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So ladies tell me about Thanksgiving – when I first joined the site there was a buzz about it but I have just looked it up on Wikipedia and I see it's to do with the pilgrims surviving the first winter in the US.

What is the significance now and is it as big as Christmas and how long do you have off work ?

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      UK Girl wrote Nov 2, 2009
    • Also is there some significance with the foods you eat – like at Christmas every one eats turkey as its tradition (personally I hate it but still cook it)  

      Do you dress the house up - send cards and give presents ?




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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Nov 2, 2009
    • To me Thanksgiving is about getting together with family and being thankful for what you have. It isn’t as big as Christmas but I see it as the real start to the holiday season and I start decorating that weekend as well as bring out all of my TSO and Manheim cd’s to listen to while decorating. We have the traditional turkey, stuffing, potatoes and the famous Florida Mountain Turnip. There is none like it! It is locally grown where I live. Can’t forget the deserts! Many different kinds of pies especially the pumpkin and pecan. I have a few fall items in the kitchen but don’t go all out decorating. We don’t send cards or give out presents. We save that for Christmas. We do call family that is far away though. I usually take off from Wednesday to Monday and have an extended long weekend!happy




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      Frannie1964 wrote Nov 2, 2009
    • Like Kandy said, to me It’s about getting together with family and being thankful for what we have, We all get together and bring a dish and the men watch sports while the women sit around the table talking about what we are doing for christmas. Then when It’s time to eat, we sit around the table and each of us takes a turn and say what we are thankful for. It’s a good day just stuffing our faces and then sleep real good when we get home..lol, It’s not as big as christmas time, but It’s like a start to the holidays.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Nov 2, 2009
    • I agree with all of the above but it also means decorating the house. Halloween and Thanksgiving can be blended. Then the Christmas decor goes up the weekend after T-giving.
      If you‘re in retail forget getting time off as the day after is Black Friday. And that means sales and deals and crazy people.
      It also means football! In my case the Detroit Lions are always broadcast (and lose). But it’s one game after another.
      Also depending on where you live there may be a parade or you can watch The Macy’s T-giving parade along with others.
      It is probably my most fav holiday since we get to eat, visit and appreciate the good life without the expense of Christmas.




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      Laurie Zieber wrote Nov 2, 2009
    • It’s the non-revenue holiday hidden between the big money-makers, Halloween and Christmas.
      Quite a novel idea really...
      gratitude.  




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      Janet Wooley wrote Nov 2, 2009
    • It is a time to truly reflect and be Thankful for what and who you have in your life. We truly are blessed here in America, we don’t even begin to know the suffering in other countries. No I don’t have a job but I have a thankful heart because I do have so much more than someone else some where else. I am thankful for all my fabbi friends I love you all, really I do you all bless me in little ways all the time, thank you ladies.estatic




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      Mztracy wrote Nov 2, 2009
    • the dark side of the day.

      The pilgrims and indians came together to give thanks for their crops and food. The pilgrims were dying not knowing how to grow crops and harvest, etc. The Indians taught them.  

      Then for the next 200 years, after thanking them, the Indians were slaughtered for the land that was theirs.  

      [always the pooper in the party] tongue out




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      UK Girl wrote Nov 3, 2009
    • Thats lovely and yes Mz T I saw that when I read up ...

      We don’t have anything like this and I suppose everything is now how to put money in the till for someone.

      Christmas is huge in the Uk in as much most people take two weeks off and other than retail everything shuts down and after the main 25/26th everyone goes shopping.

      I’m now quite envious as you have  break and time to spend with loved ones sharing and just being thankful for what you have without all the expense.




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      Coralee Flug wrote Nov 3, 2009
    • I am a Canadian so we actually in my house celebrate Thanksgiving 2x - any excuse to have turkey. Canadian is in October.
      Friends Family Food happy November we decorate for the holidays, put up the tree and outdoor lights.

      Its a great time to STOP and be thankful.




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      UK Girl wrote Nov 3, 2009
    • I'm now quite jealous – maybe I should have a "Thank Goodness Weekend" with my friends as a homage .........




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      Vikki Hall wrote Nov 3, 2009
    • Vicki tell us what you “Thank Goodness Weekend” would be like...




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      UK Girl wrote Nov 3, 2009
    • I think I will just have all my friends round for a nice meal and be thankful we can and enjoy each other's company and just step away from daily life and toil and smell the coffee. I think Thanksgiving is a great idea ....




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      Tuliplady wrote Nov 3, 2009
    • The last three years, I’ve actually had Thanksgiving day off.  Being in food service for the last 10 years, I’ve almost always worked Thaksgiving because lots of people like to go out for Thanksgiving dinner rather than cook it themselves.  before that I was on the farm and cows need to eat regardless of what day it is.  

      When I was growing up we always had a real nice morning or evening before church service.  I miss that.




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      Termite wrote Nov 3, 2009
    • Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. To me it’s about getting together with family and friends, enjoying a great meal together. Talking about the things you are thankful for and relaxing together and enjoying each others company. I love Christmas too, but it just seems like the true meaning of Christmas has been lost. frown




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      Owlmaria wrote Nov 3, 2009
    • I agree w/ most of the others. No disagreement.....
      This will be the first year my youngest won’t be here & I know there are others who will have empty seats at their tables also. (My Dad won’t be there either).
      I bake pecan pies (pronounced “peecan” for us southerners) & think about what it might have been like for my GGGrandmother who was 1/2 Cherokee & died in 1925.




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      Anne E wrote Nov 3, 2009
    • The significance now is that it’s a day of being thankful for what you’ve got.  For example, at my brother’s house we go around the table before we eat and each person says something that they are thankful for.  I often send a card to my aunts an sent flowers to my mom when I couldn’t be there.  No gifts are exchanged, but guests usually bring a bottle of wine or box of mints.  You get two days off from work!

      The traditional menu;

      turkey with stuffing
      mashed potatoes and gravy
      cranberry sauce
      green bean casserole
      sweet potato casserole
      rolls and butter
      some people add Brussels sprouts tongue out
      pies (apple, pumpkin)
      sometimes pumpkin cheesecake

      Suffice to say, you get stuffed.  It’s traditional to go for a walk after dinner.




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