahh, Thanksgiving. This is the one holiday, that we invite BOTH sides of the families over for one big Bruhaahaaa of feasting, laughing, and then DESSERT! This year, I think I am going to organize a football game at the park. We are talking 28 peeps or so, you know...small, intimate and completely insane. Then that weekend we put up our tree and get the house ready for Christmas.

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  26. I'm going to start a garland with leaves that have what we're thankful for - that way we can add to it every year. I'll cut the leaves out of scrapbook paper with my cricut.

    I'm cooking the meal this year. My mom and little brother are coming up here. This is our second year without my dad - so I want to keep it the same but different - if that makes sense.

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  27. We don't have set plans for this year yet, but we do know that this year we are NOT going shopping the day after. We've done that for YEARS and have decided this year to spend quality time together instead. We usually always watch Elf and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation while putting up the Christmas tree :-) Can't wait! Happy Holidays.

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  28. We are with precious friends since family is all thousands of miles away. I am eyeing some of those yummy recipes in the Real Simple this year (cranberry bourbon compote! honey glazed carrots...) We "glitter vined" pumpkins and will be all sharing our gratefuls, too. I love your table cloth idea, may have to join you on that one....

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  29. You caught me... I'm a lurker! I love reading your posts and will start commenting more, I promise! Our family Thanksgiving tradition is a good ole game of yard golf. We set up the course in the back and front yard with various obstacles like flower beds, rocks, etc. We use wiffle balls and real golf clubs... it is such a blast! The winner gets to dig into the feast first and gets bragging rights for an entire year! There is a trophy that gets passed to the winner each year too!

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  30. I LOVE Thanksgiving! This year we're going to my Aunts house in the town I grew up in. In addition to the usual yummy stuff, we'll have gnochi(spelling?) My great grandmother was from Italy, and even though my old Italian relatives have died, the food lives on, even her "special sauce!" I love that idea of writing on the tablecloth!

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  31. We put our Christmas tree up the night before Thanksgiving, so that the house is decorated and festive! I usually make dessert to take to family potlucks. Pumpkin Pie Cake, Chess Pie, and a few others has been our favorites.

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  32. What fun these comments are to read! We always have 2 Thanksgivings and I love it! Always spend the actual day with Hubby's family at his Mom or sister's house and then Friday, we alternated homes between, mine, Mom's and my sister's...Sister's hosting this year and she has a beautiful bowl of rocks. We each write what we are thankful for on a rock with paint pens. Decorations will start appearing the day after Thanksgiving. Continued Blessings, Sasha.

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  33. This year will be bittersweet for my family. I have lost my grandma, a brother, a great uncle and a wonderful friend all this year. Thanksgiving will be the first holiday that we will have without any of them here. We will continue as usual and leave their spots at the table empty, just like they never left. I will miss my grandma's pecan pie, my uncle's hugs, my brothers smart alicky ways and my friends beautiful smile but I am also so thankful to have 25 years with each of them.

    And yes, we all go shopping the day after and the guys all do some hunting! My sister-in-law is also expecting a little boy the day after Thanksgiving!

    I have so much to be thankful for.

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  34. Each year my family will head to the mountains and stay in a cabin from Wed. to Sun. There are around 20 of us, so it is often crowded, loud, and full of laughter! We wouldn't have it any other way. We started this tradition about 12 years ago, and after my Papaw died a couple of years later we vowed we would keep the tradition going because he loved it so much. We have made some wonderful memories and it has been so neat to see new people and little ones join the fam through the years. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving - love your blog :)Meg @ Life Together

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  35. I have to be honest, this is not my favorite holiday. Isn't that shocking? Seriously, I am thankful, but I just don't dig Thanksgiving. I'm cooking and my mom is coming. The only food I'm looking forward to is green beans with bacon and almonds. How pathetic!

    -FringeGirl

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  36. In the past few years, I've been attending 3 Thanksgivings (one year it was 4 in one day! whew, never doing that again!), but this year it's only 2. My aunt and uncle, who usually make the turkey, are not able to attend and my grandparents are getting too old to cook so me and my parents stepped up. They are making the turkey and pies and I am making the sweet potato casserole (with lots and lots of marshmallows!) and some dish that involves green beans. Still haven't decided on that one yet. As for my other thanksgiving dinner, it's probably going to be barbecued turkey with the normal barbecue fixins. Yum!

    And about Black Friday? I hate shopping for anything but kitchen stuff, so I'm gonna stay home and enjoy leftovers :)

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  37. We're going to load up the kids for Thanksgiving with my mom for lunch and to my husband's family for dinner. We're going to have a big dinner with my aunt's family on that Saturday.

    And then, I get to start decorating for Christmas!! I cannot wait!!

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  38. Lurker! Since my Mom passed on 5 years ago, my extended family doesn't really get together for Thanksgiving. My brother, sister and I all have large families and so we all do our own thing now. This year my oldest is in college, and while she still lives at home, we're going to open our home to any of her friends at college who are away from home for the holiday. Unfortunately I have to work that night (holiday pay yay!) and my husband is a manager at a big retail store so he'll be going in to work very early Black Friday morning. So we'll watch the parade while we're cooking and have a lunchtime dinner. We'll probably put the tree up on Friday after I wake up.

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  39. I am going home to Illinois to be with my family and my in-laws will be there to celebrate with us. Since moving to Michigan almost 12 months ago, I cherish the times we can all be together. Our parents are aging and time does not seem to stand still. It is so important to us to come "home" and spend time with them. Making memories to store up in our hearts. :)

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  40. This Thanksgiving will be different because my 18yo daughter is in her first year of college in Minnesota and she will have to stay there for the holiday (single mom of 3, I can't afford to fly her home!) And my 16yo son has a soccer tournament in Austin that Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Bah hambug. I love soccer but that's my 4 days off and I'm not into it. Last year, I sent said 16yo son and 18yo daughter to Walmart at midnight on Thanskgiving to get in line for a TV. Then my 8yo and I met them at 5am made the purchase. That's the 1st and last of my black Friday shopping!!

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  41. Thanksgiving is going to be just the ten of us (me, hubby, my mom and our 7 kiddos). I try to keep it simple but special all in one. I posted my menu here: http://oldhousekitchen.blogspot.com/2010/11/thanksgiving-menu-plan.html

    I just put up some white lights on the pine tree/shrubs that flank the front porch. I will probably decorate the day after Thanksgiving. I've shopped Black Friday before and it was fun when I was much younger. Now...I prefer to stay home, snuggle with the kiddos and get some decorations out!

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