Most families have unique traditions that make the Thanksgiving holiday extra special. A user asked the forum, “What are your quirky/unique Thanksgiving traditions?” Here are the top responses.
“Instead of a traditional turkey dinner, I make the same food my grandmother made for the gypsies that helped her get to Italy from Auschwitz. It’s called Varenyky, and it’s poor farmers’ food, but it reminds me of how thankful I am for this country, my grandmother, and my family that I have adopted.”
MAKING CHEX MIX
“Making chex mix slowly while the macy’s parade is on.”
“We used to have a tradition of gathering around a huge box of See’s chocolate after dinner and trying to guess what was inside the pieces. I’m married to a woman who manages a See’s, so it’s no longer a mystery.”
“Going out into the yard and shooting guns at the pumpkins from Halloween. Usually, my aunt stops by her friend’s pumpkin patch and fills the bed of her truck with pumpkins after Halloween for really cheap. Then we take them out into the field, set them up on sawhorses and hay bales, and shoot them from .22 to .556.
After the pumpkins are destroyed, we must get the front-end loader and pick them up. Since my cousin does rodeo, we have occasionally shot the guns atop the horses, much less professionally, akin to that cowboy shoot stuff you see on the History channel.”
PUTTING CANDLES IN THE TURKEY
“Every few years, my birthday falls on Thanksgiving, so when that happens, I insist on putting candles in the turkey.”
SPECIAL BASTER FOR THE TURKEY
“I use a special baster for the turkey.”
NO FIGHT AND POLITICS
“We get together as a family and don’t fight. Politics and religion never come up.”
TEQUILA SHOTS BEFORE DINNER
“My brother’s father-in-law’s tradition is tequila shots before dinner. I’m so glad I’m invited to his house this year.”
MAKING CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS FROM POLYMER CLAY
“I usually spend the day alone (my family lives far away) making food I like, drinking beer, and making Christmas ornaments from Polymer clay.
This year, though, I’ll have a friend. He’s recently separated and has nowhere to go for the holidays, and his kids will be with his ex, so he’s coming over to my place.”
MAKING PORRIDGE AND THANKING EACH OTHER
“Before the crowd arrives, we get up and make porridge. I put in the cheesy disco mix CD (Compact Disc) from the 70s, light a fire, and we take turns sharing something special from the year about each other that we give special thanks for.”
“Spinach pie, my dad’s side is all Greek.”
GOING FOR A RUN AND GAMING
“Not so quirky or unique, but wake at dawn, go for a run, cider during the parade, Scotch/bourbon while I open and blindly stumble through whatever RPG (Role-Playing Game) I was playing last year from Christmas, help with cooking, switch to beer, more cooking, switch to wine, eat dinner, crash in front of the television beside the wife, continue drunk gaming while she’s passed out.”
“My family always plays this stupid game called ‘poot jing,’ don’t ask me what it means because I have no idea. It’s a word game for kids and is embarrassing. It’s something my siblings and cousins dread because, every year, we know the adults will play it.”
GETTING DRUNK AND WATCHING FOOTBALL
“Getting drunk off manhattans and watching football.”
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