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Old 11-22-2010, 08:12 PM
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For me its get together with the family a ton of food, beer and liquor and music. We wait for all of the family members (aunts uncles cousins etc) to arrive and we say what we are thankful for before we start eating and when everyone digested their food the dancing n stuff begins.
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:18 PM
Location: Bon Temps
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It has changed over the years...in the last few years it has been go to my parents (which is local) and that's it. It works for me, I like the small intimate family thing better than a big hootenanny.
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Old 11-23-2010, 06:05 AM
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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At best it's just me and an SO. Otherwise, it's just me alone. Another day off work--boring.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:27 AM
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Alcohol is generally NOT a part of Thanksgiving, in my family. When I was married, my ex's family sat beer on the table with dinner, and I was mortified. I'm happy that I don't have to tolerate that anymore. We have a huge dinner out at my cousins house - a farm. Anywhere from 25 to 50 people generally...Turkey, ham, and rolls are at done at the house, and everyone else brings something. Quite a throwdown.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:31 AM
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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We have a small gathering, say what we are thankful for (which was a new procedure when I joined my b/f's family) so we just continue it at our place. Then we eat. We pretty much start drinking before the meal is even cooked... usually around lunch is when the drinking begins.
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:11 AM
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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Thanksgiving at my house? 4 kids. 6 grandkids. 2 greatgrandkids and 2 greatgrandkids on the way!
"Stop hogging the turkey you pig! You took all the dark meat! Close the damn door! Were you born in a barn? Stop feeding the dog under the table! Do you have to fart at the table? No wonder you cant get a girl/boy friend! Football? Come on Grandpa! Cant we watch the vampire movie? Oh hell no! And please change that babys diaper!"
And I wouldnt change a thing!
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:14 AM
Status: "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" (set 9 days ago)
Location: Wu Dang Mountain
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I sleep, wake up, exercise, work, eat, and usually end my day sleeping. But not always. Sometimes I mix it up and finish the day by eating. Or working some more.

Oh, yes, I also play. I usually toss that in there wherever there's room.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:22 AM
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I'd say my thanksgivings were pretty typical. We'd go hunting for bobwhite, or shoot skeet, ride 4wheelers, fry turkeys for people, and chop wood so we could smoke a whole hog later. Then we'd drive out to the 'other' family's place, where we had the "annual Dalzell thanksgiving parade." This "parade" was the most white trash event you could possibly imagine, which consisted of about my 15 members of family being towed on a hay-filled trailer behind a tractor, down the highway, and through the main drag of this little crossroads town. Nothing special, basically what most families do for thanksgiving.

now things are different... less time, less energy, more travel, and now the older folks can't hang... so we drink bourbon, sit inside and watch football, and talk.

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Old 11-23-2010, 11:00 AM
Location: Arizona
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We go to my mother-in-law's and dodge food poisoning.

After inspecting salad dressing bottles for their expiration dates, and taking the turkey's temp ourselves, we sit down and are asked to say what we're thankful for. Just note that giving thanks had better darn well include the mother-in-law or the whole meal is ruined.

Two days and counting. Can't wait.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:32 AM
Location: Los Angeles
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I work for a 24/7 company and make double time, and it's a slow/easy day so that's always what I opt for. The next day is total hell day. My family lives way too far away so I would rather just chill than go all the way to Palmdale and have to get up hours early to take the train back home the next morning.

Might get pizza or something special like drink Orangina with it, maybe decent ale.

Last year I was off the wagon and smoked hash and drank beer until I passed out while watching music DVD's.

My last family event was in 2006. There were upwards of 20 people at my mom's and I got very tired out and uncomfortable real quick. Almost got in a fight with my cousin over my mom's computer in the office. He kept saying "just one minute, just one minute" until I basically physically removed him from the office. Had to sleep on a mattress in the garage. Decided the next time there was a family event that large I would sit it out, at least unless I had transportation back home early that evening.

In 2002 there was a major scandal when my 5 yo nephew jumped out of nowhere and socked me in the balls. I shoved him hard to the ground and yelled "this little ********** just hit me in the nuts." Unfortunately a poor reaction to being hit in a very sensitive spot was all my fault. His dad was totally oblivious or else I might have been jumped. My sister (his mother) was crying and it was just a messed up situation.

I won't even go to anything on my dad's side of the family because I won't let myself get put on trial for not being religious and for being a vegetarian.

I tend to associate Thanksgiving family events with being miserable and losing pay.
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