With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I was curious - What are everyone's traditions?
- Is anyone traveling very far?
- How big of a gathering?
- What kind of food?
- Any board games you'll be bringing along/busting out for the family? Which have been a hit or a miss?
My family only started celebrating it after my wife and I got married. We're the ones who breathed some festive spirit into both of our families. I remember the first time my wife took a frozen turkey to my parents' home for dinner. She had been under the impression that it was a pre-cooked frozen turkey but at around 5pm, my mom panicked after opening it up and realizing it's raw (for those who've never cooked a turkey before, they take FOREVER in the oven). So we quickly googled/YouTube'd for solutions and ended up opening up the turkey in butterfly style and cooked it that way. Probably took less than half of the usual time to cook and it ended up being the best turkey we've ever had so it all worked out in the end (and all the panicking and laughing sure made it memorable for our first Thanksgiving after our marriage). As for the rest of the food, we try to cover the typical base of having turkey, stuffing, mashed potato, cranberry sauce, etc.
Our gathering for both sides of the family is small, just kept to the immediate family members - only because all of our relatives are in Korea. My parents live with us now in San Luis Obispo, CA, and my wife's family is in Glendale about 3 hours away. We usually alternated by visiting one of the families for Thanksgiving and then the other for Christmas. Now that my parents are with us, we'll likely be able to celebrate both with each of our families.
For board games, I'll probably bring out some family games like Just One or anything lighthearted, quick, and something that will lead to lots of laughing. Any recommendations would be great!