Thanksgiving is near - What do you do for your Thanksgiving dinner?

United States
October 4, 2011 4:23pm CST
My family is totally traditional with the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, baked corn, cranberry, pumpkin pie, etc. We do it every year and it wouldn't feel like Thanksgiving without the traditional dinner. I know that not everybody follows the same dinner - what other things do people do for Thanksgiving - even anywhere in the world?
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@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
4 Oct 11
I love Thanksgiving - it's my second favorite after Xmas!! I make turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, string beans, fresh hot rolls, lots of gravy, I buy cranberry sauce for my guests. For desert we usually have a couple of pies and at least one cheese cake. I usually also buy some butter cookies from the bakery too and ice cream for the kids. I make fresh whipped cream to go on top of everything. Now you have done it!! I am craving it all right now!! lol. I am actually planning on making it all in 2 weeks and then again on Thanksgiving! Turkey is always welcome at my house! :)
• United States
5 Oct 11
Aren't they just the two best holidays of the year? And they brighten the spirit during the doldrums of winter. It sounds like you're real close to what we have for our Thanksgiving feast. And I love cheese cake too, but at this moment, I could sure go for a good pumpkin pie! You're right, I'm tempted to head to Costco to pick up one of their fabulous pumpkin pies! LOL
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
5 Oct 11
We always have lots of variety in our desserts, and with extra vegetables as well. We do have lots of food, but then anyone who does not have a place to go, even at the last minute, is welcome to eat with us. My brother is a pastor of a very small church.
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• United States
5 Oct 11
I would absolutely love it if we could give somebody who was alone the opportunity to enjoy the family love that we have in our family. I just don't know how to find them.
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@00fear (3203)
• United States
5 Oct 11
Actually we do the same thing here. Well we add in a few other foods here what my cousins husbands makes but I don't know what is. I think its corn beef? I hope we go there again for this years Thanksgiving because they started to be fun people ever since my grandma past (I guess she told everyone to be happy and not hold grudges). After, her house, we go to my aunt's house and he eat there too. So we have to make room for when we go to my aunt's.
• United States
6 Oct 11
I'll bet that you sleep well after two full Thanksgiving meals. It sounds like your grandma was a very wise woman. I'm so glad that you all are getting along and enjoying one another! That's fantastic!
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@00fear (3203)
• United States
6 Oct 11
Yes she was. And we do take naps before we head back home. haha
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@rose1717 (190)
• United States
5 Oct 11
My family has about the same as your family. We have Turkey, homemade stuffing that my dad makes, baked beans, greenbean casserole, rolls, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and peach pie.
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• United States
6 Oct 11
It all sounds pretty close! We have never had baked beans at Thanksgiving, and I see that you're missing the stuffing - which actually is my favorite part, along with the gravy and then the pumpkin pie with whipped cream!
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@ravinskye (8243)
• United States
5 Oct 11
We do about the same things. We go to my grandmother's house for dinner. She makes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and coleslaw. My mom usually makes some sort of vegetable like corn or green beans. There is usually the cranberry sauce out of a can and store bought rolls too. It's nice just to sit down with family.
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• United States
6 Oct 11
It sure is nice, and the warm smells coming from the kitchen are marvelous - not only for the palate, but for the heart and the soul as well! I definitely enjoy the smell of Thanksgiving in a home with a good family. Thank God for my Awesome Family!
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Oct 11
We have a big family get together, and do ham and turkey both, home made bread,not usually the baked corn. Green bean casserole, Broccoli and cheese casserole. Wednesday night we may have chili together first. It is unfortunate, but we do concentrate on food for celebrations.
• United States
5 Oct 11
That's pretty close to us too! A few deviations, and the chili thing on Wednesday is a great idea! My mom used to like to get the ham from the Honey Baked Ham store but she is not happy with them anymore, and for good reason. As to food, it's the way we seem to socialize, and it is what brings families together. If a family sets a rule from the beginning that the whole family is present at the table for every dinner time, the family will be that much closer.
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@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
6 Oct 11
First of all, KizzyCatfish, I had to check your profile, as with your name..it suggested southern U.S., but when you said "Thanksgiving is near"--I thought you had to be Canadian...as this MONDAY is our Thanksgiving...so I thot you must be Canuck. Like your's, our Thanksgiving meal is typical of the crops we would have harvested and be thankful for! Tradition was that if you raised turkeys, you had turkey, or if you raised pigs, you had ham! And the veggies that accompanied were of whatever crops were successful that year, always mashed potatoes, some form of squash, usually green beans, salad..and of course, pumpkin pie. Sadly, my home does not ring with the laughter of family, as usually, our Thanksgiving falls near the birthday of my EX, so my son must be with him...SO to fill the gap of ambience, a friend helps me cook a large traditional meal, and we invite those whom have nowhere to go...the down and outters! It is a happy, convivial time! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
• United States
6 Oct 11
Thank you for the lovely post, pergammano. You should have requested my friendship while you were checking my profile. Not Canadian and actually raised in Pennsylvania. I adopted the name Kizzy Catfish because I do love fishing in the south. I used to go there to visit my grandparents. I kind of like the ring of Kizzy Catfish as well and NOBODY has tried to use it on the internet, so it is mine now! I'm a blonde, blue-eyed, Caucasian gal of German/Dutch descent. If you lived near me, I'm sure my family would be happy to invite you to our Thanksgiving dinner.
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• Canada
7 Oct 11
Ah.Kizzy, so pleased to meet a "southern belle," a new friend, and loved the story of your name, which pulled at heartstrings and conjured up memories of my past.."Rainbow or Dolly Varden" trout for breakfast, lunch or dinner caught in the creek below our house--what I would give for that pleasure, today! I am a Country Girl, thru and thru, with a past history as a "rodeo eventer"! When asked my age, my son replies "well, she is in the Museum in Williams Lake..LOL! Life evolved, and I now live in the Southern Gulf Islands, only accessible by Ferry, but I actually live below the 49th parallel. Very temperate zone, and see little snow! Divorced, the Bank and I own my home, but the Bank owns way less than I do (finally)! I share my 3 acres with my JRT Dog "Brui", my cat "Curlew", my Ram (sheep)"Rambo" and a plethora of Mother Nature's children! I own my own Property Maintenance business, which keeps me active, almost 24/7! I only myLot, from 3:30 a.m. 'til 6:30 a.m. each day, so if I take a while to respond, I am so tired at nite, I have trouble putting one foot in front of the other. What a lovely gesture, Thanksgiving at your house!! Thank you, for the good thoughts! I see you have some of my same demeanor, and share your bounty with the "less privileged"..I do, each special occasion. Last Easter, I had 11 (I call "down and outters") for Easter Dinner. When I go to the "big smoke" (Vancouver or Victoria) to provision shop (2 hours Ferry and a lot of $$$$ each way) I always take a "food" cooler, to bring home meat/veggies, and going I take home-made sandwiches or wraps to hand out, rather than money! I am partially prepared for Thanksgiving Dinner, Sunday...Pumpkin, Pecan, Blackberry & Lemon Pies made yesterday! I only belong to one other site, it is "Care2" (no money)which is all about environment/animal issues! Goodness, I was here about 3 months before I realized the $$ sign, was actually something I had earned..DUH! What a pleasant surprise, meeting you here, Kizzy...and just so you know, "pergamano" is a very, very ancient art form, not many are familiar with, but one of my hobbies! Have a special weekend!
• United States
7 Oct 11
Adrian nd I will be together for our fist thanksgiving day. So what we plan to do other than cook I don't know. My brother will be making a big dinner this year. turkey,home made stuffing,ham,yams,baked mac and cheese,green beans,corn bread. Oh and collard greens.. I can't think of anything else.
• United States
7 Oct 11
The food sounds fabulous! Wonderful menu! I can just smell the kitchens now!
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
10 Oct 11
We usually go to my moms to eat or we fix dinner here and have the family over.
@mivvvy (174)
• Netherlands
9 Oct 11
I am from the Netherlands and no one is celebrating Thanksgiving here, execept for expats. This means that Thanksgiving is just like any other day. Until I became active on the net, and met many American citizens, I did not even know what or when Thanksgivings was. Now I know better. We haven't got an equivalent for this day.