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Every year around Thanksgiving my husband goes hunting and I have solved the dilemma for myself by inviting others to my Thanksgiving dinner. What about you?
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What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/15/2011 6:16 AM EST
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Every year around Thanksgiving my husband goes hunting and I have solved the dilemma for myself by inviting others to my Thanksgiving dinner. What about you?

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/15/2011 6:55 AM EST
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My husband always works on Thanksgiving but since it is his absolute favorite holiday of the year I always cook!  We have our son, his sweet little girl friend, her momma and brother, my parents and any AIRMAN who has no local family over.  It's a wonderful time of family fellowship, feasting and fun!  A lot of work but I wouldn't have it any other way!!

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/15/2011 7:04 AM EST
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Not sure whether my brother in law is having the family to his house in Chicago yet - he mentioned it awhile back, but have heard nothing since.  However, I love doing the cooking, and already have a turkey, just in case!

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/15/2011 7:17 AM EST
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This year we are staying home.I'm cooking and my son will be my sous chef.My other son and daughter in law are coming over.I have a big menu planned.There is something so special about sharing a meal with family.When my oldest was still home we always had dinner together.After dinner we'll watch movies and relax.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/15/2011 8:38 AM EST
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The big Thanksgiving dinner will be Sunday, 27, after a morning spent praising God and listing to His word.

On Thursday the 24th I'll cook a dinner for me - turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and so on.
During the day, probably early in the morning I'll take cookies and candy to the local police.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/15/2011 8:56 AM EST
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I am cooking for 2 and we will have a lot of left over turkey smallest I could get was 8 pounds but it is better then going out to eat turkey dinners out are not very good.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/15/2011 9:58 AM EST
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A bit unsure yet.  Older son and his wife are headed to her folks for Thanksgiving and will come this way for Christmas.  Younger son and his wife and their three daughters will probably go to her familys' big get-to-gether so we will have a quiet dinner here.
The last time I planned just a small dinner, different ones called to say plans had been changed so they would be coming.  We ended up with thirteen!  Open up another can of green beans, toss another sweet tater in the oven, get that half ham out of the spare fridge ( that roasting chicken won't stretch) make the big batch of biscuits!  Oh my!  It did all work out and was one of the best Thanksgivings ever.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/15/2011 11:22 AM EST
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we will be going to our neighbors for dinner as  i have 3 children that dont have mates and one who go to his mother in laws for dinner and we are left out . so our neighbor cooks and we take food to his house and say thank you  for a great meal

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/15/2011 11:50 AM EST
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I will be doing dinner at my house..11 of us...hubby will cook the turkey and I will do the rest as well as the family will bring things to add to the meal

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/15/2011 1:49 PM EST
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Hubby and I are flying to San Diego for the wedding of our grandson.  We'll arrive the day before Thanksgiving and scope out a place where we and other family members who are flying in will eat Thanksgiving together.  Don't like waiting till the last minute to find a spot but we're here on the East coast and don't know the restaurants available near the Grand Palisades Resort where we will be staying and where the wedding will take place. 

Wherever we go, it will be good because we will be together as a family.  Sadly not all the grands can make it.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/15/2011 8:22 PM EST
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My husband and I will probably spend a quiet day at home(him in front of the TV no doubt) on Thanksgiving Day.  As usual I had to postpone our celebration to the following Saturday so that the rest of the clan doesn't end up having two turkey dinners in one day.  My son and his girlfriend and daughter will probably spend the day with her family.  While my daughter and her fiancee will spend the day with his mother.  Mom and her friend are invited to one of his daughters' house.

It will be nice to have a quiet day to get ready for the friday shopping trip lol.  Need lots of sleep to rest up for that!

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/15/2011 9:30 PM EST
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GRANA  here;
with many close family members eitherdeceased or too old or frail to travel; and our children & their  families so far away, hubby has made it a new traditon to give  Mom( me) the ay OFF, f we goto the "FIRST CLAS' hotel nearby for their Thanksgiving day buffet feast.We made reservations 2 weeks ago( they fill upquickyy) & today I received the confirmation phone call..This year,something NEW: a$5 pp Sr discount.This wil make it a litle easier to aford a diner that otherwise would cost  usmore than a week's budgeted grocery  amount.
Hubby  began saving up for it right after last year's dinner; it was so good; impressive &  w/great service that he wanted to make it a yearly event for usKiss.Of course there wil be no leftoversFrown but we'll manage somehow: turkeys are marked own to 1/2 price right after Thanksiving  & we can make our own @ leisure including all our fave sides. and enjoy  leftovers for weeks like  almost everbody else in AmericaLaughing

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/15/2011 9:56 PM EST
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GRANA here;
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I tried to  to copy & paste or download as a  jpeg;  of the hotel's menu.It took an extremely long time & ended up shrinking.It could not would not be enlarged so you' l just have to "trust me" that the menu is outstanding & terrific;everythingfrom ciopino( seafood basamati-rice soup to petit fours(pastry.Last year there were  4-5 dessert tales / all the traditioal pies;layer cakes  plus French  pastry.
a roast beef carving station; a turkey carving sation; 3 huge tables of asst.  sides & even a salad bar takingiup 2more tables.SurprisedNobody couldeatanormalportionofeverythingbutmanytry.We get asmallspoon ogeachitem & shareit...if welikeit especially; hubbygoesbackforasingleserving( 1/2 cup)& wehare that. we don't get our value for theprice ( weetsollitle)but it's a real gourmet experience .Cool

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/15/2011 11:02 PM EST
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GRANA  here;This is the menu from the hotel where we wil be ating onThanksgiving ay; I trieded to post it after increasing the size; but it shrank in the posting process.  I tried 4+ different times  &  ways; all failedEmbarassed
I I even tried to copy & paste as a text document & that too failed.Please take my word that the meal isimpressive & pretty good  tasting too; evrything traditional (inNewEngland) including those for our local more recent immigrant families:
(Portoguese  & Greek fishermen, French Canadian shoe& cothing  millworkers.we have someBrazilians;Chinese; Iranians & East Indian families too;( work in electronics & software; or restaurants)I'm curious to see what foods will be served representing these cultures: />)  

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

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posted at 11/15/2011 11:09 PM EST
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GRANA  here;This istheMenu
forourThanksgivingdinner a t the hotel:
Ihopeyou can readitsinceduring theveryl long posting time;i t shrankCry

Cry

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/16/2011 12:12 AM EST
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For the past 20+ years I have cooked a traditional Thanksgiving feast at our home. The number of people attending varies each year. This year will just be my husband, oldest son and his new girlfriend. My youngest son is in the Navy and deployed currently (as many of you know from my previous posts). They do serve turkey on the aircraft carrier and he's hoping he won't have to fly that day and miss the meal. During his last deployment, he was called up to fly and missed the meal. A buddy made him a turkey sandwich which he devoured when he returned to the carrier.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/16/2011 5:51 AM EST
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In Response to Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?:
My husband always works on Thanksgiving but since it is his absolute favorite holiday of the year I always cook!  We have our son, his sweet little girl friend, her momma and brother, my parents and any AIRMAN who has no local family over.  It's a wonderful time of family fellowship, feasting and fun!  A lot of work but I wouldn't have it any other way!!
Posted by Renee C


Renee,
Wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving. I am readying a box to send to a serviceperson overseas for the holidays. People we are always forgetting to thank for our wonderful freedom. Thank you and thank the airmen that might be at your table for me.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/16/2011 5:52 AM EST
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In Response to Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?:
The big Thanksgiving dinner will be Sunday, 27, after a morning spent praising God and listing to His word. On Thursday the 24th I'll cook a dinner for me - turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and so on. During the day, probably early in the morning I'll take cookies and candy to the local police.
Posted by Nancy G


Way to go Nancy!!! Happy Thanksgiving.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/16/2011 5:54 AM EST
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In Response to Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?:
A bit unsure yet.  Older son and his wife are headed to her folks for Thanksgiving and will come this way for Christmas.  Younger son and his wife and their three daughters will probably go to her familys' big get-to-gether so we will have a quiet dinner here. The last time I planned just a small dinner, different ones called to say plans had been changed so they would be coming.  We ended up with thirteen!  Open up another can of green beans, toss another sweet tater in the oven, get that half ham out of the spare fridge ( that roasting chicken won't stretch) make the big batch of biscuits!  Oh my!  It did all work out and was one of the best Thanksgivings ever.
Posted by Frances M


This is a wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving. You have the best attitude. There is always room for one more since Holidays spend alone can be sad. Bless you.
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