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Old 11-24-2022, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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When many of you are over at a family member or friend's house, what do you actually DO other than any last cooking (and I do mean just a bit IF any at all) and of course, eating?

It's been just my mom, fiance', & I the last several holidays, so we just have good conversation & watch TV, which is pretty much how it's always been (if I didn't go out of town, was at a theme park, etc. that year). No games or anything. If it's Christmas Day, the other extra thing we do is watch each other open cards & gifts.

How about you guys?

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Old 11-24-2022, 11:30 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Today, walk the fenceline to make sure no trees blew down on the fence with the last windstorm and to exercise the dogs. We'll spend about an hour splitting firewood. The snow has already been cleared off the sidewalk and driveways but it looks like it is going to snow some more, so there might be some more snow clearing. Then watch TV, visit, cook, eat. Watch football.
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Old 11-24-2022, 11:38 AM
 
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Cook, eat, talk and play games.
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Old 11-24-2022, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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I slum it, and I am eternally thankful for the time and opportunity.

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless everyone.
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Old 11-24-2022, 12:22 PM
 
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What I USED to do, back in the 1970s, was go to work at the movie theatre and watch all the shell-shocked dysfunctional families come in to a place where talking wasn't allowed and they could have a common experience that didn't lead to arguments. It actually was fun, and felt productive.
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Old 11-24-2022, 01:20 PM
 
Location: near bears but at least no snakes
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I used to go to the home of whichever relative was having Thanksgiving dinner and we'd all talk, eat, talk some more. It was wonderful.

As I got older and there were fewer of us, some of us would make plans to get together. We'd do a sort of potluck with someone baking the pies, someone making the turkey, etc.

This year I was supposed to go to a dinner at our senior center but it turns out I'm sick and am on antibiotics so it's stay home day for me. But a few minutes ago the doorbell rang and it was two people from the senior center delivering a nice Thanksgiving meal! So it's a quiet day here and I did take a short walk with the dog, ran into two people out for walks, and exchanged "Happy Thanksgiving" wishes with them. It's whatever you make of it and you try to find things to be thankful for. There's always something.
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Old 11-24-2022, 01:42 PM
 
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Talk and often play games.
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Old 11-24-2022, 01:47 PM
 
Location: In The South
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Eat, watch tv, talk, drink.
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Old 11-24-2022, 02:51 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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In the distant past, our family would catch up with visiting relatives, prepare and share the usual feast, maybe take walks with the dogs, listen to music, talk, maybe play a board game, etc. The TV was usually off; the only relative who normally had much interest was my maternal grandfather. He'd be perfectly friendly, social and involved for a while, but eventually retreat to the den to watch a game. The rest of us weren't sports or TV addicts. During my years working at various agency field stations, sometimes I'd work holidays so co-workers with families could spend the day with them. Something nice to do for someone that created its own little internal glow. The offices might be closed, but the land wasn't. It's always possible some visitor will get themselves into trouble out there. Most of the time little to nothing happened, but I can recall one or two situations that might have turned out much worse than they did. Those holidays happen to fall in winter, my favorite season. I've spent many beautifully quiet, solitary, introspective holidays with nature and the wild things.

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Old 11-24-2022, 03:52 PM
 
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We reflect on the meaning of the day. its origin and special meaning.

Today I give sincere thanks for being born into the greatest nation on earth. More I count my blessings, monetary and intrinsic in terms of health, friends, and family. I thank each generation of my American heritage for their sacrifices. especially those who fought and fell in the Revolutionary war. Indian wars and other. modern conflicts. I thank my fallen comrades for the sacrifice they made so my children could live free. And I pray to the providential hand that guided this nation and gave birth to a concrete manifestation of a non-monarchial form of Government and the strong character of George Washington who resisted calls to be King.

Today we celebrate with family the many blessings of this great nation and give thanks for the blessings of liberty.

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