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What time do you sit down for Thanksgiving Dinner?

My family seems to be freaks when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, because we generally eat at dinner time - around 6:30-7:00. we usually have cheese and appetizers around 4:30-5;00 with some wine, but don't start our meal til later. Usually having dessert around 8:30-9:00.

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  1. We usually have ours around 3:30 or 4:00.

    1. I used to do it also for dinner back in Boston, but out here in Phoenix everybody eats so early (6:30 pm dinner is prime time). I know more than one family out here who do Thanksgiving "Dinner" at noon!

      The last couple of years, I've planned for "late lunch time" - appetizers and cocktails around 2/3 pm, dinner around 4:30/5.

      1. I prefer it as an early dinner, too (6 or 7ish) but the benefit of doing it earlier (like 2 or 3) is the second dinner a few hours later. My British family would have Sunday dinner around 3 and I suspect it was planned around the second dinner concept.

        1. We always did it at noon, so we could have naps, then get up for the requisite sandwich for supper.

          1. Grew up with it being a noonish meal in all my mother's extended family, and because I usually worked 3-11 p.m., continued that when I was married before; his family also ate the meal midday. But when I married again after decades of being single, he (Eastern urbanite) was shocked that I (small-town Midwesterner who'd moved to a city) expected to do that. So when I was doing it, it usually was....oh, 4 or 5 p.m. No more; the only family living within a thousand miles is my stepdaughter, who has to use a wheelchair, and our house is massively inaccessible. So we go out.