View Poll Results: Weekly Poll: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving with friends, family or both?

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  • Friends

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  • Family

    29 72.50%
  • Friends and Family

    3 7.50%
  • Sometimes Aliens

    3 7.50%
  • None of the above

    3 7.50%
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    We are going to Vegas for our annual T-day week vacation. Its not crowded, its super inexpensive, and its a tradition that started when I was a much bigger foodie than I am now (something about two kids that makes me want to just eat whatever, sometimes). We spend a couple days in the desert, a couple days visiting attractions and eating really good food.
    We dont gamble, and arent raging alcoholics, but it is nice sometimes for hubby and I to be able to have a couple drinks (at the restaurant) and not have to worry about driving.
    And I love primerib for thursdays dinner.
    (We also drive there, so its easy to pack a cooler with deli stuff for our desert days.)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Now that sounds like a happy thanksgiving!
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    It's my big holiday as a farmerish person...everything is from the home garden (including the turkey, though admittedly if they lived in the garden that would not be so great), and the wine is from our grapes too. Used to be a huge family thing but now it's a small family thing. Small = good, less dishes to do later
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    We usually just do something small. This thanksgiving promises to be interesting as my sister just had her first baby a week ago and HER in-laws will still be in town for thanksgiving. And it's at her place with the new baby, her and her husband, her in-laws, my husband and I, our son, and my parents. At least MY in-laws are in no way involved or there would be bloodshed. And the tech addicted 5 year old has NEVER had to share his aunt, uncle, or grandparents with anyone else, much less a 2 week old baby. It promises to be...interesting.

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    I am pretty cranky and tired this year, so we are staying away from dysfunctional in laws and my rather far away extended family. The plan is to eat at the Korean restaurant that's open until 6 and go the movies. I will make sweet potatoes pies, though, which I absolutely plan to have for breakfast and lunch. Best Thanksgiving ever! Or at least the least stressful.

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    Friends. I don't especially like the holiday, but we usually have friends who would like to get together, so if they organize it, sure, I will cook some things to share. It's just like any other meal to me. I am more proactive regarding Halloween and Yule/Christmas.

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    ds23 is in Retail, daughters aren't that kind of daughters, parents aren't that kind of parents, and late sister isn't a zombie so immediate family = 7yods, myself, and the cat.

    Imma eat leftovers, watch sappy movies, listen to sappy music, make lopsided kid crafts that smell like Elmer's Glue and glitter, play go fish, do jigsaw puzzles, tell stories about Gran and Grandmother and Great Aunt Betsy and Dead Aunt Mary, and read We Had Everything But Money:

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    Thanksgiving isn't a big holiday in our family, but we do have dinner at my parents house now that we all live in the same city. My siblings, their spouses and kids will be there, along with a few friends and a stray cousin or two. Before my kids and I moved here to be close to the family, we either celebrated with a few friends or not at all.

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    I picked "family" because normally my mother makes an appearance, but sometimes just asks us to send her a plate at her house.
    I'm giving myself permission to hate Thanksgiving this year because without grains, potatoes, corn, or pumpkins/squashes in our diet due to kids rashing up from those things, my mother will be hard-pressed to find things to criticize. After all, anyone can say they think the idea of stuffing made entirely from cauliflower, in which there is no celery, no onion, and no sage or rosemary or even thyme, doesn't taste like stuffing should (DUH!), but it will be impossible to make negative comparisons of it, to someone else's entirely-cauliflower-stuffing. She's never had cauliflower stuffing before, so she'll have no experience-base from which to denigrate mine.

    But I am ready to consider Thanksgiving this year, a chance to have gluten-free beer, and organic sulfite-free wine, and play video games a lot, and try to forget how much it sucks that we can't have pumpkin, pies of any sort (even the gluten-free ones have things someone can't have, here), or much else that is traditional or special.

    Shifting our holidays away from the emphasis on food, is hard enough with other holidays, but impossible, with THanksgiving.
    So it sort of takes the wind out of my sails and brings up the question of whether it's even worth it. But we'll have some turkey, and I'm sure my mother will criticize something.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulhammer View Post
    I am pretty cranky and tired this year, so we are staying away from dysfunctional in laws and my rather far away extended family. The plan is to eat at the Korean restaurant that's open until 6 and go the movies. I will make sweet potatoes pies, though, which I absolutely plan to have for breakfast and lunch. Best Thanksgiving ever! Or at least the least stressful.
    Sounds great to me! Honestly, I would vote to opt out of thanksgiving completely and just eat regular food, and play a lot of video games, since I can't cook anything traditional anyway, due to food allergies. I like your idea.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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Weekly Poll: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving with friends, family or both?