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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:44 PM

Any good Thanksgiving stories?

Any blowups at the dinner table; bitter relatives who are sore losers and do not love America?

Do tell.

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bluestateguy Nov 2012 OP
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #1
R. Daneel Olivaw Nov 2012 #2
NRaleighLiberal Nov 2012 #3
Historic NY Nov 2012 #4
cherokeeprogressive Nov 2012 #5
liberal_at_heart Nov 2012 #6
WCGreen Nov 2012 #7
Rowdyboy Nov 2012 #9
Buns_of_Fire Nov 2012 #11
whistler162 Nov 2012 #20
applegrove Nov 2012 #8
8 track mind Nov 2012 #10
8 track mind Nov 2012 #12
bhikkhu Nov 2012 #13
dembotoz Nov 2012 #14
ProdigalJunkMail Nov 2012 #15
trof Nov 2012 #16
ProdigalJunkMail Nov 2012 #17
HopeHoops Nov 2012 #18
tavernier Nov 2012 #19
clyrc Nov 2012 #21

Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:47 PM

1. Nope, actually after a whole day

Of the house smelling like duck, and the conures getting out of control, they dove right in, yummy duck and yam...the house is now at peace.



We don't do relatives, and hubby came home from work.

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:48 PM

2. I have a lot of immediate family + their grown children that are conservatives.


I was just happy and gave thanks that they didn't bring up any bullshit about GodRomney, and in return I didn't humiliate them for putting money down on a losing White Horse.

We ate and talked while enjoying the laughter of the younger children just having fun.

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:49 PM

3. Only a truly good story from our house....nothing spectacular...but

me and four lovely ladies - my wife, two daughters, and my older daughter's friend, raving liberals all. We got up at 6:30 am, participated in a local charity 5K walk/run, came home to a pretty traditional turkey dinner....lots of laughs, reminiscing about the past.

Lots to be thankful for (including watching my Pats just absolutely smack the Jets!).

and of course thankful for DU and everyone here that makes this place the best!

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:49 PM

4. It was actually pleasant we all voted for the POTUS...

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:52 PM

5. Drank beer, watched football, foraged, then gorged on turkey...

And not one single fucking word about politics of any kind even though my family and friends are politically diverse.

All was as it should be.

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:53 PM

6. Had a great Thanksgving with my evangelical right wing father

He watched the Cowboys lose and we ate ribs, cornbread, whipped potatoes, pumpkin pie, and apple crumb pie. Had the news on for a while. We both made passing comments on Isreal's missle defense system, but we didn't really disagree on anything today. It was nice. He and I try not to completely avoid religion all together but we try to keep it to a minimum because we can tie into it sometimes. Today was just a nice day with lots of good food.

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:06 AM

7. Well, we were getting ready to eat when the furnace went on the fritz...

And, well, Dad and the boys went down to fix it and so I went out back to play with my bb Gun. Well, next thing you know the dogs from the Durchers, who my dad always referred as "the Hillbilly's who couldn't afford to move to Beverly Hills so they ended up next to me," ran into the kitchen because i left the back door open and they somehow got at the Turkey and started ripping it apart like well, a gang of hungry mad dogs...

So we ended up going out for Chinese.

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:21 AM

9. If thats not a movie reference it should be...a broken furnace, dogs from the hillbilly

neighbors, you and your bb gun, a mangled turkey capped with Chinese food for Thanksgiving dinner is easily worthy of Spielberg.

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:56 AM

11. Careful with that BB gun. You'll put your eye out. nt

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:31 AM

20. Careful you'll shoot your eye out.

quiet Thanksgiving. My mom and I went out to eat at a local restaurant. Have to wait to hear how the soap opera of my brother's in-law's dinner. My cousin reported that during his dinner the dogs got into his lunch bag. Consumed a box of Twinkies he was intending to share at work.

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:11 AM

8. We celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving in October. I cooked

one of those all turkey breast loafs in a mesh that you cook from frozen. It was good. But it shrunk a whole lot in the cooking. We had just enough meat for the 4 of us in the end. No leftovers. I really missed not having any skin. And the store bought gravy was not as good as what we usually have.

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:24 AM

10. Well somewhat

Only in the fact that i didn't have to spend it like last year with the ex eating a crappy meal in Boston Market in Ft. Worth. This year was spent with the fiancee and my folks. I got to meet my future in laws, and they are fantastic people :-D.

All in all I'd have to say that this was the best thanksgiving i've had in 6 years I'm extremely thankful for what i have

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:20 AM

12. k&r

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:51 AM

13. We cleaned off the table and laid out the nice tablecloth...

first time since last Christmas dinner. Got all the food ready and presentable, and had a great meal together. Again, first time in months we're all around the table, which I've been feeling bad about.

But it was fine, and as far as the elections we are all in accord. After an excellent dinner we played Apples to Apples (first time playing a board game as a family in three years or so), and my daughter filled in "Mitt Romney" on all the blank cards. Needless to say, it was a very fun and funny game.

I know its a little smarmy, and you can make points one way or another about how a holiday is really phony, or how it stands for something maybe we shouldn't be celebrating, but sometimes its nice to have an excuse to get people sitting down together, talking, and even laughing together. We've had some acrimonious times in our household, but hopefully the worst is well in the past, and no harm was done that time and a little care can't mend.

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:36 AM

14. no fights and perhaps a bit of progress

dinner at son's inlaws

a conservative bunch

politics was avoided

the small light came from my conservative republican son who had to leave early because he had to get ready to work at a black friday big box store.

He hoped the walmart workers stuff went well today because the ever expanding black friday was out of control and he was sick of getting shit on.



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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:56 AM

15. well, our primary plans fell through on Wed night... at 9PM

so we scrambled to put together a dinner. Got a fresh turkey, brined that bad boy over night. Got it in the oven by 8AM. Had the kids (6,7 and 9) help by making some easy dishes (corn casserole, green bean casserole and dressing... and I made some cheesy mashed potatoes that were so good they should be illegal) and my wife made a pumpkin pie. Everything was on the table by 1PM...

Then, as we were getting ready to dig in... the folks we were SUPPOSED to have Thanksgiving with called to apologize about cancelling and just flat out said that they didn't have the money for a big dinner but had been embarrassed to tell us. We covered the dishes with kitchen towels to keep them warm and we told them to get over to our house. We ended up with 10 for Thanksgiving Dinner... and had plenty to spare (though there will be no turkey sandwiches this year for leftover-day).

But no politics came up... too busy eating and laughing and having just a wonderful time.

sP

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Response to ProdigalJunkMail (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:19 AM

16. That's a great story.

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Response to trof (Reply #16)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 08:31 AM

17. it worked out awesome

the reason we wanted to get together in the first place was so that the kids could all do Thanksgiving together... they are all really good buddies! IT ended up being great because they learned sooo much. They learned that there is no reason to be embarrassed that you might not have as much as someone else... to share with others... that chipping in and helping us get ready for the big meal was fun and not just work... that friends are more important than just about anything else... and they saw a family who was truly thankful for those friends. Thanksgiving was a major victory...

i hope yours was equally lovely!

sP

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:38 AM

18. We hide in the house all weekend. Travel is off the table. No problems anymore.

 

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:11 AM

19. Actually a pre-Thanksgiving tale

Our Weight Watchers group donates food every year to our local food bank who are always desperate for donations. We start collecting about a month early and encourage weekly "losers" to bring something that they didn't eat in order to lose the #s.

This year we didn't quite match the 300 pounds of food we gave last year. At the last minute a neighbor of a WW member who knew of our efforts called and said that their bachelor uncle had died that morning and she would be happy if we came and collected all the food in his kitchen. I hope this doesn't sound ghoulish because in truth, the family found a bit of comfort through the giving.

Anyway, he had a kitchen full of goodies and we ended up with over 400 pounds of food and 100 bucks in donations for the food bank.

I'm quite certain that there are thousands of stories like these all around the country, but of course the media prefer to make celebrities of mass murderers and bad-haired bloated billionaires.

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:05 PM

21. No fights

I had Thanksgiving with my girls over at my ex husband's mother's house, and his right wing uncle and aunt were remarkably quiet about politics. Even when my oldest cut her hand on the wishbone and everyone was teasing her and telling her she was going to turn into a turkey, and her sister told her next Thanksgiving was taken care of because she will be a huge turkey and my oldest said it was ok, Obama will pardon me.

My oldest had invited a school friend and her boyfriend and grandmother, because they don't have any money and the grandmother has lupus and her granddaughter and boyfriend live with her because their parents left them with her. The grandmother is recently divorced, too, so we have something in common. She was touchingly pleased to have been invited.


All in all for my first divorced Thanksgiving, it wasn't so bad.

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