An Untraditional Thanksgiving

Christa Flippen

Some people probably consider Thanksgiving to be one of the best holidays of the year. Who wouldn’t want a holiday reserved purely for just eating and saying what you’re thankful for. My family is very unorthodox when it comes to Thanksgiving. Usually when you think of Thanksgiving you picture a cute, cookie cutter family making a perfect dinner, watching the football game. Well, my family is pretty much the exact opposite. We typically take Thanksgiving day to plan Christmas, eat the weirdest meals we could possibly cook up, maybe watch some football, and hang out with as many people as possible.

I guess we consider Thanksgiving to be one of the most important holidays of the year. On Thanksgiving day we go out to pick our Christmas trees and craft supplies. Normally families go out and buy their Christmas decorations but no, not us. We make all our decorations. Typically we have certain themes for every Christmas, and this year just so happens to be Harry Potter themed. Thanksgiving is already hectic enough when you throw in Christmas but it gets even more crazy when we make all the bizarre foods to go with it!

Turkey is probably the first dish you think of when you talk about Thanksgiving dinners. Well we don’t have turkey, we have turducken! Turducken sounds really weird but all it is is a deboned chicken, stuffed inside a deboned duck, stuffed inside of a turkey. Simple right? It’s a delightful dish to make and it really brings back memories from years back. It’s really nice to make new but also keep all these, not so traditional, family traditions.

It doesn’t matter what your family does for Thanksgiving. You could either have a traditional, cookie cutter Thanksgiving, or you could kick it up a notch. Make it untraditional, have some fun with it, try new things. But most importantly, whatever you end up doing on Thanksgiving, do it together as a family.


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