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Snowman2 North Americans - tell us about Thanksgiving

I'm just interested to know how North Americans see the Thanksgiving holidays in relation to Christmas?

Do you get really excitied about Thanksgiving and decorate the house?

I'm guessing its quite a big deal but not as big as Christmas...theyre quite close.

Do you tend to go to one set of parents and then the other at Christmas?

Just curious as I dont really know anything about it.
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Moreso than even Christmas, Thanksgiving is the day for being together. Most of us do that at Christmas, but there is the whole gift exchange and Santa. Thanksgiving is purely about being with loved ones. Oh, and eating. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that nearly everyone celebrates regardless of culture or religion. It's also marks the "official" beginning of the holiday season. Lots of us put up the lights and trees on Thanksgiving. Lots of public tree lightings in cities around the country. For me, it's such a huge part of the Christmas season, I can't imagine being without it. I think many of us Thanksgiving is about tradition. We still make our moms stuffing or go to our parents house to have the dishes we grew up with. We still watch the Thanksgiving parades and (American) football. We still nap on the couch after dinner. More than any other holiday, it's about who we are as a people, as families and coming together to share and celebrate that.

I think you'll find we all have differering traditions. My family is gone now, so we go to my in-laws. I do still make my mom's dressing (as opposed to stuffing) every year. I hope that helps answer your question. I hope you one day get a chance to come here, celebrate with us and learn about Thanksgiving first hand.
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Thanks for the great answer. Youre lucky having it so close to Christmas.

Hopefully I'll experience it over there one day
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Thanksgiving for me is most important. A day set aside to thank Father God for my blessings, which is done daily but Thanksgiving is a day that is very special to remind us not to take anything or anyone for granted.
We look forward to the good food prepared by loving, giving hands and most of all the family unit as we gather around the table to give thanks to our Creator. The special foods blending together that make the statement, yes indeed, this is the Thanksgiving dinner. Also marks the beginning of our Deer hunting season which is always the Monday after Thanksgiving which is very special to the hunters in the family. And while the men hunt for the prize Buck, the women went Christmas shopping. Also, marks the beginning of Christmas season.

It's a busy day in the kitchen filled with wonderful scents and the sound of the Thanksgiving Day parades on TV. A wonderful family day and family is most important.

I forgot to add that when I was growing up my family (cousins, aunts, uncles) always exchanged names (drew names from a hat) and we didn't know who got our name until Christmas gifts were exchanged. I loved the secret excitement.
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I love Thanksgiving, haha. I go to my grandma's the day of, and my other grandparent's another day. This year we're having Thanksgiving at their house the Sunday before Thanksgiving. We do a lot of Christmas planning, and on one side of my family, we do a drawing for who gets who presents so we do that on Thanksgiving. To my families, it's pretty much a kickoff to Christmas.
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moreso than even christmas, thanksgiving is the day for being together. Most of us do that at christmas, but there is the whole gift exchange and santa. Thanksgiving is purely about being with loved ones. Oh, and eating. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that nearly everyone celebrates regardless of culture or religion. It's also marks the "official" beginning of the holiday season. Lots of us put up the lights and trees on thanksgiving. Lots of public tree lightings in cities around the country. For me, it's such a huge part of the christmas season, i can't imagine being without it. I think many of us thanksgiving is about tradition. We still make our moms stuffing or go to our parents house to have the dishes we grew up with. We still watch the thanksgiving parades and (american) football. We still nap on the couch after dinner. More than any other holiday, it's about who we are as a people, as families and coming together to share and celebrate that.

I think you'll find we all have differering traditions. My family is gone now, so we go to my in-laws. I do still make my mom's dressing (as opposed to stuffing) every year. I hope that helps answer your question. I hope you one day get a chance to come here, celebrate with us and learn about thanksgiving first hand.
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I get so excited about Thanksgiving (sometimes I think almost just as much if not more then Christmas) because there is so much to look forward to right after Thanksgiving (starting with the big black friday shopping day the next morning!). When Christmas is only a few days away I start to get sad thinking that it will be all over but with Thanksgiving I do not have to worry about the perect gift, still get to spend the day with loved ones (we go to my in laws for a late lunch feast and my parents for an early dinner) and eat eat eat the most delicious food haha. Its the perfect day and my 2nd favorite day of the year

As far as decorating... the day after Halloween I take down my Halloween stuff and do have a few Thanksgiving decorations that go up. I have a cute little turkey that plugs in and sits in my bay window, and mainly just the "Fall" decor (pumpkins, horn of plenty, leaves) but I do have a few turkey items that go throughout the house. Im loving this time of year!
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And just as a point of note, Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in October (2nd Monday to be precise) as opposed to the US who celebrate theirs in November!

We have the same sentiments though............and lots of food!!!!!

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Thanksgiving is great! Great food, family, and the excitement of the Christmas season going into high gear! Christmas decorations will start to appear everywhere!
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I still think it's a holiday that could and should be celebrated all over the world, it is after all the perfect holiday, there is no religious element so people cant say it's not my religion or beliefs etc, no presents or gifts need to be exchanged to people cannot say it's a money expense holiday. It's for spending time with your family/loved ones, and to simply give thanks.

Whether or not you want a big cooked Turkey dinner is not important, you can have a salad, Fish, Pasta, Noodles, Veggies or just plain old sandwiches it's all about having quality time with your family, what's not to give thanks about that.
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