Ask Mike: Turkey Day Traditions

Dear Mike,

Every year for Thanksgiving my family and I dress up in nice shirts … and sweatpants. We’ve all agreed we have a happier day when we have room to expand. Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?

— Full in Fairway

 

Dear Full,

What a great idea! It would be totally unfair if the turkey was the only thing stuffed on Thanksgiving day.

My family has some really fun traditions that we do every year. Like when my mom brings home the turkey, I get to dress it up and name him — or her! I always wait until I see the turkey to know what kind of name he or she “looks” like. How will I know if Lindsay or Shakira will work better? The hips won’t lie to me.

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Another family tradition is when my grammy flips the bird. We all gather around the kitchen table and make bets on what side the turkey will land — then she flips it in the air. My gramps ALWAYS wins! It’s uncanny how he can tell exactly how that turkey will fly.

When dinner is finally ready, whoever is voted as the most thankful person (by popular vote) gets to put on the turkey outfit and carve the bird for each person. This year it’s me — because I’m so thankful that I’m OFFICIALLY Mazuma’s OFFICIAL spokesperson! Whaddya think?!

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I’ve also started a new tradition the day after Thanksgiving. It’s where you walk around to anyone you meet and say, “You’re Welcome.” After all, it’s only polite to say it when you’ve spent the day before giving thanks!

Does anyone else have family traditions for Thanksgiving? Tell me in the comments below, or come over to my parents house and we can discuss over coffee!

 

mazuma

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16 Comments

  1. Appears you enjoy wearing your Halloween costume all the way through Thanksgiving!

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    • mazuma

      Knowing Mike, he’ll be in a Santa costume by Friday morning. Or if we’re really unlucky, he’ll be in some weird elf outfit.

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  2. Really wish some traditions would just stop. If everyone knows Uncle Bob is weird, why is he still invited? He has weird friends, he can go to their house. If Grandma is serious about having a heart attack, why don’t she just go on to the ER instead of stopping by for dinner first? If you really don’t want a ton of garbage left over, then quit letting people bring that crap over, like those gigantic globs of marshmallows or green jello.. If you don’t want their dogs over, say it. Turkey bones are not good for dogs anyway. If you don’t want crazy cousin Jane passed out for the night on your sofa, then quit filling her glass up. Seems Thanksgiving could be nicer with just a few simple twerks of basic traditions. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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    • mazuma

      We could happily toast to never seeing marshmallow globs or green jello ever again, especially at a meal that’s supposed to be really nice.

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  3. Where did the tradition of spending Thanksgiving day with relatives begin? I doubt that the Pilgrams had any relatives here in the U.S. They were just thankful to be alive.

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    • I decided a few years ago, to ween myself from spending the day with the Duggars. I cook for my immediate family and a few peole that are actually hungry. So, now I have been called the family Weirdo.

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  4. Yes, I think it could be nicer if your relatives would just not talk. Just eat and go. They tell the same stories year after year and it doesn’t seem to matter if they’re even true. If anyone dare try a new story, they are somehow offended and immediately return to their “remember the time” story. You’d have to be an idiot not to remember.

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  5. Because they are all related, they believe that it is OK to say and do whatever they please. There are no boundaries. To make Thanksgiving special, have dinner with just a few friends not the folks you eat with every single weekend of your life!

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  6. Smaller families would’ve been jealous until you mentioned the Duggars!

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  7. I wish this entire tradition of Thanksgiving was on a Friday. Whoever came up with celebrating on a Thursday never heard of TGIF.

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    • Whoever decided Thursday was a good idea probably drew a day out of a hat. Figured people eat every day, so who cares what day it is, right? Besides, it’s always been about the shopping anyway. More true these days than ever before. Just think about those poor souls that have to get up at dawn just to eat their turkey breakfast and get to work!

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      • All they have to do now is make Thursday a Friday. How hard could that be? They managed to get almost every other holiday on a Monday.

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  8. When our family got too big, granny started asking for cash!

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  9. I’ve been a turkey day crasher all my life. For those with no family, it’s so easy to take advantage of this day. I’ve always known exactly what to say to get to the dinner of my choosing. Sending out my thanks to all you nice people!

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    • mazuma

      Based on the responses up above, it sounds like you probably have the best Thanksgiving experience, Joe!

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