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what is your family's coolest thanksgiving tradition?

What are some of the coolest or most fun things your family does at Thanksgiving?

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  1. Last Thanksgiving, my husband, SIL, 2 nephews and I played Guitar Hero while my BIL cleaned up the table. This, I hope, will become a tradition, especially since I did 95% of the cooking.

    1. Whomever gets the peanut butter pyrohy receives a prize. Last year the prize was a case of beer. I didn't not win the prize.

      1. Yeah, well in my family we gather around a dinner and tell them the ways they disappointed us in the past year. I got a lot of problems with you people, and now you are going to hear about it... Then after everyone gets good and angry and drunk, eventually someone challenges someone else to a wrestling match...

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        1. re: khuzdul

          It seems like your family is celebrating Festivus and not Thanksgiving.

          1. re: John E.

            There is no turkey. Instead there is canned ham. It requires no refrigeration for up to 2 years. I find refrigeration distracting. It's made from bits of ham meat held together with aspic. Very high nutrient to dollar ratio.

            1. re: khuzdul

              Look on the can, I bet it is imported from either Denmark or Poland.

              1. re: John E.

                Always the original. Hormel 5lb black label canned ham, inventor of canned hams in 1926, and I believe still made in the USA! AFAIK, in their canned ham family, they only have agreements for SPAM, yet another winsome product, to be produced in the EU for the EU market.

                1. re: khuzdul

                  Ahh, how could I forget Hormel. Your ham was produced 100 miles south of me in Austin, Minnesota.

          2. re: khuzdul

            LOL
            Hide the carving knife!

            Nothing like relatives that don't see much of each other all year, getting together one day, drinking alcohol, discussing family issues......... and using sharps! Yay. :)

            1. re: sedimental

              Yes, edged weapons can be an issue.

              Also, put all the guns into a safe, and do NOT share the combination with anyone. Just remember to take them out, when Uncle Louie and Aunt Marge have left, and I mean really left!

              Hunt

              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Locking up the guns is great, but it takes about half a second to turn a beer bottle into a pretty nasty weapon. Best to just buy a few cases of cans ;)

                1. re: alliegator

                  As we normally do several wines, there CAN be other weapons handy. Fortunately, over the last 40 years, none has been used - but one cannot be too careful.

                  Hunt

            2. re: khuzdul

              Sounds like my crew of origin and my inlaws. I'm lucky like that :) Which is why my very small family of 2 chooses to keep to ourselves for the day, or use the best of all avoidance tactics: vacation! They're the suckers, and we'll be enjoying the tasty treats in Japan this year.
              We need to save our energy for *gulp* Christmas.

            3. Though not a culinary element, we always spend a moment, giving thanks, prior to the meal.

              Hunt

              1. The animals in the household are in costume. Pocahontas, pilgrims, turkeys, Indian corn have all been favorites. Seeing a pug dressed as beautiful Pocohontas is is hysterical!

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                1. re: meatn3

                  Oh, I wanna come to YOUR house :=)

                    1. re: lsmutko

                      Wonder how I'd dress my two min pins ??

                  1. re: meatn3

                    Interesting. My Bulldogs absolutely refuse to dress up, but then a pug does not command quite the same "respect," as a couple of English Bulldogs. Though they love to greet the kids for Halloween, they refuse to "dress up." A few growls, and I get the picture.

                    Hunt