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Old 11-17-2018, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Texas of course
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My husband and I have Thanksgiving alone, no family left. Since it's just the two of us we have a small meal, chicken, dressing, green beans, chicken and dumplings, basically whatever we feel like. One year we went to a restaurant and it was really good but swore we'd never do that again because of the line and crowd.

My husband has always taken care of his teeth but he's been fighting a losing battle and finally gave up, they continue to break. Monday he goes in and will have them pulled. We could join some others here for a potluck but he has to be a soft diet, we'll be having soup. The Dentist thinks having well water most of his life could have caused this.

What plans do you have and do you have a big traditional meal?
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Old 11-17-2018, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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As said in another thread, I'll have a mini Thanksgiving here alone. I've had plenty of years with family and/or friends, this is just another way of being. As a loner, it's not unusual for me and I enjoy being alone.

I'll plan to have my grandmother's recipe of dressing, my favorite, some sweet potatoes, a green vegetable and maybe a turkey meatloaf, if I get around to it.

Will be a quiet day, music, cooking, reading, hanging with the 3 felines...
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Old 11-17-2018, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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My two good friends and I have been going to a restaurant now for 3 yrs and we're trying a new one this year for their turkey dinner. My daughter and grandson may join us.

I've done plenty of traditional dinners, flown across country to be with family and that's the past, this is now. Many are gone and I know enough people who go no where and get thru this time of great expectations put on people.
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Old 11-17-2018, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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Recently invited by a friend to join her and her family/friends for Thanksgiving dinner. I'll take a pie from Wegmans.

Otherwise I would be alone with my two cats, GG and Sam. In the past I've gone to Denny's, a 24 hour diner that has surprisingly good turkey dinners.

I am a loner, too, and would not have a problem spending the day like I do all the other days of the year. The older I get, the more comfortable I am in my own company.
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Old 11-17-2018, 12:23 PM
 
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It will just be me and the roommate. I'll make a turkey breast and sides. Very casual. Just eat when you want.

Will relax

I might go to a semi family dinner the day before. But maybe not.
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Old 11-17-2018, 12:28 PM
 
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Just the two of us, but we actually prefer it that way. We have a BIG traditional meal -- LOVE the leftovers!! -- but we don't have any of the stress of having to entertain anyone.
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Old 11-17-2018, 12:31 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Us.
4 kids.
Husband of oldest daughter.
Their new daughter.
Girlfriend of oldest son.
Friend of Mrs. NBP.
So, 9 1/2 people (granddaughter is only a month old so she's the 1/2).
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Old 11-17-2018, 12:50 PM
 
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It's just us every year. We don't really celebrate much as he is diabetic so most of the traditional foods he won't eat anyway and the foods that he can eat he doesn't like. The foods he likes, I don't like. He won't eat leftovers. This year I'm not sure what we will have to eat. It is always an effort. For dessert he asked for a pineapple upside down cake, and I am trying to find a recipe that will work and sounds palatable.

I'm always glad when the holidays that center around food are past.
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Old 11-17-2018, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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We used to host Thanksgiving for family and then "Saturday After Thanksgiving Turkey and Andouille Gumbo" day when anyone and everyone might show up. (Complete strangers would come to the door having smelled the gumbo when walking down the drive behind the houses on our street and ask if we were having a party and could they come.)



Now we go down after Thanksgiving to visit our son and his family who live a couple of hours away and they get to host us, though it's more casual, which means we really get to spend more time together. He's doing Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Mole this year, starting a new tradition, no doubt.
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Old 11-17-2018, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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For years my wife and I were over a 1,000 miles away from any family. Granted we visited several times a year including Xmas but not on Thanksgiving. We use to look for the most expensive, best selection menu and the two of us we would go there for dinner. For several years it was the Hyatt House in downtown Chicago. We loved it.

Now I live near family, so there will be 8 to 10 of us for a 3pm dinner.
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