Christmas or Thanksgiving, which is better for families to get together?

@Metallion (2231)
United States
November 15, 2006 2:12pm CST
Which holiday out of Christmas and Thanksgiving do you think you get more quality time with your family out of? While Christmas is great, I think the family socializes more on Thanksgiving. On Christmas you have the presents, going from house to house, etc. Sometimes you are so busy you don't get time to socialize with everyone. I know personally our family has to go to 3 different homes on Christmas day. Thanksgiving seems a bit more laid back. What do you all think?
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@tmnjyk (3487)
• Canada
27 Nov 06
Chrismas - Chrismas
Being a filipino immigrant here in Canada:)+. Our family doesn't think Thanksgiving as a big day. In the Philippines we don't have thanksgiving day and we don't eat turkey:) ehehhehe...we eat roasted pig and chicken instead if there is big celebration like Christmas. Being said that, Christmas is better in our family:)+ and we celebrate it big time:)+
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@Metallion (2231)
• United States
28 Nov 06
yeah that is true, but figure when people come to the U.S. they would celebrate the U.S. holidays out of respect for the opportunities living in the country gives you.
@tmnjyk (3487)
• Canada
28 Nov 06
Well respect yes we respect:) as much as we want to be respected as how we eat. We eat differently. But to celebrate it big time nah...we don't do it. We celebrate thanksgiving here earlier than in the USA. Yes we celebrate it but so far, we didn't have turkey:)
@Karinne (1224)
• Australia
28 Nov 06
Hi there - we dont' celebrate thanksgiving here in Australia, so Christmas time is our time for families to get together.
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@Metallion (2231)
• United States
28 Nov 06
Yeah guess that makes the decision easier lol. Do you have anything similar to Thanksgiving there?
• United States
28 Nov 06
Christmas! Kids get more time off of school so they are more available and it's right near New Years so people can more days off usually. I just like Christmas better anyways.
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@Metallion (2231)
• United States
28 Nov 06
True, guess didn't think of that with my son being too young for school.
@Journey (87)
• United States
28 Nov 06
In my opinion, both holidays are Family holidays. Some get together for one or the other but they get together eventually. It would depend if you enjoy traveling in winter weather (Christmas) and visiting multiple family members after shopping for gifts for them, or if you'd prefer just to go out eating. Seems to me for Thanksgiving the "elderly" visit family members, the younger ones do the visiting on christmas.
@Metallion (2231)
• United States
28 Nov 06
guess it's all depending on the family the younger ones travel for both holidays in our family
@4rares (433)
• Romania
27 Nov 06
of course christmas is better....presents....singing...eating....all the holiday joy is spread....
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@Metallion (2231)
• United States
28 Nov 06
well as you see, some consider it a bit more "rushed" as you have to visit more people on Christmas and can be more hectic
• United States
27 Nov 06
as for this family..both will result in police and ambulances..the only difference is on thanksgiving the violence is at a low due to people being too full to fight...
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@Metallion (2231)
• United States
28 Nov 06
sounds like your family will be appearing on Jerry Springer any time now?
@rmuxagirl (7569)
• United States
27 Nov 06
I would have to say for me it's Christmas because we have a few more days to celebrate the holiday and some family members work on Thanksgiving, but not Christmas.
@Metallion (2231)
• United States
27 Nov 06
yeah, that is true also, didn't think of it that way.
• United States
15 Nov 06
THANKSGIVING....WE HAVE SO MUCH TO DO AT CHRISTMAS SO IT'S JUST EASIER....
@Metallion (2231)
• United States
27 Nov 06
I agree with you on that, have three houses usually to go to on Christmas , not counting my own lol
• Singapore
10 Dec 06
reunion dinner - reunion dinner
coming from a family of Taoist..we dont really celebrate thanksgiving and christmas...and the only time that we can have a family reunion dinner is on Chinese New Year Eve reunion dinner where it's a must for everyone to come back for the dinner. It's a rare opportunity to see everyone eating dinner at the same table with the hectic schedule and all that...so i'm always looking forward for the reunion dinner
@Metallion (2231)
• United States
10 Dec 06
Sounds like then as far as family gettting together Chinese New Year has a similarity to Thanksgiving, obviously not in most ways, but I'm referring to everyone getting together to eat.
• Brazil
28 Nov 06
Christmas  - Christmas
Christmas
@Metallion (2231)
• United States
28 Nov 06
Okay, instead of the one word response, do you have a reason you prefer it?