What Thanksgiving tradition do you look forward to every year?
Megan Beam: Every year attention is drawn in my family to just how ridiculous we all are. And every year (really, at every family gathering, holiday or not)(particularly when a meal is involved), I pull out one of the moleskin notebooks I keep in my purse to mark down the verbal atrocities that are spoken over the table in front of a crowd. Either ridiculous one liners that no human person with any sense would speak in a public arena or entire conversations that I feel 99.99% sure no one else is having over their family meals. But I say all of that to say that the tradition to which I look most forward on the holidays is the moment my mother looks at me and says, “Are you going to write that in your silly little book?”
And chances are that yes, yes I am.
Haley Bragg: First of all, you’re not going to find someone more sentimental than me. So, when it comes to tradition, I’m all in. If things slightly waver from tradish (yep), there’s a chance I’ll get a little misty-eyed – but outside of the usual turkey and dressing (my Grandma’s dressing, y’all), we’re a pretty tradition-less crew on T-Day. There’d be hell to pay if I couldn’t spend it with my family, though. And for the first time in 10 years a long-standing football tradition, the Battle for the Golden Egg, returns to Thanksgiving Day. #HAILSTATE
Jen Clapp: I definitely look forward to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade every year (I admit to mainly being on the lookout for celebrities wearing Canadian tuxedos, which always make a shocking number of appearances) but, and I just want to be transparent with this, it’s all about the FOOD. Tradition is something the Clapps follow pret-ty well, and holidays are no exception. For as long as I can remember, we’ve had the same Thanksgiving meal – turkey and ham, dressing (slightly burnt), rice and giblet gravy, sweet potato casserole, three bean casserole, cranberry sauce (I skip on past this), strawberry congealed salad, thin biscuits and then a ridiculous amount of desserts, one of which is a banana cake. That’s Thanksgiving AND Christmas – the meal so nice we eat it twice! This year I’m mixing it up a little and going to the coast for the holidays. Hey…if you have to break from tradition, REALLY go all out – boiled shrimp and cocktail sauce (confession: I’m really in it for the cocktail sauce) FOR DAYS.
Molly Gentry: I’m not big into Thanksgiving. Blasphemy, I know! I just look at it as a day or two off of work with some really great food for lunch. I’m Thankful every day, you guys! I mostly look forward to the ability to put up Christmas decorations without being judged for putting them up too early. If it was up to me, I would have put my Christmas tree up a couple of weeks ago. Ok, I guess it is up to me, but I need to do some cleaning before I decorate for the Christmas season, alright?
Elizabeth Hyndman: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. I am adamant about this. I do not miss it. There’s just the right amount of nostalgia and pop culture and holiday cheer and tradition. My bucket list includes seeing it in person.
J.T. Landry: Well, I have a couple. The first is, of course, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Is it cheesy? Yes, but it’s Thanksgiving, and there’s bound to be cheese somewhere on the table anyway. And while I’m already in full-out holiday swing, the arrival of Santa at the climax of the parade is the true kickoff to Christmas. My other tradition is going to the movies. By Thanksgiving weekend, the holiday movie season is well underway and there’s a glut of releases that it’s necessary for any self-respecting Culture Popper to see. My Thanksgiving weekend movies this year are Frozen and Catching Fire.
Laura McClellan: I’m really all about the turkey when it comes to Thanksgiving. And leftover turkey sandwiches with stuffing on them. I love legit turkey and get it like twice a year, so this is a big deal for me. Oh yeah and being thankful and stuff.
Brooke Rousch: Let me share a little Brooke factoid. Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday. Don’t get me wrong. Christmas is great, but there’s just something wonderful about Thanksgiving. The traditions of my family are pretty simple. The day usually involves scrumptious cuisine, time with family/friends, college football, an afternoon nap, and maybe a movie. But it’s the simplicity that I LOVE. There’s no pressure to buy the right gift, or the stress of holiday budgeting, etc. Just a day to enjoy some of my favorite things. Plus Thanksgiving has inspired some great TV episodes, like the multiple Thanksgiving moments on Friends, the Hanks Giving episode on New Girl, and oh so many more. What’s not to love about this grand November day?!