How Have You Spent Your Thanksgiving?

@KrauseHome (32872)
United States
November 24, 2011 8:17pm CST
Here in the United States, today is Thanksgiving. A time of reflection and to be thankful for what you have. Most people have been spending it in some form with family and friends, or at a restaurant enjoying Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, etc. And then usually topping it off with an Apple or pumpkin pie later for desert. I know it has been a wonderful day for me, and since I am priviledged enough to have the day off work as well, this makes it extra special. My husband and I, plus our renter enjoyed a nice Turkey dinner with Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce, pickles and olives, and then later either pumpkin pie or apple pie for desert. It was a wonderful meal and yes, I have a lot to be thankful for. So is this just another day, or a time of reflection for most here as well? ~~TINA~~
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@ravisivan (14051)
• India
25 Nov 11
Happy thanks giving day. I have a question. Why is it thanksgiving dinner is always having turkey as a main dish? I am in India. The day went as usual with myself preparing a few questions for placement exams and watching TV and also responding in mylot.
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@manleyjoe (1599)
• United States
25 Nov 11
During Colonial days thanksgiving was whatever they had. The most common meat was deer but they also had wild game birds and corn. Corn was the most prevalent grain in that time so they had a lot of things made with corn. Corn pancakes, corn mush, corn pudding, you get the picture. I think the turkey came into being the national bird for thanksgiving during the term of Wilson or Hoover. I think I'm right on this or at least partly right.
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@ravisivan (14051)
• India
26 Nov 11
miss ainjell--manlejoe - thanks for sharing the info.
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@KrauseHome (32872)
• United States
5 Dec 11
Actually I am glad that MissAingell and manleyjoe shared this insight here, as I would not have known for sure either, as it has been so long ago since I have heard the answer to this. I just know that overall I am glad that it is a Turkey as I enjoy a nice turkey dinner from time to time.
• United States
25 Nov 11
I spent this entire Thanksgiving with my family and it was really cool! First we had a lovely Thanksgiving lunch with another family, and it was awesome to be in the company of another group! They ate differently and their customs were somewhat unique, but the experience was worth it! Then we headed home after sensible fellowship! We also have an excellent Thanksgiving dinner but rather than the traditionals (which we had at lunch), we had another American traditional! My uncle grilled some beef hamburgers and I ate 3 of them with 3 separate plates of chips! It was so delicious! Overall, it was an awesome day, and I'm very grateful for my family! :)
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@KrauseHome (32872)
• United States
17 Dec 11
Hamburgers on Thanksgiving? Interesting... I will usually stick with Turkey and the works as this is one meal I always wait for. But I guess if this is what you were wanting, then anyone can start any type of tradition that they would like.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
25 Nov 11
I have never had yams before, I don't know what they taste like. I did find out on the internet that yams and sweet potato are not the same thing. Related, but not the same
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@manleyjoe (1599)
• United States
25 Nov 11
Thank you winterose, for clearing that for us. I'm sure that not many folks knew that. I think most of us, I know our family does, uses the sweet potatoes for most cooking around here. I know that Wal-mart does not make a difference in the two.
@ElicBxn (60016)
• United States
25 Nov 11
It used to be time with mom and loads of good food... Now, well, home heath doesn't get days off, so I worked. AND, because my client spent from Wednesday to Tuesday off, I couldn't work Thursday, Friday and Monday. (now, I did go over on Thursday and change her bed, get her laundry and check on the cat. I also went over on Saturday and folded her clothes, and checked on the cat. Then, on Monday I went over and made sure everything was fine and checked on the cat.) And, my supervisor with the company said I could make up all the time she was out, so I am tacking the time I worked onto work days. And because she's too weak to do much, I told her that I would come over and make sure she had food on the weekend. Of the 15 hours I need to make up, I've already made up 6 of them. After I left her place, I came home, took my meds and then went out to the roomie's folks for my turkey dinner. I had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, then a few hours later I had a slice of apple pie.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
25 Nov 11
Happy Thanksgiving to you! I went to work for a few hours, then got off work and went to spend a few hours with family, eating and chatting a little bit. It was another ordinary day but I am thankful for my family and friends. I hope you, your husband and your tenant have a wonderful rest of your evening!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
25 Nov 11
We had the traditional turkey and pumpkin pie. I have a few days off work and it's nice to relax and not have to do anything...lol. I was a little sad this year. My daughter left home a couple of weeks ago and although I saw her the night before Thanksgiving, she didn't call me. I know I'm being petty but I really would have loved to hear from her on Thanksgiving. Enough of me being down though...the pumpkin pie was especially good.
@yzakia (65)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
Happy THANKSGIVING guyz.. :-) I spent my thanksgiving day by having an intimate dinner with my husband. This is the day to be thankful for all the blessing God has given unto my family. Hoping and praying that God will grant us a baby to celebrate with us next thanksgiving day.. :-) Hope all of you had a great day!
@AmbiePam (45074)
• United States
27 Nov 11
Do you think most non North Americans realize the origin of Thanksgiving? I mean the whole Pilgrim and Native American thing? Because I'm hearing a lot of Europeans saying it's just another day for Americans to eat (like that's not rude). Anyway, I spent Thanksgiving with my parents, sister, and brother-in-law. It was a really good day. We watched a lot of football, and I love football. I also like it that so many people get the day off. Almost every place I passed on the way to my parent's house was closed, including most restaurants.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
27 Nov 11
I had company this year and it was fun. We had all the trimmings and the best part was my two nephews took all the leftovers home and were thrilled...I also have alot to be thankful for...so much!
@Woody7189 (247)
• United States
26 Nov 11
Thanksgiving for me was just another day, since my family all live far away and I had to work anyways. It was sad because I really miss being with family on Thanksgiving and enjoying the feast. Hopefully next year will be better for me.
@celticeagle (113100)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Nov 11
I spent the early part of the day with my family then in the late afternoon to early evening they went to my daughter's boyfriend's familie's for dinner. I had a nice beef roast with roasted vegetables. Watched a movie trilogy I have been wanting to see and enjoy the evening. Then I got a phone call from my neighbor's family that my neighbor had passed away in the night prior to Thanksgiving day. Had to give my daughter and grandson that news when they got home.
• United States
25 Nov 11
We had a Mexican lunch and is was so good! I don't think I can eat fro days now!! he he he he L.O.L. And I just made a bananna pudding. Yummy! I didn't get a pumpkin pie but I sure wish I had one now. Any way Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family yesterday. OOPS.
• United States
25 Nov 11
I had a wonderful Thansgiving with my adoptive family. I don't get to see them much due to not having transportation. It was great spending the day there yesterday.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
25 Nov 11
I spent the day at home just as I always do. I did actually go out and buy a turkey and made mashed potatoes, stuffing and sweet potatoes and a pumpkin pie. I made all the food and ate it alone, but that is ok. I know that it was cheap and it will last me for some time. It also gives me something to feed the cats when my brother brings them over. I think the biggest thing I have to be thankful for right now is that I am still alive after fighting with cancer all year. Have a great weekend!!!
@pietro93 (60)
• Italy
25 Nov 11
Just an ordinary day in Italy. Most people probably didn't even notice it was Thanksgiving, but I knew it was the 4th Thursday of November. Haven't eaten any turkey though. Oh, and we don't have halloween either. That really upsets me.
@dragon54u (31301)
• United States
25 Nov 11
For me it is a day to be thankful and be with the people that you are thankful for. My dad just turned 90 so I was grateful he is still here. My stepmother let me talk her into ordering from Kroger and it was so good! Her nephew joined us and we had a very nice dinner and good conversation. My dad is mostly deaf, even with hearing aids, so he just enjoyed having everyone around. And it was a lot less work so we had more time together relaxing. God has been very good to me and my family!
25 Nov 11
We had our thanksgiving but not spending to much.Since all the foods in here are expensive thus.well just be thankful of what He gave to us.Often well just buy food not too expensive and well be contented of what we have.
• Canada
25 Nov 11
We're in Canada, so today was just another day. However, in October when we had our Thanksgiving, we went to a nice restaurant for a great turkey dinner. When we get paid at the beginning of the month, we're going to order a couple of Festive Specials from Swiss Chalet. The fixings are the same, and they have chicken instead of turkey. My husband is an American, so we try to celebrate both. If we had more money we'd do this tonight, but since we don't, we're going to order our dinners on Dec 1st.