I’m off at the in-laws’, then heading to visit Gramma, if she’s feeling up to it. I hope your day is yummy and relaxing and crazy-free.
1. Are you celebrating Thanksgiving at home or elsewhere this year? With whom will you spend Thanksgiving Day? The Chili family is off to Mother and Father Chili’s for the day. We plan to arrive early to oversee the cooking; Mother Chili has become increasingly careless about cooking, and pulling together a big meal is a bit beyond her now.
2. What do you have for breakfast on Thanksgiving? Breakfast isn’t really a thing on Thanksgiving, though I think the girls might convince Mr. Chili to make pancakes.
3. Do you go to a Thanksgiving parade or watch one on TV? The parade doesn’t really feature into our day. Remember the t.v. story?
5. What do you wear on Thanksgiving? Dressy-casual. Nice trousers or a skirt, and some sort of top-and-sweater combination. Basically, work clothes. The same for the girls; something nice but not too formal. Mr. Chili does the trousers, button-down, and sweater thing. Every year, he stresses about whether he should wear a tie, and every year I talk him out of it.
6. What’s your Thanksgiving table like — do you use special plates/silver/glasses, etc? Do you have a centerpiece? A color scheme? Candles? It’s not MY table, so I don’t have a lot of say in how it’s put together. Mother usually breaks out the china, though, and Auntie Lynn always brings some sort of centerpiece (she being a florist, and all). There are candles and linen napkins (usually of the variety handwoven by my MIL). It’s a lovely table, really.
7. Do you serve buffet-style or family-style? What do you have to drink? Because there’s little room on the table after all the aforementioned stuff, the food gets put on the bar between the kitchen and the dining area, and we serve ourselves from there. Cranberry sauce and gravy are the only things to make it to the table. I’m usually drinking cider, though depending on how the day is going, I may be drinking adult beverages.
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? My father-in-law says some kind of grace, which the rest of us shut up and indulge (to be fair, he’s not a big “God” guy, so it’s usually not that bad). He always chokes up when he gets to the part about the people who aren’t with us at the table, though, which I think is kind of sweet. I’m not sure we’ll get the Indian corn story this year, though (see the above link to the t.v. story for an explanation).
9. Do you have dessert right after the main meal or later on? Usually later on, but not MUCH later. Since there’s no t.v. (and thus no other distractions), eating is pretty much the main activity.
10. What do you do with your leftovers? We pack them up and try to only take home the fixings for turkey dinner sandwiches, resisting the things that we know we won’t eat.