1. Are you celebrating Thanksgiving at home or elsewhere this year? With whom will you spend Thanksgiving Day? Goooood question! I'm actually doing it all this year! I'm taking a bus with my boyfriend up to his parents' place for Thanksgiving itself, then we're driving to Binghamton to visit with my family, then driving back to New York City for work on Monday. Whirlwind? Yup. You got it, dude.
2. What do you have for breakfast on Thanksgiving? Huh. I don't really have any established traditions for Thanksgiving anyway, being a gluten-free-mostly-vegetarian. Coffee, however, is non-negotiable.
3. Do you go to a Thanksgiving parade or watch one on TV? watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade is probably the only tradition I ever really try to keep! I love the balloons and the cheesy dance numbers and yes, especially the marching bands! I figure it's more fun to WATCH a band on TV than to BE marching through the streets in the freezing cold. I have a great deal of empathy for those kids in the funny hats out there.
4. Do you serve appetizers, lunch, or snacks during the day? Back in the day, I would make these crackers for my dad that were...amazing. I basically stole the idea from my aunt. They're oyster crackers, doused in basically Ranch dressing mix, with dill and lemon pepper. They're pretty easy to pull together, but everyone loves them, so they've become a staple of the winter holidays for my family.
5. What do you wear on Thanksgiving? It depends where I am! This year, I'll probably wear a nice-ish dress, and leggings or tights. If effort is put into the meal, effort should go into the fashion. I guess.
6. What's your Thanksgiving table like -- do you use special plates/silver/glasses, etc? Do you have a centerpiece? A color scheme? Candles? Most Thanksgiving dinners I've attended usually do have some fancy layout, but I'm a big fan of more laid-back approach. I'd say, if I were to pull together my own T-Gives dinner (and FSM help us because I am a shit cook) the tablescape would be minimal.
7. Do you serve buffet-style or family-style? What do you have to drink? Buffet-style? Family-style? Who cares as long as there's wine! I suppose white wine would be the choice for poultry? I'm all for that. I'm a huge fan of any kind of bottle or box of wine, I'd be down. Hey! It's my vacation!
8. Once you're at the table, do you say grace or a toast or does everyone go around and say what they're thankful for? I do like the idea of saying what you're thankful for. Big fan of giving speeches, right here. I always like to be sincere AND funny. "I'm thankful for my new job, for new beginnings, for new challenges, and new friends...and new socks."
9. Do you have dessert right after the main meal or later on? When I was a kid, I remember having Thanksgiving dinner at my grandmother's house...then settling in to watch Home Alone on TV to mark the official beginning of the Christmas season. "Finished with your turkey? OKAY, its Christmas now!" Being wedged into a tiny spot in her den and handed a slice of pie. I think that's the way to do it.
10. What do you do with your leftovers? Well, eat them, we'd hope! I must reiterate that being a gluten-free-mostly-vegan means that my Thanksgiving dinner is usually little more than mashed potatoes with no gravy and whatever vegetables don't have bread crumbs on them. I've never cared for turkey (or stuffing) or much of the foods associated with Thanksgiving, for that matter. My dad's idea of a small Thanksgiving dinner was pretty close to perfect: he'd sear himself a huge steak, throw some seafood on for me, and then we'd reconvene at some point later during the James Bond marathon for cheesecake. No leftovers, minimal fuss, just relaxing. That's the best Thanksgiving I can imagine.
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